Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine December 2014

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

3 min.

When Less is More There seems to be nothing more pleasurable in the model railway adventure than the time we spend planning our empire; planning for the day when we have the time, space and money to build our dream. Countless hours can be spent, researching and doodling various track plans that will suit our ideals. Some of us share these times with close friends and further develop the ideas with sound debates. Some of us prepare written plans where the purposes of the industries are set out and then see these dreams drawn to scale on graph paper or with computer-based drawing packages. The dreams in written/drawn form are ideal, for they do start to develop the three-dimensional aspect of the layout. This is important, as is the need to listen…

14 min.

The Midland Railway Company of WA (1894-1964) was, in its day, the longest privately owned, common carrier railway in Australia. It was a land grant railway, one of three commissioned by the colonial government in WA in the latter years of the nineteenth century. The company was owned by English shareholders and came into existence in 1894, following the signing of the Waddington Agreement in 1886 between the company and the Colonial Government, prior to self-government under Premier Sir John Forrest in 1890. The company received 12,000 acres of land for every mile of track it built and serviced between Midland Junction, 12 miles (19.3km) from Perth, and Walkaway, 19 miles (30.5km) south of Geraldton. Both ends of the line junctioned with the WAGR railway. As such, it was the…

1 min.
at a glance

Scale: Sn3½ (16.5mm gauge) Prototype: Midland Railway of Western Australia 1894-1964 Period: 1958 Layout type: Layout at front – fiddle yard at rear exhibition layout Layout size: 6.0m x 3.0m Rail height above floor: 1.10m Baseboards: Doors with pine cross girders and end-plates Track: Code 100 Atlas track and Peco medium No.6 turnouts Control: Lenz DCC, Tsunami sound decoders, Cobalt point motors and DCC Concepts point decoders Buildings and other structures: Scratchbuilt Scenery: Sifted sand and static grass Locomotives: Scratchbuilt bodies on proprietary mechanisms Rolling stock: Scratchbuilt and kit-built Road vehicles: S scale (1:64) Auto-Art, Biante and Matchbox Builder: Stuart Mackay, with a little help from his friends…

7 min.
wrestling radii

All hobbies and leisure activities have particular aspects that attract most of the attention, but the context in which hobbies take place more often than not goes virtually unnoticed. For instance, skydiving may be all about the jump, but the activity of jumping out of a plane is defined by the ground. The ground is what provides the thrill: without it skydiving would just be skyfalling. Skyfalling would probably be fun at first, but the novelty would soon wear off without the need to avoid hitting the ground. I expect all of us could agree that most of the attention in the hobby of railway modelling is directed at the locomotives and, to a slightly lesser degree, the rolling stock and model buildings on our layouts. So if our equivalent of…

3 min.
night life

I arrived at Cummins in February 1963. It was still a town very much on the edge of ‘the sticks’. Our home was a corrugated, galvanised iron structure without deep drainage. The toilet was an open pit type, well away from the house. The road from Port Lincoln was bitumenised to Cummins, but from there on – like every other road in the area – it was rough dirt. Only the main street of Cummins was sealed and had kerbing. However we did have 240V electricity. This was slowly spreading across the farming community by the erection of a high voltage ‘Single Wire Earth Return’ system. However, this was far from complete and many farms still relied upon their own generators. Thus, once Cummins was left at night, especially in winter,…

2 min.
country oil depots

Having looked at service stations back in 2012 [‘Beyond the Fence – Service Stations’, AMRM Issue 297, December 2012 – Editor], it is probably time to take a look at the railway side of the petroleum industry, particularly now with so many r-t-r rail tank cars available from a variety of manufacturers, not to mention the building blocks of a typical fuel depot produced by Southern Rail. The photos presented here are intended to show how much, or how little, space would be required to model an oil depot.…