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The late Bob Torode with his wife Joan, at the DECCA clubrooms.  Photograph taken mid 2007.


Written by Ainslie Brittain

In September 2007, DECCA life member Bob Torode sadly passed away after a long fight with cancer.  He was a valued Club member and together with his wife Joan, made a huge contribution to this club.

He joined DECCA in 2001 and soon settled in assisting with club projects such as the construction of a large DCC display layout consisting of five modules each 1200 x 600mm.  When annual elections were held he made himself available as a Committee person and in particular carried out the function of magazine editor. Such was his enthusiasm and expertise for the job that the magazine was soon lifted to greater heights and to a standard that would be hard to beat.

When the then Club secretary suffered a very unfortunate accident that resulted in him being unable to continue in that role, Bob convinced his wife Joan to offer her expertise in carrying out the Secretarial duties for a temporary period.  Like most temporary appointments, she was to be duly elected at the next AGM and was also a much appreciated Club member.  Bob was assisted by Joan when organizing functions such as the Club Christmas dinners, sorting out the venue etc; which was a much appreciated and enjoyable club social event.

During the period that the Club was looking for a suitable building to conduct Club activities, Bob together with Joan, were instrumental in suggesting and later securing the lease of the present Church hall used by the Club.  This has proved to be a wonderful place to carry out the Club activities ranging from formal meetings, DCC workshops, demonstrations to BBQ’s.

Bob was a keen modeller and put his skills to work such as fine tuning the Club layout turntable and helping member Trevor  Triplow with the tram display including the working overhead trolley wire.  He always made himself available to assist with the setting up and operation of the Club layout at exhibitions in addition to demonstrating with Graeme the control of ‘G’ Gauge locomotives using DCC.  He was always very keen to pass on to others the benefits of using DCC to control and run model railways.

Bob enjoying himself at the Noarlunga 2004 exhibition


His own layout was housed in a dedicated room and he ran American and some European outline, and DCC control of his layout was by NCE equipment.  He was looking forward to the day when he could fully incorporate control via the computer using Railroad and Co software.  Sadly this project was never completed.


" ofb Torode's home layout. Click on each p


Click on Click on each of these small photographs to display a larger image


Aside from the hobby of model railroading he was a devoted family man always seeming to have time to watch one or other of the grandkids playing sports etc.  He shared his love of animals with his wife Joan, and in particular assisted with her involvement at the Monarto Zoo complex.  Monarto named a baby Lion after him in appreciation of his volunteer help at the Zoo.

He is sadly missed around the Club rooms by members, not only for his help and expertise that he was so willing to offer, but for his friendship and genuine interest in all members.