Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine August 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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3 min
a bright future

As these words are being penned, in Australia, we are nearing almost three months of COVID-19 lock-down, but the restrictions are easing. For most of us, the restrictions have been severe in that we have been expected to stay at home. Realistically, there has been little choice for all entertainment venues have been closed, with club meetings and exhibitions either cancelled or postponed to an unknown date. As I found out there was a way to get around this seclusion. But, in my case, that needed some severe pain, an ambulance ride, followed by an urgent surgical procedure and a few days recuperating in a coronary care unit. We do have a wonderful health care system in this country, something we should never forget! However, being trapped at home has not been…

9 min
henry wadling’s north west layout

Henry Wadling is an active, ‘youthful’ septuagenarian and, naturally, we attribute this to his lifelong interest in railways! He was raised near Parramatta and could often be at Harris Park station in the company of his grandfather and father. They would draw his attention to such sights as 30 class 4-6-4 tanks shuffling rakes of end-platform carriages, 57 and 58 4-8-2 ‘Big Engines’ on heavy goods trains, as well as 32 and 36 class 4-6-0s on passenger trains and 38 class ‘Pacifics’ on expresses, for this was prior to Blue Mountains electrification. Additionally, Henry’s family regularly visited his grandparents whose abode overlooked the railway near Merry-lands on the line from Granville to the South. Henry’s father was a sub-foreman at Flemington car sheds and allowed his son to accompany him to…

5 min
branchline ramblings not another revolution!

When the majority of the Branchline Ramblers can individually boast of over half a century of involvement in the model railway hobby, you can imagine that between them they have seen quite a few of what ultimately turned out to be quite revolutionary developments introduced into the hobby. Ask any of the Ramblers to name three such developments and I suspect that sound and Digital Command Control (DCC) would be common on everyone’s list while my suggestion for third would be ‘L’ girder benchwork, which has played a major part in the ongoing 35 year building (and rebuilding) of Werris Creek. Werris Creek is constructed entirely using L girder bench-work and the model railway was used as a test bed for both System One (which became NCE) and Digitrax, which were two…

5 min
build a cmrci dcc programming box

Awhile ago a Canberra Model Railway Club member circulated a link to a mid-2018 post from Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine describing a portable DCC programming system. The idea was to be able to take a small programming system along with club layouts to exhibitions and the like to allow locos to be programmed if necessary. Club members occasionally have a troublesome loco which needs a bit of diagnosis when exhibiting away from home, or they may buy a new unit from one of the traders present and need to check it out on a programming track and perhaps change the address. Therefore the idea had considerable merit. The unit described in this article was put together from surplus components. One problem was that the unit described still needed an external computer…

19 min
a bloke needs a shed… pt 3

The Building Shell Basic construction follows conventional procedures, using a balsa wood box overlaid with the corrugated cladding. The SAR drawing [Image 19] with the timber platform shows the end and back (road face) wall cladding extending down beyond platform level to the underside of the floor joists, a distance of 1'. This is a damned nuisance as it means there is no common base line for the walls, and the projecting cladding without the underlying balsa structure is liable to suffer damage during construction. It would be reasonable to compromise and finish the cladding at the platform level all-around, and I will describe this option. Start by laying out the four main walls onto the balsa, using the dimensions shown on the drawings [Drawings 4, 6, 7]. Make sure you have a…

4 min
two closed railways

At the beginning of March 2020, about three dozen people received a copy of a newsletter titled EPOS. It was issue Number 100, and its name represented the words, ‘Eyre Peninsula OperatorS’. The subtitle explained that it was the “Newsletter of the Operators of the SAR–EPD and for enthusiasts of the SAR — Port Lincoln Division”. The ‘South Australian Railways Eyre Peninsula Division’ (SAR–EPD) is a 1/32nd scale indoor-outdoor, scratchbuilt layout that replicates a part of the old narrow gauge SAR Port Lincoln Division in the years 1960–70. We lived in Cummins (north of Port Lincoln) in 1963 and, there, I rediscovered my love of railways. I began modelling it in 1965. Early in 1967 we went to live at Minlaton on Yorke Peninsula, where the first completed SAR–EPD layout was built.…