Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine August 2018

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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in this issue

7 min.

My first model railway memory can be traced back to the 1979 edition of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, back in the days when the apprentices from the NSW railways would build a massive display layout in one of the pavilions of the old Moore Park Showgrounds. I was almost seven years old at the time. What followed has been a life-long art of compromising any grandiose plans for a model railway empire of my own, due to the limited space I’ve had available. After 30 years of modelling (in N scale) from my early adolescent years through to marrying my wife Denise and raising a family of my own, it took a massive change in thinking for me to abandon the notion that every train had to traverse a model railway…

2 min.
advertisements on brick walls

Advertisements painted on brick walls are ubiquitous throughout city and rural Australia and have been (and are still) used to advertise many goods and services. This article shows some examples of faded and weathered signs, suitable for any period (with adjustments to the level of weathering), that the author (and others) photographed in 2017. Many seem to reflect the current status of many rural towns, fighting to arrest the inevitable decline in their populations and the ramifications for the prosperity of the town of such a decline. The advertisements described in this article would not be out of place on that model of a corner shop or pub in the main street, opposite the station, on any layout that depicts a typical country town of any period in any part of…

12 min.
on track to an aching back

A little over ten years ago the better half decided she wished to fulfil a long-held ambition and move to the far north coast of NSW, an area she fell in love with when she visited it as a teenager. She developed a detailed plan of campaign to set about making this move a reality and within two years we were living in our current location in the shadow of the world heritage listed area known to the local Minjumgbal people as Wollumbin (Mount Warning) near the NSW town of Murwillumbah. Before making the move she decided it would be a good idea to take a short holiday in the area to scope out local life and colour and possibly assist in convincing the rest of us such a move…

10 min.
variations on the vr qr wagon

This long-lived and very useful class of wagons were 38'5¼" long and had three drop doors each side which, when lowered, opened the entire side of the wagon. The doors, sides and floor were all constructed from wood. They carried many different loads over the years and were also used in Way and Works trains carrying sleepers, ballast, spoil etc. A small number were still in service in the late 1980s and possibly into the early 1990s. They were constructed as follows: • 1-201 built 1889-1892, fitted with swing link diamond frame bogies, replaced in later years with arch bar and cast steel bogies. • 202-376 built 1912-1914, fitted with VR plate frame bogies. All of these were constructed with truss rods and buffers (removed in 1956-1957, which increased the capacity of the wagon…

3 min.
modelling aussie motor vehicles of the early 1960s

I am currently building a small layout based on the now closed Camden line, which was situated south-west of Sydney. Most of the Camden section is constructed and some scenery has been started. Another module containing Narellan is currently under negotiation with the local Lands Department (the wife!) Most of the vehicles on the layout have been collected over many years and some basic painting has been done. The Camden line closed on 1 January 1963, so the vehicles represent the era leading up to the line’s closure. It is very difficult to pick up good models cheaply these days, but I keep my eyes open in the Two Dollar shops for bargains. Unfortunately, the young people of today require trucks that transform into some form of robot or a car with…

7 min.
construct a helix

Both real railways and model railways have the same problem when two places are at different heights. On the prototype the best option has always been to make the distance between two places the maximum possible length to accomplish change in height. There are many well-known NSW railway locations of significant changes in height such as Cowan Bank, Tumulla Bank, the climb over the Liverpool Ranges through Ardglen tunnel and the Bethungra spiral. These ‘banks’ are often short distances of vertical gain which require large horsepower, bank engines and great distances to achieve height, or short ascending distances in which super-elevated track crosses over itself. The rise on the Sydney underground network from Wynyard Station to the Harbour Bridge is a notorious grade, particularly in wet weather, for heavily laden passenger…