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Model Railroader October 2019

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video plus

The leaves may be starting to change color soon, but Model Railroader Video Plus is celebrating one last blast of summer with a special series for MRVP subscribers. Producer David Popp hosts the MRVP 2019 Summer Camp, featuring all-new how-to videos about painting, weathering, scenery, and more! You’ll also want to check out all the videos in the MRVP Log Blog series. From layout planning to model building to electronics, a wide variety of projects are featured as David builds an addition to the On30 Olympia Logging Co. layout. At MRVP, there’s always something new to learn and something fun to watch! Visit to see what you’ve been missing! BE SURE TO FOLLOW DAVID’S LATEST PROJECTS IN THE LOG BLOG SERIES! My Game is a Bit Rusty David plans and details a log pond…

2 min.
from the editor

Among diamonds, the coal shines brightest While out West in Salt Lake City for the National Model Railroad Convention and National Train Show in July, a number of things occurred to me about railroads, both modeled and full-size: I didn’t make it to Promontory Summit to celebrate 150 years since the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad, but I did get out and about. It was enough to get a real feel for what an arduous task it must have been to build that line across desolate terrain in a climate that says, “Nature doesn’t really want you here.” I think if the hobby is experiencing growth anywhere, it’s in N scale. Younger people coming into the hobby are embracing the smaller scale for its economy and footprint. That’s the way I see…

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contemporary the theme at 2019 national

Siemens SC-44 Charger diesel-electric locomotive. A pre-production sample of this recently announced model was unveiled by Bachmann. The Siemens SC-44 Charger will be decorated for Amtrak (Midwest in two road numbers and Pacific Surfliner and Cascades [WSDOT] in one number each). The HO scale model ($459) will have a die-cast metal frame, a dual-mode TCS WOWSound decoder with Audio Assist, a KeepAlive capacitor, and interior corridor work lights. The model is scheduled for release in 2020. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600, Fans of the modern era had a lot to look at during the 2019 National Train Show at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, in early July. Bachmann’s HO scale Siemens SC-44 Charger (above), Kato’s N scale Amtrak Viewliner II baggage car (opposite), and…

4 min.
railway post office

InterMountain trucks In the August Ask MR, Jason Layne writes that after taking the trucks off an InterMountain Ry. freight car, “the trucks and wheels come apart” and that he’s “tried cyanoacrylate cement (CA) to no avail.” Your reply perhaps misses the point when you say “the sideframes and bolsters are one piece.” This is the case now, but I believe the first runs of the cylindrical hoppers, and all of the many kits I’ve built, have three-piece, non-rigid trucks (plus brake beams). The sideframes have short pins that click into the bolsters and allow the sideframes to move slightly (and come apart sometimes as trucks are removed). If that is Jason’s problem, I don’t recommend gluing the sideframes to the bolster, because of problems getting perfect alignment of the sideframes and…

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ask mr

Q I notice there are different types of tempered hardboard. Which hardboard type did the MR staff use for its T-Trak module challenge (June 2016), and how thick was it? I’m thinking of doing a similar concept for my 2'-6" x 8'-6" switching layout so I can lift off modular sections from an L-girder platform and replace them with a new block of scenery. In this way I could continually refresh and modify the railway over time. Do you know of anybody who’s done something similar? Is this a crazy idea? Mark Rees, Toronto A Whenever we use tempered hardboard for a project, it’s almost always 1 ⁄8" thick, single-side surfaced. That’s what we used for our T-Trak module challenge and for the fascia and backdrop of many other projects. As for your interchangeable…

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minton cronkhite, q gauge, and the santa fe

Minton Cronkhite, 1888-1971, one of model railroading’s pioneers, forged the way in 1920s scale modeling with Ed Alexander and Fred Icken. His 1927-1928 Pennsylvania RR class I1s 2-10-0 Decapod was one of several locomotives featured in a June 1966 Model Railroader story about his engine-building skills. He moved from New York to California in about 1930, where his large San Marino & Santa Fe two-rail O scale home layout received publicity. He was contacted by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe to build an O scale demonstration layout for the 1933-1934 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition. Cronkhite espoused Q gauge, which corrected 1:48 O scale models to a more accurate 13⁄16" gauge track. With none commercially available, handlaid track was a necessity. Few truck suppliers meant re-gauging was also required. His pièce de…