Model Railroader

Model Railroader December 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.
mr video plus

It’s always fall of 1954 on contributing editor Tony Koester’s HO scale Nickel Plate Road St. Louis Division. In this exclusive layout tour, Tony takes you along the main line from Frankfort, Ind., to Charleston, Ill. It’s the transition era, so you’ll see 2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotives and first-generation diesels, such as Electro-Motive Division GP7s and Alco PAs. You’ll get insights into how Tony designed the layout to follow the prototype, learn the significance of various towns and other locations, and much more. You’ll see both close-up and overall shots of this inspirational multilevel model railroad. Click on the Layouts tab on the MRVP home page to see even more layout tours from all around the country. HOW-TO VIDEOS, REVIEWS, AND MORE ON MRVP! Install a switch motor. Follow MRVP producer David Popp as…

2 min.
if you’re getting started, welcome

One of the great things about the holiday season is we start to see new folks! taking the magazine. Lots of gift subscriptions are being purchased, and we thank you for reading. We’d like to say “welcome” if you’re just joining us, and we hope you’ll stick with us for a while. You might be new to the model railroading hobby, or just new to the magazine. Or, you may be coming back after some time away. Regardless of the circumstance, we hope you find information you can use, as well as a sense of community. We’re all here for one reason, even if we all go about it slightly differently. Let’s face it, everyone has their own idea of what a model railroad ought to be. Some people think it’s an…

12 min.
news & products

HO scale Alco PA and PB diesel locomotives. New York Central; Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Delaware & Hudson (PA only); New York, New Haven & Hartford (PA only); and Southern Ry. (PA only) are the paint schemes offered on these WalthersMainline models. The HO scale models have an injection-molded plastic shell, die-cast metal chassis, factory installed handrails, and drill starter points for grab irons (available in diesel detail kit no. 910-252, sold separately). Direct-current models are priced at $159.98 (PA) and $299.98 (PA-PB set). Versions with a dual-mode ESU sound decoder are $219.98 (PA) and $419.98 (PA-PB set). Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, HO scale locomotives • Electro-Motive Division GP7u diesel locomotive. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (blue-and-yellow warbonnet, five road numbers); Bangor & Aroostook (gray, red, and black scheme, four…

4 min.
railway post office

East L.A. Station I really enjoyed “Plans for the East Los Angeles Station” by Bruce Briggs [October]. I was raised in East L.A., so the photos and article brought back many memories. I’ll probably never build a layout, since I belong to an HO club in Salinas, Calif., where I can run my locomotives on 1,200 feet of track, but I’ll save the article just in case. My grandfather was a Union Pacific engineer who retired at the same time steam locomotives were retired, so railroading has been in the family for three generations. Phyllis ClevelandCarmel, Calif. The East Los Angeles Station marked an important milestone in my parents’ lives. During World War II, my father was laid off his job at a factory that made air conditioners for submarines. Soon after, my mother’s sister…

7 min.
ask mr

How do I color a riverbed and tint water? Q I’m interested in creating a water scene on my layout, for which I recently purchased Magic Water, a two-part resin from Unreal Details. I’d been in a quandary about what type of paint to use to color the riverbed and how to tint the water. Then I found one of your Expert Tips videos, titled “How to make waves on modeled water.” I was intrigued by the color of the river bed and the water, but these techniques must have been described in a previous video I can’t locate. Could you let me know the types of paint and colors that were used to create the riverbed and tint the water? Thank you in advance. Bill Stafford, Elkton, Md. A When we built…

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enter model railroader’s photo contest!

Show off your modeling and photography skills and you could win up to $750 in Model Railroader magazine’s photo contest! You don’t have to be a professional to win, just have an eye for images that capture the action and creativity of model railroading. The contest deadline is Jan. 31, 2020, so don’t procrastinate! RULES: 1. Send a digital file saved in RAW, TIFF, or JPG format on a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or USB flash drive plus a color print of your photo. Entries that do not include a print will be rejected. Prints from desktop color printers are acceptable. Label your disk and your print with your name and contact information. Digital photos must be taken with a 5 megapixel photo or better. We will not accept film, slides, or prints alone.…