Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine April 2020

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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4 min
a giant among organisers

Like many in the model railway hobby, I was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Graham Larmour (22 November 2019) and his lovely wife, June (29 November 2019). Graham (and June) were among the first volunteer officials I met when I commenced participating in the public/ club side of this wonderful hobby. At that time Graham was president of the New South Wales Branch of the Australian Model Railway Association. The branch had just purchased a building behind the main street in suburban Rockdale; a place that saw my meeting many of my contemporaries in the hobby (and long-term friends) for the first time. Meetings were always enjoyable and the atmosphere catered for learning about the hobby and meeting new friends. The then role of the president was…

21 min
twigg rebuilt

On the weekend of 15/16 August 1992, a young girl (Mandie) and her father (me) took Twigg to its first exhibition. Another August, 26 years later, saw Twigg being exhibited at the AMRA (Vic) Caulfield exhibition. While Mandie and I have done most of the exhibiting over the years, my wife Carol and our younger daughter Kylie have also participated. Over the years we made some changes to Twigg, such as extra people and flowering plants in the gardens of the houses, along with a fresh layer of scatter in differing colours as the existing cover faded. Plus, the total numbers of locomotives and rolling stock available for use on the layout have continued to grow. Immediately after the 2017 Caulfield exhibition, we gave thought to the following year and assumed we…

1 min
at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: Freelance VR-style country branch line Period: Diesel era – no specific period Layout Type: Terminus to fiddle yard exhibition layout Layout Size: 2.0m x 450mm (without fiddle yard) Rail Height from floor: 780mm Baseboard: 40mm x 20mm pine frame with 12mm chipboard top covered with 6mm thick cork tiles, held up by 70mm x 18mm pine legs Track: Peco code 100 Streamline Control: DC Structures: Scratchbuilt Locomotives: R-T-R and kit-built Rolling stock: kit-built, scratchbuilt and r-t-r Builder: Martin and Mandie Murden…

7 min
a bloke needs a shed… pt 1

The Prototype SAR Goods Sheds A ustralian railways built goods sheds at most major stations for the safe storage of goods entrusted to them for transport. Look through any station diagrams and you’ll find them marked, very often accompanied by a freight office, an extended goods platform and a derrick crane. The SAR built these sheds in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials so we will start with a brief overview of the prototypes. In the fledgling colony of South Australia, stone was a readily available building material, but good timber was scarce (particularly compared with the eastern states), and with industry still being established, corrugated iron was also in short supply, so the early goods sheds were built from stone, in two styles: The classic round (or barrel) roofed, stone through…

11 min
control panels

You don’t have to push a member of my generation all that hard to get them to open up about their favourite childhood television shows. I was sitting with a good friend of mine drinking coffee recently and he was reminiscing about a show from his childhood by the name of Combat, starring Vic Morrow. He’d been given the complete boxed set of DVDs of this program as a Christmas gift and he was telling me about how he’d enjoyed watching five or six episodes in a row over the Christmas break with one of his granddaughters sitting next to him. The poor child probably hadn’t been warned that the world used to be black and white in the ‘olden days’ because she promptly fell asleep in his lap. In…

4 min
the r class 4-4-2 steam locomotives of the wagr

The Prototype Towards the end of the nineteenth century the Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR) saw a need for faster and more powerful passenger locomotives. The 3'6" (1067mm) gauge main line network now extended north, east and south of Perth, with heavy passenger traffic, particularly east to the goldfields around Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. Designs were prepared for a 4-4-0 tender locomotive for this traffic and an order placed with Dübs & Co. in the UK for twelve engines in 1896. These new locomotives entered traffic in two groups of six in 1897 and were designated as the R class, numbered 144-155. They were an immediate success, leading to the order for twelve more from Dübs in 1897. This second order all entered traffic in 1899, numbered 174-179 and 227-232. The R class…