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

It’s in the Detail

Here’s a video of an operating HO model diorama where, after a while, the trains begin to blend into the background but you won’t even notice that because what attracts people to this diorama is the detail.

Australian Buildings

A new supplier of Australian buildings in HO Scale popped up in my inbox last week. Aus-Scene Models offers an interesting range of laser-cut wooden kits of buildings that were built around the lat 1800s and early 1900s and could still be standing today. Axedale is based on a typical miners’ cottage from the Victorian goldfields … Read more

Going Beyond Detailing

When most of us think about detailing a model we think of adding handrails, shunter’s steps, brake rigging etc. and if we’re modelling a steam loco or a diesel we’ll probably think about adding sound and working lighting as well. But there are some railway modellers out there who are really pushing the limits. For … Read more

Sydney Model Railway Exhibition

It’s the long weekend in New South Wales that every Sydney modeller lives for … the weekend of the Sydney Model Railway Exhibition. I can remember going to it with my father in the days when it was in the Lower Town Hall and being one of the kids who drooled over Norm Read’s wonderful … Read more