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Great Model Railroads 2016

Each year Great Model Railroads brings you some of the best layouts you’ll ever see – and this year is no exception. Inside this special issue you’ll find our favorite new layouts in a variety of scales, locations, sizes, and eras. Plus, the 100-page edition is chock-full of how-to advice and operating tips for model railroaders of all skill levels! This issue offers loads of inspiration with layouts depicting: gritty railroading in the concrete jungle on the Los Angeles Junction, busy freight and passenger operations at Canadian Pacific's Montreal Terminal, midwest action on the Burlington Northern in the 1980s, heavy coal-hauling in West Virginia on Norfolk Southern in N scale, and much more.

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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creativity, inspiration, and determination

GREAT MODEL RAILROADSis Model Railroader magazine’s annual salute to hobbyists who have achieved the ultimate goal of our hobby, the “complete” model railroad. We have to put that word in quotation marks because it’s the rare layout builder who thinks there’s nothing more to do or nowhere left to go with what looks to most of us like a finished layout.Looking over the offerings in this issue of GMR, I’m once again struck by the sheer creativity, inspiration, and determination of so many model railroaders. These are people with the vision to see what they want to accomplish and the drive to get it done. Some work mostly on their own, most rely on friendships and cooperative effort, and this issue even includes one husband-and-wife-team (far from our first or…

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along the mighty mississippi

After retiring from a 35-year career as a professional railroader, I knew that I’d need something to keep me occupied during the years ahead. I’d dabbled in model railroading when I was growing up, so the concept of building a model railroad wasn’t new to me. Besides, given my career (and coming from a long line of railroaders), I figured I knew something about railroading. The trouble was, my house in the Twin Cities wasn’t suitable for building the layout I had in mind.This problem was solved when my wife wished to move back to LaCrosse, Wis., to care for her aging father. Our new house had a 30 x 60-foot basement. I quickly took over a 14 x 40-foot chunk of it to build my dream layout. After the…

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6 tips for realistic backdrops

Stephen Brudlos used artists oils to paint this bluff scene on a tempered hardboard backdrop. He used colors similar to those in the foreground scenery materials.BACKDROP PAINTING has been covered many times in magazine articles and has also been the subject of several books. However, there are many modelers still afraid to give backdrop painting a try. Here are seven tips I’ve followed when painting backdrops on my layout:1 CREATE A HORIZON LINE.This should be about eye level for the average viewer. Some of the backdrop scenery will be above the line, and some will be below it.2 USE VANISHING POINTS.Even natural vistas have vanishing points. Lines of sight converge on these points and determine the size of near and distant objects relative to each other.3 CHOOSE COLORS CAREFULLY.Use a…

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efficient car routing

Here is an example of the paperwork that Stephen uses during operating sessions. Prior to using the Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) system, he used to hand write all of the paperwork.I WAS INITIALLY using car cards and waybills for car routing on my layout. I added a twist, however. The cards and waybills went along with the train as usual and were set out and picked up at stations worked by the train. But now, each train also carried a train consist list departing the initial station. The list showed the conductor all the cars in his train in proper sequence plus the destination stations at which cars were to be set out along the line.Switch lists were also prepared for yard crews showing them the work to be…

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one layout, many pieces

2 This coal mine area was once part of Ted Stepek’s model railroad. John Armstrong, who designed Ted’s layout, named the small, pickle-shaped yard Ogurki, the Polish word for pickle, because Ted was Polish and Armstrong was a fan of pun names.Some railroad hobbyists collect brass limited-edition locomotives. Others collect dining car china. I collect layouts.It’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s the essence. I’ve acquired, restored, and integrated into a single layout major components from three significant O scale layouts. Smaller components from two other modelers’ layouts are also included.The three larger parts are from John Armstrong’s famous Canandaigua Southern, Ted Stepek’s Pennsylvania RR layout ( designed by Armstrong and featured in his book, Creative Layout Design) and Ed Rappe’s original Pennsy layout (the cover feature in…

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suspend with wire

To minimize intrusive supports on the layout below, David supported some of the upper deck’s outer edges with steel wire attached to joists above. Plastic tubing detailed to resemble line poles make the wires unobtrusive.SUPPORTING UPPER LAYOUT DECKS can be difficult, especially when running heavier O scale equipment. However, wooden supports from below or above are visually distracting. On my layout, the outer edge of the deck above Stepek Yard is suspended from the ceiling joists using small braided wire cable. The top of each cable is looped over a screw driven horizontally into the joists, run through a U clamp, and tightened. The bottom end is attached to the benchwork similarly, through a hole drilled through the benchwork. A row of such cables supports the upper benchwork; balancing the…

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