Model Railroader

Model Railroader August 2019

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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3-D track plan. This HO scale track plan for Crystal Lake, Ill., models Chicago & North Western in the 1950s. Drew’s Trackside Adventures. Follow Drew Halverson as he railfans the Show Me State from St. Louis to Kansas City. Airbrushing with Aaron. Learn shading techniques and more with FineScale Modeler senior editor Aaron Skinner. Get even more in-depth information with Model Railroader Video Plus. In this month’s Step by Step column on page 22, Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno shows you how he added interiors and lighting to an HO scale structure. MR Video Plus subscribers can follow Cody through the entire project in this special “Cody’s Workshop” series. Part one will show you how to build the Woodland Scenics/Design Preservation Models kit. Later episodes will describe painting, detailing, and adding a lighted interior. No…

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what are you doing this summer?

Do your summer plans include some model railroading? We sure hope so! You might have a long list of things to do. Some track-laying, maybe some bench-work building. Even just some cleaning and maintenance. Or, your summer model railroading activities might be less scripted and more spontaneous. While outside, you might just run across some plants that would make good trees or ground cover on your layout. Keep your eyes open! This time of year, usually everything is in bloom, and a few days in the sun can dry things out enough to store them until needed. Just make sure there are no creepy-crawlies in whatever you pick and dry before you bring it in the house. At any rate, be sure you take MR with you on vacation or wherever you travel. The…

7 min.
news & products

Electro-Motive Division GP9 diesel locomotives. Walthers has added these chopped-nose road switchers to its Mainline series. The HO scale GP9s are decorated for Chicago & North Western, Burlington Northern, Milwaukee Road, Canadian Pacific, Norfolk Southern, and Wisconsin & Southern in four road numbers per scheme (two each in direct current and Digital Command Control). An undecorated model is also available. The models feature all-new tooling, prototype-specific details, molded drill-starter points (grab iron kit sold separately), and a ratchet style handbrake. Direct-current models with a 21-pin plug for a Digital Command Control decoder sell for $139.99. Versions with a dual-mode ESU sound decoder are priced at $199.99. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, Bachmann adds three new HO scale models Following the success of the HO scale Siemens ACS-64, Bachmann Industries announced three…

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railway post office

Urban scenery I was pleased to read about Howard Clark’s layout in the May issue [“Big city scenes in the 1950s” by Lou Sassi]. It was refreshing to learn about someone who loves building realistic, highly detailed structures and who controls his locomotives with direct current. As one subhead read, “Built for train-watching.” What a concept! I decided some time ago to follow the same path, spending my model railroading time building realistically detailed structures and scenery. When each model is completed and placed on the layout, I turn on a DC power pack and run a train past it in its honor. Thanks, Howard, for creating a goal that I can aspire to and for showing that eschewing operations can still lead to satisfaction and recognition in the hobby. Jack Rummel Longmont, Colo. I’ve…

7 min.
whether to weather? that’s a tough one

QTry as hard as I can, I just can’t seem to muster up the desire to weather my trains. I’m not lacking in skills; I paint and detail my diesels, and I weather my structures. I’ve watched plenty of how-to videos, and I have the tools and materials – everything but the desire. Even the low-end trains received as gifts from well-meaning friends and relatives are immune to the forces of nature. Once I replace the wheels, body-mount knuckle couplers, and kill the plastic sheen, those low-cost models take on an air of newfound respectability. I’m not alone here. I’ve seen zillions of layouts with sparkling-clean trains. So what’s a fellow like me to do? Am I missing something? I enjoy looking at weathered models. I just can’t bring myself to do…

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baldwin model locomotive works in the 1960s

The 1960s through 1970s were a stressful period for O scale. A notice in an undated Clark Benson Custom Services O scale Baldwin Model Locomotive Works catalog from the mid-1960s stated “All prices, materials and designs subject to change without notice. Locomotives for three-rail are outside third rail, center third rail roller collectors extra.” The catalog listed a variety of models: AHM plastic locomotives and freight cars; a mix of Baldwin Models locomotives, including an Electro-Motive Division (EMD) F7A and B, an E8A and B, a Fairbanks-Morse (FM) H-12-44 switcher, and a Pennsylvania RR GG1 electric; and a Tom Bedell-designed New York, New Haven & Hartford B-B boxcab. The pages followed the contemporary Walthers catalog format and typeface, and included three pages reproduced from a 1939 Parmele & Sturgess catalog showing a…