Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine August 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.

Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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3 min.

A Dearth of Volunteers? Regular readers will know my thoughts on modelling groups; the benefits of which I have often discussed. When I found the hobby of modelling Australian railways, I tried unsuccessfully to join a dedicated group of similar-minded modellers in Sydney. As it was oversubscribed (the group size was designated by the ability of most homes of the time not being able to accommodate more than twelve visitors), a close friend and I started our own. This group, which initially met monthly, provided us with the stimulus and encouragement to build the models needed for a layout. We could share ideas, be guided by the more experienced and, where needed, use the inspiration of the better models on display to improve our own individual models. Remember, everything was hand-built then;…

9 min.
cockle creek

Situated on the double tracked Short North just south of Newcastle, Cockle Creek was once a busy location. Privately-owned colliery railways exchanged loads and passengers with the state system. Workers walked to the nearby Sulphide Corporation works and, in earlier years, the station served as a convenient point to access recreational activities on the creek or Lake Macquarie. During the 1950s, a major bridge replacement and track realignment were undertaken. A new double track steel truss bridge was built across the creek and new platforms and station buildings erected adjacent to the old. Once the new alignment was commissioned, the old line and bridge were used by coal trains to and from the Northern (Rhondda) and Stockton Borehole Collieries. In 1965 BHP, the then owners of Stockton Borehole Colliery, installed a…

8 min.
the real cockle creek – a history

If one visits Cockle Creek railway station today, what remains is a bit of a mystery. Why is it there at all? Certainly not for local residents, there are not many houses nearby, not for the golfers at the nearby course, nor for the patrons of Club Macquarie who all seem to come by car. Why is there such a large club there and so much vacant land nearby? Why are there remnants of other platforms and brick foundations and why are there cast iron piers in Cockle Creek upstream of the railway bridge? Read on… Cockle Creek, south west of Newcastle, empties into Lake Macquarie and was doubtless named for the shellfish found there. The area, once occupied by the Awabakal Aboriginal people, saw white settlement in the 1830s and…

4 min.
build a coil steel container cradle for road vehicles

While out driving the local roads, I occasionally see semi-trailers with a yellow container on the back with a single large coil steel roll on the container. These containers are coming from Brisbane’s Acacia Ridge Freight Terminal delivering the coils to local businesses. I thought, what a simple project to construct out of styrene. Even better, it is not currently available as a kit – as far as I know. Many years ago (Friday, 10 August 2007), I noticed a photo in Brisbane’s (now gone) free weekday afternoon newspaper, MX, of an overturned semitrailer with the container and the coil steel roll on its side at North Quay in Central Brisbane. This photo showed off some nice detail, so it was kept in my ‘That’s a Keeper’ pile. So back…

8 min.
broadford’s traverser

When we were planning and building Broadford, featured in AMRM Issues 304 (February 2014) and 306 (June 2014), the decision was made that the staging area at the rear would be a traverser. This would allow us to use the full length of the staging area for sidings and, more importantly for me, preclude the need to hand-build the 18.2mm gauge turnout complexes at each end of the broad gauge roads which a traditional double-ended staging yard would have required. As the layout was intended to be fully mobile, for ease of loading into a van when attending exhibitions, it was also decided that the various units would be mounted on castors and, as far as the traverser sections were concerned, also act as storage for other parts of the…

6 min.
building billabong marina: 1

Sometimes we get an idea for a model railway and it can be a few years before the opportunity comes along to build it. I reckon that this happens a lot and amongst the modellers of the world there are thousands of layout ideas just waiting to be built. The story of Billabong Marina is one such story. The June 1988 Railway Modeller published Andrew Knight’s plan for Yarmouth Quay. The 2' x 4' (610mm x 1.22m) layout was a U-shaped, end-to-end, OO scale British outline layout with 7½" (190.5mm) radius curves. I found the plan eighteen years later when I was culling the number of old magazines that I had. Something made me hold onto the issue instead of throwing it out. His idea was to run British Railways Class 03…