COVID-19

Tuesday 17th August 2021

Tēnā Koutou Hamilton Community,

⚠️ Due to New Zealand Government announcing a nationwide move to Alert Level 4 from 11:59pm tonight, the Hamilton Model Engineers will close effective immediately.

ℹ️ We will share an update this coming Friday evening about our scheduled running day this Sunday, if there is any change in Alert Level for the Waikato Region.

☎️ If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Regards, The Hamilton Model Engineers

Saturday 6th March 2021

Kia Ora Hamilton Community,

ℹ️ In response to the change in Alert Levels effective Sunday 7th March 2021 at 6am, we will be re-opening to the public!

✅ We will be running trains tomorrow from 10:30am - 12pm & 12:30pm to 3pm!

☔️ We will only be open if the weather permits, so please stay tuned for an update tomorrow morning regarding the weather.

😷 Please stay home if you or other household members are unwell. Faces masks can be worn at your own preference.

📱 Remember to turn on Bluetooth Tracking in addition to scanning the QR Codes on-site.

🧴 Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. Feel free to use hand sanitisers on-site.

➡️ Where possible, remain 1 metres distance from other members of the public, for everyone's safety.

☎️ If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Saturday 27th February 2021

Kia Ora Hamilton Community,

ℹ️ In response to the New Zealand Governments announcement this evening at 9pm about our COVID-19 Alert Levels, we have a gentle reminder to share.

⚠️ Due to New Zealand (excluding the Auckland Supercity for the time being) moving to Alert Level 2, the Hamilton Model Engineers will close effective immediately. 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.

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? (If at Alert Level 2 or higher)
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 are diagnosed with COVID-19 nor have they shown signs.

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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