Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine April 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.

Lire plus
Southern Cross Model Railway Association
5,80 €(TVA Incluse)
40,27 €(TVA Incluse)
6 Numéros

dans ce numéro

2 min

The Operational Dimension Operational sessions can add a new dimension to your layout. Your modelling era comes to life as your mates ‘work’ the layout. A Town Like Alice was my first dedicated ‘operational’ layout, based on Alice Springs in the Northern Territory during the Australian National era. Alice Springs is operationally like a UK terminal branch line station, but with an Australian modern twist. Alice Springs has traditional facilities such as a goods shed, passenger station, locomotive depot and industrial sidings. It also has intermodal sidings and a stock race at Roe Creek. In this era, the Alice Springs express goods trains No. 347 down and No. 166 up, had a great cross-section of rolling stock. This included stock vans, louvred vans, fuel tankers, trailer-on-flat car (TOFC) double stacks, and roadrailers! There are a…

10 min
the kanunda and emu flat railway

Although I had no experience in operating sessions when I started planning the Kanunda and Emu Flat Railway (K&EFR), I wanted a layout that would be capable of hosting prototypical operating sessions for at least four people. The layout would need to be able to be operated point-to-point, but I also wanted to have a continuous run for testing locos and for visitors to be able to see a running layout. The K&EFR is a fictional piece of main line somewhere in South Australia set in the early 1980s. Being a freelanced layout I did not want to get too involved in having everything perfectly prototypical. I wanted a layout that would have the flavour of country South Australia in the early 1980s. Modelling the early 1980s allows for a great variety…

1 min
about the owner

Ken is a retired ice manufacturer. He is married to Margaret, with two grown children and three grandsons. Ken’s other interests include travel and reading. Ken did not start out as a youngster with a train set; he took up building and flying control line model aircraft at the age of fifteen and continued until the age of forty, winning several state and national titles for FAI team racing. By the time he reached 40, he found it was becoming increasingly difficult to find weekend and holiday time to attend model aircraft competitions due to work and family commitments, so he decided to take up the more relaxing hobby of model trains, a hobby that he could engage in fully during spare time in the evenings. Ken joined the Adelaide…

1 min
at a glance

Name: The Kanunda and Emu Flat Railway Scale: HO Period: early 1980s Layout type: walk-in folded dogbone. Layout size: 7.6 m x 2.7 m Rail height above floor: 1290–1350 mm Base-boards: modular with L-girders Track: Peco code 100 Control: Lenz DCC Buildings and structures: scratch-built and kit-bashed Locomotives: RTR Austrains, Auscision, Lima, Powerline and Trainorama Rolling stock: BGB kits, Steam Era Models kits, Strath Hobbies and RTR from Lima, Powerline, Life-Like and Trainorama Builder: Ken House…

1 min
editor’s notes

Design considerations of the K&EFR to contemplate: • If you are building a permanent layout, look at building it in manageable sections. If you have good access to all locations, easy access to wiring and if you need to move in the future your hard work is not lost. • Regular operational sessions with a crew can be an enlightening experience — a whole new dimension to the hobby. • An operational, satisfying layout does not need to be complicated. Simple prototype generic locations can produce just the ‘right’ amount of operational satisfaction. • Turn-backs can increase the distance between locations, thus giving a good sense of going somewhere. • Walk-in designs are advantageous for operational type layouts and avoid the use of duck-unders.…

9 min
where the water meets the railway

Long before I was out of short pants my parents knew they could get a few days’ compliance from me by simply hinting that a trip to Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (now called The Powerhouse Museum) was being considered as a possible weekend family activity. This enchanted wonderland of a museum had three primary benefits from my parents’ point of view: • it was reasonably close by car, • it would keep me and any of my friends who came with us occupied for a full afternoon with minimal supervision, and • it was free. From my perspective it had three outstanding attractions: • a computer with a touch-screen against which a human, including small children, could play noughts and crosses; • a huge German clock from which an array of small, medieval…