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Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine June 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 Presentation So we have built our model railway empire and after many years of painstaking work, we have become keen to show the layout off to others and share the experience of running sessions. But how many of us plan to ‘display’ the layout in our planning and building stages? I know I did not, but then the railway was to be for four of us, all close friends and as I did not visualise my skills as sufficient to display to others, no real effort went into how the layout would look to those others. Of course, this attitude did not take in the ‘impact scene’; that scene just inside the door of a high bridge over a river gorge that was intended to impress. Much planning went into this…

21 min.

Wellingong is a fictional junction station of two single main line routes, somewhere in NSW, in what I call the ‘grungy’ era of the late 1970s/early 1980s. The layout itself features Wellingong Junction at the western end of Wellingong station, a single line that circumnavigates the layout twice, and two off-layout semi-hidden sidings. The project was started in early 2013 and finished earlier this year, minus the odd bit of micro detailing and the ongoing addition of new rolling stock and locomotives. Background It has always been on my bucket list to build a model railway layout in retirement and, though retirement is still a few years away, I thought that I would make a start well before then. I had run out of projects and a move to the central Queensland…

1 min.
at a glance

Scale: HO Prototype: Generic NSW location Period: Late 1970s/early 1980s Layout type: Twice around continuous run home layout Layout size: 4.8m x 3m Rail height above floor: Varies between 900mm and 1.0m Baseboards: Four plywood modules Track: Peco codes 100 and 75 Control: NCE DCC Buildings and other structures: Kit-built and scratchbuilt Scenery: Carved styrene foam formation covered with plaster impregnated cloth, textured with real dirt and various types of ground cover Locomotives: R-t-r Rolling Stock: Kit-built and r-t-r Builder: Grant Dodd…

11 min.
the world beneath our (wet) feet

Many of the buildings on Billabong Marina have already been discussed in previous articles in the series and there are still buildings, such as the station, cattle dock and the Tower Ales Tavern yet to be mentioned. However, all of these buildings needed something to sit around, so it is time to discuss the basics of adding scenery, especially the ‘wet’ bits! “They” reckon that when the Earth was formed it was covered in water. Then the land started to appear. The natural scenery on Billabong Marina was planned from the water up. It didn’t quite happen in this order, as you will notice from the images, but water is a good place to start! One of the biggest questions, which can raise a healthy discussion among modellers and artists, is “what…

10 min.
the midland railway company of western australia a class steam locomotives

The seventy years from 1894 to 1964 saw the existence of the longest privately-owned common carrier railway in Australia, the Midland Railway Company of Western Australia (MRWA), which had its head office (London) and source of finance in the United Kingdom. Built to tap the rich farmlands of the Midlands district of WA, this 3'6" gauge line ran 227 miles (446km) north from Midland, an outer, eastern suburb of Perth, to Walkaway, some 18 miles (30km) south east of Geraldton. Its principal traffic was wheat and other agricultural products, destined to be shipped out from the ports of Fremantle and Geraldton. Curiously, and due, no doubt, to now unexplainable government policy, MRWA locomotives were not permitted to run on Western Australia Government Railways (WAGR) tracks. As a result, all goods wagons…

3 min.
transport your models the easy way

Having returned to model trains from a lengthy hiatus, I realised that I couldn’t build a layout at home. This was partly due to me not knowing how to plan a layout, build the baseboard, or run a sophisticated electrical control system. I would have to relearn all the skills I had forgotten since my twenties, when I knew it all! I still wanted to run my locos so what could I do? There was only one thing for it. I had to become social and join a club. It was a great idea. I get to mingle with people who realise that X200 shunting engines shouldn’t be double heading a freight on the main line even though they could in 1:87 scale, plus I get to see other people’s rolling…