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Australian Model Railway Magazine June 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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Innovation There are many ways in which we can enjoy our model railways. The simplest is a board with a circle of track, a scenario that many of us started with. But making this environment look realistic is always a problem for, despite our best wishes, the earth is not flat. Not flat at all and the better engineered railways were based upon how they negotiated the hills and the valleys. Long term Model Railroader editor, Linn Westcott, saw how to cater for hills and dales when he came up with the ‘L-girder’ sub-frame system. Linn thought outside the box and created innovation with a now-classic timber baseboard structural system that to this very day provides a foundation for realistic scenery on thousands of layouts, world-wide.Linn also is…

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bethungra spiral

We are now in the early 1950s as the Melbourne Limited, headed by a shiny green 38 class, races down hill and over the bridge across Wandalybingel Creek as, in the background, a 57 class laboriously lifts its heavy load up the 1 in 66 grade of the spiral. › One of the advantages of modelling a stretch of railway line, rather than a station, is that the era is set primarily by the trains, rather than the infrastructure. This scene could only be the early 1980s, as a relatively clean ‘candy’ 421 class drops downhill on a bulk load of superphosphate as Indian red 42216 and 4536, having traversed the spiral with their Sydney-bound fast freight, cross over the down line to regain the correct side for…

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at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: The Bethungra Spiral, a prototype location on the NSW Main South line about 280 miles from Sydney Period: 1960s-1990s Layout type: Continuous run exhibition layout, scene at the front, fiddle yard at the back Layout size: 9.6m wide x 2.7m deep Rail height above floor: 1.0m Baseboards: Twelve rectangular baseboards, 1.8m x 0.75m, and four corner baseboards ‘banana’ shaped. Baseboards constructed of AB grade 7mm and 4mm plywood Track: Peco code 75 with Electrofrog turnouts and Tortoise point motors Control: Both DCC and DC available Structures: Bridges and tunnel mouths, kit and scratchbuilt; no other structures Scenery: Formed with polystyrene foam, covered with plaster, ground foam and other scenic materials as appropriate Locomotives: r-t-r, kit-built and scratchbuilt, provided by the club members Rolling Stock: r-t-r,…

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protypical notes

The Bethungra Spiral – Historical Notes The Bethungra Spiral – 20km from Cootamundra – was regarded as a marvel of engineering. It was instigated as a means of ascending a significant mountain range with easier grades than the original single line, which opened in 1878. The main up line (towards Sydney) coils around Bethungra Hill, crossing both itself and the down line. Included in the deviation are two single-track tunnels, a bridge and some of the deepest railway cuttings found in Australia.There was a dramatic increase in traffic on the Main South line in the early 1900s and because of a steep grade over the Bethungra Range between Cootamundra and Junee, bank engines had to be used at the rear of all goods trains, working in both directions.…

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south australian soc/so (aoqy) ore wagons in nsw

Almost spotlessly clean ‘candy’ 4913 departs Goobang West, heading for Broken Hill, with a block load of AOQY wagons, most in AN green and gold, on 24 February 1985. At this date, brake vans were still in use west of Parkes. Further to the review of the SDS SAR SOC/SO ore wagons in AMRM Issue 329 (April 2018), Graham Ahearn has delved into his extensive collection of photographs and come up with these images of AOQY wagons running in NSW during the 1980s. For those for whom prototypical accuracy is important, we now have proof of the use of these vehicles in NSW east of Broken Hill.The AN ore wagons, conveying silver/lead/ zinc ore, started their journey at Cobar, marshalled in a train with the NSW wagons that…

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building an hg brake van in oo scale

The ‘bible’ for constructing rolling stock, circa 1950, E. Rankine Gray’s ‘Cardboard Rolling Stock And How To Build It’. There might only be a difference of 0.5mm per foot, but it soon adds up, even with a relatively small vehicle as an HG brake van. The author’s scratchbuilt OO (4mm = 1) scale HG brake van (left) compared to an HO (3.5mm = 1) scale HG built from a Lloyd’s Model Railways white metal kit. The announcement by Casula Hobbies in AMRM Issue 327 (December 2017) that a ready-to-run HO scale model of the NSWGR HG four-wheel brake van would be available this year has been of great interest to me.In my display cupboard are several scratchbuilt OO scale models (4mm to the foot) of NSW rolling…