Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine April 2016

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.

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3 min.

In Praise of the ‘Unseen’ For many in this wonderful hobby, an enjoyable side is the social contact with others. Individually, we may find the enjoyment in the challenge of track laying, engine building, rolling stock construction or, the largest of them all, building a realistic model railway. While many of these tasks are performed when we are alone, the opportunity to share them is one that is commonly taken. The club scene is one sharing scene, as is having like­minded friends over for a visit, or a ‘showing’ At home, when visitors call, be they be there for a few minutes or hours, there is almost always an offer of a cuppa. This is often accompanied by a cake or scones or something obviously specially prepared. And it is almost certain…

13 min.

In the early days of World War II, as a young child, I accompanied a cousin on a shopping excursion to town. Passing a newsagent’s shop, I saw a wonderful sight in the shop window. It was a Christmas tree and around the base ran an electric train. I was enthralled by the display and decided I had to ‘have one of those’. I had to be dragged away to complete the shopping. When I started high school, I had to travel across Sydney by public transport and part of the journey took me through Central station. I passed a newsstand in the Eddy Avenue entrance and stopped to look at magazines. There I saw my first copy of the now long-gone English publication, Model Railway News, and I was hooked.…

5 min.
what’s it worth when you’re gone?

Running a popular and easily found website (www.modeltrainsnthings.com) that deals with model and prototype trains means that it’s not uncommon for me to receive phone calls and emails from wives or children of men who have spent much of their lives collecting model trains and have now passed on, leaving their treasures behind them. These people who contact me aren’t looking for counselling, although you can often still hear the grief in their voices and their emails. What they are looking for is some guidance on what they should do with the things that their loved one has left behind. They know the model trains left behind were valuable, but they’re not interested in keeping them and, in many cases, those left behind need to find some value in those treasures because…

16 min.
model railway operation, australian style part 1: look to the prototype

As part of the process of developing my Western Australian Sn3½ layout, I put a lot of thought into goods train operation. The majority of written matter on model railway operation is in the US model railroad press, and originated in the 1940s from pioneers such as Frank Ellison, who extolled the pleasures to be derived from operating a model railway in a manner patterned after the full-size railways. Articles and books on operation discuss ‘way freights’ delivering whole carloads of freight to industrial sidings seemingly sprouting at random from both the main line and the middle of passing loops within station limits, plus main lines changing from single to double track and back again, apparently also at random. In over forty years of reading Model Railroader and other US magazines,…

3 min.
just a lick of paint…

The advent of ‘ready-to-place’ buildings, along with the huge range of r-t-r locomotives and rolling stock, has certainly made building a complete layout a lot quicker and easier than it has ever been. However, the ‘downside’ of r-t-p models is that they are usually painted in a factory to a price and usually aren’t painted in appropriate colours for the period or usage of the item. If this level of authenticity is important to the modeller (for many, I know, it is not), the convenience of having the ready-to-place item can be outweighed by the inappropriateness of the finish. There is a simple solution to the dilemma of liking the convenience of r-t-p models, but not liking the finish though… repaint it! Just because something is r-t-p doesn’t mean one…

16 min.
build a nswgr 19 class steam locomotive

I had always wanted to build New South Wales locos in Gauge One. A couple of years ago at a meeting of the LGB and G scale model railway club, my wife Margie and I met Vera and Lyle James. Like me, Lyle is very interested in modelling the NSWGR in Gauge One. Sometime later, Lyle suggested that I build a model of 1919 for him, since that loco ran for a while at Glenreagh under the care of the Glenreagh Mountain Railway. I wasn’t sure how serious he was, but I decided to build it anyway. I wanted one too. The first thing was to get a plan and some photos. The plan was an excellent Data Sheet by Greg Edwards. This was available from the Barnes Hobbies. The photos,…