Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine February 2021

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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Inspiration The last bullet point in Scott’s comment (‘Setting Goals’) in December AMRM (Issue 345) asked simply: “What inspired you?”. That got me to reflect on my own endeavours over the past 45-odd years. At my favourite ‘thinking spot’ by our dam a few weeks ago, I realised inspiration, for me, model railways involved at least two essential concepts: great memories and significant layouts. Great Memories In 1973, a few mates and I went on a camping trip to the Rylstone area of NSW. We travelled on the Central West Express from Sydney to Lithgow, then on a 620/720 rail-motor, the usual connection off that train heading to Mudgee. We camped near the Cox’s Creek Road near Nullo Mountain. Although it was the middle of summer, our camp by Cox’s Creek was glorious, with…

12 min
ettamogah “past, present and future”

Originally the sidings used by Ettamogah Rail Hub (or Regional Connect as they are now called) were constructed to allow the paper mill to load its paper directly onto rail wagons for transporting around the country. When this traffic was moved to road the tracks lay idle for a period of time until Colin Rees decided to build his Rail Hub there. They commenced operations in July 2009. Early in 2019 work commenced on building a passing loop. This loop will eliminate the need for Ettamogah trains to shunt using the mainline. At the time this article was written, the entry points have been fitted and earthworks are in progress. Background The Ettamogah Rail Hub opened in 2009 and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a visit there with a…

1 min
at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: Prototype location Period: 2009 on, but with some earlier period trains appearing Layout Type: Continuous run (with shunting) exhibition layout Layout Size: 8m x 4m Rail Height from floor: 900 mm Baseboard: Ten 2 m x 1 m modules of aluminium tubing with 10 mm foam core surface Track: Peco code 100, with concrete sleepers for the mainline, as per prototype Control: NCE DCC system Scenery: Carved foam, plaster and Sculpt-It with various ground foams, static grasses and real dirt ground cover Structures: Scratchbuilt Locomotives: R-T-R and scratchbuilt Rolling Stock: R-T-R Builders: Graeme Schulz and Peter Allen…

2 min
beyond the fence mucklefest

Why would anyone want to go to a ‘tractor pull’? Well, apart from never having seen one and, being in the area with some friends, I thought “Why not?” A group of us were having a weekend away in the Castlemaine area. We had a guided ‘Buildings of Castlemaine’ tour on the Saturday (material for future Beyond the Fence articles), when we heard that Mucklefest would be held on the Sunday at Muckleford railway station. As we had planned to have lunch at Maldon, we all agreed that finding out more about this Mucklefest thing would be a good side trip on the way. This would give me an opportunity to photograph the station area, but when I got there that soon became a secondary consideration. There were, of course, plenty…

11 min
the v/line g class

In 1974, Victorian Railways changed its name to VicRail, incorporating a new logo. In the early 1980s, the rail icon was interesting to say the least. In 1981, a bright orange and silver paint scheme was introduced which became known as the ‘Teacup’ livery for the logo resembling a stylised teacup and saucer. However, as far as equipment was concerned, things were not as rosy as they seemed and giving nearly 30-year-old locomotives a new colour scheme didn’t really quite ‘cut it’. The last new dedicated freight locomotive, C510, was delivered in 1978. Aside from the C class, the state was reliant on the B, S and X classes, and they were tired. Power-short and desperate, VicRail once again turned to the Commonwealth and hired three GM class locomotives from Australian…

6 min
scratch-build a nsw timber road overbridge part 2

Painting and Weathering The process of painting or weathering the bridge allows the age or level of maintenance of the bridge to be changed and provides more flexibility over the final look. The methods used below can be used on virtually any timber structure or detail item on your layout and can help make your scenery look much more realistic. I trialled several methods of weathering the timber on spare dowels and lumber. This included thinned paints and varnishes. While polishing my black work shoes, it occurred to me that a leather-dye might work. After a few more trials I settled on the following formula. [Editor’s note: for Materials and Tools see Issue 345, December 2020.] 1. To create the ‘black wash’, pour 40 mL of isopropyl alcohol into a jar. Use a plastic…