Model Railroader

Model Railroader May 2019

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video plus

This month marks the end of the Canadian Canyons N scale project railroad series in the magazine, but there’s still plenty to see on Model Railroader Video Plus. Beginning on page 52, the last installment of the series provides an overview of the layout’s structures. The projects include rail-served industries, slide sheds, and a bridge. The models were built using scratchbuilding, kitbashing, and 3-D printing techniques. Subscribe to MR Video Plus to watch the more than 60 videos in the Canadian Canyons series. Learn how to build the layout from benchwork to the final details. Highlights of the series include: FROM THE WORKSHOP Group technical editor Cody Grivno has hosted many episodes of various how-to series on MR Video Plus, including Cody’s Workshop, the How-To Library, and MRVP Tech. Each show provides an in-depth look…

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on the web

See model railroads in action Don’t miss Howard Clark’s HO scale layout on page 36. It’s a showcase of superdetailed scenes and craftsman structures. Model Railroader subscribers can also check out a short video showing trains running along the main line. Click on the link under Online Extras on the home page. USER VIDEOS Follow the Georgia Northeastern Thomas Klimoski shares his tips for modeling a modern tilt-slab industrial building on page 32. In addition to writing how-to articles, Tom has shot several online videos of his HO scale railroad. Type “Georgia Northeastern” in the search engine on the Videos page at to see all of Tom’s videos, including the one above showing how he makes operating overhead doors. BONUS ARTICLES N Scale Insight An avid N scaler, former Model Railroader managing editor Jim Kelly…

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you don’t have to be perfect at everything

Sometimes I look at submissions to the magazine and think, “Geez, this person is really good at everything.” By that I mean scenery, structure building, weathering, detailing, and composing scenes. It’s the same when I’m looking at Internet blogs and websites, and on Facebook groups. There are a lot of very good modelers producing great stuff out there, almost uniformly excellent. To the good, seeing all of it can help push us to the next level in our modeling. To that end, most of the modelers out there on blogs, on social media, and in the pages of the model railroad press are more than happy to share the techniques and products that helped produce the model or layout you’re looking at. At the other extreme, if not taken in context, one might wonder…

9 min.
new items abound at 2019 amherst show

The 2019 Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show was held at The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Mass., in late January. Several manufacturers debuted new products during the two-day show. unveiled its next locomotive, a General Electric C44-9W diesel. The road unit (above) will be offered in HO and N scales in both the Operator and Rivet Counter series. Athearn announced new intermodal containers in N scale (below). The injection-molded plastic containers will be decorated for a variety of modern-era shipping companies. An HO scale International Car Co. wide-cupola caboose has been added to the WalthersMainline. The model will be decorated for seven railroads. A detail kit for the model will be sold separately. Atlas Model Railroad Co. announced several additions to its N scale Master Line, including a Pullman-Standard lowside…

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is there such a thing as ho scale weight?

Q If a railroad car in HO scale is 1⁄87 the size of its 12-inch-to-the-foot prototype, what would the true relative weight of that car be? It doesn’t seem that 1⁄87 would be right, so clearly I’m missing something. Model Railroader contributing editor Tony Koester and I had a discussion about this a while back, but didn’t reach a conclusion. What do you say? Brooks Bentz, Stonington, Conn. A The size ratio of HO scale model to prototype, 1:87.1, refers to linear dimensions – length, depth, or height. Weight, on the other hand, is a function of volume, which is the product of all three of those dimensions. So the “scale weight” of a car that weighs, say, 20 tons (40,000 lbs.) empty would be 40,000 divided by (87.1 x 87.1 x…

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tanktrain cars put me in a pickle

Sometimes I think this column should be called “Jim’s latest screw-up.” Here’s a recent case in point. I’d just gotten my Athearn TankTrain and was carefully opening the boxes, taking the cars out one at a time, and checking them over. I checked the wheel gauge with a National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) standards gauge, and made sure the wheels rolled freely with no wobble. Then I used my Micro-Trains coupler height gauge to check the coupler height and make sure the uncoupling pins cleared the tops of the rails. The cars felt heavy in my hand, and I had read somewhere that they weighed slightly more than the NMRA standard. That’s a good thing. Tank cars are usually too light, and that’s a tough problem to address. The tank is usually…