Following is a small glimpse of the variety of events and places that the Austin Motor Vehicle Club has been to in the past and are typical of events we are likely to run in the future.



Tour of the HARS hanger at Albion Park Airport
Tour of the Historic Aircraft Restoratration Society
hanger at Albion Park



Exploring Mt Annan Botanic  Gardens
Exploring Mt Annan Botanic Gardens

 

 


Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Museum
16th July 2006

The weather forecast for the days leading up to our visit to the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot looked anything but inviting. Thankfully when Sunday arrived, apart from a heavy morning fog the forecast had turned to fine weather.

 

Arriving last at the designated meeting point at the Glenbrook Information Centre Louise and I were quite surprised to find the parking bay almost bursting at the seams with the number of car that had turned up, I think the final count was 28 cars.

The Locomotive Depot was an easy 10 minutes drive further up the Mountains. At the Depot we were guided into first class parking positions in amongst the museum displays.

We could then go on a guided tour around the museum.

 

Steam Tram at Valley Heights Museum

We learnt that the Valley Heights Depot built in 1913 was the third locomotive turntable & round house built in NSW, and is now the oldest surviving example. Engines housed at Valley Heights were used to provide assistance to trains travelling up the steep grades to Katoomba. When the depot was taken over by the museum most of the buildings were in poor condition with white ant damage, and the volunteers have had to put extensive efforts into rebuilding parts of the structures. We also had a quick lesson on steam locomotive controls, the stop and go levers and gearbox control as well as a walk through the engine room of a 46 Class electric locomotive. Also operating at the site is the old Parramatta Park Steam Tram, and this was running all day with unlimited free rides.

 

Working display at Valley Heights  rail museum
Austin Car Club cars parked in amongst the displays at Valley Heights  rail museum


While the museum grounds are small compared to the Thirlmere Rail Museum, what the volunteers have managed to assemble is a really nice museum of a high standard. There were plenty of tell tale signs of more work taking place and without a doubt this museum is going to continue to grow and get better and better. I'd like to go back there in a couple of years time and see what they've done.

Eriks Skinkis




Austin Car Club cars at Albion Park Airshow
Wings Over Illawarra Airshow
Albion Park Airport


Austin Club cars at Rouse Hill Regional Park
Club Concourse
Rouse Hill Regional Park

 


30 Years of AMVC NSW

At the 2009 Club Christmas party and Presentation night were four guest Founding Members - Bob & Anne Moore, Dennis Quinton, and David Franks. I presented the 30th Anniversary badges to our guests, and our Club President Tony Groom also presented one to me. The Club formed on December 9th, 1979 with President Bob Franks, Vice President Robin Anderson, Secretary & Public Relations Bob Moore, Assistant Secretary Anne Moore, and Treasurer Christine Quinton. Geoff Austin & myself were also Founding Members.

Ron Franks

Tony Groom & Ron Franks
Left to Right - President Tony Groom & Ron Franks

AMVC NSW founding members Dennis Quinton, Ron Franks, Bob Moore, Dave Franks & Anne Moore
Left to Right - Dennis Quinton, Ron Franks Bob Moore,
Dave Franks & Anne Moore

 



The convict exercise yard on Cockatoo Island
Inspecting the convict exercise yard
on a tour of Cockatoo Island



Picnic at Fagan Park
Picnic drive to Fagan Park

 

 

The State Coach Britannia

The club recently had a drive to the site of the Old North Head Artillery School. The purpose of the visit wasn't to inspect the old school site, but to take a look at a project that's been taking shape over the last few years in one of the old garages on the site.

 

The State Coach Britannia
Intricate detail of the crest painted on the door of Britannia

 

The project is the construction of a new coach for the Queen. While the coach is quite stunning to look at, and you can't help but admire the high calibre of craftsmanship that's gone into it, it's not until you start to hear that full story and the materials that have gone into it that you really start to appreciate what a special vehicle this is.

The coach has been designed to be a time capsule of British History. It incorporates samples of material from significant events or places in Britains History. Some examples being….500 year old timber from the ship Mary Rose, Royal Yacht Britannia, RMS Queen Mary, Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, Tower of London, and the list just goes on…

It was a very enjoyable and informative presentation.

After the tour Louise and I drove out to the end of North Head to take in the views of the Harbour and city in the distance. What a great way to finish up the day.

Eriks Skinkis

Footnote: the Coach is due to be presented to the Queen in 2010.

 


Austin car club display at the Shannons Eastern Creek Classic Car Day
Shannons Eastern Creek
Classic Car Day


3801 steam train at Thirlmere
3801 steam train at Thirlmere