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This page is the latest information from AALS, AMBSC & ALSSC. It will contain circulars, advice, and notices of motion that are being put to Societies for determination.

Comment is encouraged! Remember that motions are voted on by your Society. Be aware, raise the issue at your meetings, discuss it with your fellow members and ensure your directors submit a vote that represents the view of the members. The Association is there for the benefit of Societies!

March 2019.

181123 draft code section 4

ALSSC braking explanatory-note

ALSSC guideline braking

ALSSC guideline competency

October 2018.



September 2018.

Update 10/9/2018. In response to recent discussion (including social media), minor revisions have been made to the draft proposals, and an Explanatory Note added. Societies are encouraged to compare the proposals with their existing practices and forward any comments to the AALS Safety Committee.

Two schematics that are typical of petrol, diesel electric locomotives operating at Castledare Miniature Railways Inc (CMR), These have now operated very well over many years. These maybe of help if included in the the electrical code as a guide to electrical lay out for petrol, diesel electric locomotives operating in the 0 to 50 VDC and 0 to 200 A range. Comments and items shown in RED are to be added to bring the CMR locomotives in line with the draft electrical code.








August 2018.

Proposed updates to the minimum requirements for train braking.

Your comments on the following two items are invited before 26 October 2018. One is a replacement for the existing section 4 of the Interoperability Code of Practice. It is planned to submit this (after final editing) for adoption by members at the 2019 AALS AGM. The other is a guideline to help societies understand the proposed requirements.


180815-draft-code-section-4 (Edited)

Submissions for discussion on the proposed Electric Systems Code of Practice

Submissions received date are shown below. Again, your comments are invited before 26 October 2018. After that date a proposed Code will be prepared and put to the 2019 AALS AGM for adoption.



July 2018.



June 2018.

Electric Systems For Miniature Locomotives Overview

May 2018.

Response to ALSSC

Submission On Driver Age

Comments received to date on Draft Electrical CoP

Risk Assessment for AALS CoP for Electrical Systems for Miniature Locomotives

Electrical Systems for Miniature Locomotives - DESIGN REPORT

Dec 2017 - Updated Code of Practice - Electric Systems for Miniature Locomotives (DRAFT for discussion)

Oct 2017.

Tamworth Minimum Age Submission
SLSLS Submission

Website schema and navigation updated

June 2017.

Code of Practice - Electric Systems for Miniature Locomotives(DRAFT for discussion)(now updated - see Dec 2017)

February 2017.

Presidents Report
Secretarys Report
AMBSC Chairman Report

January 2017.

ALSSC 2017 Annual Report.pdf
ALSSC Consultation final.pdf
Castledare Yoke Buffer drawing.pdf
Allison Response - Yoke Buffers.pdf
Millington Response to Castledare.pdf
ALSSC Proposed Revisions to the CoP.pdf
Castledare Proposal for Discussion at the ALSSC and AALS Meetings.

Amended 02 June 2018.