Model Railroader

Model Railroader May 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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on the web

Get started with our can’t-miss video playlist! MR Video Plus provides step-by-step demonstrations, helpful tips, and real railroading action. Whether you want to improve your skills, get started in the hobby, or enjoy the thrill of rail adventure, we’ve got something for everyone. To get you started, MR Video Plus has puttogether a new playlist of selected shows that you can watch for FREE! Visit www.MRVideoPlus/preview. All-new series Preview our new project!Model Railroader magazine and MR Video Plus staffers host this all-new N scale project layout. Watch the first episodes of the Canadian Canyons series as part of the free MRVP playlist. You’ll discover expert advice and practical demonstrations of construction topics and more! From concept to completion, don’t miss this video reference for building one spectacular layout! Get the playlist at www.MRVideoPlus.com/preview. FREE PLAYLIST…

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guess who built another incredible layout?

Our friend Pelle Søeborg, one of Model Railroader’s contributing editors, has built an all-new HO scale layout, as you can see on this month’s cover. Pelle’s story starts on page 40. At this point you might be saying to yourself: hold on a minute, didn’t Pelle just build a Mojave Desert layout, which was sort of a reboot of an earlier desert layout? And didn’t he have even another layout featured in Model Railroader in the late 1990s, modeling Tehachapi Pass? The answers are yes, yes, and yes. And if you’re counting, this is Pelle’s third layout in about a decade. All have been HO scale layouts modeling the presentday Union Pacific RR; this is the first to model a location other than the Southern California desert. Pelle loves to build layouts, as he…

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plenty of variety at 2017 amherst train show

The 2017 Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show was held in late January at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Mass. The two-day show featured manufactur ers, railroad historical societies, operating layouts, vendors, and clinics. Items on display at the show are featured on the following pages. We couldn’t fit every announcement into our print report. For more announcements and photos, visit our website at www.ModelRailroader.com. Look for the show report under the “News & Reviews” link at the top of the page. Amherst Show report General Electric Tier 4 GEVo diesel locomotive.ScaleTrains.com displayed a test model of this six-axle road unit. The Tier 4 GEVo will be decorated for Canadian National, BNSF Ry., CSX, General Electric, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific. Operator line models have a common body configuration with…

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ask mr

Though its TILX reporting marks brand this tank car as belonging to Trinity Industries Leasing Co., the lettering on the side clearly denotes who it’s leased by and what it typically carries. The lack of a hazmat placard tells us it’s currently empty. Thomas E. Hoffmann photo Spotting differences in tank cars Q I’m seeking information on types of modern day tank cars – specifically, the differences in tanks used for corn syrup as opposed to petroleum products. I’d like to avoid the embarrassment of spotting the wrong type tank car at a given industry. Thanks. Richard Anthony, Roanoke, Va. A Tank cars often carry substances like food ingredients or volatile chemicals that at all costs must be protected from contamination. Therefore, they almost always spend their entire lives in dedicated service, carrying a…

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horseshoe curves work better in n scale

Caliente, Calif., is a little town on the Union Pacific between Bakersfield and Tehachapi. Fans of the railroad’s Tehachapi Pass know Caliente for its horseshoe curve; the rest of the world likely has never heard of it. If you’re modeling Tehachapi Pass, as I am, Caliente will probably be high on your list of places to include, right up there with the famed loop. The horseshoe curve at Caliente is typical of such curves, often found on mountain railroads. A line will follow a river or creek upstream, then cross the stream, reverse direction, and continue climbing on the opposite bank. Back in the 1870s, the Southern Pacific followed Caliente Creek from the San Joaquin Valley up into the mountains. At Caliente, the railroad crossed the creek, doubled back on itself,…

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replace warped handrails on an ho scale diesel

When we built our HO scale Wisconsin & Southern project layout in 2007 we purchased an Athearn GP40-2 diesel locomotive in WSOR colors. The Readyto- Roll model featured Celcon handrails and stanchions, which were a big step up from the formed-metal stanchions and steel handrails then used on Athearn “blue box” locomotive kits. In the following years, the color of the plastic handrails started to fade. Then the stanchions began to warp and the handrails started to pull away from the model. It looked as if the locomotive sideswiped a freight car. We set the model aside until repairs could be made. Fortunately, I remembered that Smokey Valley Railroad Products produces brass stanchions and handrail kits for an assortment of HO scale locomotives. Kit no. 30 is designed for Athearn GP38-2 and…