Australian Model Railway Magazine


My first model railway memory can be traced back to the 1979 edition of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, back in the days when the apprentices from the NSW railways would build a massive display layout in one of the pavilions of the old Moore Park Showgrounds. I was almost seven years old at the time.

What followed has been a life-long art of compromising any grandiose plans for a model railway empire of my own, due to the limited space I’ve had available. After 30 years of modelling (in N scale) from my early adolescent years through to marrying my wife Denise and raising a family of my own, it took a massive change in thinking for me to abandon the notion that every train had to traverse a model railway layout in a

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