Wagon Transfers

What do you do when your railway workshop is on the broad gauge but the wagons you have been refurbishing on the standard gauge and the nearest standard gauge line is nowhere near your workshop? That was the dilemma facing Southern Shorthaul Railroad earlier this month and they solved the problem with a 100 tonne … Read more


For over 30 years the most commonly seen goods wagon in NSW was the NSWGR S wagon. 10,000 of them were built between 1945 and 1958 and 100 of them were the last 4 wheel goods wagon in use in NSW. The S code for a 4 wheel open wagon was in use from as … Read more


Meet TGauge, the smallest commercially produced model railway equipment in the world. TGauge is just half the size of Z scale. Before anyone wants to beat me around the ears about the difference between gauge and scale and the correct use of those terms let me just say that TGauge is what this system is … Read more

A Wartime Railcar

The need to move troops and goods as well as normal paying passengers during World War II placed an incredible burden on railways in Australia. Some lines that had been relatively sleepy backwaters suddenly became major arteries that were vital to the defence of the nation. Perhaps the line that was least prepared for the … Read more

Moving Cars by Rail

Moving cars by rail here in Australia has undergone a massive change over the years. Back in the days of steam there were no specialised wagons. New cars being shipped by rail from the plant in one state to the distribution centre in other states would be loaded onto basic flat wagons. There was nothing … Read more

The Silver City Comet

The Silver City Comet was the first complete air conditioned train to operate in Australia and it was also the first all diesel air conditioned train to operate anywhere in the British Empire … something that the New South Wales Government Railways were immensely proud of. The requirement was for a train that would provide … Read more