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Australian Model Railway Magazine October 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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3 min.

When the subject for a model railway arises, most of us look at the countryside where we can have express trains running at high speed, a long lash up of diesels hauling an interstate freighter, or even just a simple country branch line railmotor ambling through a bucolic scene. Very few of us look at the urban scene, such as that in the city suburbs or in the larger country cities where the railways serve the rural industries. In a recent discussion about model railways the question ”When will we see models of the Sydney Metro?” arose. Before this topic could be dismissed with a ”Why?”, doubt set in and ”Why not!” was considered. My first connection with an urban model railway was in the 1970s, when a work associate displayed…

17 min.
forest creek

My previous layout, Emu Creek, occupied a 5m x 3m space in a purpose-built shed and was featured in AMRM Issue 316 (February 2016). It was my first serious layout and proved to be very satisfying in terms of size, track arrangement and scenery development. I was also very pleased that I was able to say, after about three years, that it was ‘finished’ (as much as a model railway can ever be regarded as having reached that stage). However, in 2012 my wife and I decided we wanted to move closer to Melbourne to be in more regular contact with our families, so we chose to make our new home in Gisborne. Imagine my pleasure when we (jointly) settled on a property that just happened to have a 26m x…

1 min.
at a glance

Scale: N (1:160) Prototype: Victorian Railways Period: circa 1978 Layout Type: Junction-to-terminus branch line with ‘dog-bone’ continuous main line Layout Size: 7.75m x 4m Rail Height from floor: 1.12m - 1.29m Baseboard: 70mm x 35mm pine legs and subframe supporting 42mm x 19mm pine frame, covered with 9mm MDF Track: Peco code 55 Control: NCE DCC Structures: Scratchbuilt, with some kits Locomotives: Scratchbuilt bodies on proprietary chassis and r-t-r Rolling stock: Scratchbuilt, kit and r-t-r Builder: Tony Scott…

11 min.

If you’ve been involved in this hobby as long as I and, even if you have perused only half the number of model railway publications I have, you’ll have read or heard all the same clichés about track that I have over many decades: track is a model too, track is always in front of us while the trains are only in view temporarily and track is the foundation of good running. In spite of the fact that I’ve heard these statements repeated numerous times over the years, it doesn’t make them any less true. So why are they so often ignored by us modellers in the rush to get trains running? I feel I can be forgiven for having track on my mind as I pondered a possible topic for…

3 min.
the eho at taralga

A paddock beside the quiet Taralga to Bannaby road is perhaps the most unlikely place one might find an EHO passenger brakevan sunning itself, a stone’s throw away from penned pigs, colourful lyrebirds, camels, emus and a menagerie of other penned wildlife. But there it stands, riding high on its set of 2BB bogies in an almost complete state, clearly illustrating the point that, today, one can find discarded railway rollingstock virtually anywhere enjoying useful retirement, albeit in a re-designated role. The owners, John Stafford and his wife Tracey Avery, acquired the relic, a ‘high-elliptical roof’ EHO, No.1941, from the ACT Model Railway Society (Canberra) in July 2015 to complement their Taralga Wildlife Park business. Although then living in Bowral (NSW), the former Fairfax Media executives opted for the rural life, buying…

16 min.
modelling a webb caboose in ho scale

Prototype Preparation of this information was greatly assisted by information provided by Phil Curnow. These American-styled ‘caboose’ brake vans were first introduced by the famous Commissioner of the South Australian Railways, W A Webb, in mid-1925. Twenty vans were introduced to service between 13 May and 26 June 1925, numbered 4352-4371. A further ten numbered 4372-4381 were placed in service between 19 July and 9 September, 1926. All had four bunks at one end. At the other end were a table and stools, food cupboards, cooking stoves and guard’s desk. In the central cupola area were four elevated seats and underneath were clothes lockers. These vans were commonly used on the longest runs to Serviceton and Terowie where ‘relay working’ was used. Two crews were assigned to each train and while one crew…