Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine February 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.

What’s Wrong With It? In November 2015, Christmas has come early; boxes of newly released models have arrived and await checking before putting onto the model railway. That some of these models have been long awaited has increased the Christmas present excitement. There’s the L, the 50, the 43 and the XPT, among many. As the models are unpacked and viewed for the first time, a question or two arise. Is it right? What’s wrong with it? I am of course referring to the prototype authenticity of the individual models. In some instances it is not the first time a model of these prototypes has been on the layout. In fact, the first 50 class was acquired in 1970, a Japanese hand-made brass import, as was the first 43 class in the…

13 min.
emu creek

I originally became interested in N scale in the late 1970s, after reading Peter Clark’s articles on building VR N scale rolling stock in AMRM. Although I was living in north-west Queensland at the time, I had a preference for the Victorian Railways because I was born and bred in Victoria and I expected to return there some time in the future. The paucity of commercially available models representing the VR I took as a challenge. With the help of nothing more than a little book called An Australian Locomotive Pocketbook and some plans I had obtained from VR headquarters while on holidays, I kitbashed a B, S, X, T and Y class diesel from various American models, and scratch-built several wagons and guard’s vans, but a layout never eventuated. My interest…

9 min.
building ballast plough n2

The assembly of the wagon will be a mixture of SEM and scratchbuilt parts. Dimensions shown in the sketches in Imperial units are measurements of the prototype; dimensions shown in metric are for the HO scale model. File the centre sill down to the same height as the side sills (scale 10"). File flush with the wagon floor the brake cylinder and air reservoir supports. Using 0.020" styrene sheet, cut off small sections to fill in the notched areas on the floor edges that are provided for when this floor is used with other kits. Lightly file these sections flush with the original floor, giving a finished width of 8'6". The wagon floor is plate steel with a central timber section (3'3" wide by 4'6" long) to allow access to the plough’s lifting mechanism [Drawing…

6 min.
who is not ‘cool’?

As a contributor to issue 2 of Australasian Model Railroad Magazine back in 1963, and a member of AMRA since 1955, what can I say to contributor Trevor Hodges [In the Loop: Image Problem? What Image Problem? AMRM Issue 314, October 2015 – Editor], who seems to find our hobby being perceived as uncool? 1. Memorise some of these names: Stirling Moss, Sir Malcolm Campbell, Walt Disney, Lord Brabazon, Earl Mountbatten, two English kings, King Peter of Yugoslavia, John Galsworthy, Alex Guinness, George Bernard Shaw, Neville Shute, Duke of Westminster, Admiral Halsey, the Sultan of Turkey, Air Marshall Sir John Salmon, almost the entire British House of Lords... and dozens more notables from the aristocracy, the literati, the cognoscenti and the intelligentsia. These good people are listed by name on page…

11 min.
the commercial imperative

Until very recently my commercial involvement in the model railway hobby was limited to assembling two kits and the installation of a DCC decoder into a locomotive. These three instances were spread over approximately twenty years and across two different scales. All three resulted either from trying to help a friend, getting something I wanted in trade for the work, or a mixture of both. At the time of assembling the first of these kits. I had probably put together approximately ten steam locomotive kits, so I was reasonably proficient at the process. The kit was one of the Footplate Models range from DJH and, while it went together in a straightforward manner, an issue emerged for me that put paid to any long term plans I might have had…

1 min.

The rustic store is a common sight on model railway layouts, but not often modelled is a store that is part of a larger building. The old general store at Wolseley, on the corner of Railway Terrace and Garnet St, is part of a bigger complex that would make an interesting model, whether scratchbuilt or converted from commercially available models. More of this interesting commercial structure can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/o2vkczq. The institute building is also a common feature of country towns. While most are now abandoned or repurposed, they were once a very important part of the cultural life of the areas. While many were cheaply built of timber, corrugated iron or, latterly, fibro-cement sheeting, some were more imposing, as befits the civic pride they once engendered. However, all is…