Model Railroader

Model Railroader July 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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model railroader video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! When this month’s Step by Step freight car modeling feature concludes in print, the story continues on Model Railroader Video Plus! Visit to find more than 25 how-to videos in the Cody’s Workshop series, all aimed to help MRVP subscribers master the same skills Cody Grivno uses. Click to see these and other helpful videos on MRVP: Dana Kawala previews a unique wireless DCC utility throttle. FREE VIDEO Cody Grivno demonstrates the steps for making plastic look like wood. Eric White shares tips for modeling a 1940s-era cement truck. Hal, Tony, and Dana gather at the table to talk technology. JOIN THE FUN! With your subscription to MRVP, you’ll have access to exclusive HD videos covering all aspects of model railroading. You’ll enjoy: • Behind-the-scenes access to MR staff and projects •…

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on the web

COVER STORY ONLINE EXTRA More from the triple-deck Paquettin Division Don’t miss Mike Tricker’s HO scale Paquettin Division on page 42. It’s truly amazing how much operations-oriented railroading he packed into a compact space. For a look at just how much Mike has enhanced his railroad, check out his June 2013 article. It’s available as a free download under Online Extras at TRACK PLAN DATABASE New track plans every month! MREXTRA Each month track plans featured in the magazine are added to the exclusive Track Plan Database. Visitors can search for new layout ideas by scale, size, style, or keyword. Subscribers can also download a printable PDF copy of any plan. USER VIDEOS Share layout tours and projects There’s a lot of great work being done by your fellow modelers, including Model Railroader author Bruce Kingsley’s…

2 min.
there will always be shiny things

I use the term “shiny thing” a lot, meaning something that pops up, looks neat, and distracts you from your conversation, point you’re trying to make, or goal. Model railroading has been full of shiny things for me. When I was 10, my dad helped me build a layout – really just a piece of plywood covered with sawdust-grass mat for my HO scale train set and oval of track. Trips to local stores revealed lots of shiny things. A high-hood Norfolk & Western diesel locomotive that I thought looked very smart and businesslike because it was black with white lettering. A kit for a shortline fuel tank on stilts. A modernish Exxon gas station. A Rico station kit. Piers to make that figure-8 of track that looped over itself. None of them…

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news & products

HO scale Electro-Motive Division E8A diesel locomotives. Walthers offers these Pennsylvania RR class EP-22 units for use with the 1960s Broadway Limited. The HO scale Proto-series models have a train-phone antenna, de-skirted fuel tanks, Leslie S3J air horn, and nose-mounted grab irons. Direct-current A units (two road numbers) are $229.98; A-A sets (two differently numbered sets) sell for $399.98. A units with a dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami sound decoder are priced at $329.98; A-A sets list for $598.98. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, HO scale locomotives • Electro-Motive Division SD40-2 diesel locomotive. Norfolk Southern (Maersk Sealand, Operation Lifesaver, and horsehead silhouette, one road number each), Rock Island (red and yellow with italic lettering, four numbers), and Union Pacific (Desert Victory, one number). Vinyl m.u. hoses, bi-directional light-emitting-diode headlights, and positionable cab windows. Direct-current…

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ask mr

How were oil-burning steamers refueled? Q We’ve looked everywhere online but can’t find any photos of oil fueling facilities (tanks, filling pipes, etc.) for oil-burning steam locomotives. We would appreciate your help. Thank you. Juan José Rodriguez, Lanesville, Ind. A We would be glad to help. While Eastern roads had access to cheap and plentiful Appalachian coal, Western roads like the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe often turned to oil to fuel their steam locomotives. You might have better luck inquiring with the historical and modeling societies of the above railroads, at,, and I found the photo above in our David P. Morgan Memorial Library’s file of UP photos. The fuel filler shown in that photo has a pivoting connection just above the base that allows…

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how do you keep prices low? volume!

In the heart of Tehachapi, Calif., near the Union Pacific’s double-track main line, stands a steam-era Southern Pacific 65,000-gallon water tank. It was brought to the town from another location on the railroad after a major earthquake destroyed its predecessor on April 21, 1952. Without it, Tehacahapi had a big problem, as the tank doubled as the town’s water supply. After the SP stopped running steam, the railroad donated the tank to the town, and today it stands in Railroad Park, an uncharacteristic patch of green grass and large trees in this high desert mountain town. This water tank is of special interest to me because a model of it belongs on my N scale railroad, set in the mid-1980s. I was figuring I’d have to scratch-build the model and wasn’t looking…