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Model Railroader February 2017

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Visit us online for more Subscriber Extras ▸▸ How To ▸▸ Videos ▸▸ News & Reviews ▸▸ Community ▸▸ Shop ▸▸ New layout video tour Upstate New York in 1948 Jim Heidt’s HO scale Ogdensburg & Norwood Ry. features two decks and a mainline run of more than 400 feet. Model Railroader subscribers can watch trains run through the small towns and stunning Adirondack scenery. Click on the link under Online Extras to watch this subscriber exclusive. New photos every month Free computer desktop wallpaper Each month the editors at Model Railroader choose an exceptional layout or trackside photo to feature on www.ModelRailroader.com. You can use this photo as a background on your computer screen. This month’s featured photo is of Eric Brooman’s always-current Utah Belt RR. Click on the link under Online Extras to download…

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But how did he build that? Jim Heidt’s HO scale layout is featured on this month’s cover and on page 46. Indeed, Jim’s sprawling layout has it all: a 400-foot main line, two decks, a helix, staging elevators, and a busy operating scheme. How do Jim and other model railroaders with top-notch layouts figure all of this out? Good question. While the guys on the Model Railroader staff were editing this particular issue, they also were preparing the new Model Railroad Planning 2017 issue, with guidance from its editor Tony Koester, who also writes our monthly Trains of Thought column. Back to the question about how Jim Heidt and others figure it all out. Well, some of the answers lie in Model Railroad Planning magazine. For those of you unfamilar with the magazine, it comes…

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freight cars dominate at trainfest

New product announcements are posted on ModelRailroader.com every week Trainfest special! HO scale Bombardier Transportation ALP-45DP dual-mode locomotive. Atlas is offering this modern commuter engine decorated for NJ Transit in four road numbers. The ALP-45DP has illuminated, directional light-emitting-diode headlights, ditch lights, and red marker lights; a positionable non-functioning pantograph at the rear of the hood; factory-applied railings, air horn, and antenna; modeler-installed grab irons with drilling template; and Kadee couplers. Direct-current models with an 8-pin socket and a 21-pin plug for Digital Command Control decoder and space for a speaker sell for $169.95. Versions with an ESU LokSound Select sound decoder retail for $279.95. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, www.atlasrr.com Trainfest, America’s largest operating model railroad show, was held in early November at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis., a suburb…

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kato t-trak contest winners at trainfest

Trainfest special! Japanese model railroad manufacturer Kato sponsors a T-Trak module construction contest in Japan each year for students. T-Trak modules, which use the Kato Unitrack system, are compact and designed to be set up on tabletops. When connected, the modules can be arranged into ovals or more complex configurations. This year’s winners, a team from a junior-senior high school in Hiroshima, won a trip to the United States and a visit to Trainfest. Representing the winning team were Koki Yoshida, Yuta Tak, Masaki Mochizuki, and Takuto Kodama. Their scratchbuilt module, on display at Trainfest, depicts a scene from Hiorshima.…

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Up to capacity Regarding the December editor’s note “The next game changer,” even with locomotive capacitors, you would still need to power the turnout points and frog. Otherwise, you would lose control of the locomotive over a turnout. Still, I can’t wait for a capacitor small enough for N scale. David Wilkins, Philadelphia Packing your suitcase Larry Puckett had a timely article in December’s DCC Corner on suitcase connectors. I’ve gotten too old to solder over my head under layouts and had started using wirenuts as connectors. A friend told me about suitcase connectors (pictured above), which were easy to use and held together. Finding them was a problem until I hit on auto supply stores which have a good selection at a reasonable price. They also have many colors and gauges of wire…

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How can I protect track from rockslides? Q As I began constructing the mountain scene on my model railroad, I created a rather sizable cliff towering over one curve of track. It’s an organic process, and I hadn’t intended for it to be so steep, but it happened. As I have begun to detail, install rock castings, and the like, it occured to me that section of rail may need some protection from falling debris. I’ve considered using chain link fence over the cliff side, and was curious if you had any suggestions for material to use, or if you had any additional ideas for cliff stabilization. I work in N scale. Larry Potts, Cleveland A Many modelers use tulle (bridal veil material) spraypainted silver, gray, or rust to model chain link fence.…