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Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine

June 2020

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
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3 min
days of change

The editorial planned for this issue was to cover the benefits of an annual outing for a group of us from Sydney to country Victoria. The group had first met a couple of decades back and after a while regular meetings began. The benefits for all were the exchange of ideas, modelling tips and techniques. Operation was a big winner, especially the change to DCC to the point where the beginners became the teachers. This year was to be no different and while the trip down was normal the early evening of the first day was a warning. On purchasing supplies for the first evening dinner we experienced the first COVID-19 panic; the masses leaving the supermarket with all the toilet paper they could carry. We laughed at the silliness. A…

15 min
dagun

Introduction Dagun’s genesis began in 2016 at the Modelling the Railways of Queensland convention, with a chance purchase of an old Black Diamond Models 1460 class locomotive from the bring and buy table. This loco just happened to be my favourite class of QR locomotive and my first real introduction to modelling QR in HOn3½. Realising quickly that I had no room for an empire in which to run my new found treasure and, having been bitten by the bug I had caught at the Convention, I looked around for ideas to build a small QR-themed layout. I must admit to being very daunted at the prospect of creating a huge empire. I never seem to have the time, nor the effort, required to commit to such a grand project. I prefer to…

4 min
variation on an a wagon

The earliest flat wagons on the NSWGR were the A wagons, imported from Wright Bros of Birmingham with the original Sydney Railway Co. order in 1855. These were 15'0" long, with a low (perhaps 6" high) coping around the edge of the deck. When local manufacture was called for in 1864, the specification added a fixed bolster in the centre of the deck (unlike the bolster on the 1858-introduced E wagon, which swivelled.) The Redfern Works HO scale kit for the A wagon is for the unbolstered version, which was quite common. However, having built one, I felt that some variation would be an advantage, so I added the bolster to the next pair. Bolsters are easily constructed: a 24.5mm piece of Evergreen No.8612 6" x 12" strip glued centrally on…

6 min
columbia models noff to shunter’s truck

The kitbash of the NOFF from ore wagon to shunter’s truck is reasonably straightforward. However, it does have a couple of assemblies that need to be built from brass wire, not to mention the removal of a couple of side panels. Firstly you will need to choose which particular wagon you are going to model, as they all had the openings cut out of the sides in different positions (refer diagram and online photos). Furthermore, if modelling 70029, one side of the opening was not cut out against the vertical bracing, 2mm of the section to be removed needs to be retained towards the centre of the wagon in this case. Again, refer to photos and the drawings and take note of where the removed section is on each side in…

2 min
prototype

These shunter’s floats were converted in the mid-1990s out of NOFF open wagons that were surplus to ore traffic due to the advent of containerised movement of iron ore concentrate. FreightCorp converted four to be used for a shunter or assistant driver to ride on during a long propelling movement, whether on the mainline or on a siding. The conversion involved removal of a section of the side of the wagon between the vertical bracing, fitting handrails either side of the resulting gap with shunter’s steps underneath, handrails on the inside of both ends of the wagon, plus an emergency brake cock, also at each end, located underneath the aforementioned handrails (NOHF 201H was also converted in a similar fashion). Some locations that employed these vehicles included Narrabri (for working to…

2 min
build a testing module/programming track

When I wanted to connect my DCC system to my computer to use DecoderPro, I needed to find a simple way to bring the DCC system to the computer. The system needs a USB interface module as well as the DCC system controller. The NCE system I am using made it quite easy to set up a portable test module/programming track because the NCE Power Cab, which is the basis of the basic system, is so portable. I built up a timber unit, about 600mm long and about 120mm wide, but you could build it to any size that suits your requirements. The photographs show that my USB module is mounted on the baseboard section and an NCE PCP panel mounted at one end. The PCP panel has connections at the…