I have been asked many times about “Typical Trains” and recently I have found myself asking more and more, “What is a typical train?”. Initially I thought about the piece of string answer because there really are so many “typical trains” and so many answers to thequestion.Typical trains are typical to what? Time?, Location?, Traffic?, Operator?. Well yes, all of the above! So to assemble a Typical Train we need to know where we are going to run it. If you are like me, you have probably had many different “favourite trains” over the years. Myideal was once a 14XX and Auto-Coach painted Brown and Cream, lettered “GWR” ingold. I currently have a thing for late steam and lots of 4 wheelers, mostly a dirty grey andof NSW origin. Both were typical trains, but on opposite sides of the world and for com-pletely different traffic and owners.A typical MAIL train of the early seventies in southern New South Wales, the down Te-mora Mail, was a motley collection of hand me down passenger and parcel vehicles whichhad travelled overnight from Central as part of the South West Mail and was taken from therear of the train at Cootamundra. The section of train actually travelled back wards fromSydney and was simply cut away at Coota and a train engine attached at the rear of thetrain, (front of the Temora Mail) and it headed out past Coota West and on to Temora. Ihave actual details of consists in my collection of useless information, but basically thistrain comprised, from the loco, a brake van, dry goods van, parcel van and several pass carsincluding a composite sleeper. The brake van, dry van, parcel van and a pass car were usedout of Temora towards Forbes. 1 or 2 cars went onto Griffith. Let’s assemble this train. Atypical loco for this train in the seventies would have been possibly a 48 or if available a 44or one of the box type locos, 80/442/422.The following is HO scale specific. Behind the loco we need a brake van a dry van andparcel van. An MHG has been available RTR from Powerline for some time and we nowhave several vans which would also be suitable from Trainorama. I modified and super de-tailed an MHG then placed it on the correct ARKITS bogies. A common dry goods van of the period was the GLV. ARKITS have a kit for the GLV/GLX which is what I used. ON-TRACK Models now have a range of vans available RTR and any with roller bearingswould suffice (this is a pass train). Joe Calipari of Casula Hobbies has a parcel van kitwhich suits our purpose. Although it is the wrong vehicle, it looks similar to what we needand is more than a suitable stand in. I built the kit, painted it Indian Red and pressed it intoservice. There are a number of passenger cars now available. We have Clerestory cars fromAustrains, the FS and BS cars from Powerline, and the LIMA 12 wheel cars available RTR.WE have RUB cars from Casula, HUB cars from BERGS and the “N” Cars from Bergs allas kits. For our purpose, an assortment from the RTR cars would suit to complete our“typical train”. The “N” cars can be converted to a range of different vehicles as can theLIMA 12 wheelers. Aftermarket sides are available to convert the Lima cars. I used 3 Lima12 wheelers, 2 heavily kit bashed and one with after market sides. This gave me a very typi-cal mail train which saw service on “Stockinbingal”. Building this set now, I would proba-bly include one clerestory car at least and probably an FS as well.At the time, I wanted a “typical train” to run on “Stockinbingal” at exhibitions and it feltgood to refer to a collection of carriages as my “Temora Mail” rather than “that genericMail Train”. My red DJH 32 class managed to get on the head of this set regularly eventhough a diesel was more correct. What can I say? I like steam!Researching was fun and stimulating, building it was satisfaction. So, what is your favour-ite train? More importantly, what is a typical train for your layout?