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Australian Model Railway MagazineAustralian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine

October 2019

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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Australia
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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When the subject for a model railway arises, most of us look at the countryside where we can have express trains running at high speed, a long lash up of diesels hauling an interstate freighter, or even just a simple country branch line railmotor ambling through a bucolic scene. Very few of us look at the urban scene, such as that in the city suburbs or in the larger country cities where the railways serve the rural industries. In a recent discussion about model railways the question ”When will we see models of the Sydney Metro?” arose. Before this topic could be dismissed with a ”Why?”, doubt set in and ”Why not!” was considered. My first connection with an urban model railway was in the 1970s, when a work associate displayed…

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australian railway magazine

Editor James McInerney Editorial Assistants Alan McKenna, Phil Knife Production Assistants Jade Por, Chris Jones Pete Grant, Louise Smithers Office Manager Melissa Cullen Subscription and Sales Coordinator Karen Baldini Illustrators Ian Thorpe, Pete Grant Design John Casey Computer Programmer Grahame Davis Webmaster Peter Knife Draughtsman Roger Johnson, Mitch Campton SCR Publications – General Manager Robert (Bob) Gallagher OAM SCMRA PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE John Bevan, Fred Gooch, Ian Dunn, Trevor Moore, Bob Gallagher, John Parker…

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forest creek

My previous layout, Emu Creek, occupied a 5m x 3m space in a purpose-built shed and was featured in AMRM Issue 316 (February 2016). It was my first serious layout and proved to be very satisfying in terms of size, track arrangement and scenery development. I was also very pleased that I was able to say, after about three years, that it was ‘finished’ (as much as a model railway can ever be regarded as having reached that stage). However, in 2012 my wife and I decided we wanted to move closer to Melbourne to be in more regular contact with our families, so we chose to make our new home in Gisborne. Imagine my pleasure when we (jointly) settled on a property that just happened to have a 26m x…

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at a glance

Scale: N (1:160) Prototype: Victorian Railways Period: circa 1978 Layout Type: Junction-to-terminus branch line with ‘dog-bone’ continuous main line Layout Size: 7.75m x 4m Rail Height from floor: 1.12m - 1.29m Baseboard: 70mm x 35mm pine legs and subframe supporting 42mm x 19mm pine frame, covered with 9mm MDF Track: Peco code 55 Control: NCE DCC Structures: Scratchbuilt, with some kits Locomotives: Scratchbuilt bodies on proprietary chassis and r-t-r Rolling stock: Scratchbuilt, kit and r-t-r Builder: Tony Scott…

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track

If you’ve been involved in this hobby as long as I and, even if you have perused only half the number of model railway publications I have, you’ll have read or heard all the same clichés about track that I have over many decades: track is a model too, track is always in front of us while the trains are only in view temporarily and track is the foundation of good running. In spite of the fact that I’ve heard these statements repeated numerous times over the years, it doesn’t make them any less true. So why are they so often ignored by us modellers in the rush to get trains running? I feel I can be forgiven for having track on my mind as I pondered a possible topic for…

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the eho at taralga

A paddock beside the quiet Taralga to Bannaby road is perhaps the most unlikely place one might find an EHO passenger brakevan sunning itself, a stone’s throw away from penned pigs, colourful lyrebirds, camels, emus and a menagerie of other penned wildlife. But there it stands, riding high on its set of 2BB bogies in an almost complete state, clearly illustrating the point that, today, one can find discarded railway rollingstock virtually anywhere enjoying useful retirement, albeit in a re-designated role. The owners, John Stafford and his wife Tracey Avery, acquired the relic, a ‘high-elliptical roof’ EHO, No.1941, from the ACT Model Railway Society (Canberra) in July 2015 to complement their Taralga Wildlife Park business. Although then living in Bowral (NSW), the former Fairfax Media executives opted for the rural life, buying…

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