Model Railroader

Model Railroader April 2019

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video plus

Sure, the N scale Canadian Canyons features stunning mountain scenery, but the electronics and automation going on behind the scenes are just as impressive. In addition to Digital Command Control, the layout has block detection, custom control panels, and automatic route control. Associate editor Ben Lake led the DCC and other electronics initiatives with help from producer David Popp. You’ll find an overview of the layout’s electronics on page 46. Be sure to check out the entire Canadian Canyons series on Model Railroader Video Plus. Canadian Canyons: David Popp describes how to install Tortoise by Circuitron switch motors on the project layout. Highlights of the series include: Installing a stationary decoder: Learn how to connect switch motors to a Digitrax DS64. Build a control panel: Ben Lake makes fasica-mounted panels for push-buttons and LEDs.…

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on the web

Watch and share layout videos Visit to find hundreds of layout videos, many of which are posted by visitors to our website. These videos include several taken at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, including the tank train video shown above. Do you shoot video of your model railroad? Be sure to post it at the User Videos page. Trackside photo wallpaper Each month the editors at Model Railroader select an image to use as our featured desktop wallpaper. This month’s featured image is Mat Thompson’s trackside photo taken along his HO scale Oregon Coast RR. Click on the link to this online extra at and download the image sized appropriately for your computer screen. ONLINE EXTRAS Get more track plans When you subscribe to Model Railroader magazine, you have a wealth of layout ideas…

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a box of memories and inspiration

I have a blue photo box sitting on one of the shelves under my layout. I call it my “tickler file.” An actual tickler file is a set of folders arranged so one can flip through it with their fingers (tickling, but nothing laughs) to quickly locate a desired item. It’s quickly becoming an archaic object, kind of like a Rolodex, which was also a type of tickler file. My blue box contains prints of everything from buildings to track-work to locomotives that I shot in the days of the film camera (also an archaic object). Usually I kept two cameras with me, one loaded with transparency film to shoot actual moving trains, and the other with print film to record things to model. Have you ever tried modeling from a slide? OK,…

14 min.
news & products

HO scale locomotives • General Electric Dash 9-44CW. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (red-and-silver warbonnet, three road numbers); BC Rail (red, white, and blue and solid blue schemes, two numbers each); BNSF Ry. (Heritage II scheme, three numbers); CSX (yellow, blue, and gray scheme, three numbers); Norfolk Southern (redand-gray scheme, one number); and Union Pacific (as-delivered scheme in three numbers, with wings on nose herald and Future Network logo in one number each). Light-emitting-diode headlights, prototype-specific trucks, and Quick Plug with 8- and 9-pin connectors for Digital Command Control decoder. $129.98. November 2019. Roundhouse line. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, • Great Northern class S-2 4-8-4 steam locomotive. With open or vestibule cab in three road numbers each. Also available painted black and green but unlettered in both cab versions. Locomotive and tender…

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reading mr for 60 years

My very first issue of Model Railroader was the January 1959 25th anniversary issue, which my late dad, Kermit Tyndall, bought for me at Duval Hobby Shop in Jacksonville, Fla., when I was 13. Through most of those 60 years, except for college, I’ve maintained my subscription to MR and, yes, watched the hobby grow, change, and become even better as we moved from largely building everything yourself and hoping it runs to learning to truly operate a near prototype-looking-and-sounding miniature railroad. I look forward to the future of the hobby, and I hope you can occasionally run brief biographies on some of the hobby’s pioneers. The history of this hobby, to me at least, is wild, woolly, and fascinating. Yes, at times I miss the reviews of old LaBelle, Ambroid, and…

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are excursion trains considered first class?

Q Are excursions still considered first-class trains like standard passenger trains? I run many excursion trains on my layout, and was wondering where they would fall in the roster. Do they have the same status as a passenger train, or are they of a lower or higher priority? Would standard through freights be of a higher class than excursions? Ethan Bernstein, Ellicott City, Md. A Excursion trains are generally not regularly scheduled, and therefore run as extras. Extras are inferior to all scheduled trains unless superiority is conferred by the dispatcher in a train order. A basic extra would be created with a train order reading something like “ENG 227 RUN PSGR EXTRA WENSLEYDALE TO CHESHIRE”. This is all that’s necessary to create the train, but doesn’t assign it superiority over any other…