Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine August 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.

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3 min.

Looking Ahead I guess there are many in the hobby like me who have been around for some time and may see a limited period ahead for enjoying model railways. While this may seem to be a bit morbid, we should rejoice in the many years we have been able to enjoy our models. Those of us who started in the 1960s and 1970s experienced a period where only a few had the vision to restrict themselves to a set period and Australian system to follow; there were many of us who chose to purchase almost anything that was produced that was Australian prototype. As a result there are many cupboards and boxes packed with models and kits that are most unlikely ever to see the light of day. How some of…

6 min.
twelve hours at kingston

In the history of South Australia there were three locations with the name of Kingston. These were Kingston-on-Murray, with no railway connection; the Kingston broad-gauge railway yard at Port Adelaide; and Kingston in the South East. This latter was a busy coastal shipping port for wool and wheat which was serviced originally by an isolated 3'6" gauge railway from Naracoorte. In 1959 the south east gauge widening program finally connected Kingston to the rest of the SAR 5'3" railway system in the south east of South Australia and to the VR in Victoria. Kingston-on-the-Murray is still a thriving river town. Kingston railway yard at Port Adelaide became the Gillman Marshalling Yard in 1928, but has now long passed into history. And while Kingston SE on the south eastern coast remains, it is…

10 min.
build a vr pintsch gas wagon

It’s always nice to have something a little out of the ordinary on the layout to show people and get them interested, possibly excited, and perhaps inspired. It is also rather satisfying for the modeller to know that he has an item that is unlikely to appear on many other layouts. In addition there is the challenge of going where few have gone before, i.e. scratchbuilding, using your own initiative to overcome the inevitable hurdles that will crop up. Surfing some websites one night, I came across a manufacturer called VR Casts who had produced an HO model of a Q flat wagon with a Pintsch gas tank and cabin. This looked like an interesting project. Several good images of the prototype, two of which are reproduced here, were then found…

2 min.
fishy couplings

One of the best points of being a modeller is that you see possibilities in all sorts of things – a nicely shaped twig, for example, that would make a great scale model tree. Or that piece of embossed card that looks like model checker plate. Or that lump of old weathered cork that would make a great rock-face... Just recently, I was doing a bit of shopping in a major chain store in western Melbourne, and something made me drift into the fishing section (no pun intended). Whether this was by impulse or design I really could not tell, for I have never been a fisherman, and apart from the odd can of mackerel, or an occasional feed of fish and chips, I confess to knowing nothing about piscatorial pursuits. However,…

10 min.
prototypes worth modelling crookwell

Because of limited space in my Sydney home, I was, at the time, seeking a suitable NSWGR prototype to model and came upon the article in the ARHS Bulletin of November 1997. This inspired me to take two trips to Crookwell to examine the possibilities of its layout for modelling purposes. Since then, having retired and moved to the North Coast, and been inspired by Rodney James’ Wingham layout, I am now in the process of planning a through layout based on the station of Burringbar, as it was during the 1950s/1960s period. But that‘s another story… I visited the Crookwell branch in December 1998 and later in June 1999, carrying out research on its modelling suitability. If you are seeking a suitable prototype to model a simple NSWGR branch-line terminus,…

1 min.
parrakie sa

About halfway between Tailem Bend and Pinnaroo lies the almost forgotten rural hamlet of Parrakie, long abandoned as a source of revenue by the railway that runs through it. While very little of the railway infrastructure that once served the locality remains, the town clings to life and still hosts two buildings that would make ideal models. If you have internet access, ‘visiting’ the town via Google maps will reveal useful aerial and ‘street view’ images of the buildings and their surrounds that should provide plenty of inspiration for modelling.…