Model Railroader

Model Railroader February 2018

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model railroader video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! When this month’s featured project layout concludes in print, the story continues on Model Railroader Video Plus! Visit to find more than 60 step-by-step videos covering all aspects of building and operating the Tar Branch. Not an MRVP subscriber yet? Watch the FREE VIDEO to see what you’ve been missing! Tar Branch videos include: THERE’S ALWAYS MORE ON MRVP! If a photo is worth 1,000 words, then the MRVP library, containing more than 1,000 videos, is nothing short of a treasure trove. With online access to such a wide array of content, you’ll have gamechanging techniques, cost-saving tips, and more at the ready, 24-7, from any Internet- enabled TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. But even if you’re not quite ready to embrace all of the benefits an MRVP streaming subscription…

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on the web

Mountains and coal on the B&O John Listermann’s HO scale model railroad is inspired by the Baltimore & Ohio through West Virginia in the early 1950s. Subscribers can admire some of the Appalachian coal country scenes and big locomotives in this exclusive online video at Free trackside photo download The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe El Capitan rounds a curve at Cajon Pass on Dave Bigge’s HO scale layout. Dave’s trackside photo, featured on page 78, is this month’s computer desktop wallpaper. Click on the link under Online Extras on the MR home page to download the image. ONLINE EXTRAS Red barn demo We review Bowser Trains HO scale SD40-2F “red barn” diesel on page 68. This new locomotive features an ESU LokSound decoder. Subscribers can see and hear the new locomotive in action by…

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in praise of found projects

I found myself needing a decent-sized flat space to work on a modeling project not too long ago. Most people would say, “Hmmm, if I throw a few things away I could open up the needed space on my workbench.” Not me. I considered just building a new workbench. Everyone should have two or three, I think. But common sense eventually won the day and I decided that, yes, what I really needed was less stuff in the basement. I decided I was going to be ruthless in tossing items. In my head, I could hear the voice of one of those way-too-loud TV commercials: “Crazy days! Everything must go! We’re clearing out everything to the bare walls!” The purge was on. I attacked the clutter on my existing workbenches. Into the trash went…

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diesels, rolling stock dominate at trainfest

Diesel locomotives and rolling stock took center stage at Trainfest, an annual show held in early November at State Fair Park in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis. Athearn (above) and MTH Electric Trains (opposite) both had samples of Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACe diesel locomotives decorated in Union Pacific’s recently unveiled “Spirit of the Union Pacific” scheme. Inc. debuted its next HO scale RivetCounter line locomotive, a General Electric C39-8 (below). The six-axle road unit is scheduled for release this summer. Rolling stock wasn’t to be overlooked among the new announcements. ExactRail had a sample of its next Evolution Series HO scale model, a Gunderson 6,269-cubic-foot-capacity boxcar (opposite). The model will be offered in five paint schemes. In N scale, Bluford Shops announced an International Car Co. bay-window caboose in five body…

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blast from the past

Many thanks to associate editor Eric White for his visit to the old days of wooden models and iron model railroaders [“Building a vintage wooden freight car kit,” December]. It was refreshing to see something simple and fun, in contrast to so much of the high tech and high-dollar stuff in the hobby these days. It reminded me that an important ingredient of the hobby is imagination, and an equally important skill is improvisation. More significantly, it reminded me of the Linn Westcott days, when the key concept was “Model railroading is fun!” (Hey, that would look good on your masthead, wouldn’t it?) Terry Mitchell St. Thomas, Ont. [It would, and it does! - Ed.] Eric did a great job of making lemonade out of lemons and answering prickly critics with humor. The finished model…

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ask mr

Seeking the Reading’s ‘banjo’ signals Q I was wondering if you could help me find an article on banjo signals used on the Reading Co. A rough date of publication is May 1955. Nicholas DeRenzi, Clover, S.C. A Banjo signals, less informally known as Hall disk signals, were simple trackside devices that displayed one of two aspects – usually a white or red disk during daytime, or a white or red light at night. They were used through most of the early steam era, starting to replace ball signals in 1878. They operated by pivoting an arm inside an inverted teardrop-shaped head to show the appropriate aspect through a central window or upper lens. Due to their inability to display more than two aspects, they were themselves replaced by more versatile semaphores in…