Model Railroader

Model Railroader January 2020

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.
video plus

Do you need a passenger station on your layout? Check out how the Model Railroader Video Plus crew handled modeling the Chicago & North Western Ry.’s Madison, Wis., depot in this mini-series that was part of the popular Rehab My Railroad show. From prototype inspiration to final paint, you’ll see this kitbashing project from start to finish. If you’re not an MRVP subscriber, be sure to check out the link to watch part 1 as a free preview. Whether you’re a seasoned scratch-builder or starting your first kit, MRVP has you covered. This subscription channel includes skill-building videos on modeling, painting, and much more. Get inspired by the variety of projects from your favorite MRVP contributors. DON’T MISS THESE OTHER FEATURED VIDEOS GO VIRTUAL RAILFANNING WITH MRVP! In addition to model- and layout-building expertise,…

2 min.
the gift of a lifetime

Do you recall the moment your journey in model railroading began? If you’re like me, your interest was awakened about this time of year and arrived in a colorfully wrapped box. Inside were a locomotive, cars, track, and a power pack. An electric train. A plaything. A beginning. My first set was an Aurora Postage Stamp Train in N scale, which the company called “Micro Gauge.” Made in Austria by Trix and imported by Long Island-based Aurora Plastics Corp., the sets were cleverly packaged in boxes that resembled hardcover books and were marketed to the general public rather than hobbyists. The product line was initially popular but faded relatively quickly. It disappeared after 1973. Gone but not forgotten in my case – I’ve never outgrown that gift. It was my introduction to…

8 min.
news & products

HO scale locomotives • Pennsylvania RR GG1 electric locomotive. Pennsylvania RR (Dark Green Locomotive Enamel with brown roof, five gold leaf stripes, and Futura or Roman lettering in three numbers each; Dark Green Locomotive Enamel with buff broad stripe and Roman lettering in two numbers; and Tuscan Red with buff Roman lettering and five stripes in two road numbers) and Penn Central (black with white herald in two road numbers). Also available painted Dark Green Locomotive Enamel and Tuscan Red but unlettered. All new tooling, factory-installed crew figures, Kadee-compatible couplers, dual-mode Paragon3 sound decoder with Rolling Thunder, and diecast metal body and chassis. $399.99. Broadway Limited Imports, 386-673-8900, • Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACe diesel locomotive. BNSF Ry. (Heritage III), Canadian National (“wet noodle” herald with website), CSX (dark blue and yellow), Norfolk…

8 min.
ask mr

What kind of locomotive for a short line? Q I’m a 13-year-old who’s been reading Model Railroader for years and operating on my friends’ layouts. But I never had enough space for my own layout. Recently a new house made my dream possible, and I’m now building a modern short line above my bed. But, as I’m not old enough to get a job, I have the problem of never having enough money. So I have two questions: What type of locomotives would serve a modern short line, and where can I get them for cheap? Jed Roll, Onalaska, Wis. A Hi, Jed, and welcome to what we like to call the world’s greatest hobby! To answer your first question, depending on how small the railroad and how financially flush it is, a…

1 min.
reader tip

Handy hand brakes for spotting cars on a grade Detroit-area modelers I know use two methods to “set the hand brakes” on cars to be spotted on a grade. Most of us use wooden food skewers as uncoupling tools, so they’re usually handy when one is needed. Simply place one vertically between two cars, and gravity locks the skewer in position, holding the cars in place. Coupling an engine to the cut moves the cars slightly, allowing it to be lifted out. The photo shows another effective method. Red-painted wheelsets are made available on fascia shelves in each town for use on the downhill end of a car or cars. Either method is simple, cheap, and dependable. – Art Single, Plymouth, Mich.…

4 min.
i met the enemy, and he was me

Sometimes in model railroading you need to be a sleuth. Everything on the railroad happens for a reason, and sometimes the reason is you. Following is a case in point: Recently I took delivery of two new Atlas GP39-2s. (Eric White reviewed these for the July 2019 Model Railroader.) Meanwhile, I’ve been on a campaign to speed-match all of my locomotives. I’m setting them up to run 60 scale mph at full throttle (28 speed steps) and 30 scale mph at 14. My friend Stuart Baker got me started on this. It’s a fine thing when a bright, young software engineer helps you with such matters. Getting on with the GP39-2s. To jump ahead in my story, I placed the first engine on the track and set my speed limits easily, using an…