Model Railroader

Model Railroader June 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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1 min.
on the web

MORE REVIEWS & VIDEOS • Videos • News & Reviews • Community • Shop & more. Pacific Northwest Empire Gary Randall’s Oregon Middle Division is a freelanced N scale layout featuring the green forests and busy waterfronts of the Pacific Northwest. Read about Gary’s railroad on page 28, then click on the link under Online Extras at the MR home page to watch a video tour of trains running along the main line. Operating the Beer Line The June issue marks the end of our Beer Line series. Be sure to check out the video tour and track plan on the MR home page. In addition, Model Railroader Video Plus has produced a multi-part How-To Library series all about building and operating the Beer Line layout. As a special online bonus, visitors to www.ModelRailroader.com can watch a free…

2 min.
circles, figure numbers, and our buddy lou

Thanks for the feedback so many of you gave us after reading our 1,000th issue. Comments were made about favorite issues; our story about the Milwaukee, Racine & Troy layout; and the pros and cons of author Lance Mindheim’s vision of the future of our hobby. If you missed Lance’s story, go back to the April issue and read it, starting on page 52. Only one reader I know of commented on the design changes we also made in April’s issue. He thought we made the magazine logo too “blue and white.” To me, art director Tom Danneman and his staff made a smooth transition, as we had hoped. A relatively minor design change, however, has led to many staff discussions, which I’ll share with you. With our new look, we have moved beyond the…

14 min.
news & products

MOBILE UPDATES Scan the code to access Model Railroader’s weekly News & Products updates from your mobile device. HO scale Modern commuter train set. This three-piece set includes an NJ Transit Bombardier Transportation ALP-45DP locomotive (direct-current model with eight-pin socket, 21-pin plug, and space for a speaker), a multi-level trailer, and a multi-level cab car. The trailer and cab car feature metal wheels, injectionmolded plastic seats, and light-emitting diode (LED) interior lighting. The cab car has directional LED headlights, ditch lights, and marker lights; provisions for a speaker; and a 21-pin plug for a Digital Command Control decoder. All of the HO scale models are equipped with Kadee couplers. The modern commuter train set sells for $354.85. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, www.atlasrr.com HO scale locomotives • Electro-Motive Division F3A, F7A, and F7B diesel locomotives.…

3 min.
railway post office

It was a good idea once Well, I guess I’ll have to rethink my plans for a new layout addition! Neil makes a great point about realism in his March From the Editor column. To be honest, I picked these kits up years ago and never used them for the very reasons Neil and author Lance Mindheim mention. Mark Albert, Indianapolis, Ind. Finding a Ben-Hur boxcar After reading the articles on the Beer Line extension and the Ben-Hur Freezer Co. industry article in April, I thought you might get a kick out of this. I grew up in Foley, Minn. on the Great Northern’s Mora-Milaca-St. Cloud line. My grandfather had an appliance store and one year he partnered with another store in Pierz to sell a boxcar load of Ben-Hur Freezers. My grandfather received a trophy, I…

10 min.
ask mr

What makes a hopper “offset”? Q I have several coal hopper cars. On some of the boxes it states that this an “Offset-Side” car. I don’t see any difference in the cars. What am I missing? Paul Reagon, Camden, Ark. AHopper cars have vertical posts to provide structural strength to their sheet metal sides. On a hopper meant to haul dense material like ore, sand, or cement, these posts are usually visible on the outside of the car, as that’s the simplest way to build the car. These are called “exterior-post” hoppers. But cars that carry less dense materials like coal or wood chips are designed to maximize their carrying capacity, since exceeding the car’s rated weight isn’t likely to be a problem. To get all the volume possible out of these cars,…

3 min.
where are all the passengers?

Railroads haul all sorts of profitable things in freight cars. But they also carry people, and if one judges by what’s often seen, model railroads are money losers, running empty passenger trains. For decades, passenger car kits were sold empty, leaving hobbyists to install interiors and lighting from a variety of different sources. But what about passengers? It appears model railroads discourage them. It wasn’t always so. Model train manufacturers were selling large gauge passenger trains with riders as early as the mid-1880s. The French made fanciful passenger cars carrying fashionably dressed customers. Following suit, Germans Bing, Marklin, Lutz, Planck, and Rock & Graner offered well-equipped passenger cars with interior compartments ready to accept painted terra cotta or plaster figures comfortably impaled on spikes to keep them from falling from their seats. One had…