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Model Railroad Planning 2018

Build Your Best Model Railroad layout with proven track plans, design ideas and expert advice. Model Railroad Planning 2019 is back with more small and mid-size layouts along with doable how-to projects. Featured stories include: • A compact HO layout depicting the Delaware & Hudson in the Alco Century era greets guests at a New York state B&B. • An HO tribute to the Akron, Canton & Youngstown, which provided a bridge route from the East to Midwest. • A superbly crafted multi-deck layout in O scale of the Louisville & Nashville during the steam era. • An L-shape N and HO switching railroad showcases the Southern Pacific in Oregon. • And much more!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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IN THIS ISSUE

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colorado’s rocky mountain high

Doug Tagsold is one of the most prolific modelers I’ve ever met. When he sets his sights on a goal, he moves quickly toward it, even when the way is off the beaten path. He’s modeled the Rio Grande’s Moffat Road and the D&RGW-Santa Fe Joint Line west and south of Denver, converted the Joint Line to the industrial Denver Belt, built an On3 edition of one of the Rio Grande’s slim gauge lines, and modeled the Toledo belt line scene not far from his Michigan home.Now you can read about what he’s doing today starting on page 10 [“Applying lessons learned”]. I won’t spoil his narrative by giving away the details, but I’ll admit that I fully understand what drove him back to Colorado. John Denver once sang about…

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applying lessons learned

Over the past six decadesI’ve built numerous layouts, beginning with my grandfather’s and father’s Lionel trains, then N scale, and then converting to HO. Each layout was a valuable learning experience as well as another step away from the first “loop of track” layout toward something that resembled a full-size railroad.College was a place for learning, both for my future family business career and for my future model railroading endeavors. I think that what I learned from Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman was just as important as the college courses. The late 1970s were when articles in MR by Jim Hediger about his Ohio Southern introduced the double-deck layout, and Allen McClelland’s seminal Virginian & Ohio series appeared in RMC.Three decades, three layoutsOver the next three decades, I built…

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selecting a scale

Doug considered 1:87 HOn3 models (top row, courtesy of Dex Decker) and 1:64 brass Sn3 models (bottom row, courtesy of Dan Kempf). The middle row shows the 1:72 models Doug kitbashed from HO standard-gauge models to achieve a narrow-gauge look. The engine and boxcar are Athearn/Roundhouse models; the caboose is a Bachmann bobber with the cupola moved to the end of the caboose.Up to this point, I’ve not mentioned what scale this new layout is. In fact, early in the planning, I wasn’t sure what it would be. I purchased an HOn3 Blackstone locomotive and several pieces of rolling stock. The Blackstone (made by SoundTraxx) locomotives run as well as locomotives in any scale, and are reasonably priced. P-B-L makes equally great looking and running motive power and rolling stock…

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interchanging cars via car floats

Over the years, I’ve collected a variety of highly detailed rolling stock for my Virginia & Western RR (see “It’s done with mirrors” in Model Railroad Planning 2017) with little consideration for the type of car. But after I was introduced to realistic operation, I realized I had far too many tank cars, refrigerator cars, and in particular anachronistic billboard reefers for an East Coast railroad set in the 1950s.With few places to spot them on the railroad, I would move them from one end of staging to the other and back again, or simply remove them from the railroad by hand. Surely there was a more creative way to use some members of my freight car fleet.Serving un-modeled industriesIt finally dawned on me that a car float provides an…

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bellevue reborn

As a professor at the University of Illinois, I’m fond of telling students that you can’t plan your life. A great example of this is how I came to build an N scale layout inspired by the Nickel Plate Road in northern Ohio in 1957.I didn’t grow up anywhere near the NKP. As a child, I lived across the street from an Illinois Central branch line in southern Illinois. As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by trains. In grade school, I did a little HO scale modeling of the Illinois Central but lost interest during high school.Then in 1990, after graduating from law school, working at a law firm in Georgia for several years, and then returning to Champaign, Ill., as a professor, I decided to…

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modeling an m&stl branch line

1 This comparison of a 1941 photo of Roland, Iowa, and Clark Propst’s HO rendition clearly illustrate the appeal of modeling a branch of a major railroad – shorter trains, older power, and small-town ambiance. (Wm. F. Armstrong photo)Ever since I had the good fortune to operate Charlie Duckworth’s Bagnell Branch [see Model Railroad Planning 2010 – Ed.], I’ve been intrigued by out-and-back branchline operations. This prompted me to study the Minneapolis & St. Louis’ branch line west out of Hampton, Iowa, and rail service to rural communities.To be frank, things had become pretty ho-hum in my basement. My M&StL layout depicting Mason City, Iowa, was finished (Great Model Railroads 2015). I passed the time hosting regularly scheduled operations for the local group. That was fine, but the itch to…

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