Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine June 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.

Keeping Up Some of us are of the generation that can claim that their first control system was a key; a key to wind up the clockwork spring. To most it was either that or a string, the string pulling the engine as young children do. However, for most of my generation the first train controller would have been a rheostat, either from the war surplus store or one commercially sourced. Sophistication for this was a car headlamp bulb in series so as to identify a short circuit. The all-round purpose was to make the models run at smooth realistic speeds on the model railway. The electronic age provided more opportunities and for many of us this was led by Radio and Hobbies (later Electronics Australia) which ran articles on building a transistor-based…

12 min.

Several years ago, I began to take more of an interest in the local South Australian rail scene, rather than that of Victoria, which was the subject of my previous layout, Liralau, as described in AMRM Issue 280 (February 2010). At the time I was still operating Liralau on the South Australian exhibition circuit, but needed a change. Liralau had been on the scene since 2006 and so, after seven years on the circuit, it was decided to retire it and build a replacement (Liralau has since been sold and now resides in Victoria). I looked at a number of different options for a prototype, and with the large number of South Australian models now entering the market, combined with my modelling group’s preference toward local prototype, it was decided that…

18 min.
model railway operation, australian style part 2: preparing the layout and starting operation

Implementing an Operation Scheme for a Model Railway There are two parts to this: 1. A process for directing wagon and traffic flow. 2. A process for determining what type of traffic flows and where it is going to. The Wagon Card and Waybill System In my opinion, the wagon card and waybill system is the best system for directing wagon and traffic flow. It was first described by Doug Smith in the December 1961 Model Railroader. It evolved out of many attempts at developing satisfactory model railroad operation system by various modellers over several decades and described a system used by Doug and his friend Don Peck, which became dubbed the Peck-Smith (PS) system. Doug commented that as well as being their initials, it was a postscript to the methods that preceded them. This system…

4 min.
prime – photograph – measure

I have found that when working on our hobby projects, one of the most rewarding aspects is the learning of new techniques that will enable us to improve our skills for the projects that follow. This happened recently when I was sorting out a long neglected box of ‘hobby stuff’. Down in the depths I rediscovered an old N scale epoxy resin casting for the body of a Victorian Railways I/IA wagon. It had been languishing there since the early 1980s and its purchase from Hyland’s Bookshop in Flinders St, Melbourne. I had the required Peco chassis and Microtrains body-mount couplers on hand and so commenced work. The completion of the wagon used three techniques that may be of assistance to your own hobby ventures. Priming The overall red-brown colour of the…

2 min.
modifying a fast tracks jig

As the 40th anniversary approached for my N scale layout, Wallan (AMRM Issue 279, December 2009), I felt that I could still add some extra value to the old girl. I decided to extend train running by adding a Wallan to Heathcote section because, in real life, the large gravitational staging yards also served the Bendigo line via Heathcote in the past. This new section was to be detachable from the main layout, in case I ever manage to get to another exhibition. In keeping with the layout, I decided to go down the route of hand-laid turnouts, as per the original – how hard could it be? The extra 35m of running was achieved by eliminating the use of a helix to gain altitude to the new Heathcote station above…

4 min.

Glenbourne is an HO scale layout, based on NSW practice of no particular location or era, born of necessity to reduce the size of a layout that was once much larger. I obtained for the baseboard a piece of ¾" MDF 1.5m x 1.3m, from which I cut the centre section out for access. The layout is positioned at a height of 1.3m above floor height. I subsequently made it slightly larger (1.5m x 1.63m) with the addition of some 2" x 1" timber on two sides, in order to create a small point to point portion and also to allow trains to access the outside oval. The baseboard can simply be removed by undoing four screws from underneath. The trackplan consists of a double oval with curves of standard Peco Setrack…