Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine October 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.

Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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2 min.

Consumer Rights The model railway hobby in Australia is supplied by a wonderful collection of individuals and groups whose objective is to supply good models and model-related items at fair prices with a cheerful service. Mostly, this is achieved to the satisfaction of all, but occasionally there is a problem or two. When a problem does arise, it is almost always attended to immediately, for most suppliers do not need to be reminded of the Australian consumer law. Customer satisfaction is the supplier’s prime objective, so fixing the problem should be no issue. Australian consumer law, while complex in some detail, is very basic in overall application. The supplier has to replace/ repair the item to the customer’s satisfaction or supply a refund. The supplier is defined as the seller of the item,…

7 min.
fogarty’s gap

Having enjoyed my experience with the building and scenicking of my now retired Leanganook layout [AMRM Issue 227, April 2001 – Editor], I harboured the desire to build a layout on a ‘go it alone’ basis. I did labour on the decision whether to model a particular location, but decided to adopt a freelance approach. By the time I had completed the layout (if there is such a thing) I had spent, in round figures, $8000.00. The overall cost has been softened somewhat by the inclusion of resourced materials, scratchbuilding and making my own trees and the like. For me a new layout had to be simple to transport and operate and capable of being assembled and dismantled by one person. Background Fogarty’s Gap took almost twelve months to build, working on…

6 min.
victorian railways timber bridges part 1: bridges with longitudinal deck

The first railways constructed in Victoria, to Geelong, to Ballarat via Geelong and to the Murray River at Echuca via Bendigo, adopted very high standards of engineering, with substantial masonry and brick viaducts. Even small culverts and road bridges were constructed of bluestone and/or brick. Despite the income which was generated by the gold rush, the expense of these grandiose constructions nearly bankrupted the state. As further lines were constructed, cheaper methods of construction were adopted. At this time timber was cheap and readily available, so it was widely used in the construction of bridges in a wide range of settings, on main lines, secondary main lines and branch lines. A range of standard designs was adopted, which were used system-wide and were remarkably strong, able to carry heavy locomotives such…

4 min.
along the line with a gopro digital camera

Although there are products such as the ChooChooCam available for filming from a moving model train, the financial outlay probably outweighs the number of times I would envisage using it. For this reason, I started thinking how I could make a video of the layout with more readily available devices. My first idea was to use the smart-phone. My layout is HO scale so, unless you model in G scale, facing the phone forwards is probably not possible. I therefore experimented with mounting the phone on its side and facing it sideways from a flat wagon. To hold it in position, I fabricated a right-angle bracket and secured this to the flat-wagon and sideways phone using Blutak. Unfortunately, the dimensions of my iPhone5, which is one of the narrower smartphones, exceeded…

5 min.
modelling nsw supplementary interurban carriages

For a few years now I have been very busy modelling the NSW 72'6" Supplementary Interurban Carriages, that very distinctive feature of the late 1970s/early 1980s period on the NSW system, from various bits and pieces. So far, out of the twenty-four 72'6" supplementary interurban carriages built by the PTC/SRA, I have only four more to model and I will have them all. Why build these carriages, many have asked me. It’s a case of these cars appealling to me. I call them the weird and wonderful one-offs and not too many people have modelled them. In fact, after attending model exhibitions for the last 25 years, I am yet to see any supplementary interurban cars on display. The inspiration to build these carriages came from seeing Roy Howarth’s work featured…

1 min.
bendigo september 1976