Model Railroader

Model Railroader February 2019

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Build better benchwork with MRVP! In this month’s installment of the Canadian Canyons series on page 40, you’ll get an overview of the multilevel project layout’s benchwork construction. For an in-depth look at all the techniques used, don’t miss the Canadian Canyons series on Model Railroader Video Plus. The series features several step-by-step videos devoted to layout benchwork, including building the framework and installing the stack-and-go helix. To begin your subscription to MR Video Plus, visit In addition to more than 50 videos about building the Canadian Canyons N scale layout, you’ll find hundreds more informative shows covering all aspects of the hobby! Canadian Canyons: Learn how David built the legs for the Canadian Canyons layout in episode 2 of the benchwork series. Cody’s Workshop: Technical editor Cody Grivno expands on the…

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on the web

It started with a train ride John Lazar’s freelanced HO scale layout is inspired by the Pennsylvania RR and the Ligonier Valley RR in the 1940s and 1950s. In this online video, visitors to can watch trains running through the western Pennsylvania scenery. Click on the link under Online Extras on the Model Railroader home page. Camera car for the Stockton & Copperopolis Don Ball describes how he built a camera car for his HO scale Stockton & Copperopolis on page 38. He also posted a cab ride video taken with the car on the User Videos page. Be sure to check it out, along with hundreds of other videos shared by your fellow model railroaders. BONUS HOW TO ARTICLE Modeling modern structures Click on the How To tab on the MR home page…

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have you set modeling goals yet?

We’re a month into the new year, more or less. Have you thought about what you want to get done in 2019? The calendar clicking over to a new year is as good a waypoint as any to look back and see what you did on your model railroad last year, and to set goals for this one. The goals can be as modest as something like, “Draw a track plan and see if it fits in my room” or as grand as … well, your imagination is the limit, really. Once you have a goal, write it somewhere visible like a white board or on a note taped to your workbench. In my case, it will be several notes tacked directly to my benchwork that say “Finish this” with arrows pointing upward…

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trainfest 2018 features new companies

Siemens ALP-45DP locomotive. Atlas displayed a preproduction sample of its latest locomotive. The Siemens ALP-45DP is decorated for NJ Transit in four road numbers. The Master Line model has illuminated directional light-emitting-diode headlights, ditch lights, and red marker lights; a positionable non-functioning pantograph; and a five-pole skew-wound motor with dual flywheels. Direct-current models are priced at $149.95. Versions with an ESU LokSound Digital Command Control sound decoder are $259.95. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, Trainfest 2018 featured new manufacturers and a new product line. The 47th annual show was held in early November at State Fair Park in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis. Value Trains USA made its debut at the show with an HO scale American Car & Foundry 50'-6" boxcar (opposite). The company’s first offerings are decorated…

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railway post office

Learning from MR I built this N scale trestle from scratch using tips from Model Railroader and two great Kalmbach books, The Model Railroader’s Guide to Bridges, Trestles & Tunnels by Jeff Wilson and Model Railroad Bridges & Trestles. The bridge is set in a landscape inspired by Arizona. My project was entered in a model-building competition at the November 2018 Modellbahn-Köln, the international model railroading show held in Cologne, Germany. Thanks to your magazine, I can enjoy building a U.S. model railroad in my home in Germany. The next projects are already in the making, and your publications are again a great help. Stefan Heinbockel Munich Home sweet home I grew up near the Baltimore & Ohio and Bessemer & Lake Erie railroads north of Pittsburgh, so I was eager to read about Jim Babcock’s…

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how can i print my own sign decals?

Q After a 20-year pause, I’m getting back into model railroading. This time I intend to model areas that will require a number of one-of-a-kind signs. I see that you can make your own decals using your home printer. Has Model Railroader published any how-to articles about making your own decals? Steven Favale, East Amherst, N.Y. A I couldn’t find a recent article entirely on this topic, but I touched on it in my article on building structures for the Beer Line in the April 2009 issue (page 45). Making your own decals isn’t a complicated process; simply prepare your graphics on a computer, then print them on clear decal film using a color printer. Companies including Testor Corp., Walthers, Microscale, Kadee, VitaCal, and Evan Designs make decal paper designed for use in…