Model Railroader

Model Railroader January 2018

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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1 min.
video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! When this month’s cover feature concludes in print, the story continues on Model Railroader Video Plus! Visit to find more than 60 step-bystep videos covering all aspects of building and operating the Tar Branch. Not an MRVP subscriber yet? Watch the FREE VIDEOS to see what you’ve been missing! Tar Branch videos include: Gerry Leone makes miniscenes on big buildings. WSSDetails FREE VIDEO WSSIntro FREE VIDEO David Popp and Jenny Maaske run the Tar Branch like the real deal. WSSSwitching Cody Grivno shares how to paint a Winston-Salem Geep. WSSPainting Tony Koester teaches you how to lay track and custom turnouts on the Tar Branch. WSSTurnouts THERE’S ALWAYS MORE ON MRVP! If a photo is worth 1,000 words, then the MRVP library, containing more than 1,000 videos, is nothing short of a treasure…

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on the web

GREAT MODEL RAILROADS 2018 Layout videos from this special issue Click on the Special Issues tab at to preview the spectacular N, HO, O, and large scale layouts featured in Great Model Railroads 2018. You’ll also find links to videos of some of this year’s featured layouts, included the HO scale Great Midwestern RR shown above. SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE Product demos and bonus photos Find the full product review for the all-new HO scale GEVO Tier 4 diesel on page 68. Model Railroader subscribers can also watch an exclusive video and see bonus photos of the superdetailed and sound-equipped model. Click on the link under Online Extras at the MR home page. ONLINE EXTRAS More than 500 plans Updated each month, the Track Plan Database includes the latest plans published in Model Railroader, including the HO scale…

2 min.
we always come back to this truth

If you look closely at the cover of this month’s magazine, you’ll notice a subtle change to the left side of the Model Railroader blue box. The “Model railroading is fun!” slogan is back on the cover, where it belongs. We’ve had it inside the magazine for some years, but I thought it deserved a more prominent position. The slogan isn’t just some marketing hype. It’s at the core of why this magazine has been produced these 84 years. The saying first appeared on the MR cover in April 1949, not long after the magazine’s 15th anniversary. In looking back through old issues, I was surprised to see how many times it’s been on and off the cover over the decades, replaced by other slogans like “The practical how-to-do-it magazine,” and “Exclusively scale…

17 min.
news & products

N scale Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha. Kato has released its much-anticipated N scale name train. The nine-car Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha ($280) includes a baggagedormitory; two 48-seat coaches; a Super Dome lounge; a diner; a 14-section Touralux sleeper (Mount St. Helens); two 10-roomette, six-double-bedroom sleepers (Lake Pewaukee and Lake Oconomowoc); and an 8-double-bedroom lounge-observation (Coffee Creek). In addition, Kato offers an Electro-Motive Division FP7 and F7B set ($190) and a single FP7 ($110). Alternate number boards (nos. 90A and 95C) are available for $3. Kato USA Inc., 847-781-9574, HO scale locomotives • Electro-Motive Division GP35 diesel locomotive. BNSF Ry. (Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe patchout), Chicago & Eastern Illinois, Kansas City Terminal (two road numbers), Lycoming Valley (two numbers), Montana Rail Link, and Western Pacific (orange in one number, dark green in…

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ask mr

What’s a Soo Line car doing in San Diego? Q While traveling to San Diego, I came across this rail car. Can you tell me why it’s in San Diego? Trent Kohl, Delafield, Wis. A As the lettering on the side indicates, that’s a privately owned rail car. Private companies and wealthy hobbyists buy and refurbish rail cars like these and pay the railroads to haul them around the country. This particular car was built in 1921 as a business car for the president of the Soo Line. It was later bought and refurbished by the San Diego Trust & Savings Co., which renamed it in honor of the founder of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. It’s now owned by Kennebec Financial Corp., which is also based in San Diego and owned by…

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delayed uncoupling solved

Even though trouble with delayed uncoupling of HO scale Kadee couplers is fairly infrequent, I’ve found that it happens most often when one of the couplers is on a locomotive. It occurred to me that this may be because the couplers on locomotives are mounted in molded-on draft gear boxes, not Kadee’s own, and thus are pushed to the side less by uncoupling magnets. So I replaced all the couplers on my locomotives with long-shank couplers. The improvement was immediate and dramatic. Some will be bothered by the less prototypical appearance of the longer shank. But I think reliability beats realism. So, you decide: Better looking or better working?…