Model Railroader

Model Railroader

May 2020

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

Boston & Maine online extras On page 36, you’ll find an update on Thomas Oxnard’s HO scale Boston & Maine. The 18 x 28-foot layout features city, country, seashore, and mountain scenes inspired by New England in the early 1950s. This month, visit our web-site to download the above photo to use as computer desktop wallpaper. Subscribers will also find video highlights of Tom’s layout shot by contributing editor Lou Sassi. ModelRailroader.com/B&M Rehab the MR&T The popular Model Railroader Video Plus series returns, and this time the guys are tackling a waterfront scene on the Model Railroader staff’s own lay-out, the HO scale Milwaukee, Racine & Troy. Visit MRVideoPlus.com/Jones1. Model Railroader Video Plus subscribers have access to exclusive HD videos covering all aspects of the hobby. Sign up today at MRVideoPlus.com/27deal. PRODUCT REVIEW ScaleTrains.com C39-8…

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the best in model railroading

You’ve made your decisions, the votes have been counted, and the results of the Model Railroader 2020 Readers Choice Awards are printed in this issue starting on page 46. Putting together the annual awards is a task requiring a high level of coordination between various departments within Kalm-bach Media and the many hobby manufacturers. But each year, once we have the framework in place, the important work of deciding the year’s best and most innovative products is placed in your hands. That’s the way it should be. Al Kalmbach printed the first issue of Model Railroader in January 1934. From the start, he saw the magazine as a vehicle for an ongoing friendly conversation between hobbyists. This sense of community has been a hallmark of the magazine and its strength for more than 80…

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model railroader

Founder A.C. Kalmbach 1910-1981 Editor Carl Swanson Senior Editor Dana Kawala Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno Associate Editors Steven Otte, Eric White Production Editor Rene Schweitzer 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 Design Director Thomas G. Danneman Assistant Design Director Scott Krall Graphic Designer Samantha Primuth Lead Illustrator Rick Johnson Production Specialist Cindy Barder Trains.com Executive Producer A. David Popp Producer Kent Johnson Associate Producer Ben Lake Assistant Editor Jenny Freeland Advertising Department Ad Sales Manager Lori Schneider Ad Sales Representative Martha Stanczak To purchase an advertisement Phone 888-558-1544, ex. 643 E-mail adsales@mrmag.com To sell Model Railroader in your store: Phone 800-558-1544 Outside U.S. and Canada 262-796-8776, ex. 818 E-mail tss@kalmbach.com Website Retailers.Kalmbach.com Fax 262-798-6592 Customer Sales and Service Phone 877-246-4879 Outside U.S. and Canada 903-636-1125 Customer Service customerservice@ModelRailroader.info 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…

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locomotives big at 2020 amherst show

Amherst show report HO scale 2-10-0 Russian Decapod steam locomotive. Bachmann offers this model decorated for Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Erie; St. Louis-San Francisco (“Frisco,” with doghouse); Western Pacific; and painted black but unlettered. The HO scale 2-10-0 features a dual-mode TCS WOWSound decoder; a Keep-Alive capacitor; Chuffinity technology; a cog V-belt flywheel drive; separately applied stack, domes, cab, bell, whistle, pop valves, uncoupling levers, handrails, and stanchions; and painted crew figures. The Decapod is priced at $549. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600, bachmanntrains.com Steam and diesel locomotives took center stage at the 2020 Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show. The two-day show was held in late January at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Mass. Bachmann displayed a production sample of its HO scale 2-10-0 Russian Decapod. The steam engine (above) features…

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soundtraxx celebrates 30th anniversary

SoundTraxx, a well-known manufacturer of sound decoders and HOn3 narrow gauge trains marketed under the Blackstone Models label, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The company is based in Durango, Colo. SoundTraxx was founded in 1989 as the Throttle Up! Corp. in Pocasset, Mass., producing the Hyperlight lighting system. In the 1990s the company began manufacturing its line of innovative sound decoders. SoundTraxx announced it was entering the model train market in 2004. “The two owners, myself and Steven Dominguez, felt as though we wanted to diversify the product offerings,” Nancy Workman said. “Since we were both modeling the narrow gauge and living and working in Durango, Colo., home of the former Denver & Rio Grande, it seemed like a natural fit.” As SoundTraxx has continued to grow, it has used a…

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ask mr

How best to shrink a structure’s footprint? Q I’m in a conundrum and would love to hear an expert’s opinion. I’m planning to build a replica of an Alexandria, Minn., cold storage building for our club’s HO scale layout. If the structure is to fit the space, it will have to be selectively compressed, compromising its accuracy. To remain proportionally accurate, it would have to be built in TT scale (1:120), which is about1 ⁄3 smaller than HO scale. In your opinion, which is better: to model the building “full size” in TT scale or to selectively compress the model and keep it in HO? Lloyd Berger A Selective compression is an accepted and common practice in modeling, and not something that needs to be avoided in the name of accuracy. It can…