Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine October 2014

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.
guest comment

Reality Check One of the most significant issues that has contributed to the growth of the model railway hobby world-wide is the implementation of computer-aided design and tooling coupled with Asian assembly. The ability to turn accurate, correct scale 2D drawings into 3D drawings and then creating injection moulding tools from this basic design, coupled with the ability of skilled nimble fingers to assemble what can be hundreds of parts into a working scale model has benefited every major brand and the many scales of model railways. Very quickly our commercially purchased models moved from being a single shell with detail moulded in place to shells with handrails standing clear of the body, finely etched grills, opening and closing doors, working headlights and marker lamps, coaled tenders that look real and more.…

7 min.

My current layout, Yea, is built to represent the prototype station and yards from the 1930s to the 1960s, modelling the section from the departmental residence (DR) at Lyon Street to the gates at the Mansfield end of the station. Yea (pronounced ‘yay’) is a picturesque town, once 79¾ miles (127km) by rail north-north-east of Melbourne, on the now-closed branch line from Tallarook on the North-East Line to Mansfield. The railway as far as Yea opened in 1883. I’ve tried to get as close as possible to the appearance of the prototype, using photos and station maps from the Victorian Railways infrastructure website: www.victorianrailways.net. The layout is housed in 6m x 4m garage which has plaster walls and is carpeted and lit by fluorescent lighting. The layout frame base was originally owned by…

2 min.
meet greg coombs

I work as a boiler/services attendant for a local factory in Pakenham, Victoria. I’m forty years old, married to my beautiful wife Kathy and have two kids, Josh and Cooper. I’m currently president of the Cardinia Model Railway Club in Pakenham (to which new members are always welcome) and also coach for the local under-seventeens cricket team. My father, Ray, worked for the Victorian Railways as an apprentice fitter and turner at Newport Workshops. This has helped me with ‘insider’ details of great use to modelling the VR. My interest in trains started when I was about four. My father built a twin oval track on a 4' x 8' (1.2m x 2.4m) sheet of chipboard, painted it green with one paper mâché mountain. I spent hours on that layout, breaking all…

3 min.
bailey thorpe – apprentice

Some years ago readers may recall reading how I was ‘training’ an apprentice photographer, my then five-year-old grandson, Charlie Elward. [‘Starting Them Young’, AMRM Issue 286 (February 2011) – Editor] I am now training my youngest (and last) grandson, Bailey Thorpe, who has been toting a spare Canon DSLR since he was three and a half. Bailey, who was not quite five years old when this story was written in December 2013, is starting to take to the camera akin to his older cousin, Charlie. And his images are getting straighter and more accurate. While Charlie has now had copious pictures published in newspapers, calendars, books and magazines domestically (and as far-afield as England), Bailey might well be on his way as well, for he truly loves his trains. He has even,…

5 min.
going narrow…

When you have been in this hobby for as long as most of the Friday-night Ramblers (forty years plus, for most of us) you will have seen most of the trends that have taken place in the hobby over those years. The obvious trends like the move to Digital Command Control (DCC) are easy to spot, but other changes can be almost imperceptible, absorbed into some aspect of the hobby or other without drawing particular attention to themselves and certainly without attracting the attention of your humble scribe. As is so often the case, it was at a regular Friday night get together of the Ramblers that your scribe’s attention was drawn to another of these overlooked trends which has infiltrated the hobby and left its mark. This particular trend came to…

3 min.
whibley’s folly

On the side of the road that leads to Mitchan, near where it crosses over the branch line to Kapinnie on my South Australian Railways – Eyre Peninsula Division, there is the abandoned site of a small mine. A label on the front of the trestle informs the viewer that this is the “Whibley’s Folly Mine” Yeelanna, the starting point of the Kapinnie branch, usually has a staff of two: a station master and a porter. In the mid-1960s the porter was a Mr A. Whibley. It seems that Mr Whibley had heard that substantial quantities of jade had been found near Cowell, further north on Eyre Peninsula. He became convinced that similar geological strata existed near Yeelanna. Consequently he pegged a mineral lease near the Kapinnie line and proceeded to…