Australian Model Railway Magazine August 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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The thin edge of the narrow-gauge wedge? Modelling Queensland Railways (QR) in HO or HOn3½ has been building up for a number of years. More and more manufacturers have dipped their toe into the market. This has resulted in a steady stream of ready-to-run rolling stock. With the appearance of rolling stock, other manufacturers have stepped in to fill the infrastructure void, releasing kits for station buildings, signals etc. and even — recently — prototype track. All this availability has a ‘times 2’ effect. Time-poor modellers can now effectively recreate a QR scene with relative ease. So, does the proposed release of a plastic injection-moulded ready-to-run Tasmanian Y class and Midland Railway of Western Australia F class diesels in HO scale represent the thin edge of the wedge for Tasmanian and Western…

12 min
cann river

Modelling Background My first foray into model trains was receiving a HO scale Lima train set one Christmas in the early 1970s. It was the classic circle of track, and a little 0-4-0 and four wagons. A neighbourhood friend of mine had an N scale English layout of which I saw great potential for space vs scenery. After convincing my father that I needed to change scales, I began making N scale bridges out of matchsticks. I started out on my N scale journey with some American passenger cars from Rivarossi painted red and a Baltimore and Ohio E8 painted in Victorian Railways (VR) blue and gold livery. As my modelling skills improved, I managed to ‘cut and shut’ the E8 to the correct length for a VR S class. I…

1 min
at a glance

Name: Cann River Scale: N scale Period: VR and SRA of NSW 1978–83 Layout: point-to-point with branch line; continuous running available through staging yard Layout Size: 11m x 9m Rail height above floor: 1220 mm (48 inches) rising to 1370 mm (54 inches) Baseboards: L-girder Track: Peco Code 55 Control: Digitrax with JMRI Buildings and Structures: Spirit Design kits with some scratch-built structures Scenery: plaster over chicken wire, paper towel and newspaper over extruded foam, Woodland Scenics ground foam products and static grass. Trees are a mixture of Woodland Scenics, Sam’s Trees and Super Trees. Locomotives: Spirit Design, Peter Boorman’s Workshop, Gopher Models, Aust-N-Rail Rolling stock: R-T-R Aust-N-Rail and Gopher Models, kit-built Spirit Design, Aust-N-Rail, Badger Bits, N Trains, Fybren Builder: Darren French…

1 min
meet the author

Darren French Married to a very supportive wife with three wonderful children, I have worked in the rail industry in signal maintenance and signal design since leaving school. Currently working with V/Line, I enjoy designing and constructing anything (even though my constructing skills are somewhat lacking) that is a bonus when it comes to model railways. My hobbies are all-encompassing within model railways, as there are so many other hobbies within the bigger umbrella of model railways: carpentry, electronics, computers and 3D-artistic expression through modelling scenery, something I really enjoy doing.…

4 min
track ballasting and weathering yard tracks

Materials Required • medium grey spray paint; • brown spray paint; • dark grey and brown artists’ acrylic paints; • grey, black and brown tile grout powder; • washed, dried and finely sifted bricklayers’ or paving sand; • matt white glue (for example, Mod Podge); • isopropyl alcohol; • a spray bottle; • an eye dropper; • spare take-away food containers (for mixing and storage); and • weathering powder (for final details). Try as I might, modelling the ground cover in a railway yard has eluded me for some time. Specifically, how should I represent the ‘flat sleepers-embedded-in-dirt’ look, with their well-worn paths either side of the track, found in so many railway yards regardless of era or prototype modelled? After testing the patience of many, many exhibitors and fellow modellers to learn their methods to achieve this look, I found an…

5 min
what lies beneath the paint

Have you ever wondered why high-end, detailed and often very collectable locomotives and, more rarely, rolling stock are made from brass? As a modelling medium, brass (in sheet, shapes and as wire) has some very useful qualities and remains readily available from hobby retailers. However, this doesn’t really answer my original question: “Why are the models from Japanese, Korean and, more recently, Chinese manufacturers produced in brass rather than other metals?”. Tin is generally easier to solder than brass and it holds paint far better. Being meticulous in the way I clean a model prior to painting, using appropriate etch primers and low-tack masking materials, if paint comes off a model as I remove the masking it almost always comes away from the brass surfaces. Brass was the material of choice…