Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine December 2016

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.

In Praise of Conventions A common trait we all seem to have is the desire to learn more about our hobby, be it how to assemble a kit, build a model or scenery, lay track or learn more on the many prototype subjects we individually base our modelling upon. A popular ‘place of learning’ has been the many model railway conventions that now take place in four capital cities. The locations can be seen to be a problem though, for as interesting and informative as they are, they can be perceived to cater for ‘local’ modellers only. Living in a city, it can be hard to understand how isolated one can be in the hobby. Sure, these days the internet can help with this, but it was not always so. A while…

11 min.

This N scale layout, built by Peter Boorman, represents Kyogle, a location in northern NSW on the north coast line to Brisbane, and is the culmination of a lengthy involvement in N scale modelling. Like many of us, Peter started his modelling career as a child putting together Airfix kits, but it wasn’t too long before his interests had moved more specifically to HO model railways. Around 1990, he saw an N scale layout at a local club in Lismore that changed his views on what was possible in a smaller space and promptly sold all his HO collection to fund his new interest in the smaller scale. Soon he had a small generic Australian layout up and running, with a collection of Ian Alce’s kits and soldered-up Weico locomotive…

6 min.
a new railway re-created

Those of you expecting to read about the next stage of my Renmarkbased layout [‘A New Railway Created’, AMRM Issue 315, December 2015 – Editor] may be surprised by the following article, or perhaps not. Not long after the previous article was prepared (and long before the article was published), the layout was dismantled and the purpose-built hobby room subsequently converted into two large bedrooms. Another anticipated job/house move prompted both these changes. Apparently a four-bedroom house is easier to sell than a two-bedroom house with a large hobby room! So, as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men etc. Due to other unforeseen (aren’t they all?) circumstances, the move never eventuated and I restarted my layout planning based on one of the two new bedrooms. The new…

12 min.
modelling the typical vs modelling the atypical?

Recently, I attended one of the two or three model railway exhibitions I regularly patronise with my friend, Phil. The exhibition we were attending is one of the larger, annual, regional shows which always has a wide variety of layouts in different scales and gauges on display. While there’s always something to learn from layouts of pretty much any scale or prototype, both Phil and I are dyed-in-the-wool NSW outline modellers, so we tend to be most interested in the work of other modellers working in this prototype. For many years Phil was instrumental in organizing an exhibition in the far north coast NSW town of Murwillumbah and there aren’t many modellers and clubs with exhibition layouts he hasn’t come into contact with over the past fifteen years or so…

3 min.
addendum: the nswgr hbw four-wheel ballast hopper

Further to my Prototype File on the HBW hoppers, published in AMRM Issue 316 (February 2016) I have since uncovered some further information on the locations where HBW, HW (BW) and D type ballast wagons were located and regulations appertaining to their use which will be of interest to those wishing to operate ballast hopper models in a prototypical manner. This information is extracted from copies of the NSW General Appendix, dated 1 December 1935 and 1 March 1945. General Appendix: Westinghouse Air-Brake Regulations, 12 c (iv): Four-wheeled ballast wagons or ballast hoppers not equipped with the Westinghouse Air Brake complete are to be conveyed only by Ballast trains, and these vehicles must not be attached to Mixed, Goods or Pick-up trains without the special authority of the Chief Traffic Manager, except as…

3 min.
nljx vans at jincumbilly

Uses for discarded railway rolling stock have always been varied, being fully dependent upon the end-user’s needs. As we have seen throughout the years this occasional series has appeared, most of the items of redundant rolling stock already profiled in these pages have found new uses, often many kilometres from a rail line. They provide living accommodation, livestock shelter, feed storage, while some even serve as tack rooms. But at Jimcumbilly, a miniscule station which opened for business on 21 November 1921 and located 510.030 km from Sydney on the now-closed Cooma to Bombala line in southern NSW, the remains of two NLJX bogie vans that were deliberately left in the goods siding when trains stopped running from 26 March 1986, remain (more or less). As with several branch line closures in…