Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine

August 2021

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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meet the author

Darren French Married to a very supportive wife with three wonderful children, I have worked in the rail industry in signal maintenance and signal design since leaving school. Currently working with V/Line, I enjoy designing and constructing anything (even though my constructing skills are somewhat lacking) that is a bonus when it comes to model railways. My hobbies are all-encompassing within model railways, as there are so many other hobbies within the bigger umbrella of model railways: carpentry, electronics, computers and 3D-artistic expression through modelling scenery, something I really enjoy doing.…

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list of requirements

With the exception of the brass etched signal components from Model Signal Equipment (MSE), all other materials and tools can be purchased at your usual hobby supplier: • Ratio 4 mm scale signal kit, LNER lattice post signal (catalog No. 486); • Ratio N scale GWR trackside fencing (catalog No. 243); and • MSE etched McKenzie & Holland lower quadrant signal parts, 4 mm scale (optional, catalog No. S003). Other materials: • scraps of styrene, • 0.3 mm brass wire, and • HO scale etched brass ladder. Tools and consumables: • paint brushes or air brush; • pencil; • sharp side-cutters; • HO scale ruler; • fine-nose pliers; • tweezers; • assorted twist drills; • pin vice; • assorted files; • sanding board (optional); • extra hands (optional); • safety glasses; • sharp craft knife; • temperature-controlled soldering iron, solder (including low-melt) and flux; • superglue; • PVA glue; and • liquid styrene cement. Precautions Before commencing…

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what next?

The process could be taken to the next stage with moving spectacles. I have done some experiments with this idea. The spectacle spindle has to rotate in the bracket and requires keepers and spacers to keep everything square and in place. A brass crank needs to be made and soldered to the spectacle spindle; the crank supplied in the Ratio kit can be used as a pattern, but a more robust crank from brass is recommended. The push-rod will now terminate at this bell crank and the signal arm would be activated by a second push-rod that would connect this crank with another mounted on the signal arm pivot, behind the bracket. Conclusion Carrying out the Ratio signal conversion has been a learning process for me, as has writing this article. I hope the…

5 min
what lies beneath the paint

Have you ever wondered why high-end, detailed and often very collectable locomotives and, more rarely, rolling stock are made from brass? As a modelling medium, brass (in sheet, shapes and as wire) has some very useful qualities and remains readily available from hobby retailers. However, this doesn’t really answer my original question: “Why are the models from Japanese, Korean and, more recently, Chinese manufacturers produced in brass rather than other metals?”. Tin is generally easier to solder than brass and it holds paint far better. Being meticulous in the way I clean a model prior to painting, using appropriate etch primers and low-tack masking materials, if paint comes off a model as I remove the masking it almost always comes away from the brass surfaces. Brass was the material of choice…

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trains worth modelling: nsw mail trains

The State Rail Authority of New South Wales (SRA of NSW) mail trains were an eclectic mix of consists. From a modelling perspective, these trains were short and served far-flung parts of the system. The consists were a ‘grab-bag’ of both passenger and freight rolling stock, some of which included containerised parcels. Mail trains were effectively mixed trains, with lots of shunting en route and at terminal stations. Things to consider when adding a mail train service to your layout are: • A mail train would bring additional operational complexity to a small or medium-sized branch line. For example, shunting the freight wagons to the loading platform or goods roads for unloading and back loading, then shuffling the freight wagons and passenger coaches for the return journey. • Given a mail train’s fairly…

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