Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine June 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.

Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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2 min.

Exhibiting ”Not many new layouts” is a common comment these days about model railway exhibitions. The hobby is probably at its healthiest point ever and yet, those displaying are growing fewer. If my personal experiences are considered, one must wonder why. I was fortunate enough to be part of a small group of railway modellers, all keen to increase our range of Australian models. It was the very early 1970s and little was available. Only the rich had a brass 38, Garratt or R class, so, as we were money-poor young family blokes, scratchbuilding was the norm. Unbeknown to us at the time, the encouragement by one member of the group to build an exhibition layout to ‘show our wares’ was to be the best move for all of us. The task of…

21 min.

The story of Arakoola really begins with another layout; Stringybark Creek [Some scenes on Stringybark Creek appeared on pgs. 16-17 of AMRM Issue 286, February 2011–Editor]. This pioneering 7mm fine scale layout made its debut at the AMRA (NSW) exhibition at Hurstville in 2005 and was constructed by a group of members of the Aus7 Modellers Group to show modellers in other scales and the general public what their chosen scale had to offer. Incomplete at the first showing, it went on to be exhibited twice more at subsequent exhibitions at both Hurstville and Liverpool. But ‘Stringybark’ was a very large and structurally complex layout in many ways and this proved its undoing, as transport and storage difficulties arose to tax the enthusiasm of the team. Reluctantly it was decided…

2 min.
the monopod: from selfies to secret scenes

You may well have noticed youngsters and tourists taking ‘selfies’ of themselves with their smartphone mounted on the end of a pole. This is a Chinese-made contraption called a Monopod (Photo 1), which can be obtained from various outlets for $20.00 or less. I recently purchased mine in Kuala Lumpur for about $7.00! I’m not an enthusiast for ‘selfies’, but it occurred to me that the gadget could be used for photographing hard-to-get-at scenes on my layout. The Monopod can either be used as a clamp for the smartphone, or the clamp can be removed and the camera screwed on. However, the former is probably the most useful, since placing a camera in a concealed or restricted location means that you probably won’t be able to see the viewfinder. The same…

13 min.
lbk 84 a prototypical conversion

The NSW Government Railways once operated a number of specially fitted out carriages for the Far West Children’s Health Scheme. This scheme was started by the Reverend Stanley Drummond, who began his tenure as Superintendent of the Far West Mission in the western NSW mining town of Cobar in 1924. Upon his arrival he and his wife Lucy were confronted with the plight of infants and children in the unforgiving harsh environment of the western plains and as a result they formulated the Scheme, which brought health services to the bush and gave some a chance to visit the seaside suburb of Manly. In 1930 the Scheme approached the Railways seeking the provision of a mobile clinic and, in January 1931, ‘Redfern’ carriage LBK 84 went into service as Baby…

8 min.
in the loop key moments

A decade prior to my birth my parents migrated to Australia from England and, in so doing, cut themselves off from direct contact with my grandparents, none of whom I met before they passed away in the 1970s, and all of their brothers and sisters. As I imagine is the case with many immigrant families, my parents formed friendships with local families who, to some degree, came to stand in for our missing relatives back in the ‘Old Dart’. One such family we formed a very strong relationship with furnished my formative years with two brothers – Ralph and Snowy were their names – who were as close as I ever got to the uncles I missed out on growing up with. Both my surrogate uncles were of that generation…

6 min.
modelling the boyd munro train

Private rail charters are not uncommon in Australia; however, the rolling stock is usually supplied by a heritage group or society. However, there is at least one contemporary example of a rail charter using privately owned passenger rolling stock. Mr Boyd Munro owns a pair of former SAR passenger cars, which he uses for regular private tours to various parts of NSW. These passenger cars are hauled by heritage steam or diesel locomotives, or by diesels supplied by a leasing company. Accompanying the private cars is support rolling stock, such as flat wagons for water tanks, generators, and other miscellaneous items. Other support rolling stock includes a guard’s van (depending on the rail operator’s accreditation requirements) and a sleeping car for the train crew and support staff. At times, a Smart…