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Australian Model Railway Magazine

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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Southern Cross Model Railway Association
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.

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 chimneys and domes…

13 min.

Moving to Canberra from Tasmania in 1970 brought me into contact with a computer operator who had a fabulous collection of American Pennsylvania Railroad HO scale models. Through him I was introduced to the Canberra Model Railway Club, where all sorts of layouts were in vogue, including rudimentary Australian. I dabbled in N scale Pennsylvania for a while, before returning to Tasmania in 1984. Through another work contact I was introduced to John Fielding, an avid modeller of the NSWGR in the 1950s. By 1989 my wife and I had moved out into the country, where a layout featuring the area around Moss Vale/Mittagong was constructed up in the roof cavity of a little old cottage – difficult to build and uncomfortable to operate. We sold the house with the…

1 min.
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…

3 min.
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. The vans were originally numbered 1802 to 1816 (the Robert Kilburn/Clyde Engineering contract of 1927) and 1867 to…

19 min.
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 hobby…

1 min.
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 ‘whitemetal’ and…