Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine December 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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1 min
setting goals

As we get close to the end of the year, it’s a good time to check your modelling progress. Ask yourself these questions: • Did I achieve the goals that I set? • If not, why not? • What did I learn (a new modelling technique etc.)? • What inspired me in my modelling? Progress in the hobby is important; setting goals is essential to maintaining momentum. If you don’t achieve your goals, that’s okay, you just need to re-evaluate. Set smaller, more attainable goals; achieving goals is good for our overall enjoyment of the hobby. For me, a goal was developing a unique layout design requirement with a group of friends to model a location called Cheakamus Canyon in British Columbia (Canada). The scenery was just about vertical, so a completely new base-board design was…

9 min

In the Beginning… It was shortly after Christmas 1955 when my dad took my brother Bern and me to Glen Davis in my Uncle Jack’s Bedford truck. We parked outside a fibro cottage that Dad had bought and, over the next few weeks, the cottage was dismantled and loaded wall by wall and driven out to Mudgee, where we re-erected it on Lawson Street where it still stands to this day. This was the beginning of my association with Mudgee and its surrounds. Sometime in the 1970s, I read an article in this magazine where a modeller had removed the stumps from under his house and dug it out to build his own layout room. This article inspired me and I told my friend Eugene Duff, who then got under my house,…

10 min
point construction

This article is on point construction, giving the basic procedures, without bombarding the reader with soldering techniques and basic workshop practice. There are two very good books on point construction (refer to the bibliography) which go to great lengths and into great detail, but these were written as in-depth books. I’ll be describing point construction using printed circuit board (PCB) sleepers, because that is what I use. It is the cheapest of materials and very forgiving of mistakes (just unsolder and redo!). Point construction is not difficult as long as you adhere to standards and measurements, and this is easily attained with the use of gauges and jigs. These can be purchased from various specialist suppliers, model railway societies and even be homemade. There is no better time to start than now and…

10 min
fidelity vs practicality

Fidelity (noun): faithfulness, loyalty, exact correspondence to the original (Concise Oxford Dictionary). The word ‘fidelity’ refers to how faithful a reproduction of something is to the original item. This has application in the hobby of model railways because, whenever we make a judgement about a particular model or layout, what we’re doing is assessing its fidelity compared with our perception of the prototype. I use the word ‘perception’ of the prototype very deliberately because, in my experience, it’s quite rare to have a definitive resolution to a question about some aspect of the prototype’s way of doing things. I doubt many topics have generated more heated debate over the years than the colours applied to various models. While it’s possible that modern scanning and colour reproduction technology have to some degree helped…

15 min

The consolidation of grain handling and storage facilities within South Australia has created ‘super’ bunkers at various locations across that state. These ‘super’ bunkers have high grain storage capacity and have high-speed dumpers (700 tonnes per hour, against an average of 120–200 tonnes per hour at traditional silo facilities). Thus, a 50-wagon grain train can be loaded in about four hours. In 1999–2000 one of these ‘super’ bunkers was constructed at Bowmans by Ausbulk Pty Ltd, formerly South Australian Co-Operative Bulk Handling Limited (SACBH), now Viterra. Bowmans is a crossing loop situated at 101.5 km on the Adelaide to Crystal Brook standard gauge line. This line was constructed/converted in 1982. Prior to that time, Bowmans was a broad gauge four-way junction, between the Adelaide–Port Pirie line and the cross-country Balaklava–Kadina line.…

4 min
victorian railways tait car details

The Electric Railways of Victoria, published by the Australian Electric Traction Association in 1979, shows that the Tait carriages were built prior to the electrification of the Victorian Railways (VR) suburban system. Perusal of the Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV) website reveals a January 1910 photo of DDE 750 with a six-car train of Tait cars prior to conversion to electrification (H 1133). These cars were to become either trailer cars or driving trailers, after electrification had been completed. The website also has photos of 2AP, 1BP and 1ACP as photos H 1207, H 1206 and H 1208. Photo RS 0327 shows a seven-car set in the rose/grey colour scheme. The trains were originally released as six-car sets and, by 1914, the VR expected to require 195 motor cars, 161 trailers and…