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Model Railroader November 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!

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
find your next model railroad online!

Exclusive to Model Railroader subscribers, the Track Plan Database features hundreds of layout ideas. Search plans by scale, size, and type. Each plan also lists the issue where it originally appeared. With plans in all the major modeling scales and sizes ranging from micro layouts to basement-filling empires, the Track Plan Database is bound to have what you’re looking for. Non-subscribers can even check out a sample track plan located at the top of the page. Subscribers can download and save as many plans as they wish. Each track plan is available in a convenient, printable document format (PDF). The Track Plan Database encompasses plans from more than a decade of Model Railroader magazine and its special issues. New plans are added each month, so be sure to check back often! Find the…

1 min
a reader favorite returns

Three decades ago, Model Railroader magazine’s then-Editor Andy Sperandeo welcomed readers to the premiere issue of a new annual special publication, Great Model Railroads. In the introduction, he wrote, “We invite you to join us on visits with hobbyists who are making their dreams come true.” Great Model Railroads was a hit with readers right from the start and has remained a favorite ever since. The latest edition, edited by Steven Otte of the Model Railroader editorial team, is now on sale. Like its predecessors, this 92-page publication features in-depth articles filled with helpful how-to tips, spectacular photography, and detailed track plans. Nine layouts are profiled this year, in a range of popular scales, including N, HO, S, On30, and large scale. Nearly 300 layouts have been featured over the 31 annual editions of…

1 min
lgb painting raffle

LGB (Märklin), 1406 Creek Trail Dr., Ste. 100, Jefferson City, MO 65109 is holding a raffle to celebrate the release of its large scale Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Electro-Motive Division F7A and F7B diesels (Sept. 2020 MR, p. 20). LGB will raffle an original James R. Mann watercolor of the Santa Fe Super Chief. The locomotive in his painting will have the same road number as LGB model no. 20581. One entry card will be included with the purchase of each engine (nos. 20581, 20583, or 20582). Entries will be accepted until Jan. 10, 2021. The drawing will be held in Germany at the 2021 International Toy Fair. Visit lgb.com for more information.…

8 min
news & products

HO scale Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive no. 4014. This famous steam locomotive is now part of the HO scale Trix product range. Union Pacific no. 4014 has a digital sound decoder with the speaker in the tender; separate, factory-applied details; UP 4014 logo on the cab floor; RP-25 contour wheels; Kadee couplers; eight powered axles; traction tires; articulated running gear; Boxpok drivers; spring-loaded middle driving axles; and engineer and fireman figures. The model ($999.99) includes a wooden case. Produced by Trix, available from Märklin Inc., 573-365-9521, marklin.com HO scale locomotives • Alco RS-11 diesel locomotive. Burlington Northern (Cascade Green and Northern Pacific patchout); Central Vermont (green with “wet noodle” herald); Delaware & Hudson (gray, yellow, and blue “lightning stripe” scheme); Maine Central (Pine Green); Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific (as-delivered green-and-gold scheme); Portland…

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atlas acquires ho, n tooling from true line trains

Atlas Model Railroad Co. announced that it purchased certain molds and tooling from True Line Trains. Among the HO tooling acquired include the Fairbanks-Morse C-Liner and Montreal Locomotive Works RS-18 diesel locomotives, slab-side covered hopper, 50-foot newsprint boxcar, Fowler stockcar, bulkhead flatcar, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific cabooses, and Association of American Railroads 40-foot boxcar. In N scale, Atlas acquired the Alco C-424 and Electro-Motive Division GP9 diesel locomotive tooling. “True Line Trains made some great models over the years that we are excited to now produce under the Atlas name,” said Paul Graf, CEO of Atlas, in a press release. “They will fit right in with the other high quality model railroad products we make in HO and N scale.” For more information, visit atlasrr.com.…

1 min
club offerings

• Chesapeake & Ohio QN Cabin. HO scale laser-cut kit produced by Southern Heritage Models exclusively for the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society. Based on prototype in Quinnimont, W.Va. $114.95. Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, cohs.org • Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis 40-foot double-door automobile boxcar. Accurail HO scale kit decorated for the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club. Two road numbers. $25 each plus $8 (one car) or $10 (two cars) shipping. Ohio residents must add 7.5 percent ($1.88) state sales tax for each car. Payment by check (COMRC), money order, or cash. 2020 COMRC Club Car, Attn: Bill Alarie, 623 D’Lyn St., Columbus, OH 43228…