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Australian Model Railway Magazine August 2018

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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Brand new heavy power in the form of 8243 shunts cement wagons at the cement distributor’s plant at the other end of the yard from the station building. Well looked after, despite its long years of service, 42109, still wearing Northern Rivers Railroad blue, orange and yellow colours, despite now being under the ownership of Interail, waits to depart with a short rake of empty cement wagons. (Photos by the author.) My first model railway memory can be traced back to the 1979 edition of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, back in the days when the apprentices from the NSW railways would build a massive display layout in one of the pavilions of the old Moore Park Showgrounds. I was almost seven years old at the time.What…

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at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: Freelanced NSW, set in the north west of the state Period: 2002-2005 Layout type: Terminus to fiddle yard Layout size: 2.6m x 320mm Rail height above floor: 1100 mm Baseboards: 9mm plywood base on timber frame Track: Peco code 100 track and turnouts Control: DC analogue Structures: Kit and scratchbuilt Scenery: Woodlands Scenics ground foam and ready-made grass tufts over natural dirt Locomotives: r-t-r Rolling Stock: r-t-r Builder: Phillip Overton ■…

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meet phillip overton

Author of four fiction novels and a lifelong railway enthusiast, Phillip Overton first fell in love with trains while growing up in Gosford, NSW. These days, the father of two resides in Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. His HO layout, Philden, stands above his desk, providing a welcome distraction from his writing. His next project is a series of photographic, railway bush poetry books focussing on our disappearing railway landscape. ■…

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advertisements on brick walls

Photo by Gerard Fergusson, Popaninging 2017. This pair of advertisements, on a shop wall in the suburb of Maylands, a few kilometres east of Perth, is believed to have been applied to this shop wall in the 1950s. They were uncovered relatively recently when an adjacent building was demolished for the redevelopment of the site. The said redevelopment is currently underway (November 2017), so these advertisements will be retained, but will be covered up again. Bushells seemed to be a great advocate for this type of advertisement. This advertisement is on a wall of a building that once was a shop, but is now a private residence in the historic township of Guildford, east of Perth. Henderson’s Cash Store, also in the suburb of Maylands, has…

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on track to an aching back

Track laying in progress through Raworth. The track is a mix of hand-laid plain track with a Peco double slip laid in the foreground. A little over ten years ago the better half decided she wished to fulfil a long-held ambition and move to the far north coast of NSW, an area she fell in love with when she visited it as a teenager. She developed a detailed plan of campaign to set about making this move a reality and within two years we were living in our current location in the shadow of the world heritage listed area known to the local Minjumgbal people as Wollumbin (Mount Warning) near the NSW town of Murwillumbah. Before making the move she decided it would be a good idea…

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variations on the vr qr wagon

An image of QR121 loaded with bags of potatoes, circa 1920, from the Mark Bau collection. Buffer and truss rod-less QR344, with two on , Freezers Siding, Bendigo, on the 8 April 1979. Photo by Rob O’Regan. This long-lived and very useful class of wagons were 38'5¼" long and had three drop doors each side which, when lowered, opened the entire side of the wagon. The doors, sides and floor were all constructed from wood. They carried many different loads over the years and were also used in Way and Works trains carrying sleepers, ballast, spoil etc. A small number were still in service in the late 1980s and possibly into the early 1990s.They were constructed as follows:• 1-201 built 1889-1892, fitted with swing link diamond frame…