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Australian Model Railway Magazine August 2019

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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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4 min.

One Doesn’t Have to Model it Personally… There are times when it is very easy to see how far our hobby has progressed over the past few decades. When I ‘found’ the Australian model railway scene I was enchanted by a single branch line, a line that seems to have also been appreciated by many other modellers since. It was the Camden branch that ran out of Campbelltown, then a near-country town, south of Sydney. A simple branch line with a handful of stations, an intermediate passing station complete with a massive coal loader and an interesting terminus. Over its life it was only worked by three types of steam locomotive, basically used two types of passenger car and a handful of goods wagon types. As I would have to build…

11 min.

Fingal is one of three major, and numerous smaller, stations on the Fingal Valley line. This is a branch of some 80km, running east from Conara Junction, which is about 60km south of Launceston on the main line to Hobart. The line dates back to the late 19th century and in its heyday served timber, general mining and agriculture, as well as numerous coal mines. There was also significant passenger traffic between Conara Junction, Avoca, Fingal and St Marys (the terminus), as well as all stops in-between. Sadly, today, the only traffic is a four/five times per week coal train, which runs only as far as Fingal. The line from Fingal to the terminus at St Marys has been disused for some decades. Fingal today is just a location on the…

1 min.
at a glance

Scale: OOn3½ (4mm scale, 14mm gauge) Prototype: Prototype TGR location Period: 1960s Layout type: Continuous run exhibition layout Layout size: 9.5m x 2.5m Rail height above floor: 1.2m Baseboards: Qubelok frames and legs with 3mm ply/50mmstyrene/3mm ply and 1mm cork sandwich top surface Track: Hand-built from Micro Engineering code 70 rail Control: DCC Buildings and other structures: Scratchbuilt Scenery: Lightweight plaster over expanded styrene Locomotives: Scratchbuilt from own castings on Hollywood Foundry mechanisms Rolling Stock: Scratchbuilt and assembled from own castings Builder: Simon Handby…

10 min.
it seemed like a good idea at the time…

In the first half of 2018, I approached an acquaintance to ask if he’d mind if I visited his home to take a look at his layout. The layout is quite possibly unique because it’s South Australian outline, built to 1:48 scale. While this is not a scale or prototype I model, I’d had a desire to see it in person for a couple of years after hearing the owner (Brian) talk about it in a presentation at one of the Aus7 Modellers’ Group’s Sydney O scale forums. The layout isn’t actually located in South Australia, but in our nation’s capital which, according to Google, is 1159km from Adelaide, so it’s a long way from its spiritual home. Both Brian and his wife Fran are regular attendees at the O scale…

33 min.
scratchbuilding a nswgr vho passenger brake van: part 3

The first article in this series, ‘Scratchbuilding a NSWGR VHO Passenger Brake Van: Part 1’ appeared in AMRM Issue 334 (February 2019). The second, ‘Scratchbuilding a NSWGR VHO Passenger Brake Van: Part 2’ appeared in AMRM Issue 335 (April 2019). Construction – The Roof The first step of the roof construction is to reduce the roof’s length from a scale 72'6" down to 64'6". Therefore, when we convert these measurements into HO scale equivalents, we will need to reduce the overall length of the roof from 253.7mm to 225.7mm – a reduction of approximately 28mm. I use the word ‘approximately’ due to the slight discrepancies in scale with the commercially available roofs currently on offer. The Sydney Hobbies cast urethane roof is approximately 253mm and the Lima roof is approximately 254mm. Therefore,…

4 min.
finding the right font for signs

Following the publication of my article on making your own signs (Advertising for Station Street, AMRM Issue 334, February 2019), I was asked how I identified the correct fonts to use when making a sign. In this article I will attempt to create a guide for identifying typefaces to help modellers know what peculiarities in typeface design to look for when creating a sign. For this exercise I have used some petrol signs that are among my collection. I also used an Internet search engine to locate images of old petrol signs for this exercise. There are thousands of images available online. Unfortunately, they are usually copyrighted and the original owner cannot be identified. Identifying the Typefaces When looking at typefaces to use in signs there are several things to look for that…