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Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine April 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.

On Friendship To me, one aspect of this hobby that can be taken for granted is friendship. I am reminded of how important these friends can become upon hearing that a very close associate is ailing badly. I met him and his family through model railways and he will always be with me. Finding a friend or a mate in model railways is not hard. The simple attendance at an exhibition, open day or a club meet will always present the opportunity to meet people. Normally it is quite easy to strike up a conversation where we can work out any common ground. Couple this with other issues such as age and location and nature will take its course. It is no secret that, decades back, I wanted to join what then was…

10 min.
the hills line revisited

This layout last featured in AMRM Issue 302 (October 2013), describing that layout as it was at the time of publication. Reference was made at the end of that article to a proposed addition in the form of a dedicated locomotive depot to better service the 20 diesel locomotives in the fleet. At the time this task had been shared between the facilities at Dry Creek and Fairfield. Mile End Depot Approval was subsequently obtained to build the new depot and it was named Mile End Diesel Locomotive Depot, though it has become known simply as ‘Mile End Loco’. A suitable location for the depot was easily identified, basically on the other side of the passage way which gave access to both Hillside and Dry Creek yards, which were the main sources of…

17 min.
scratchbuilding a nswgr vho passenger brake van part 2

The Guard’s Doors We are almost ready to take our four side sections and join them to form two completed sides. Before we can do this, however, we need to prepare the centre guard’s doors. Measure the width of these two doors and file them down until you get a measurement of 10mm in width both top and bottom. If you are using recycled doors from a donor Lima carriage, or from a set of commercially available sides, these doors may still have a tiny ‘dot’ on each side, leftover as part of the residual ‘belt rail’. Gently use your scalpel to remove these and lightly sand back these surfaces. While the moulded-on handrails are quite adequate as they are, you will also need to remove them if you wish to replace…

8 min.
tea bag tarps

Sometime, somewhere, I heard about modellers using tea bags for tarpaulins on GYs, Victoria’s ubiquitous wheat truck (they had about 6000 of them). It might have been while watching a long train of tarped GYs on the Woodend layout in the late 1970s, hauled by a scratchbuilt X class (steam) locomotive. It might have been at that time I heard about the use of model aeroplane dope. Or it might have been a little later discussion with Trevor Doran who used dope in his youth (the model aeroplane type!) Dope is used to tighten and seal the fabric on the light-weight flying models and works well in tightening tea bag material to represent the appearance of a full sized tarp. Photos of prototype tarps can be seen at: •www.victorianrailways.net/freight/freight%20pages/gy/gy2.html • www.robx1.net • Train Hobby…

7 min.
working vestibule connections in n scale

Over thirty-five years ago I bought two Weico N scale VR S car kits—they had aluminium body shells and white metal ends, floors and bogies. They looked pretty good, but I decided they would look even better with vestibule connections that were in contact with their neighbours all the time. After giving it a bit of thought I came up with a method which involved cutting a hole in the end wall, making a solid box to represent the connecting passageway, and attaching it to springs that would permit it to move in and out with the pressure from the adjoining carriage. The diaphragms obviously do not replicate the actions of the real thing, since a flexible concertina-type arrangement was way beyond anything I was prepared to attempt, but a solid,…

3 min.
the chg at jerrawa

Visible to passengers (and crews) traversing the NSW Main South on a lineside property at Jerrawa, a small village located north of Yass, is a small, four-wheel brake van, CHG17341. Now a long way from its original area of use, the Hunter Valley, where these brake vans were designed to trail non-air braked coal trains that for generations carried coal from the mines around Newcastle to the wharves (latterly Port Waratah). Although they had very effective hand brakes operated from inside the small guard’s cabin, the CHG vans were also equipped with sand boxes, mounted on the end platforms, to assist with the braking effort, particularly during inclement weather conditions. On some of the more steeply graded runs south of Newcastle, on both the ‘Short North’ and the now-closed branch line to…