Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine October 2018

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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4 min.

Too Expensive? Regrettably, we all too often hear these words describing the cost of purchasing models for the railway and for as long as I can remember, this has been a common comment. Back in the late 1960s, as a newcomer to the modelling of Australian prototype, I really wanted a brass NSWGR 38 class. Model Dockyard had produced them, but the second hand price was beyond my pay packet, as was the Garratt and the Victorian R class. I was able to accept the fact that these models were beyond me, although later I was able to possess an R class for a decade or so. Things changed a bit in 1969 when George Berg released the Japanese-made brass NSWGR 32 class. A quick dip into my pocket for $59.95 found…

28 min.
little chipping

In August 1827, as he was sailing along the Victorian coast, Lt Charles Twigg chanced upon a small bay. He named this Leafy Bay after his good friend, George Leaf, recently elected to the House of Commons as the member for Little Chipping. The VR branch line eventually built to Leafy Bay ran through several small towns whose names were associated with this event. These included Little Chipping, Twigg, Fern and Leafy Bay. Fern was, of course, the family home for the Leafs. Every epic journey brings a good story, even in model railways. An article on our model of Twigg appeared in AMRM Issue 182 (October 1993) and we followed it up with an article on Leafy Bay in Issue 214 (February 1999). Both layouts are minimum space shunting layouts, requiring…

10 min.
building billabong marina: 3 maximum industries/minimum cost!

Every model railway needs an industry or two. Running passenger trains is fun, but it’s shunting the sidings that makes it even more enjoyable. On a tiny model railway like Billabong Marina you may think that there would not be room for many industries, but this is not the case and operating the little layout can be lots of fun. When the layout was first mooted, I examined a few suggestions. I could model a colliery, but I had one of those planned for the extension. I could model a brewery. Like most blokes, I like beer and have dabbled in a few home brews, but I didn’t think it would give me enough variety of wagons – I may be wrong. I could model a steel works. It would give me…

16 min.
train automation

This is the third in a series of articles on the use of a computer to assist in designing, simulating and automating your model train layout. Although some readers may wish to follow this sequence, the use of a computer to design or even simulate a layout is not a pre-requisite for model train computer automation. You can automate an existing layout or incorporate it as part of building or renovating a layout. In this article, I will cover issues such as explaining what train automation is, how it is done and why you may want to do it. This article focusses on the train automation software called TrainController. This is Windows software, part of a suite of programs under the Railroad & Co. brand developed by Friewald Software, a German…

1 min.
prototype history

The MU wagon code was ‘unearthed’ by Peter J Vincent in 1992 during one of his forays into the VR Rolling Stock Register. Fifty of these wagons were built in the early 1930s by converting M class cattle wagons to louvred vans. The reason for the work appeared to be connected with the autocoupler conversion project underway at that time. Peter surmises that they were a temporary replacement for other U vans being removed from service to be fitted with autocouplers. Fifty wagons were converted at Newport Workshops, which entailed the wagons being fitted with temporary closed in panels and wooden louvred sections on the sides and ends. The MU code chosen is logical, a U (louvred) version of the M cattle wagon. It was a very short-lived conversion though; the…

13 min.
build a vr mu louvred van

Before I could build a model I was in a dilemma regarding the detail of the van ends as, unfortunately, the only photograph of this van that I had seen was the one below from PJV’s web site [Photo 1]. Some years ago I was lucky enough to be talking to a fellow modeller about kit bashing an MU van and that the lack of detail of the ends was hindering any progress. He told me that his belief was that the end sections were partly louvred like the sides, but that for some reason the louvre panels were fitted in the lower section, rather than the top section as on the sides. With the lack of any conflicting or confirming information, I have chosen that premise as my guide…