Model Railroader

Model Railroader August 2018

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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video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! When you finish reading about the automated traverser on page 36 and you still don’t know an Arduino from the Italian restaurant down the street, have no fear. Model Railroader Video Plus is here to help in the form of more than 50 videos covering various aspects of leading-edge technology in the hobby. Not an MRVP subscriber yet? Watch the free video to see what you’ve been missing! MRVPTech videos include: JOIN THE FUN! With your subscription to MRVP, you’ll have access to exclusive HD videos covering all aspects of model railroading. You’ll enjoy: • Behind-the-scenes access to MR staff and projects • Authoritative advice from notable contributors • Layout visits, interactive track plans, trackside adventures, and more! Sign up at THERE’S ALWAYS MORE ON MRVP! With online access to the MRVP library containing…

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on the web

MORE REVIEWS & VIDEOS Videos News & Reviews Community Shop & more. Videos of a logger and a coal hauler Subscribers get more at This month be sure to check out two new layout videos, featuring Harley “Skip” Luyk’s Arcadia & Betsey River logging layout and Seth Gartner’s New York Central Piney Fork Branch. Click on the links under Layout Visits on the Model Railroader home page. Trackside Photos Need some extra inspiration? How about a stunning trackside photo every time you fire up your home computer? Each month we give our online community a new computer desktop wallpaper. This month’s photo is from Don Janes’ HO scale Green Mountain Division. Click on the link under Online Extras to download this photo sized appropriately for your computer screen. Push-button staging solution Turn to page 36 to read about how…

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we want to be challenged. or do we?

One of the many factors we take into account when putting together a magazine is the experience levels of our readers. At one end of the spectrum are beginners. At the other are folks who have seen and read and done it all. Except there’s never really an “all,” is there? The hobby, like the world, keeps evolving. New products and technologies are being developed as you read this. They may not initially have a model railroad application, but, given the curious and innovative nature of those in the hobby, they find their way here eventually. I think back to when Arduino microcontrollers came onto the market in force about a decade ago, and more recently the Raspberry Pi computer. I also remember thinking to myself, “There has to be a model…

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news & products

N scale General Electric Tier 4 GEVo diesel locomotive. These six-axle road units are lettered for BNSF Ry., General Electric demonstrator, Canadian National, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific in six road numbers per scheme. The N scale models, part of the Rivet Counter line, have railroad-specific details and factory-installed wire grab irons. Direct-current models with an ESU Next18 connector are priced at $124.99. Versions with an ESU LokSound Next18 Select Micro Digital Command Control and sound decoder sell for $204.99. Inc., 844-987-2467, MOBILE UPDATES Scan the code to access Model Railroader’s weekly News & Products updates from your mobile device. HO scale locomotives General Electric ES44AC diesel locomotive. BNSF Ry., Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSX, Ferromex, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific. Two road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. Plastic body,…

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in memoriam

Lewis Polk, the head of Aristo-Craft Trains for many years, died on April 23, 2018. Aristo-Craft Distinctive Miniatures (later Aristo-Craft Trains) was founded by Lewis’ father, Nat Polk, and his brother, Irwin. The company initially offered O and HO scale trains. In 1988, under the Railway Express Agency name, Aristo-Craft started producing models of standard gauge trains in 1:29 proportion. Nat ran the company until he retired in 1993, at which time Lewis and his wife, Maryann, took over. The company ceased doing business at the end of 2013.–Marc Horovitz, Editor, Garden Railways magazine…

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railway post office

Lots of love for the ‘70s I read “Some love for the ’70s” [From the Editor, May] and loved it. I’ve been modeling the Burlington Northern RR in 1973 for more than 30 years now, and I can’t stop. All those different colorful paint schemes on the locos, weathered equipment from recently bankrupt roads back East–all those things Hal mentioned are true! And he didn’t mention the transition from 40-to 50-foot boxcars (and covered hoppers) that was in full swing, which means you can run practically anything! Thanks for shedding light on this delightful period for model railroaders. Burr Stewart, Seattle Your editorial on modeling the ’70s resonated with me. I started railfanning when I was 13 or 14 in the early ’70s, and that is my favorite era. I don’t have a…