Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine April 2015

The Australian Model Railway Magazine covers the modelling of Australian railways in all scales and gauges. The magazine regularly features contributors layouts and modelling projects, covering everything from completely scratchbuilt models, through modifying ready-to-run commercial products and kit bashing to 'hints and tips', as well as product reviews and the latest news from the manufacturers.

Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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3 min.

Expectations and the Year of the Sheep The recent and forthcoming release of many new diesel and electric models for the HO market has seen much comment from online denizens about the merits of the models and the features that are, in the eyes of those denizens, lacking. Much of that comment shows an alarming ignorance of basic economics and, in particular, the economics of the Australian model railway industry, which is, in commercial terms and quantities produced, a minnow in comparison with the US, British and European markets. For two decades now, we have been dependent on Chinese manufacturers for our hardware. While design parameters and details are specified from this end, the actual design is carried out by the experts in China, who have the knowledge of what the tooling…

13 min.

Having exhibited at the AMRA (WA) exhibition for the past twelve years, I was on the verge of choosing to take a break and do nothing for 2013. Then everything changed, as it so often does. A close friend, Paul Moss, moved house and his railway empire was to remain behind as part of the sale, which meant he needed to start over. The timing was just right. We had just finished exhibiting a series of On30 modules at the 2012 exhibition and, with their dismantling came Paul’s move and decision to build Tarana, initially as an exhibition layout, but then to be ‘retired’ to his new home. We were in the planning phase when one of the other group members, Rod Bradley, decided he wanted to take another of our…

2 min.
a tale of two ps

The DJH HO scale kits for the NSWGR C32, D50, D53 and D55 class steam locos are all designed to use the Mashima 1626 round can motor. This will not fit through the bottom of the firebox, so it has to be mounted in the body and not in the chassis, as is normal in model locos. This makes assembly/dismantling rather awkward, as the motor and gearbox can only be connected when the chassis is mounted in the body. The first one of these kits I built was a D50 and, as an experiment, I used a Mashima 1224 motor driving through a High Level 54:1 gearbox (I described this conversion in Modelling 5190 in AMRM Issue 270, June 2008). This worked well, so I then built a D53 with the…

9 min.
adding buffers to the sem z van

Throughout the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s, the Victorian Railways carried out a program of conversion of rolling stock to auto couplers, with a particular emphasis on goods rolling stock. By 1957 this program was deemed to be complete, buffers were removed from the goods vehicle fleet and shunter’s steps were bolted to the left-hand end of the headstocks. For whatever reason, the fleet of Z vans escaped this program of buffer removal and it was not until long-travel draft gear was fitted to an individual Z van, being recoded ZL in the process, that the buffers were removed. Most of the remaining Z vans that were not converted to ZL were withdrawn and scrapped by the mid-1960s. Because they were fitted with dual automatic and screw couplings, the ZP…

2 min.

Here is a really easy little cameo scene, an abandoned turnout being taken out. Four workers are carrying an old wooden sleeper towards the stockpile that will be used to replace the removed turnout timbers. A new sleeper has already been placed under the approach rails. Two workers are jack-hammering the old ballast out, while another worker is swinging a sledge hammer to remove the spikes. On the opposite side of the track a worker with a pick takes a break while the flagman turns a blind eye. Other workers stand around with tools ready to perform their tasks. Tools and workers are from various sources, the water drum is a wooden cask from a Lineside kit. Nearby are pieces of spare rail painted in rust while the remaining in situ…

6 min.
the arnott’s biscuit van “there is no substitute for quality”

The ABV van demonstrates well the facility of the NSWGR to re-use and adapt old items as a consequence of accounting practices. They were rebuilds of CV vans, themselves officially, rebuilds of earlier CW, MV and LV vans. As such, they were funded from running expenses and no new capital authorisation was required. In fact, by the time of their conversion to ABV vans, the CV vans had no original parts left from their donor vehicles other than the number plates! Non-louvred covered vans were extinct by the outbreak of World War II, so when there was need for such vehicles a conversion programme was instituted in 1940. New bodies to Diagram 48217 were constructed by Wagon Works and these were mounted on donor underframes from CW, MV and LV vans.…