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Realistic Railroads You Can Model

Realistic Railroads You Can Model

Realistic Railroads You Can Model

This one-of-a-kind collection offers prototype photos and railroad information for short lines and main lines, as well as planning tips for your layout space.

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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1 Min.
modeling from the prototype

WHAT WE’VE COMPILED HERE are some of the best layouts featured in Model Railroader based on prototype railroads. It’s interesting to see how modelers over time have interpreted real-life lines and locations, and what details they’ve included to evoke a feeling of “Hey, I know where that is!” Ultimately, it really doesn’t matter if you freelance your model railroad layout, or strive to re-create in detail the operations of your hometown road on a certain day in 1956. It’s all influenced by the real thing. I HAVE TO SAY, this was a really fun publication to put together. Basically, it’s a very colorful trip via rail across the United States and Canada on main lines and short lines. It’s a trip through time, too, from the days of steam all the way…

1 Min.
realistic railroads you can model

Editor Hal Miller Design Director Thomas G. Danneman Editorial staff Steven Otte, Jeff Reich, Dana Kawala, Cody Grivno, Eric White Senior Graphic Designer Scott Krall Graphic Designer Samantha Primuth Illustrators Rick Johnson Kellie Jaeger Roen Kelly Production Specialist Cindy Barder Editorial offices Phone: 262-796-8776 Fax: 262-796-1142 E-mail: mrmag@mrmag.com Web: www.ModelRailroader.com 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 & Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation Director Liz Runyon Director of Design & Production Michael Soliday New Business Manager Cathy Daniels Retention Manager Kathy Steele Single Copy Specialist Kim Redmond Customer Service Customer sales and service: 877-246-4879 Outside U.S. and Canada: 903-636-1125 E-mail: customerservice@ModelRailroader.info Advertising and Trade Sales Advertising Sales Representatives Martha Stanczak, Mike Ferguson Ad Services Representative Daryl Pagel…

6 Min.
new england in a (big) bedroom

WITH THEIR CLASSIC MOTIVE power, unique paint schemes, and diverse operations, shortline railroads have added an interesting dimension to railroading. Likewise, they provide a seemingly endless variety of modeling opportunities – no matter what you like in railroading, you’ll likely find it on a short line. The Housatonic RR, circa 1997, was no exception. This shortline railroad connecting Canaan, Conn., and Pittsfield, Mass., offered great modeling potential, including Electro-Motive Division (EMD) Geeps and a re-engined Alco RS-3 that led 20- to 30-car trains through the scenic Berkshire Hills of southwestern Massachusetts. The Housatonic also interchanged with Conrail at Pittsfield. Best of all you, can model it on a room-sized HO scale layout. History The Housatonic was originally chartered as the Ousatonic RR by the state of Connecticut in 1836. After some early difficulties,…

11 Min.
3 railroads, 1 layout

JANESVILLE, WIS., IS A RAILROAD TOWN, plain and simple. I first visited it in the early 1990s and was immediately struck by the town’s potential as the subject for a model railroad. At one time Janesville had been a stronghold of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (Milwaukee Road) and the Chicago & North Western (CNW). I remember reading articles about the area in Model Railroader (by then-editor Paul Larson) more than 40 years earlier. In those days, lines from the two railroads struck out from Janesville in seven different directions! I was intrigued enough to pay the town a visit and see what remained. Despite some changes, Janesville in the 1990s was clearly still a hub of railroad activity. Though the Milwaukee Road was gone, it had been replaced by…

8 Min.
track plan for a 1906 short line

I GOT INTERESTED IN RAILROADING in an unusual way: through a computer game. Hours of playing Sid Meier’s Railroad Tycoon hooked me on the challenge of getting freight and passengers from point A to point B on time. But because I enjoyed starting new games more than playing saved ones, the trains I became fascinated with were the old-time steamers of the game’s early stages. So when I got into model railroading, I knew that I wanted to set my layout in the early 1900s. Then I discovered the Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern (CL&N). The CL&N was a narrow gauge line linking Lebanon, Ohio, with downtown Cincinnati, to the southwest. The line struggled financially for decades, going through several bankruptcies and name changes, until it converted its track to standard gauge…

1 Min.
locomotives and rolling stock

WHEN THE CL&N changed gauges in 1894, it had to purchase a number of standard-gauge engines fairly quickly. The Cincinnati Times-Star reported in September of that year that the railroad had acquired three passenger engines (Baldwin 4-4-0s, numbered 1, 2, and 3), one freight engine (a Brooks 2-6-2, numbered 9); and a three-year-old Baldwin 0-6-0T tank switcher, numbered 8 and dedicated to yard and helper service at Cincinnati. Later that year, the Pennsylvania RR sold a sixth engine to the CL&N, a six-year-old Altoona 4-4-0 that was renumbered 4. The CL&N acquired three more engines when the Pennsy merged it with the Middletown & Cincinnati in 1902: two Pittsburgh 4-4-0s and a Pittsburgh 0-6-0 switcher. These engines were renumbered 5, 6, and 7, respectively. Less information is available about the CL&N’s rolling…