What's New - Australia

See what’s new on the Australian modelling scene. You get photos, information and links to where you can buy the latest releases to hit the UK model railway scene.

There’s everything from buildings right through to highly-detailed locos that want to find a home in your model railway room.

21 Dec 2018

Full and half-relief Aussie suburban houses in HO and N
Need some Aussie houses on your layout but just don’t have enough room?

Meerkat Models have the answer for you … a variety of typical Australian dwellings in full and half-relief versions in both N and HO.

They’re also producing more than just houses so to see the range head over to this page on the Meerkat Models website.

Full and half-relief Aussie suburban houses in HO and N scales

Full and half-relief Aussie suburban houses in HO and N scales

Full and half-relief Aussie suburban houses in HO and N scales

21 Dec 2018

Something new coming soon from SDS Models
An SAR 800 Class in HO has appeared on the ‘Coming Soon’ page of the SDS models website.

There’s not much in the way of information there but the image does show the loco in 4 different liveries including the green and yellow livery that was applied to at least some of the 800 Class when they passed into ANR ownership.

You can see some other interesting models listed here on the SDS ‘Coming Soon’ page.

South Australian Railways 800 Class Diesel shunter in HO from SDS Models

17 Dec 2018

A rerun of the Auscision HO Scale B Class
Auscision has announced that they will be producing a small number of HO Scale Victorian B Class locos in 2019.

This is more than just a re-run of the previous model although 7 of the popular numbers from the last run will be included along with 13 new numbers and five new liveries.

And this is more than just a re-run because it comes with the option of factory fitted ESU DCC LokSound with Auscision’s all new Vandersound speaker enclosure with twin speakers that produces a much deeper and clearer sound.

You will find more information along with an order form here … and if you’re thinking of buying one or two don’t delay because only 50 of each number will be produced.

Auscision is set to release a re-run of their B Class diesel in HO

29 Nov 2018

A VR station in 1/48
Cockatoo is a town located in Victoria along the Puffing Billy tourist railway. It has it’s own railway station and now Model Train Buildings has produced a laser-cut kit of the station in O (1/48) Scale.

The kit comes complete with main station building, lamp room and both north and south platforms so it’s quite a substantial model … the main building is 803mm long and the main platform is longer.

You can see more about the kit here and there’s a link to the order from too.

1/48 O Scale kit for VR's Cockatoo staion on the Puffing Billy line

29 Nov 2018

Coal Road Brake Vans
Phoenix Reproductions has announced that their CHG and similar private owner brake vans should leave Hong Kong in the next few days be available for sale in the week before Christmas.

I’m not sure if Phoenix has announced just how these will be sold but the prototype was produced in large numbers so I expect that the model will come packaged in multiple units.

Phoenix Reproductions has released a model of the NSWGR 4-wheel CHG brake van in HO along with a number of variants

27 Nov 2018

Auscision’s VR Tait cars are coming
Auscision has been working on the HO model of the Victorian Railways Tait suburban cars for some years.

If you’ve been patiently waiting all that time then your wait is almost over for Auscision has announted that tooling has started and they expect to have their first running samples early next year.

The final models are not expected until late 2019 or early 2020.

The version that will be offered are the sets with the sliding doors and blanked-out windows and the CM Parcels Vans will also be offered.

Auscision warns that production numbers will be limited so you need to get your orders in now.

You can find more details and an order form here.

Some of the VR Tait cars currently being produced by AuscisionSome of the VR Tait cars currently being produced by Auscision

27 Nov 2018

Take a peek under the bonnet
Everyone likes to see what’s hiding under the bonnet and now On Track Models have given us a chance to take a look at some of the new tooling that has gone into their latest version o,f the 82 Class.

There are some new detail parts as well as a new speaker enclosure and you’ll see them in this photo.

For more details and some more cut-away shots head over to this page on the On Track Models website.

See what's hiding under the bonnet in On Track Models new release of the 82 Class in HO

27 Nov 2018

Trainorama announces a re-run of it’s HO scale 49 Class diesel
If you missed out on the first run of Trainorama’s Mk1 49 Class then here’s your chance to grab that loco you missed.

This model comes in a variety of road numbers and paint schemes  that include everything from the original tuscan, to candy, red terror, Freight Rail blue, green / yellow and SSR yellow.

If you reserve your model now you’ll save $45 on the RRP of $295 when the model hits the shelves in June / July 2019.

This link will take you to more examples of the paint schemes for this loco and an order form.

There was nothing quite like the sound these locos made as they tackled the climb out of Orange up towards Mullion Creek on a cold winter’s night … they could be heard for miles.

Some of the 49 Class liveries to be released by Trainorama

24 Nov 2018

5 Inch Gauge E M Baldwin
If you live up here in the can-growing regions of Queensland these locos are a common sight in cane season as they haul long strings of cane bins out to the cane fields and back to the mill.

Despite being a relatively common loco they have never been produced commercially until now.

Now Maxitrak in the UK has produced a 5 inch gauge that will be released in January / February of 2019.

The model is 971mm long and 474mm wide. It’s powered by 8 60-watt motors drawing current from 2 12-volt batteries working in tandem at 24 volts.

It’s controlled by an electronic controller with a remote hand-held unit and a sound system and smoke machine are optional.

It’s rated to haul 8 adults on level track at a running speed of 6 miles an hour (about 10km/h)

There are more details and photos here on the Maxitrak website.

5 Inch Gauge EM Baldwin loco from Maxitrak

12 Nov 2018

SAR 600 Class Diesel in HO
Auscision Models have announced that they are currently developing a model of the SAR 600 Class diesel and it should be here in Australia in late 2019.

As with just about every Australian diesel or steam loco there are variations … and there were only 7 locos in the class … so Auscision is producing all 7 locomotive numbers spread across 5 different liveries.

All 3 basic liveries of red and silver, mustard pot and ANR green will be included.

The models will be available in either Standard DC or DCC with sound and Ausicion is taking orders now.

Head over to this page on their website for more information.

Auscision's HO model of the South Australian Railways 600 Class

10 Nov 2018

16 versions of a humble little Guards Van
Casula Hobbies have released 16 different versions of the humble little HG Guards Van

This class of 4-wheel Guards Van was introduced around 1900 and some were still in use as departmental vehicles into the late 1970s. There was one departmental version parked behind the old Lithgow Railway Station as late as 1977.

Over the years various members of the class were altered to carry passengers in one or two compartments, some were modified for use in overhead wiring trains, some had foot-boards at one end only while others had boards that ran the length of the van.

Perhaps the most famous of all the HG Guards Vans was the one used on the Yass Tramway and that model is just one of the variants that Casula Hobbies have produced.

We’ve included photos of four of the variants here and you will find all of them on the Casula Hobbies website.

One of the many variants of the NSWGR HG Guard's Van to be released by Casula Hobbies

One of the many variants of the NSWGR HG Guard's Van to be released by Casula Hobbies

One of the many variants of the NSWGR HG Guard's Van to be released by Casula Hobbies

One of the many variants of the NSWGR HG Guard's Van to be released by Casula Hobbies

7 Nov 2018

Auscision releases paint samples for the 422
Auscision have released images of 13 different paint schemes that will be worn by the 422 Class that they are releasing in 2019.

We’ve included four of those schemes here and you can see the rest … and order your model … here on the Auscision website.

Auscision is warning that these models are selling fast and there’s only a limited number so …

New and old liveries for Auscision's NSWR's 422 Class diesel locomotive

New and old liveries for Auscision's NSWR's 422 Class diesel locomotive

New and old liveries for Auscision's NSWR's 422 Class diesel locomotive

New and old liveries for Auscision's NSWR's 422 Class diesel locomotive

18 Oct 2018

One of So Many
There was a time when lines of private owner non-air coal hoppers could be seen everywhere you looked on the coalfields around Newcastle but of course the lines have now gone and all that remains are a few in museums.

Fortunately, for modellers, there have been HO versions of these hoppers around for years and now we have a new model … and possibly the best yet … from Phoenix Reproductions.

They’re now available in 10-packs in a range of owner/paint schemes for $440 a pack and you can see the full range at Australian Modeller

You can never have too many private owner coal hoppers from the coal mines around Newcastle

17 Oct 2018

New HO Scale Buildings from Queensland Railway Miniatures
Queensland Railway Miniatures has just released 2 cast resin kits that should really appeal to QR last century.

The first model is a cast resin kit of the wooden staff station that stood for many years at a crossing loop between Kunwarara and Marlborough. It was finally demolished some time in the 1990s

The second model is another cast resit kit of a 1914 standard Lamp Room & Earth Closet.

Both kits come with everything you will need with the exception of paint and glue.

You can buy the kits online at QRM’s shop on Shapeways.

New HO scale buildings from Queensland Railway Miniatures