When space is a real problem getting your terminals right on a point to point layout can be a challenge. However, here’s one on a real narrow gauge system with a very compact terminus that seems to work rather well.
Modellers who are new to scratchbuilding often: Assume that the corner of a new sheet of styrene really is a 90 degree angle. There is no guarantee that the angles on a new and unused sheet of styrene are true 90 degree angles. A small machinist’s square is an invaluable tool for any scratchbuilder Measure … Read more
What do you do when you have to bring a 13,000 ton coal train down a grade of 1 in 19? You do it very carefully … as this old training video from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad shows.
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
I’ve just been advised that I can have access to the image library of one of the world’s biggest steam locomotive builders. It’s really exciting news … at least it is for me … and there have been reports of me doing a happy dance around the house on more than one occasion. But … … 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
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
If I were to ask you to name the maker of Australia’s first locally built diesel locomotive I’m sure that most of you would have an answer but it’s unlikely that it would be the right answer. Of course some people would nominate Clyde’s GM1 Class from 1951 while others might suggest the D1 Class … Read more
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