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Model Railroader

Model Railroader

April 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

Chase steam on the N&W The latest update on Gary Hoover’s HO scale tribute to the Norfolk & Western Ry. of the 1950s begins on page 38. The layout features many scenes inspired by famed N&W photographer O. Winston Link. Find even more photos of this exceptional layout at Wire-free layout lighting Want to learn more about the Dwarvin Lamplighter optical fiber system? In this exclusive step-by-step video, Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno shows you how he lit up the scene on page 26. Visit Model Railroader Video Plus subscribers have access to exclusive HD videos covering all aspects of the hobby. Sign up today at PRODUCT REVIEW Athearn HO scale SD45T-2 On page 58, we review this new sound-equipped HO scale diesel. In this online video you can watch it work a…

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planning a picture-perfect layout

Legendary photographer O. Winston Link’s evocative photographs of the last days of steam on the Norfolk & Western Ry. inspired Gary Hoover’s 24 x 49-foot HO scale layout, which is featured on our cover this month. Gary’s basement-size layout includes highly detailed mainline, branchline, rural, and city scenes – and more! “I wanted to re-create some of Link’s famous photos in HO scale,” Gary notes in his article, starting on page 38. An example is shown here. It’s Gary’s recreation of a Link image entitled “Old Maude bows to the Virginia Creeper.” Link is primarily remembered for photographing N&W’s steam engines at night, dramatically lit by dozens of flashbulbs. Link also carefully posed people and automobiles in many of his compositions. But Link could also be spontaneous. His 1958 photograph of a horse bowing to…

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model railroader

Founder A.C. Kalmbach 1910-1981 Editor Carl Swanson Managing Editor Jeff Reich Senior Editor Dana Kawala Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno Associate Editors Steven Otte, Eric White Copy Editor Rene Schweitzer Contributing Editors Tony Koester, Pelle Søeborg, Larry Puckett, Lou Sassi Phone 262-796-8776 E-mail 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 Executive Producer A. David Popp Producer Kent Johnson Associate Editor Ben Lake Assistant Editor Jenny Freeland 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 Runyon Director of Design & Production Michael Soliday Managing Design Director Lisa A. Bergman New Business Manager Cathy…

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rapido trains inc. celebrates 15th anniversary

Alco C-420 diesel locomotives. Atlas Model Railroad Co. offers new road numbers on Phase I low nose diesels decorated for Delaware & Hudson (two numbers), Lehigh & Hudson River (two numbers), and Lehigh Valley (three numbers) and Phase IIb low nose units lettered for Lehigh & Hudson River (one number) and Monon (three numbers). The HO scale Master Line model has prototype-specific details, separately applied detail parts, and golden white light-emitting-diode headlights. Direct-current models sell for $169.95. Versions with a dual-mode ESU LokSound Select sound decoder are priced at $279.95. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, Rapido Trains Inc., manufacturer of North American prototype HO and N scale locomotives, freight and passenger cars, and accessories, as well as British-outline models, celebrated its 15th anniversary in November 2019. Jason Shron, president of Rapido,…

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reviving a john allen locomotive

I’m at a loss for words after reading Charlie Getz’s article on Kenichi Matsumoto’s restoration [“Miracle in Monterey: The restoration of G-D Line no. 10,” February]. I was and still am a huge fan of John Allen’s work. While I never had the pleasure of seeing his layout or meeting him, I do know two people who operated the layout on several occasions. (I have to admit I’m a little jealous of them.) A huge thank-you to both Mr. Getz and Mr. Matsumoto for such a great story and restoration. Peter Sanchez Federal Way, Wash. I had to comment on the restoration by Kenichi Matsumoto. A great article and a wonderful restoration. My parents got me a Lionel train set when I was young, which got me into model railroading. Then I discovered HO…

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ask mr

How to line turnouts on thick benchwork Q I‘m building an N scale layout on a hollow core door covered with 2" thick extruded-foam insulation board on top. I’d like to remotely control a few of the turnouts that aren’t easily reachable from the front of the layout. Any suggestions on how to operate these turnouts? The thickness of the foam plus the door seems to me to be a problem. Thanks for any ideas. Rob Wesley A An under-table switch machine will operate a turnout through that much thickness of benchwork if the actuating wire is replaced with a stiffer one that will resist flexing. Look in your hobby shop or online for tempered music wire, which is usually sold in 1-foot or 3-foot lengths. The thicker the wire, the stiffer it…