Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine October 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.

The Stayers As we work into our sixth decade of publishing the Australian Model Railway Magazine we are reminded of the longevity of some around us. We have been reminded by All Aboard that their founder, Bill Webb, started his business forty years ago [see item in the News section – Editor]. Although there were hobby shops that catered for his field of interest, he could not be satisfied by the meagre offerings, so he did something about it. At that time model railway hobbyists were supplied by general hobby shops; shops that catered for all hobbies. Generally, their offerings were not sufficient to grow the model railway hobby, although Hobbyco, Model Dockyard and Berg’s Hobbies certainly did their best. The Dockyard made its mark on Australian model railways and then moved…

13 min.
reids flat

Although Alynvale, my first layout, was based on an actual track plan, nothing on it gave any indication of where it was meant to be, other than somewhere in NSW. Not being satisfied with this, I decided that my next effort would be based on a specific location, or at least a specific area, and that the scenery, structures and trains should leave little doubt as to the time and place the model was intended to represent. I started planning what would eventually become Reids Flat while still working on Alynvale and considered a number of busy mainline locations before realising that modelling somewhere like Koorawatha (as described by Bob Cooke in AMRM Issue 137, April 1986), located near Cowra on the Blayney-Demondrille cross country line, was a more realistic…

10 min.
void to layout part 7: scenery

Basic landform development There are many methods for creating the basic model landscape and then detailing it. I favour the cardboard web scenery framework developed by American modeller, Dave Frary. It is lightweight, cheap and easily modified. There are a couple of aspects of the method that I approach differently. During track planning, I set out key scenic features, such as tunnels, buildings, bridges, roads, high ground and low ground. I used cuttings to disguise the sharp curves. The visual break in the line of sight tricks the eye. However, the relatively small distance between levels, especially the low and medium levels, precluded the use of high embankments and deep cuttings. It is generally recommended that scenery slope downwards from the back of the layout to the front. This ensures that the trackwork…

5 min.
variations on vr b and u vans

The Victorian Railways built 380 B box vans from 1958 to 1960, using underframes from scrapped 11'6" wheelbase I/IA open wagons fitted with new steel bodies and fabricated steel doors. The VR also built 330 composite U louvred vans from 1956 to 1959, using underframes from scrapped 10’6“ wheelbase, timber-bodied U louvred vans, with new steel bodies and timber half-solid, half-louvred type doors. With the recent release of the r-t-r SDS U van and the re-release of the updated Steam Era Models (SEM) kit of the B van, some variations are possible with a little judicious ‘cross-kitting’. Both these wagons had the same size doors and they were randomly swapped between these wagon types over the years. I also understand that both these door types were also used on the bogie VF/VP…

7 min.
image problem? what image problem?

This past winter, over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, my partner and I had some friends round to warm ourselves in front of a bonfire and drink soup. After it got a bit too cold outside, we retired indoors and sat in the lounge room chatting and drinking coffee and wine. The guests included one of my modelling cronies and his wife and at one point the conversation drifted onto model trains, or to be more accurate, the types of men who are interested in model trains. It might be worth mentioning that neither my modelling friend nor I were responsible for introducing this particular topic into the conversation. It was raised by my friend’s wife, who happens to be a teacher. She mentioned that, just prior to our weekend…

4 min.
1295/2196 aggregate trains

While having a break between magazines back in July 2014, I photographed an unusual looking train near Exeter, south of Moss Vale on the NSW Main South line. It caught my eye as it consisted of a rake of hopper wagons with an NR locomotive at each end. Peter Clark’s article Lynwood Quarry to Rooty Hill Aggregate Trains in the January 2014 Railway Digest gave me some vital clues as to what it was, while the final details were filled in by Stephen Relf, Josh Beveridge, David Robinson and Glenn Kelly after an enquiry on Facebook. What I had seen was train No.2196, a (then) new train operated by Pacific National on behalf of Boral, conveying aggregate from the Peppertree gravel quarry, near Marulan, to Sydney for distribution. The interesting thing about…