Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine June 2017

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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6 Issues

In this issue

3 min.

Changing the Guard With this issue of Australian Model Railway Magazine, James McInerney takes on the role of editor of the magazine, replacing Ian Dunn, who will continue his role with Eveleigh Press producing high quality railway history books. Ian has been Editor since June 2006, overseeing the production of 117 issues of the magazine; a sterling effort for this voluntary role. There are many components to producing a healthy magazine covering the hobby of Australian model railways, but, regrettably, the money generated from sales and advertising does not permit all roles to be paid and, traditionally, the editors of AMRM have been unpaid volunteers. That Ian Dunn has undertaken this task for 11 years, is a major indication of his dedication to the advancement of the hobby. Over this magazine’s 53 years…

16 min.
la perouse via malabar

Reminiscences of the Prototype I decided to base my tramway layout on the area of Sydney near where my twin sister and I grew up, Maroubra Beach. Born in March 1953, I was almost eight when the last tram, R1 2083, ran down our street, Fenton Ave. So I just caught the tail end of an era. As well, I remember seeing steam trains at ‘Central’ (Sydney Terminal). The smell of the burning coal remains with me. Our mother used to take us to ‘town’, i.e. the city, by tram to see movies at the large cinemas. In those days everyone stood to attention when God Save the Queen was played prior to the movie starting. She also took me shopping at ‘The Jungo’ i.e. Maroubra Junction and to the Royal…

5 min.
how to model grass trees

What You Will Need • 1m x 30 gauge 10amp heavy duty wire – makes approx. five trees (I used Altronics wire code: W2278) • 50mm x 24/26 gauge wire (bead or florist wire) for spike • Wire strippers (optional) • Wire cutters • Craft knife • Hobby vice • Pliers • Tweezers (ordinary) • Grip tweezers (ones that open when squeezed) • Soldering iron and solder • PVA glue • (Optional: Selleys No More Gaps) • Plaster of Paris • Paint brush • Acrylic paints: med/dark green, dark brown, black • Air brush (optional) – I don’t have one but it may be quicker • A 50mm thick x 200mm x 200mm piece of Styrofoam for placing trees in while drying As a challenge I wanted to make grass trees (which were commonly known as ‘Black Boys’) in HO scale to add to my scenery with my…

11 min.
digital expectations

In the weeks prior to a recent overseas family holiday, I purchased a tablet device. In an effort to keep costs down the ‘better half’ had booked only one piece of check-in luggage between the four of us, so we were restricted to 10kg of carry-on luggage each. Any thoughts I might have had of slipping a laptop into my luggage so I could go online while we were away quickly evaporated. So I finally succumbed to the inevitable march of history and purchased a tablet, which I can carry on board in my hand. The first thing I did was subscribe to my favourite newspaper. Because of the distance I live from Sydney, I’d been reading the paper a day late for years and more recently I’d been complaining…

5 min.
build a vr 70ft turntable

How better to get back into model railways after a break of several decades than to scratchbuild a turntable. A nice simple job, I thought… This VR 70ft turntable will, I hope, be part of an HO scale VR layout eventually. The idea was to build it to working condition, but also take the opportunity to have a play with the latest scenic materials, then drop the whole mostly-finished module into the future baseboard and then blend it in. The period to be modelled is circa-1920, so with thanks to Mark Bau’s excellent website, an original construction drawing was printed off and used as a reference. I believe the drawing dates from 1906, so will definitely suit here. The drawing can be accessed at: www.victorianrailways.net/infastuct/turntables/70’table_1906_type.pdf With arthritic fingers, hands that shake and average…

7 min.
end of the line

This, the final part of the series, reflects on the achievements and lessons from building the layout. In brief, the layout was effectively an exercise in what could be fitted into a modest space. It had a defined life expectancy of five years, so there was also the challenge of completing the process within that timeframe. The space and time limitations influenced some of my decisions and these warrant some review. Space Considerations I had developed a double-level layout plan for the entire loft space (6m x 4.2m) during the house contract settlement period. As I was running modern-era stock, long block trains needed to be accommodated. Long trains require long runs in order to appreciate the visual impact. This was just achievable with a layout 6m in length. When a third of…