About Us

Austral Modelcraft is a very special store – one of the last of its kind. Austral is an independent specialist store run by passionate railroad modelling experts; full to the brim with wonderful and rare stock from around the world.

Lose yourself in this ‘lolly shop’ for model railroading, find that special piece that you can’t find anywhere else, and most importantly deal with owners who know what they’re talking about, support everything they sell, and that you can trust; with 50 years experience in the hobby and 30 years in the business. Why risk dealing with unknowns on Ebay?

Ray and Eileen Nunn

Our History
Austral Modelcraft first opened its doors in 1945 under original owner Clive McTaggart, with Ray and Eileen Nunn taking over the business in 1989 at its original location on Logan Road.

Ray has been a passionate railroad modeller for over 50 years; his father having bought him his first Tri-ang Hornby set. Returning from Vietnam in 1970, Ray was encouraged to take up the hobby again and was a cofounder of Brisbane’s Union Pacific Model Railroad Club. Ray and Eileen took over Clive’s legacy upon his retirement, and for 30 years they have run Brisbane’s best model railroading store.

Our Business
Austral Modelcraft is all about customer support. We look after our valued customers, and provide personal expert service. Our regular customers – which number in the several hundreds and come from all walks of life – travel from far and wide to visit our store to find the right product and the right advice. Above all we believe in quality and we stand behind every product we sell.

What Our Customers Say
“I only just went there today for a quick look and I ended up finding my new go to model railway shop! This place is excellent to say the least.” CM

“The only real train set shop left in Brisbane! N – HO – G gauge specialists, all the top brands, scenery and accessories supplied. Excellent friendly service!” RS

“My favourite railway hobby shop and one of the best small businesses I like dealing with. I have been going to this shop for the best part of 15 years and every time they have been helpful in providing help with my n scale enquires. Great range of products including my favourite brands (Kato, Tomix, Model Power, Bachmann and Woodland Scenics and have a nice ordering service to get items in.” MM

“The store is privately owned & the friendly owners are a wealth of information! These guys run their trains too, so they know all the tricks to make your layout run smoothly! With a vast array of HO & N Scale rolling stock, scenery and trackside items, as well as possibly the biggest range of Locomotives I’ve ever seen, you’re sure to find exactly what you need! I’ve driven all over Brisbane visiting nearly every hobby shop I could find, only to realise they don’t carry what I need. Then I found this place, anything you want, they have it, and just around the corner! I would recommend this shop to everyone!” MS