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Model Railroader December 2018

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2 min.
video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! When this month’s cover feature highlighting Eric Brooman’s Utah Belt HO scale layout concludes in print, the story continues on Model Railroader Video Plus! Subscribers to the video streaming website can view exclusive high-definition video of the UB’s modern motive power hauling fast freight through stunning southwestern scenery! Visit to start your subscription, and then enjoy numerous other top-notch videos that promise to aid and inspire! Check out these exclusive MRVP videos: Off the Rails: Gerry Leone shares a wealth of clever modeling tips, tools, and techniques that are suitable for all scales and gauges. Ask MRVP: David Popp addresses some of your toughest questions and hobby challenges through helpful demonstrations. DCC Programming: Learn how Dana uses DCC programming to run multiple locomotives in a single consist. THERE’S ALWAYS MORE ON…

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on the web

Bonus trackside photos from the Utah Belt It’s always the present day on Eric Brooman’s legendary Utah Belt layout. Turn to page 46 to see the latest updates to this proto-freelanced HO scale railroad. In addition to new motive power, you’ll find changes to industries and towns. You’ll even find that some of the trees have grown since our last visit to the UB. Click on the link under Online Extras at to get this exclusive online gallery of new bonus photos taken along the Utah Belt. PROJECT PLANS Scratchbuild a smalltown depot On page 60 you’ll learn how to scratch-build a small-town depot based on a Soo Line prototype. As an online bonus, you can download a PDF copy of Tom Houle’s O scale plans. You’ll find many more project ideas by…

2 min.
like vitamins for your modeling

I don’t know about you, but there’s a real ebb and flow to my modeling. Sometimes I’m very motivated to make progress on my model railroad. Other times I get a little, well, stagnant. Not that I ever run out of projects to work on. But sometimes I do lack drive. Part of it, certainly, is the seasonal factor. Living in the upper Midwest, I try to be outside as much as I can while its warm and sunny during the summer and fall, which seem to last about a week each. That generally means little time is spent on modeling projects. Winter, and usually spring, mean a good six months spent largely indoors. More gets done then. One thing I noticed a few years ago, though, is I seem to get more done…

10 min.
news & products

HO scale locomotives • Electro-Motive Division GP50 diesel locomotive. BNSF Ry. (Heritage III, three road numbers), Genesee & Wyoming (Indiana & Ohio and Toledo, Peoria & Western; two numbers each), Illinois Central (black, one number), and Union Pacific (four numbers). Roadnumber-specific details, light-emitting-diode headlights, and vinyl m.u. hoses. Direct-current model with 21-pin connector for Digital Command Control decoder, $189.98; with dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound decoder, $279.98. May 2019. Genesis series. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, HO scale freight cars • Trinity 5,660-cubic-foot-capacity four-bay covered hopper. New paint schemes: Bombardier Capital Rail Inc. (NBIX reporting marks), CIT Group (CEFX marks), First Union Rail, General American, Norfolk Southern, and Transportation Co. of America (TCMX marks). Six road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. Separately applied wire grab irons and uncoupling levers, etched-metal brake wheel platform, and…

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railway post office

Modeling the DL&W I really liked Harold Russell’s article on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western station in Avoca, N.Y. [“Drawings for a small-town depot,” September]. Luckily, I had enough Grandt Line doors and windows on hand to make an HO scale model. Rich Cobb, Clyde, N.Y. Life imitates art On a recent business trip, I drove west from Hartford, Conn., an area I hadn’t been to before. But I knew exactly where I was once I saw a brick clock tower rising trackside in Waterbury, Conn., thanks to David Popp’s excellent modeling on his N scale Naugatuck Valley RR in recent years. It was funny to me when I knew the name of the town I was driving through that day, not from a map or GPS but from a model railroad. Mike Bivens Oak Ridge,…

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ask mr

How do I pick a decoder for an older diesel? QI have recently converted my layout to Digital Command Control (DCC). I have a number of older Athearn and Atlas diesel locomotives that I’d like to convert to DCC. How do I go about selecting a decoder to fit specific older locomotives? Also, is there such a thing as a decoder for power and sound in one unit, or do I have to get separate decoders and put them together? Finally, is there a reference book that might contain answers to my questions? Thank you for any help you can provide. Michael Barron, Augusta, Maine A Although you can get motor-only, function-only, and sound-only decoders, there are plenty of DCC decoders that handle all those functions on one board. Choosing and installing one doesn’t…