Model Railroader

Model Railroader July 2019

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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video plus

Learn about all things Digital Command Control (DCC) with Model Railroader Video Plus. If you’re a DCC newbie, be sure to check out DCC Programming with Model Railroader senior editor Dana Kawala. The step-by-step videos show you there’s no reason to be intimidated by configuration variables! Learn the basics of decoder addresses, consisting, speed matching, and everything else to get the most out of your DCC-equipped locomotives. Type DCC in the search bar on the MRVP website and you’ll find decoder installations, wiring projects, and more. Be sure to check out the DCC starter system roundup on page 24. And don’t miss the MRVP Tech series that showcases some of the featured systems. Get an overview of working with Digital Command Control in the DCC Programming series on MRVP! MRVideoPlus.com/DCCProg CHECK OUT THESE MRVP…

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keeping the hobby moving forward

What’s new in DCC? Keep reading this month and you’ll find out. Dana Kawala, our in-house expert on the subject, has compiled a great roundup of the DCC starter systems available today. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, or maybe you’re due for an upgrade but aren’t sure about the equipment that’s right for you or your layout, hopefully you’ll find what you need here to make an informed decision. It’s been a while since we’ve done an article like this – more than a decade, in fact. While many things have remained the same, a lot has changed. Maybe the biggest shift is in how we use these command-control systems. Wi-Fi networks and “smart” devices like tablets and phones are giving users increased non-tethered capability. Indeed, some of these systems are quite…

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model railroader

Founder A.C. Kalmbach 1910-1981 Editor Hal Miller Managing Editor Jeff Reich Senior Editor Dana Kawala Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno Associate Editors Steven Otte, Eric White Contributing Editors Tony Koester, Pelle Søeborg, Larry Puckett, Lou Sassi Phone 262-796-8776 E-mail mrmag@mrmag.com Fax 262-796-1142 Model Railroader Art Team Art Director Thomas G. Danneman Senior Graphic Designer Scott Krall Graphic Designer Samantha Primuth Lead Illustrator Rick Johnson Production Specialist Cindy Barder Model Railroader Video Plus Producer A. David Popp Associate Producer Kent Johnson Associate Editor Ben Lake Assistant Editor Jenny Freeland Advertising Department Ad Sales Manager Lori Schneider Ad Sales Representatives Martha Stanczak, Mike Ferguson Ad Services Representative Daryl Pagel Kalmbach Media Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Senior Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Content/Editorial Director Stephen C. George Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah A. Horner Senior Director, Advertising Sales and Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation Director Liz…

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news & products

HO scale General Electric Tier 4 GEVo diesels. ScaleTrains.com offers new road numbers on modern road units decorated for Union Pacific, BNSF Ry., Canadian National, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. The HO scale Rivet Counter line models feature an angled exhaust compartment roof line as appropriate and factory-installed and painted wire grab irons. Direct-current models with a 21-pin connector sell for $154.99. Versions with an ESU LokSound V5.0 sound decoder with dual cube-type speakers are priced at $234.99. ScaleTrains.com, 844-987-2467, www.scaletrains.com Walthers announces next name train Wm. K. Walthers’ next HO scale name train will be the Twin Cities Hiawatha. Cars and locomotives for the 1953 to 1955 and 1955 to 1971 versions of the train will be released throughout 2020. Cars for the train include a 63-foot Railway Post Office, a 75-foot express car,…

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ask mr

How do I renumber a Roundhouse ore car? Q I have several HO scale Roundhouse (ex-Model Die Casting, now Athearn) kits for Soo Line ore cars. They are all numbered 81714. To make it difficult, the 817 and the 14 are separated by a rib, and there’s a line under the number. Have you done an article on how to update these numbers? What are the prototype numbers for the Soo Line? I looked for a few online decal suppliers and didn’t find anything specific. How would I know what font and size to look for? Trent Kohl, Pewaukee, Wis. A Bear in mind that while those old Roundhouse car kits were usually based on a prototype, they were often used generically and lettered for railroads that owned similar cars, even if they…

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dirt: the n scale operator’s arch enemy

A locomotive model won’t run if current doesn’t pass from the rails to the pickup wheels. “Duh,” you may say, but that fact isn’t necessarily obvious, especially to younger people who haven’t tinkered with mechanical or electrical devices to the extent previous generations did. Filthy track can look clean. The dirt on rails and wheels is usually a mixture of oxidation, lubricants, and dust that isn’t particularly visible. And the problem is that this invisible mix is an insulator. And if it gets transferred to the treads of our locomotives’ pickup wheels, the problem is compounded. Tiny footprints. The Achilles’ heel in the circuit that powers our locomotives is the tiny footprints between the pickup wheels and the rail. This is true for locomotives in all scales, but even more so for…