Model Railroader

Model Railroader September 2019

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video plus

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW TO SEE ON MRVP! State Line Challenge. Check out the progress as staff members continue to work on their kitbashing projects. It’s My Railroad. Host Steve Brown talks track plans, benchwork, and river bottoms for his N scale layout. The Log Blog. Producer David Popp works on a log loader and other projects for the On30 Olympia Logging Co. See layouts come to life on Model Railroader Video Plus! Subscribers to MR Video Plus have the opportunity to take virtual tours of model railroads that cover a wide variety of scales, settings, and subjects. Many of the layouts have also been featured in the pages of Model Railroader, or in other popular shows on MRVP. For the past few years, MRVP contributor Gerry Leone has been building a new version of…

1 min.
we’ve never been afraid of the dark

If there are two things that have ever gone together, it’s darkness and railroading. By extension, also the night and model railroading. What’s more romantic than a headlight in the distance, accompanied by the far-off note of a horn or a deep, mournful steam whistle? Or the passing of brightly lit passenger-car windows, whizzing by en route to some exotic destination. Even the simple glow of a lit block signal takes on deeper significance in the dark. When you received your first train set lo those many years ago, what was one of the first things you remember doing with it? I’d bet a dollar to a donut as soon as the sun went down you were turning off the lights and watching the locomotive pass in the dark, headlight beaming, just…

14 min.
news & products

Pennsylvania RR class P5a boxcab electric locomotive. This Broadway Limited Imports HO scale model is offered in passenger (Dark Green Locomotive Enamel [DGLE] body with brown roof and Gold Leaf Roman lettering) and freight versions (DGLE body with brown roof and Buff Yellow Roman lettering, DGLE with Buff Yellow Futura lettering, and DGLE with Buff Yellow Roman lettering). The model ($399.99) features die-cast metal construction and a dual-mode Paragon3 sound decoder with Rolling Thunder. Broadway Limited Imports, 386-673-8900, HO scale locomotives Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesel locomotive. Burlington Northern (Pacific Pride II with predecessor road heralds in one road number, as-delivered scheme in three numbers, and 1990s scheme in one number); Conrail (as delivered scheme in three numbers, with white sill in two numbers, and “Quality” and Operation Lifesaver schemes in one…

1 min.
club offerings

Chicago & North Western American Car & Foundry 4,600-cubic-foot-capacity three-bay Center Flow covered hopper. Accurail HO scale kit custom decorated for the Chicago & North Western Historical Society. $32 each; two-pack, $58 (both prices include shipping). Illinois residents add 9.5 percent sales tax. C&NWHS, P.O. Box 1068, North Riverside, IL 60546; Elmhurst Model Railroad Club 50th anniversary 40-foot plug-door steel refrigerator car. Accurail HO scale kit custom decorated for the Elmhurst Model Railroad Club. One road number. Plastic wheelsets and Accumate couplers. $29 (shipping included). Elmhurst Model Railroad Club, 111 E. 1st St., Elmhurst, IL 60126; Elmhurst Model Railroad Club 50th anniversary 60-foot cylindrical covered hopper. Bowser N scale car custom decorated for the Elmhurst Model Railroad Club. Two road numbers. Metal wheelsets and truck-mounted couplers. $35 per set (shipping…

8 min.
ask mr

When did BNSF start patching out diesels? QI’m about to start building my layout. Over the years I’ve collected many Burlington Northern and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe locomotives. Around what date did BNSF start repainting its locomotives, and when did the BNSF stencil start showing up? My preference is to run as many locomotives as I can without the stencil, as I’m sure that in the early ’90s you could see both road names on the same trains. Manny Gamallo, Sand Springs, Okla. A The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and the Burlington Northern merged on Dec. 31, 1996, to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe. The merged railroad experimented with several paint schemes derived from its two predecessors, including Santa Fe “warbonnet” schemes and orange-and-green BN “heritage” schemes. The railroad…

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disassembling n scale diesels

In the 1990s, Kato pioneered its classic, vertically split-frame design. Since then, probably more than 80 percent of the N scale locomotives made, regardless of manufacturer, have followed (in fact, downright copied) that approach, meaning that if you’ve learned how to work on one of them, you can work on nearly all. Why take an engine apart? I never disassemble a locomotive unless I have to, and then I go only as far as I must. The first step is removing the body shell, and sometimes this is a considerable challenge. On most, perhaps all, N scale engines, you remove the shell by spreading the sides to disengage them from the nubs on the frame that secure them. I usually lay the model on its back on a piece of foam or…