Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine December 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.

Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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in this issue

3 min.

Surprise! The 2018 AMRA (NSW) Liverpool exhibition saw a brief return to a feature of exhibitions of old when a major supplier of Australian outline models announced their next model at the exhibition. In the past, well a decade or so back, a common feature at most major exhibitions was the release of new products. Primarily it was the cottage industry, which was fostering the growth of modelling Australian railways at the time, would take the opportunity to retail their new products, as well as any others they had on hand. Most of the cottage industry was employed in full-time work elsewhere, with the model railway scene a small ‘add-on’ to generate extra funds. Most of these had worked incredible hours before the exhibition preparing literally hundreds of kits for their adoring…

10 min.
the paterson-keating lines

You may well ask why a British-born person, who has lived for the past 42 years in Western Australia, decided to model the NSW rail system. Well, I spent my younger days in the south of England and travelled many miles on the 2-BIL, 2-HAL and 4-COR suburban electrics. As an ardent train spotter at the time, I also remember seeing the experimental Bulleid 4-DD double-decker electric trains. On arrival in Perth I soon had the opportunity to visit Sydney and was struck by the resemblance of the red rattlers to the Southern electrics of my childhood, a fact that had not escaped the attention of Tri-ang’s Australian subsidiary, when it produced the NSWGR ‘Sputnik’ suburban electric using some of the components of their British Southern Region suburban electric models. Captivated…

1 min.
at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: Freelanced NSW, set in Sydney’s suburbs Period: 1960s to early-1980s Layout type: Continuous run with branches Layout size: 4.2m x 4.76m Rail height above floor: 800mm Baseboards: Particle board and MDF mounted on 35mm x 35mm steel frames (salvaged lab benches) with some sections screwed on to roof joists Track: Peco code 100 track and turnouts Control: DC analogue Structures: Kit and scratchbuilt, some from OO scale computer downloads, reduced to HO Scenery: Formed with polystyrene foam covered with plaster and texturing materials Locomotives: r-t-r and kit-built Rolling Stock: r-t-r and kit-built Builder: Jonathan Majer with assistance of family and friends…

3 min.
modelling the vr bh closed van

When the South Australian Railways were under the guidance of Commissioner Webb in the early 1920s, goods transport on the SAR system was revolutionised by substantial orders for new bogie open and flat wagons, along with louvred and closed (‘box’) vans, all of which were a huge advance on the elderly four-wheel stock that formed the broad gauge wagon fleet at the time. During this period the VR hired two of the new M class box vans for a trial period. While on the VR system they were recoded BH, but retained their SAR numbers (7005 and 7372). The exact hire date and return is not clear, but suffice to say it was for several years from around 1926/29 to the early 1930s. The result of the trial is unknown and…

7 min.
experiences using digital technology on a model railway

AMRM Issue 307 (August 2014) reported on the development of a model railway layout, Nakele Junction, by students of Kaleen High School in Canberra. The layout was built as a collaborative mentoring project between the students and a team from the Canberra Model Railway Club Inc. As at November 2016, that mentoring program had been operating successfully for five years and was about to commence building its fifth layout. The school has evolved to become ‘The University of Canberra High School Kaleen’ and the partnership between the school and the model railway club has stood the test of time. Most of the mentoring team had stayed with the project for the first five years of its existence. I was impressed by Trevor Marshall’s thoughts in the transcript of a speech he delivered…

15 min.

A few days ago a package I wasn’t expecting arrived in the mail. After the postie handed it to me I turned it over and discovered the reason this particular item’s arrival came as something of a surprise. Printed on the back of the package was the name of one of our better known HO manufacturers. All became clear: my HO NSWGR 48 class locomotive had arrived. While my initial confusion was partly due to it being quite a while since I’d ordered the 48, it also arose from the fact that at the time of writing I’m waiting on the arrival of a slightly larger 48 from the same manufacturer. However, in spite of my temporary confusion, I’m sure I shared this experience with quite a few other railway…