Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine October 2019

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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17 min
forest creek

My previous layout, Emu Creek, occupied a 5m x 3m space in a purpose-built shed and was featured in AMRM Issue 316 (February 2016). It was my first serious layout and proved to be very satisfying in terms of size, track arrangement and scenery development. I was also very pleased that I was able to say, after about three years, that it was ‘finished’ (as much as a model railway can ever be regarded as having reached that stage). However, in 2012 my wife and I decided we wanted to move closer to Melbourne to be in more regular contact with our families, so we chose to make our new home in Gisborne. Imagine my pleasure when we (jointly) settled on a property that just happened to have a 26m x…

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EXHIBITIONS & EXPOS KYNETON – VIC. September 21-22, 2019. Macedon Ranges MRC and Cottage Industry Consortium present the 5th annual expo of cottage industry manufacturers. Masonic Hall, Yaldwin Street West, Kyneton. 10am-5pm (Sat), Sept 10.00am-4.00pm (Sun). Flat entry fee $5.00. SYDNEY – NSW. October 5-7, 2019. The Sydney Model Railway Exhibition at Hall 5, Southee Pavilion Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. 9.00am-5.00pm (Sat & Sun), 9.00am-4.00pm (Monday). $18 Adults, $10 Children, $12 Concessions, $45 Family, $35 Multi Day Pass. (02) 9153 5901. BURWOOD – NSW. October 12-13, 2019. TT scale layout plus train films, Burwood Uniting Church, Burwood Road (between station and Westfield). 10.00am-5.00pm (Sat & Sun). Gold coin donation. Peter 0458 043 985. SHEPPARTON – VIC. October 19-20, 2019. Shepparton Model Rail Exhibition, GV Rail Club Inc. McIntosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds 9.00am-5.30pm…

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at a glance

Scale: N (1:160) Prototype: Victorian Railways Period: circa 1978 Layout Type: Junction-to-terminus branch line with ‘dog-bone’ continuous main line Layout Size: 7.75m x 4m Rail Height from floor: 1.12m - 1.29m Baseboard: 70mm x 35mm pine legs and subframe supporting 42mm x 19mm pine frame, covered with 9mm MDF Track: Peco code 55 Control: NCE DCC Structures: Scratchbuilt, with some kits Locomotives: Scratchbuilt bodies on proprietary chassis and r-t-r Rolling stock: Scratchbuilt, kit and r-t-r Builder: Tony Scott…

16 min

Sydney’s First Model Railway Exhibition? I have just purchased the latest edition of AMRM [Issue 337, August 2019–Editor], and was pleasantly surprised to see my letter regarding Sydney’s first model railway exhibition printed in the Mailbag section. Upon reading it, I saw that there is an error in the last sentence, which states that the advertisement appeared in the SMH on Thursday 15 June 1948, when in fact it was Thursday 15 June 1848, as is clear from the reproduced advertisement. Keith King Hazelbrook 2779 AMRM has a good team of proofreaders who do an excellent job of keeping errors in the text to a minimum but, no matter how hard one tries, occasionally something slips through… At least this proofreading error isn’t as embarrassing as the time we inadvertently renamed the magazine…

3 min
war memorials

Before the one hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on the ‘eleventh of the eleventh’ 1918, which ended the ‘Great War’ (as the First World War was known at the time) becomes a distant memory, it is worth focusing on how such conflicts are commemorated in towns all over Australia. Many towns have a war memorial in a prominent place in their town, quite often in the main street, to commemorate the Great War. (The memorial halls, swimming pools, avenues etc., date from the aftermath of World War Two, though in many cases, the dead of WW2 and subsequent wars are recorded on the original memorial to the Great War.) Such is the case of the memorials depicted in this feature, all in the eastern suburbs of Perth. Although they…

16 min
modelling a webb caboose in ho scale

Prototype Preparation of this information was greatly assisted by information provided by Phil Curnow. These American-styled ‘caboose’ brake vans were first introduced by the famous Commissioner of the South Australian Railways, W A Webb, in mid-1925. Twenty vans were introduced to service between 13 May and 26 June 1925, numbered 4352-4371. A further ten numbered 4372-4381 were placed in service between 19 July and 9 September, 1926. All had four bunks at one end. At the other end were a table and stools, food cupboards, cooking stoves and guard’s desk. In the central cupola area were four elevated seats and underneath were clothes lockers. These vans were commonly used on the longest runs to Serviceton and Terowie where ‘relay working’ was used. Two crews were assigned to each train and while one crew…