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Model Railroader March 2017

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digital mr

??Visit us online for more Subscriber Extras How To Videos News & Reviews Community Shop ? Share your layout videos More scenes along the Ridgley Division Turn to page 44 to read all about the HO scale Ridgley Division, an 18 x 20-foot model railroad inspired by the Baltimore & Ohio RR through West Virginia. Visitors to www.ModelRailroader.com can also watch this video posted by the layout owner and author Dale Ridgeway. Register for free at ModelRailroader.com, and you can watch hundreds of other layout videos. You can also upload your videos to share with your fellow model railroaders. Click on the Videos tab at the MR home page. New diesel demo Athearn Genesis HO scale EMD GP39-2 What’s better than a roadname- and roadnumber-specific, superdetailed diesel locomotive model? One that sounds as good as it looks.…

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realism? use white paint

Raise your hand if you have one of these on your layout: A) Pickle factory B) Bandstand in a city park. C) Haunted house D) Candy factory. E) Gingerbread Victorian home. If your hand is up, I’m giving you fair warning that you might take issue with this month’s cover story. On page 28, author Lance Mindheim puts it succinctly: while it’s human nature to be drawn to interesting and distinctive structures and scenes, if realism is your goal, your model railroad scenes should look ordinary. Lance advocates nondescript factories and warehouses, weedy lots, well-spaced structures, and the use of a lot of flat white paint. He’s right, and he follows his own advice, just take a look at this month’s cover photograph. Even if your modeling leans toward pickle factories and bandshells, you’ll find worthwhile advice in Lance’s…

13 min.
news & products

HO scale Electro-Motive Division SD45T-2 diesel locomotive. This six-axle road unit is offered in new road numbers and paint schemes. The SD45T-2 is decorated for Genesee & Wyoming (Kyle RR and Missouri & Northern Arkansas in one road number); Bessemer & Lake Erie; Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range (two numbers); Southern Pacific (Roman and speed lettering); and Union Pacific. The Ready-to-Roll diesel, offered in three numbers per scheme unless noted, is priced at $134.98. The model has prototype-specific details, HT-C trucks, and separately applied wire grab irons. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, www.athearn.com HO scale locomotives • Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive. Digital decoder with speed-synchronized sound effects, four powered axles, and traction tires. Smoke generator (sold separately) can be added to model. $469.99. Trix line. Märklin Inc., 573-693-1660, www.marklin.com HO scale…

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ask mr

How did sand houses operate? Q I’m scratchbuilding an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe sand house like those in Winslow, Ariz., and San Bernardino, Calif., during the transition era. I have quite a few pictures in addition to some architectural plans. However, I have no idea how they work. I want to add detail, but I need to know how they operated. Ray Mlecko, Phoenix A Though they varied in size and design, all railroad sand houses had the same basic three parts: an open bin for receiving sand; an enclosed drying house; and an elevated bin for storing dry sand. Most commercially available sand house models, like those made by Walthers, Campbell, B.T.S., and JV Models, depict a fairly small structure with an open bin and a small cylindrical tank for dry sand.…

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easier access to an n scale sneak track

Like model railroaders in other scales, most of us N-scalers are naturalborn cheaters when it comes to layout planning. We set our design parameters, but then we start compromising them. Hey, it won’t hurt if we make this one curve a little tighter, or this aisle just a few inches narrower. Enough of this kind of cheating and we’ll build a railroad that’s bound to disappoint. One very important design principle, as far as I’m concerned, is no long stretches of hidden and hard-to-access track. This rule is particularly important in N scale because our trains are so small. We can run them in spaces only 2 inches high and an inch wide, but there’s a big problem in doing so. Our hands are too big to cope with such tiny…

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model partial loads to enrich operations

We have a team track on Model Railroader Video Plus’ HO scale Winston-Salem Southbound layout, and it’s used by a couple of off-line customers that regularly receive open hoppers of materials. Crystal Ice & Coal Co. unloads hoppers of coal and Vulcan Materials receives carloads of specialty rock and sand. Both businesses move the product in trucks to off-layout sites. The normal routine on most layouts is that a carload of coal or sand would be delivered to the team track in one session, and then picked up as an empty on the next. But on a small layout, your operating crews end up delivering the same carload of coal to the same siding every other session, which can be unsatisfying. One way to make your operating sessions more interesting is to…