Australian Model Railway Magazine October 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.

Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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2 min

The good the bad and the ugly The current AMRM team has been in control of the editorial reigns for over a year now and it’s time for AMRM readers to give us some feedback. Feedback we have received so far includes: • fewer reviews, more articles; • more prototype articles like the V/Line G class article, showing details, modifications etc. to model the prototype effectively; • publish locomotive and rolling stock plans; and • publish beginner articles (for example, building layouts, laying track, scenery etc.). From my point of view the magazine’s ethos should be to: • inspire, providing inspirational articles etc.; • entertain — sometimes it’s good to sit back and enjoy other modellers’ journeys; • inform, providing knowledge, display techniques, good useful prototype references etc. to progress your modelling; and • promote Australian railway modelling. We…

10 min
rozelle street

Introduction Two of the great temptations of gaining your own space to build a model railway is to fill that space with as much track as possible or to inadvertently design and build a layout that neither fits the time you have available to build and operate it, nor achieves what you want out of your modelling. The result: an unpainted timber concoction of track and wires that leads to more frustration and disappointment than joy, ultimately discouraging you from finishing that layout. Sound familiar? At the end of 2015 I was preparing to move interstate for work and into a much smaller home. I read a blog post by North American model railway author Lance Mindheim encouraging modellers to build layouts to suit our lifestyles. The theory goes that if you…

1 min
editor’s notes

Design considerations of ‘Rozelle Street’ to contemplate: • Assessing the amount of time you can actually dedicate to a layout and how much time you intend to operate it each week; these points may lead you to consider a smaller design. • Small layouts can be used to hone your skills; construction time is significantly reduced. • Capital cost is reduced; fewer locomotives, rolling stock and track is required. • You can build many small layouts, of varying prototypes and eras, versus one large layout. • Ben is currently building another layout using the same type of concept.…

3 min
photographic opportunities with a ‘selfie stick’

Many of us like to take photographs or videos of scenes on our layout. One way to do this is to use a camera mounted on a small tripod or by placing it directly on the baseboard at track level. Although track-level photos can be very effective, positioning of the camera in the desired position can be limited by its size and by the presence of structures such as telegraph poles and figures on the baseboard, by accessibility to parts of the layout and by general scenery ‘clutter’. An alternative to using a camera is to use a smart phone, many of which are now able to take photographs with a quality similar to a good digital camera. To some extent, the smaller size of a smart phone overcomes some of…

5 min
esperance fuel sidings

Nestled in the south-east of Western Australia is the town of Esperance; the fuel sidings there would make an interesting location to model. The original narrow gauge Esperance line became marooned by the gauge standardisation project in 1970. In 1974 it was converted to standard gauge, thus this sleepy branch line was extensively rebuilt. The original narrow gauge yard was abandoned and an extensive marshalling yard was built to the west of the city. Two standard gauge branches were built: one to serve the port of Esperance the other an industrial branch. This industrial branch served: • Cooperative Bulk Handling (now CBH Group) grain bunkers, • a superphosphate facility, and • fuel sidings. The industrial branch operated in isolation to the rest of Esperance yard compete with lockable points at the entry point to and…

4 min
build a ‘heatane gas’ liquefied petroleum gas (lpg) facility

Mildura is a large provincial city in north-west Victoria. Until natural gas was provided to the city, portable gas supplies in steel bottles were the principal source of gas energy for homes and businesses. Mildura is also the terminus on my Maryborough to Mildura railway. Amongst the features replicating this station and its environs are a number of private sidings serving fruit packing sheds, oil companies, livestock, cement and the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria (as it existed during my modelling time line) trading as Heatane Gas. The prototype siding was opened for traffic on 5 March 1979 and consisted of a short dead-end siding facing down trains. Its purpose was to provide a safe stabling place for one LPG tank wagon. The Heatane Gas depot was nearby and was…