COVID-19

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Due to the recent move for New Zealand (excl. Auckland) to Alert Level 1, we are excited to have our trains returning to the rails this Sunday September 27th!

📝 Our Contact Tracing QR Code & Register will be available for use

😷 Facemasks are optional. We ask anyone who is sick remains at home


⏰ Open from 10:30am - 12pm & 12:30pm - 3pm Weather Permitting

🎟️ Rides start at only $2 per person, with concession tickets available and under 2's riding for free!

📍 Located in Minogue Park, Tui Avenue, Hamilton

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you all again this Sunday!

24th August 2020

Kia Ora Hamilton Community,

In response to the New Zealand Governments announcement this afternoon about the future of Alert Levels in New Zealand, we have a gentle reminder to share.

Due to New Zealand (excluding the Auckland Supercity for the time being) remaining in Alert Level 2, the Hamilton Model Engineers will remain closed. This is in line with government restrictions on mass gatherings and our own guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with us. We look forward to seeing you all again at Alert Level 1.

12th August 2020

Due to the Government announcement on Tuesday 11th August 2020, the Hamilton Model Engineers will be closed until further notice due to the move to Alert Level 2. This means we are not open for public train rides.

When will you open? - We can confirm we will not be open again until at least Alert Level 1. Alert Level 1 has no restrictions on public gatherings, and this would allow us to operate. However, we cannot confirm any dates currently.

Will members be at the club? - Yes, members will be allowed back to our premises under appropriate Health & Safety guidelines. Please do not be alarmed to see our members on-site, we will be getting underway with important maintenance again very soon.

Can I come and have a train ride at a working bee? - If you see any trains operating, we ask that you respect that we cannot provide any rides to the public at this time.

How can I get in touch? - We strongly prefer during Alert Level 2, for you to get in touch with us via our Facebook Page or sending an email to secretary@hme.co.nz

We want to thank you all for your patience and understanding, we can't wait to have our trains running again with our community. For now, stay safe, be kind & please follow all Alert Level 2 guidelines.

Q. Why have you closed?
A large number of our regular members partaking in public operations are at higher-risks of being affected by COVID-19 due to their age, many of whom are over 70, even over 80. This risk is significantly increased for members young & old who have underlying health issues. The Ministry of Health has supported this. We also were legally required to close due to later announced Alert Level 3 and 4 restrictions.

Q. What does this mean?
Trains will not be operating for the foreseeable future. We will not be open to the public on Sundays and all bookings will be cancelled. All events (Twilight Night Runs) are also cancelled while we are closed.

Q. When will you re-open?
We will likely re-open during Alert Level 1, when we are confident we can operate safely.

Q. Can I still use my tickets?
Once we re-open, you are still able to use all tickets purchased, as they do not expire until fully used. We are not able to offer any refunds sorry.

Q. I was planning a Birthday Party or Function at Minogue Park, what does this mean?
For anyone planning an event or birthday party in Minogue Park, this can still take place as it is a Public Park, but the trains cannot provide rides to the public. We deeply apologise for this inconvenience.

Q. Do any of your members have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
No! None of our members that we are aware of, are diagnosed with COVID-19 nor have they shown signs. There is no risk to the public that attended any of our recent events held on March 14th & March 15th 2020. We have not heard of any cases of the virus being contracted from our premises during operation either. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have tested positive AND attended any events on our premises over March 14th/15th 2020, please contact the appropriate health providers and the Hamilton Model Engineers. This is important for us so we can alert members and potentially suggest self-isolation.

Q. Will you still be on-site?
Yes, some of our volunteers may still be on-site for working bees or other activities, but all public operations will be stopped effective immediately. Gatherings within our club and its members will be limited.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us below.

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