SOUTH WEST MODEL ENGINEER'S ASSOCIATION (W.A.) INC. BUNBURY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
The city of Bunbury lies about 185 kilometres south of Western Australia's Capital City of Perth. With a city the size of Bunbury it was inevitable that sooner or later enough people with an interest in our hobby would come together and form a club. They did and in 1982 the South West Model Engineer's Association (WA) Inc. came in to being and 2 years later obtained an area of Council land for the purpose of constructing Club Headquarters and a miniature railway.
The railway system comprises two circuits, which may be interconnected, the smaller being dual gauge 5 in, and 7 1/4 in, with a length of approximately 400 metres while the larger circuit measures about 600 metres and is dual guage (7 1/4 and 5"). Both circuits are provided with platform facilities on either side of the main station building.
The Club has a Membership of about 70 with excellent facilities (including a round house, turntable, workshop, storage area and meeting room) provided for their enjoyment. The workshop is well equipped and includes a lathe, milling machine, power hacksaw, pedestal drill as well as welding equipment and the usual array of hand tools.
Forrest Park station is an historic timber station building which once served the small country town of Capel and is probably around 100 years old. It was transported to Bunbury and placed on a platform where it was refurbished and now incorporates facilities for providing refreshments to visitors, a storage room and a ticket box plus, of course, a platform for passengers to board the trains.
The track site is a delightful place to visit and to have a picnic as the Park is almost entirely shaded by many large Western Australian native trees, good company and, of course, the sounds and smells of passing trains. The railway operates on the third Sunday of each month and on various other occasions for special events.