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Australian Model Railway Magazine February 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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Fulfilling That Dream Reflecting on the early days as an adult in the model railway hobby can be amusing and educational. Initially, I was inspired by an electronic controller project in the magazine Radio Television and Hobbies (now Electronics Australia), which initiated a visit to a workmate Max, who was a budding NSW modeller. An introduction to copies of the, then, Australasian Model Railroad Magazine and an article by Les Fordham (The Camden and Narellan Railway) had me hooked.The exciting days of tinplate Hornby of my childhood returned. Max had showed me how to make wagons and AMRM had an article on building a locomotive, so how hard could it be? That my workplace gave me access to metal cutting and bending equipment and tradesmen who could turn…

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A long Sydney-bound wheat train, headed by 5713 and consisting mostly of four-wheel RU hoppers with some BCH bogie hoppers towards the rear of the train, gets underway after an engine change, recreating a scene that was commonplace at Goulburn from the 1920s until the last of the 57 class were withdrawn in 1961. A short train conveying superphosphate, once a mainstay of Crookwell line traffic, arrives at the terminus behind Standard Goods locomo- tive 5212. Prior to dieselisation in January 1963, trains in the post WW2 period were hauled mostly by 32 class loco- motives, with assistance from the occasional 50 class. Moving to Canberra from Tasmania in 1970 brought me into contact with a computer operator who had a fabulous collection…

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at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: Goulburn NSW Period: 1960 steam/diesel transition Layout type: Continuous home layout run with branch line terminus Layout size: 4.0m x 6.0m Rail height above floor: 1.3m Baseboards: 16mm MDF on 42mm x 42mm pine supports Track: Peco code 75 Control: DC cab control (two dual control power packs plus two single power packs) Buildings and other structures: some kits, mostly scratchbuilt Scenery: Carved styrene foam formation, sieved ‘fat’ sand base, mainly natural plant trees, hand-painted backdrops Locomotives: Kit-built and r-t-r Rolling Stock: Kit-built and r-t-r Builder: Chris Fehlberg ■…

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prototype information

The following prototype information has been extracted from Coaching Stock of the NSW Railways, Volume 1 by D Cooke, D Estell, K Seckold, J Beckhaus and D Toohey. (Eveleigh Press 1999).The twenty members of the VHO class of passenger brake vans entered service between June 1928 and April 1929. They differed from the similar, but far more numerous, MHO large capacity brake van in minor details only, the most obvious being the provision of end doors and diaphragms, to permit staff to pass between the van and adjacent passenger carriages, and a different arrangement of the coffin chambers and dog boxes, necessary to allow the provision of internal access to the end doors. A VHO, number not known, showing the side with the dog-box/coffin chambers. This vehicle is…

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scratchbuilding a nswgr vho passenger brake van part 1

For those who model the New South Wales Government Railways in HO scale, a quick look at today’s market will show we are blessed with an ever increasing selection of r-t-r rolling stock to complement long standing ranges of kits from various manufacturers. However, sometimes we may need or want to possess a model of a particular prototype in a certain form, era, variation, condition, etc. which isn’t available off the shelf. If the desire to own such a model is strong enough, then we must consider the concepts of either kitbashing (taking a preexisting kit/model and altering it to what is needed), or scratchbuilding (building a custom model from raw, often specialised components).The practices of kitbashing and scratchbuilding rolling stock, structures, etc. have been a part of our…

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tools required

• A ‘Chopper’ unit (Anton’s Trains, NWSL, etc.), or a sharp, fine-toothed razor saw and mitre box (available from most hobby shops – I got mine from Hobbyco, Sydney)• A scalpel with a sharp blade• Scissors• An assortment of files – I use a combination of both small hobby files in addition to a large file, similar to those used to sharpen lawnmower blades• A large and small steel rule• Modeller’s set square• Measuring callipers• A ‘pin vice’ drill and drill bits between 0.3mm – 3mm• Glues: A good quality liquid styrene cement, such as Simply Glues’ ‘M.E.K.’, or Revell’s ‘Contacta Professional’ A good quality superglue, such as Zap-A-Gap’s ‘Medium CA’ (the green labelled one) PVA woodworking glue, such as Selleys ‘Aquadhere’ • A temperature controlled soldering iron• 70°C…