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Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine August 2014

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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2 min.
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Into the Digital Age I can still remember ’finding’ my first copy of AMRM, then the Australasian Model Railroad Magazine. It was in the long departed Searle’s Hobby Shop in Pitt Street Sydney. Although I was able to pick up quite a few back issues on the day, the weekly check to get the next copy became an issue. Not only was parking near the hobby shop a problem, the regularity of AMRM was then not predictable. Arranging a subscription solved the problem of driving into the city and, although I did not know it at the time, despite my frustration of ‘where is my AMRM’, the postal system was the quickest delivery system. When I joined the AMRM team I quickly became aware of how important in the list of necessary…

10 min.
whereisit

Whereisit is somewhere in NSW, or anywhere you want it to be. This NSW country railway station relies on its stock and goods to be moved to the city regularly, so you will see the sidings being shunted with empty wagons. The loaded wagons are made into a train and taken to the city. This layout is DCC operated with sound locomotives for added realism. Hope you enjoy the sights and sounds on this model railway. Above is what you see written in the exhibition guide and I often wondered if, when the viewers read this, they think ”This is not the whole story behind the layout”. This layout came about because I started to get a roster of DCC sound locos and I haven’t got a ‘home’ layout to run…

4 min.
beyond the fence fibro houses

The ‘fibro’ house became an iconic symbol of post-World War 2 development in Australia, as servicemen returned to their families and began to get on with life after six years of conflict. Fibro had been used before the war, but its use in the building of houses certainly accelerated after the war. The term ‘fibro’ is short for fibrous asbestos sheeting. It is a building material in which asbestos fibres are used to reinforce thin rigid cement sheets. Fibrous asbestos sheeting was cheap and easy to use. Sheets were in sizes that could be handled by one person if necessary and the three-bedroom fibro home became the standard accommodation of many ‘baby boomers’ Although fibro was used in a number of countries, it was in Australia where its use was the most…

4 min.
changing the points

Many modellers have, no doubt, noticed that Peco have changed the design of their code 100 turnouts. The changes are mainly to do with the arrangement of the point blades and the over-centre spring. Photo 1 (top) shows the original arrangement of the spring housing, with the T-shaped keeper piece retained by a metal clip. The point blades were arranged to pivot on a small ‘foot’ where they met the closure rail. This arrangement made the fitting of slow motion point machines fairly simple – just remove the keeper piece and the spring from the top and install the motor. The pivot arrangement kept the blades firmly in place. On my layout [‘The Hills Line’, described in AMRM Issue 302 (October 2013) – Editor] there are over 100 turnouts fitted with ‘Tortoise’…

10 min.
nakele junction

“I’d like to have a waterfall”, said Gavin, when we were discussing what landscape features might appear on the model railway layout the Canberra Model Railway Club was developing with a team of high school students. The students had been ‘getting their hands dirty’ applying coloured plaster fabric over the layers of styrofoam sheet forming the ‘hills’ in the background of the three-module layout being built in an empty classroom. The ‘dogbone’-shaped layout was given the name Nakele Junction. Nakele being an anagram of the school’s name, Kaleen High School. Close to twelve months later, Gavin has his waterfall and it looks quite realistic, tumbling down the rocky layers and into Lake Nakele. He enthusiastically told ABC radio and ABC TV about what the student team had achieved when he was…

5 min.
west coast railway s300

As a child growing up through the late 1980s and 1990s, I developed a love for trains after getting my first model train set one Christmas. I would often stand out in the backyard and watch the trains head into Warrnambool and clearly remember them being in the old V/Line orange and grey livery until West Coast Railway (WCR) took over the Warrnambool-Melbourne rail services in 1993. For the eleven years WCR ran the Melbourne-Warrnambool services, I admired their distinctive blue, white and yellow locos and rolling stock and, to date, it remains my favourite colour scheme. Whilst the quality of Australian model trains has improved dramatically in the past few years (for example, Auscision’s B class loco in WCR livery), it has still been difficult at times to find highly…