Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine April 2017

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.

Inspiration and the Model Railway To many of us an operating layout or, more precisely, a model railway, is the ultimate aim of our model railway hobby. Some of us start a layout the day we become interested, some spend years planning for the layout. I was one of the former and, then, also one of the latter. The first was a nine-station wonder that then challenged the so-called modern day commercially-built model rule with 18" (457mm) radius curves everywhere. The latter, currently being built, is 20 years into construction after a decade or so of planning. The first layout was an exercise in learning, not only what could not be done, but also what was realistic. And yet, without it, my interest in models, more specifically Australian models, may not have…

16 min.
wimmera: evolution of a layout pt 2

Part one of this story, describing and illustrating the early development of this layout, appeared in AMRM Issue 322 (February 2017) – Editor. Scenery Landforms were a mixture of carved layers of expanded foam or flyscreen wire, both topped with plaster bandage, and for the two corner modules largely self-supporting between the structural members. These and any flat chipboard/ plywood areas were then stained with mixes of cheap artists’ acrylics before further covering. Cuttings and embankments were painted with the same paints to give an appropriate appearance. Scenery materials were locally obtained natural products (dirt, sand, yarrow for trees, plus other scenic scatters) or from the Woodlands Scenics range (ground foam for grass and shrubs, lichen, large trees). The road was constructed from MDF and fixed to the pine framing at each end and…

3 min.
gillies pies – a postscript

Rod Roberts, who lives in Bendigo, told me that he has spoken to two ladies who worked for both companies involved in the occupancy of the Gillies Pies building [Beyond the Fence, AMRM Issue 321, December 2016 – Editor] and they provided the following information. The building was built during the early 1900s by the Bendigo Preserving Company and was used in the preserving of a variety of fruit sourced locally and from the Goulburn Valley area. Bendigo and surrounding districts produced many acres of tomatoes. The produce was brought in, generally by rail, and then exported, also by rail. The fruit was prepared, canned and cooked in ovens before export. As well as the fruit coming in by rail other products used in the production were also railed in. The…

6 min.
‘out-ofs’, revisited gone, but not forgotten… (in ho scale)

Way back in Branchline Ramblings in AMRM Issue 159 (December 1989) your scribe discussed what was then, to him, the largely unknown world of ‘Out-ofs’. To the uninitiated, ‘Out-ofs’ were basically parcel traffic. Until the 1970s, by which time road transport had started to take over, the way to send a parcel to anyone anywhere in the state was to consign it by rail as parcel traffic to be picked up at the nearest railway station. The whole issue of ‘Out-ofs’ came flooding back when the accompanying photo came into your scribe’s hands. Taken back in the ‘early 1970s’, it shows a down goods passing through Borambil Creek on its way to Werris Creek (Photo 1). The most interesting part of the photo is the composition of the train, in particular,…

4 min.
aggregate trains-2 nos. 2124/1225/2126/1227/2128/1229 on behalf of holcim

In AMRM Issue 314 (October 2015), the new generation of distributed power aggregate trains comprising of NR class locomotives and RHKY wagons was described (1295/2196 Aggregate Trains). Recently (November 2016), Pacific National started running an additional aggregate train for Holcim, utilising 81 class locomotives and repurposed 100t gross coal hoppers. This additional consist is operating from Holcim’s Lynwood Quarry (near Marulan NSW) to Holcim’s Rooty Hill distribution centre in western Sydney. This additional train is complementing an existing train consist of NR locomotives and RHKY wagons. The wagons are coded RHJF and are converted NHBH coal hoppers, originally constructed as NHFF hoppers in the 1980s, utilised in recent years in southern (Lithgow and Port Kembla regions) and Hunter Valley coal operations. The RHJF (and previously NHBH) wagons are permanently coupled in rakes…

7 min.
a scenic break

I wanted a scenic feature other than a tunnel to disguise where trains emerge from the helix onto the upper level. Also, the terminus area is relatively flat, so a tunnel would be somewhat incongruous. I decided on a road over-bridge, which is a commonly used means of disguising a scenic break. The bridge crosses the branch line about halfway round the final turn of the helix which is modelled as a cutting. This provides sufficient vertical clearance between track and bridge. This article briefly outlines planning and construction of the bridge and associated scenery. I bridges,especially with timber trestles. There is a good example at Wallerawang that I have used as inspiration [Photos 1 and header]. The prototype bridge employs three trestles to support a two-lane roadway over two tracks.…