Model Railroader

Model Railroader November 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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2 min.
there’s always more to see on mrvp!

Toronto Terminals in 3-D. Virtually travel the main line of Bob Sprague’s exceptional double-deck HO track plan. Make a photo backdrop. Photomurals on tempered hardboard are a mainstay combo for a successful layout backdrop. Cody’s Workshop. In this long-running series, Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno tackles a variety of projects. Go beyond the magazine and tour exceptional layouts with Model Railroader Video Plus. The MR Video Plus team travels the country to take you on a virtual ride along some of the finest model railroad main lines in the country. One of the latest MRVP layout tours provides a new look at Gerry Albers’ HO scale Virginian Ry. Deepwater District. Follow Gerry as he shares highlights and favorite scenes of the more than 2,000-square-foot layout. Set in the summer of 1959 in southern West…

1 min.
you never know what’s going to show up

At Model Railroader, we rarely throw things out. In fairness, many of the items we keep are historical in nature. A lot of them are kept in a set of glass cases near our editorial offices. They are part of the tour of our building, if you’re ever in the neighborhood. Sometimes, however, we encounter readers who do, in fact, get rid of things. One of those people is Bill Wilson, who lives in a town not too far from our offices. He and his wife, Tracey, came by with a few items they had stored for some years and thought the company might like to have. The biggest was an award given to Al Kalmbach at the 1965 NMRA Convention in Vancouver. This was the organization’s 30th annual meeting, and the memento thanked…

11 min.
news & products

HO scale General Motors Diesel Division GP40-2W diesel locomotive. New paint schemes on this Atlas Master Line road switcher include Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western; Georgia & Florida Railnet; Hudson Bay Ry. (two road numbers); Iowa Northern; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA); New England Central (one number); and Vermont Ry. (two numbers). The HO scale model is offered in three numbers per scheme unless noted. Direct-current models retail for $169.95 (MBTA, $189.95). Versions with an ESU LokSound Digital Command Control and sound decoder are priced at $279.95 (MBTA, $294.95). Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, Cities, trains, and fun! Fourteen middle school students participated in the pilot Design Your City summer camp program held at the Discovery World Science and Technology Center in Milwaukee from July 29 to Aug. 2. The campers designed…

8 min.
ask mr

How do I make even stripes on handrails? Q I’m painting several HO scale Atlas Trainman Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesels in the orange freight scheme of the Chicago South Shore & South Bend (CSS). The handrails have small white-painted visibility stripes, and these stand out. Is there a technique for painting these so that they appear reasonably consistent, but one that is not too time-consuming? I can’t envisage painting these by hand and getting a uniform result. Paul Lazenby, Berwick-upon-Tweed, U.K. A You might end up having to hand-paint those eye-catching stripes, but first, give decals a try. Hobby decal makers like Microscale sell sheets of parallel stripes; by cutting these decals into thin strips across the stripes rather than parallel to them, you’ll have stripe decals ready to apply. If you find handling…

4 min.
can you read the numbers?

About once a year, a debate will flare up on one or another of the N scale internet forums about whether or not it’s possible to read the reporting marks on N scale freight cars. This always devolves into a “No, you can’t,” “Yes, you can” argument that peters out as the energy of the storm is finally spent. As for me, the answer is “Yes, I can read the reporting marks, but only if I’m wearing my glasses.” Otherwise I can’t read anything. (Thank you, Dr. Ben Franklin.) I think the larger question is, why would you want to read the car numbers anyway? Our operator friends would reply that you need those numbers so that you can operate your layout realistically, particularly so you can sort cars in yards and…

6 min.
weathering without an airbrush

We’ve all seen the photos of freight car models beautifully weathered with perfectly applied paint that’s fully blended and feathered with an airbrush. Airbrushing techniques seem to provide a more natural way to weather, mimicking the way dirt and grime are tossed and blown onto the prototype. For those that don’t have an airbrush, I wondered, is it possible to achieve the same realistic results with more low-tech tools, such as a paintbrush or even a sponge? The answer is yes! It requires a different approach to brush-painting models, working with many of the concepts that classically trained fine artists use. The techniques are straightforward, and with practice, will produce results just as good as those done with an airbrush. The model used in this project is a factory-painted Athearn Genesis HO…