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Australian Model Railway Magazine April 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.

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Your Own Standards I first came across a model railway ‘standard’ when I joined the Sydney Model Railway Society, my first club, in the infancy of my model railway hobby. SMRS was a principal club in NSWGR modelling; some of its members having been strong supporters though the World War II era. The members there proved to be great tutors for, like many club and association members, they shared their skills and experience. And I was not ashamed to soak up the experience.However, to be a member and run on the extensive operational HO scale layout in the then Castlereagh Street, Sydney, Railway Institute building my models had to adhere to a number of standards. Many of the requirements were quite basic and now in common use: track…

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A 620 class two-car diesel train runs past the locomotive depot at Casino. An empty ballast train leaves Paterson enroute to the Martins Creek ballast quarry, the sidings and crusher of which can be seen in the mid-background. The right-of-way of the Border Spiral can also be seen in the far background. Although being a native of New South Wales, I spent most of my school years during the 1970s living in South East Queensland. While in Brisbane I lived quite close to the NSWGR mainline that runs through the southern suburbs. Images of the double-headed Brisbane Limited, the locomotive depot at Yeerongpilly, and the freight yard at Clapham have stayed with me ever since. The sound of Alcos passing through Greenbank all night while on Army…

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modelling modern-era containers part 1: shipping containers

In a sarcastic tone, my mother always said “you’ve seen one train, you’ve seen them all”, implying that they were all common and the same. As scale modellers we run the risk of applying that same principle when we model and operate a train consist, either assuming that we can take a generic approach, or we may be naïve to the finer details or reasons behind the prototype’s operations.In this two-part article, I will be discussing different container types, splitting them into Shipping Containers and Domestic Containers. I will also be describing the trains that haul these steel boxes hundreds and thousands of kilometres around the country.‘Shipping’ containers are international travellers and must comply with ISO standards in their design and markings, whereas ‘domestic’ containers are simply that; generally…

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in the loop in search of a term

Totally unaware that they have inspired the search for a new collective noun to describe them, visiting members of the New England Model Railway Club inspect progress on the author’s under-construction O scale layout. “Are you doing anything this weekend?” This was a question asked of me at work one Friday: the sort of innocuous question I imagine many of us are asked at work in the lead up to a weekend. Most days I would have made a throw-away comment about the missus having a list of jobs lined up for me or perhaps I’d say something noncommittal like, “Not much, what about you?” But my answer this time was a little different. “I’ve got a group of...ummm…” I replied and then stumbled to a halt.…

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vr weedex train addendum

This shot of 1WZ, taken on the same occasion as the photo above, shows clearly the arrangement of the spray nozzles in 1964. Following on from the article Gallery: The Weedex Train highlighting Don McGilvery’s under-construction model of the VR’s ‘Weedex’ train in AMRM Issue 328 (February 2018), Graham Ahern has provided two photos of the train as it was in 1964. ■…

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building the nightline drive-in

As many people will know, drive-in theatres have been around for many years, but nowadays they’re not as common as they used to be. That’s one reason for making a working N scale model of a drive-in. Another reason is that with all of today’s modern entertainment technology, people don’t seem to go out as families so much anymore, especially to watch movies in the comfort of their cars as we did back in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. In making this scale model of a drive-in, I hoped to bring back those wonderful memories of an era that has pretty much vanished, along with steam locomotives and other icons of the period. My model is loosely inspired by three ‘Ozzie’ drive-ins; the Dale Line (Armadale WA), the…