Model Railroader

Model Railroader April 2017

The world’s most popular model railroading magazine publishes the information you need to build your own railroad. Get Model Railroader digital magazine subscription today for step-by-step how-to projects; great model train layouts; and realistic track plans. You'll also get reviews of the latest locomotives, rolling stock, and accessories in HO, N, O, and other scales, expert tips, and more!

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2 min.
digital mr

MORE REVIEWS & VIDEOS • Videos • News & Reviews • Community • Shop & more Turn to page 40 for a story on the Model Railroader staff’s layout, the Milwaukee, Racine & Troy. We didn’t have space to run all the photos we took, so we put together an online gallery. The photo above is also this month’s free desktop wallpaper. Subscribers don’t want to miss a video tour of the layout, as they follow a train along the MR&T. Find these and all the 1,000th issue online extras on the Model Railroader home page at www.ModelRailroader.com. An updated MR&T plan Back when the original Milwaukee, Racine & Troy track plan appeared in Model Railroader, the layout was under construction. For the first time since 1989, we’ve updated the MR&T track plan, reflecting how it was…

2 min.
from the editor

Welcome to the 1,000th issue of Model Railroader magazine! Monthly publications rarely reach this mark (it takes 83-plus years), so clearly a big celebration is in order. To kick things off, our staff-built layout, the Milwaukee, Racine & Troy RR, finally makes an appearance in Model Railroader. Readers have been asking us questions about the layout annually since construction began 28 years ago, and our 1,000th issue felt like the right time for a long-requested story. The funny thing is, photos of the MR&T layout are in Model Railroader all the time. Associate editor Cody Grivno alone has written two dozen or more of our monthly Step by Step columns about scenery and structure projects on the HO scale MR&T. But we’ve never strung the photos together into a feature story about our…

14 min.
news & products

Electro-Motive Division E7A diesel locomotive. Bachmann’s latest cab unit is decorated for Pennsylvania RR; Baltimore & Ohio; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; New York Central; and Southern Ry., in one road number per scheme. The E7A ($299) has a die-cast metal frame, all-wheel drive, illuminated number boxes, and a SoundTraxx Sound Value diesel sound package. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600, www.bachmanntrains.com HO scale locomotives • General Electric AC4400CW diesel locomotive. Burlington Northern (Heritage II), CSX (yellow, blue, and gray), Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern (blue-and-gray and black-andred AC44C6M schemes, two numbers each), Cartier Mining, Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific (Southern Pacific patchout). Three numbers per scheme unless noted. Factory-installed wire grab irons, prototype-specific details, and Quick Plug with 8- and 9-pin connectors for Digital Command Control decoder. $119.98. October 2017. Roundhouse line. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639,…

33 min.
railway post office

We asked you to tell us what your all-time favorite issue of Model Railroader is, and you responded. Here’s a representative sample: March 1944! That issue featured part one of an unforgettable six-part series by Frank C. Ellison, entitled “The Art of Model Railroading.” Ellison had written dozens of articles during the 1930s and early 1940s for Model Builder and for Model Railroader about his O scale Delta Lines that had set the standard for realism during the unscenicked “Plywood Central” era of trains. His enduring appeal was his conception of the railroad as a dynamic, romantic transportation system. He metaphorically saw a model railroad as a stage play that presents “the drama of railroading in which the tracks are the stage, the buildings and scenery are the setting, the trains are…

8 min.
ask mr

Q Has MR ever written a detailed explanation of how to use an HO scale rule? If so, where would I find it? If not, I would like to see one. Alan Jenkins, Frisco, Texas AThough you may have a scale rule that’s exclusively HO, mine has multiple scales on it – HO, O, and S on one side (with the O and S scales combined), N scale and regular, full-scale inches and millimeters on the other. And no matter which scale you’re measuring in, all scale rules work the same way. You’ll see in the photo at right that there are more tick-marks and numbers to the left of the zero mark on the HO scale. That’s because to put all those fine marks between each foot on the ruler would make…

3 min.
heritage fleet

An interesting thing about old layout photos is noting once popular models, now long gone. They’ve become ghosts, except in collections, and are no longer operated. I belonged to a small Montreal club involving several home layouts, one of which was Walter Grayson’s HO Valois Central. Begun in the mid-1950s, it had classic locomotives: Mantua, Varney, Roundhouse, and others, plus a wide assortment of freight and passenger cars. In a sense, it was an operating collection when it was dismantled in the early 1990s. Frank Ellison’s Delta Lines articles in Model Builder, the Lionel-produced magazine published from 1937 to 1949, reveal similar classic O scale locomotives, part of our 1930s to early 1940s experience. Ellison was a creative force inspiring many to emulate him, envisioning a miniature reality with prototype operation and…