Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine December 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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2 min.

The Ageing Faces Over the month of July 2015, AMRM office staff and a few helpers moved the office and store; the fifth office move since 1986 and at least the eighth move of the store, which holds quite a few tonnes of books and magazines. Yes, this represents over fifty years of publication. And yet in the early 1970s there was serious doubt as to the reality of the Australasian Model Railroad Magazine continuing. While the volunteer staffers never really thought of their work ceasing, the education and family demands saw their available time to work on the magazine diminish issue by issue. Sure, in the early 1970s, magazine preparation was fairly basic and would only take up three weeks of the two-month cycle, but the three weeks had to…

15 min.
reids flat

Continued from pg22 of AMRM Issue 314 (October 2015) Scenery Construction of the rock outcrop, the ridge along the back of the layout and the high ground above the tunnel relied upon the usual expanded foam, plaster bandage and rock moulds. The exposed rock areas were stained with grey fabric dye and then sprayed with diluted bleach. This treatment created some interesting variations in colour and weathering effects. The materials and methods used to create ground cover have changed substantially over the life of the layout. Initially I used a product called Tuft, which was dry plaster mixed with powdered pigments to represent various soil and grass colours. This material was very effective in reproducing the colour and various textures of soil and some of it can still be seen on the…

5 min.
3d printing an overview

Having been around in different forms for many years now, 3D printing’s popularity in the consumer market has taken off in recent times. This opens up a world of possibilities for railway modellers. It is technology that can appear intimidating, but, especially with the availability of 3D printing services, it truly is within the reach of anyone with basic modelling and computer skills. This article will take the reader through the process of designing a product, then through using a 3D printing service to get your models printed. Using a printing service eliminates the cost and set up issues relating to running your own printer and provides access to a higher quality of printing and greater range of materials. Materials Most providers will have a variety of materials available, all of which are…

5 min.
gy1080 building a vr ‘one-off’

The fleet of GY wagons was one of the Victorian Railways’ largest classes of goods wagons. Built mainly for bulk commodities, e.g. grain and superphosphate, they were also used for general goods, etc. They were constructed between 1939 and 1954. With conversions from IZ, GZ and HY wagons, the fleet totalled 6,226 by the late 1960s. Of that number, 5976 had inside sills and the rest had outside sills, being conversions from riveted IZ wagons. GY1080 was unique in being the only inside-sill GY to have a wheel handbrake out of the 5,976 built with inside-sill underframes. It was built at Newport Workshops as IZ945 (inside sill, welded body) in 1935, recoded to GZ945 in 1954, to HY (1/12/1964), then rebuilt with the higher GY sides sometime between 1964 and 1966,…

4 min.
prototype open wagon loads

A lot of traffic on our railways was (and is) conveyed in open wagons. The products hauled in open wagons include aggregates, ores and concentrates. The appearance of the load in an open wagon depends on the product’s size range, colour and the shape of the load. The process used prior to railing depends on the product. Aggregates and ballast are simply suitable hard rock crushed to size. High concentration ores such as iron ore are sold as lump or fines products; like aggregates they are simply crushed to size. Metal ores such as copper, nickel, lead and zinc usually contain low percentages of metal. These ores require concentration prior to shipping or smelting. The ores are crushed and milled to a fine powder in water as a ‘slurry’. The slurry is conditioned…

6 min.
a new railway created

There have been many model railways in the Shields’ household over the past thirty-five years or so. Most have had one thing in common; they were never finished. Also, the majority left me with the feeling that something was lacking, although I was never quite sure what. The last incarnation was a small ‘test track’ that expanded into an oval approximately 2.4m x 1.3m (8ft x 4ft) that was used to try out different techniques ‘for when the next proper layout is built’. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? I must admit that version was quite useful as its supporting frame was on castors, the top tilted onto its side and the whole thing could be wheeled from room to room, after removing the rolling stock [Photos 1 and 2]. In 2006 my wife,…