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Australian Model Railway Magazine October 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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Too Expensive? Regrettably, we all too often hear these words describing the cost of purchasing models for the railway and for as long as I can remember, this has been a common comment. Back in the late 1960s, as a newcomer to the modelling of Australian prototype, I really wanted a brass NSWGR 38 class. Model Dockyard had produced them, but the second hand price was beyond my pay packet, as was the Garratt and the Victorian R class. I was able to accept the fact that these models were beyond me, although later I was able to possess an R class for a decade or so.Things changed a bit in 1969 when George Berg released the Japanese-made brass NSWGR 32 class. A quick dip into my pocket…

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little chipping

A passenger train is about to depart for Twigg. The coach is a VR Casts ABL which needs to be completed (no door handles for one thing) with the Z Van coming from SEM. The locomotive is an Austrains Y class diesel and is a delight to operate. The post and fence on the platform took a knock at some stage and hasn’t, as yet, been fixed. Mandie suggested it was the work of the Chipping Cat. The oil tanker is a Hornby vehicle that was modified to look a little more Victoria-appropriate as per Peter Eisenhut’s article ‘Conversion of a Mainline Tank Wagon to a VR Four Wheel Tanker’ in AMRM Issue 121 (August 1983). (Photos by John Dennis unless otherwise indicated.) In August 1827, as…

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at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: Victorian Railways Period: None in particular Layout type: end-to-end minimum space shunting Layout size: 2m x 450mm plus 800mm fiddle yard Rail height above floor: 780mm Baseboards: 89mm x 19mm and 38mm x 19mm pine with 12mm MDF top Track: Peco code 100 Control: DC Locomotives: kit-built and r-t-r Rolling stock: mainly kit-built Builders: Martin and Mandie Murden ■…

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building billabong marina: 3 maximum industries/minimum cost!

Every model railway needs an industry or two. Running passenger trains is fun, but it’s shunting the sidings that makes it even more enjoyable. On a tiny model railway like Billabong Marina you may think that there would not be room for many industries, but this is not the case and operating the little layout can be lots of fun.When the layout was first mooted, I examined a few suggestions. I could model a colliery, but I had one of those planned for the extension. I could model a brewery. Like most blokes, I like beer and have dabbled in a few home brews, but I didn’t think it would give me enough variety of wagons – I may be wrong.I could model a steel works. It would give…

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train automation

This is the third in a series of articles on the use of a computer to assist in designing, simulating and automating your model train layout. Although some readers may wish to follow this sequence, the use of a computer to design or even simulate a layout is not a pre-requisite for model train computer automation. You can automate an existing layout or incorporate it as part of building or renovating a layout. In this article, I will cover issues such as explaining what train automation is, how it is done and why you may want to do it.This article focusses on the train automation software called TrainController. This is Windows software, part of a suite of programs under the Railroad & Co. brand developed by Friewald Software, a…

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prototype history

A photograph of MU418 at an unknown location, taken some time between 1930 and 1934, from the Darren Hodges collection. This is the only known photograph of an MU van. The original image can be found on Peter J Vincent’s website at: http://www.pjv101.net/cd/pages/c243m.htm . An ex-MU, M356, photographed at Bendigo on 8 April 1979, included to show the details of the handbrake arrangements. Image from the Rob O’Regan collection: www.robx1.net More details of the handbrake arrangements from another ex-MU, M371, photographed at Brooklyn on 30 April 1977, also from the Rob O’Regan collection: www.robx1.net . The MU wagon code was ‘unearthed’ by Peter J Vincent in 1992 during one of his forays into the VR Rolling Stock…