Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine August 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.

Some Tender Care It was one of those moments granddads enjoy; in the train room with grandson and he picks up a soft brush and starts cleaning the dust of time from the top of a string of four-wheel grain hoppers. If I had not been warmed by the pre-teenage smile on his face, I would have identified the warning sign. One of the regular operators had run these wagons out of storage. This in itself is not an issue; the regular operators have as much ownership of the model railway as the owner. The problem was that the level of dust reflected the time these wagons had been in storage, off layout – well over half a decade – and as such they had missed the last round of check-ups/wagon maintenance.…

17 min.
apples, honey, worms and fishing gear…

My Kunama line layout is based on an original concept by Rodney Barrington and the subtitle Apples, Honey, Worms and Fishing Gear relates to a roadside sign entering Batlow. The layout doesn’t actually make it to Kunama, but it is a NSW branchline inspired by the track plans and terrain of Gilmore, Tumut and Batlow. Some other layout concepts I had considered were Daylesford to Maldon or Wodonga to Cudgewa in Victoria. The NSW option was ideal, though, because it was closer for research and despite being disused, most of the track and infrastructure was still in place during my research. Also, the operations of the railway from Cootamundra to Tumut and up the mountain to Batlow are well documented with numerous references and most of the rolling stock is available…

22 min.
superdetailing the 80 class

The New South Wales 80 class diesel-electric locomotives were introduced from 1978 and built by Alco’s Australian licensee, Comeng, as an evolution of the 442 class of 1971/73. Featuring a Co-Co bogie arrangement, the 80 class produced 2150hp from their ALCO 12-251CE prime mover and were the first locomotives in Australia to feature factory-fitted cab air-conditioning, fibreglass body panels and were the first in NSW to be delivered without buffing plates. In the late 1990s, Austrains released their first series of the 80 class model in HO scale. They are a good representation of the prototype and are of robust construction. Whilst not fitted with a DCC plug, they can be fitted with a decoder and sound with some internal modifications. Given that they were the first of the ‘modern era’…

2 min.
make some track laying jigs

After many years of moving and waiting to find enough space to build my layout, I finally moved into a house with a very large garage, half of which could accommodate a reasonable-sized layout. Various designs were tried out (isn’t CAD wonderful?), until I had a plan which fitted all my principal requirements and would fit the space allocated. Construction of the framework started in November 2014 and by February 2015 track laying had begun. There are lots of long straights with dual track and a hidden storage yard. To make my life easier while laying this track, I made several jigs to assist me. All the jigs are constructed from scrap 9mm ply that I use for the baseboard. They are constructed by cutting in a Stanley mitre box and tenon…

4 min.
australianising american house kits

This is a simple, one-day project to build a model of a typical suburban house that would look at home on many Australian outline HO layouts. The only things needed are the original kits, a hobby knife, sandpaper, glue and paint. Although many different house kits are available for modellers of American, UK and European outline the number available for Australian modellers is considerably smaller. Most modellers of urban scenes will need more than a few houses. To this end it is perhaps easiest and cheapest to modify American kits. One other problem I have found with many house kits (including some made for the Australian market) is that they often represent structures that are smaller than the average Aussie MacMansion. To counter this I have combined two kits from Rix/Pikestuff…

11 min.
in the loop workspaces

At the same time that I was working my way through the upper years of primary school, I had a friend whose parents sent him to a private school when he commenced high school. Spending that amount of money on something that was available free at the local government high school made a lasting impression on me and the sums of money involved were quite beyond my pre-adolescent comprehension. I knew exactly how much it was costing the family because my friend told me in forensic detail the precise amount the fees they were being charged, probably in an effort to big-note himself in front his slightly younger, impressionable friend. When I think back over that time, three very distinct memories come to mind: the rather silly straw boaters they…