Welcome to Model Trains n Things. This is a growing website that gives you information about:

  • The hobby here in Australia, including links to the websites of suppliers in all major scales and Australian hobby shops
  • Information about the current and recent Australian prototype scene
  • Historical information about the various State and private systems and the equipment that they used
  • Lots of little bits of prototype information, photos, tips and other useful advice to help you build your model railroad

Model Trains n Things is entirely the work of just one couple and we hope you find the site useful and we encourage you to join in the discussion and bring your knowledge to the topics that we cover.

Australian Model Train Links

Looking for a hobby shop near you or an Australian online hobby shop?

You will find their addresses and websites listed here.

Need to contact a supplier or check out their latest models?

You will find their their websites and contact details listed here.

Just click on the links and you will find what you’re looking for.

Out Ofs

These are bits and pieces that don’t quite fit the other sections.

Here you will find:

  • Prototype information
  • Modelling tips
  • Photos & information that will help you re-create the great outdoors on your layout
  • And more


The Australian railway scene is ever-changing and in this section you will find information about the:

  • The various State systems
  • The private operators whose trains now operate throughout Australia and
  • The industrial and narrow gauge operators who do so much without being noticed

While there are other websites that will keep you up to date we’ll look back at what has happened since diesels were first introduced.


So much of what makes Australian railways what they are today comes from what happened even as far back as the very early days of the steam locomotive.

In this section you will find information and photographs about:

  • Everything from the very first steam tank engines to Australia’s first airconditioned train
  • The companies that built our early steam engines
  • The early steam engines that brought country and outback communities closer together
  • And the branchlines that made transporting our wool, wheat and other products to the cities so much easier

You won’t find any airconditioned high-horsepower locomotives here. What you will find is a window into a time when men worked long, hard hours to get the job done.

To visit any of these sections of Model Trains n Things just click the link at the top of the page and then sit back and enjoy the ride and come back often because new information is being added every week.