Model Railroader

Model Railroader August 2017

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on the web

MORE REVIEWS & VIDEOS • Videos • News & Reviews • Community • Shop & more. Layout video: The Hoosac Valley RR After more than 50 years and a move into a new home, Dick Elwell keeps improving his HO scale Hoosac Valley RR. Model Railroader subscribers get an exclusive look at trains running through the detailed scenes on this spectacular model railroad. Click on the Videos tab at www.ModelRailroader.com. New product review videos Subscribers have access to more than 1,000 product reviews, including hundreds of product demo videos. This month check out the Athearn HO scale Northern Pacific Challenger and the Bachmann PCC car. Both models feature Digital Command Control (DCC) and realistic sound effects. DIGITAL BRIEFS More than 500 track plans Looking for your next model railroad? Be sure to visit the exclusive Model Railroader Track Plan Database, featuring…

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layout names from a more playful era

A reader recently gave us a copy of the Official Guide of Model Railroads for 1956. What’s that? Well, back in the day, the National Model Railroad Association published booklets containing alphabetical listings of home layouts, including the name of each NMRA member and his full address. The idea was to encourage member visits. The bulk of the 66-page booklet is an alphabetical listing of each pike by its name. We don’t often use the word “pike” today, but our predecessors did. While thumbing through the booklet, I immediately recognized three Californians from old issues of Model Railroader: the Gorre & Daphetid RR (John Allen, Monterey, Calif.) the Alturas & Lone Pine RR (Whit Towers, Los Angeles), and the South Shasta Lines (Godfrey Humann, Gerber, Calif.). I also noticed in the booklet that there…

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news & products

Southern Pacific class GS-4 4-8-4 steam locomotive and 85-foot smooth-side passenger cars. Bachmann has released equipment decorated in Southern Pacific’s Daylight paint scheme. The HO scale GS-4 steam locomotive ($399) features a dual-mode SoundTraxx Sound Value sound decoder, RP-25 contour wheels, separately applied metal parts, an operating headlight, and E-Z Mate Mark II couplers. The 85-foot smooth-side coach and observation car ($79 each) are based on new and existing tooling. Both models have a lighted, detailed interior; clear window glazing; metal wheels; and E-Z Mate Mark II couplers. Bachmann Trains, 215-533- 1600, www.bachmanntrains.com HO scale locomotives • National Railway Equipment Genset II diesel locomotive. New paint schemes: Amtrak, Modesto & Empire Traction, Tacoma Rail (one road number), and Metro Ports/Port of Los Angeles (one number). New numbers: CSX and Indiana Harbor Belt.…

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had to have something to move cement

Last year I completed the Model Railroader building by Magnusson Models, but backdated it to the previous owner, Tews Lime & Cement Co. I had to have a truck for the building, so I modified a Jordan vehicle to match one from the same time period. I modified a Woodland Scenics cement mixer, and posed a few figures from a photo. The other details were scratchbuilt. Tony Burgess, Broken Arrow, Okla. I read the article in the May issue about the cement company on the Beer Line extension project and asking myself, “Wait a minute, did I miss something? Where the heck did you find those cement trucks?” I’ve looked everywhere for an era-appropriate truck! And lo and behold you answered my question in June. Great article, and thanks! Can’t wait to build…

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ask mr

What’s on the front of an NKP Berk’s stack? Q My question is hard to express without a picture, but I’ll try. I noticed the smokestack of a Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire seems to be a little horseshoe-shaped. Most of it’s round, but on the front is a small rectangular bump. I noticed this on my Walthers Berkshire, and at first thought it to be a mistake, but when I looked at the diagram it was the same. What’s the purpose of this projection? Robert Parsons, Charleston, W.Va. A The Nickel Plate Road’s S-2 and S-3 Berkshires were built with three ports in the front of the stack. From the right to the left side were a 21⁄2" air compressor exhaust connection (unused after the advent of the separate air compressor exhaust…

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when o scale traction was popular

There was a time when traction models were a significant part of our hobby. Some home and club layouts were devoted exclusively to it, as seen in Wm. K. Walthers’ 67-page 1957 25th anniversary O scale Reference Manual. The distribution of pages in the 1957 catalog broke down into: General information, 14 pages; traction, 8 pages; rolling stock (passenger and freight), 20 pages; construction needs, 6 pages; electrical components, 8 pages; tinplate, 3 pages; and car and locomotive details, 7 pages. In 1957, Walthers no longer sold diesel or steam locomotives, but continued to sell parts and details from the brief postwar period when it manufactured a range of Polydrive steam locomotives. Modeling traction was easier and less expensive. There were no complex and costly steam or diesel locomotives to build. Traction models…