The 15 Minute Challenge – 1

This is a challenge for me and I’m publishing it here in the hope that knowing someone is reading/watching this thread will encourage me to go on with this series. Background 1 Way back in 2012 I wrote about a simple baseboard solution for anyone who was challenged by space and ability. I intended to use that … Read more

Something to Model

It’s about 3pm on a Saturday afternoon and we’re in Ipswich looking down on part of a stabling point for the western arm of the Brisbane suburban network. You’ll notice that the yard here is long and narrow with part of the old town on one side and the double-track mainline to Toowoomba and points … Read more


Let’s take a little look at a modular layout system that’s popular in Europe. If you’re an Australian or US modeller, then it’s quite likely that you haven’t heard of FREMO because it’s a modular system that has grown up in Europe and is yet to catch on in other countries. That doesn’t mean that … Read more

Bunyip – who built this locomotive?

Meet Bunyip … an 0-4-0WT locomotive that comes with a mystery attached. We know where it worked … at the Wallaville sugar mill from 31st August 1896 to somewhere around 1962. Wallaville is a small town, roughly west of Bundaberg in Queensland, that once had its own sugar mill and network of cane lines. Bunyip was … Read more

Budd Railcars

Both the Commonwealth Railways and the NSWGR operated Budd type railcars. The Commonwealth Railways imported three from the US in 1951 while Commonwealth Engineering built five for the NSWGR. The first for NSW entered service in 1961. In the US these self-propelled railcars (known as RDC’s) were quite popular with east coast and Canadian railways … Read more