Model Railroader

Model Railroader June 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

FREE VIDEO Cody Grivno shows you how to prepare a layered backdrop. Watch and learn more! When this month’s special backdrop construction features conclude in print, the story continues on Model Railroader Video Plus! Visit to find more than 30 insightful videos covering all aspects of backdrop assembly, painting, and detailing. Not an MRVP subscriber yet? Watch the free video to see the helpful how-to instruction you’ve been missing! Check out these exclusive MRVP videos: See where Tony Koester uses photos to form the backdrops on his Nickel Plate layout. Discover how Lance Mindheim makes use of so many different forward-thinking concepts. Explore the subtle intricacies of Paul Dolkos’ backdrops and background scenes. 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…

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on the web

MREXTRA Subscriber-exclusive layout videos Want to see more of the featured layouts in this issue? Magazine subscribers can visit for two exclusive online videos, featuring the Leadville & Red Cliff and the St. George model railroads. See more than 100 other layouts featured in Model Railroader by clicking on Layout Visits under the Videos tab on the MR home page. Computer desktop wallpaper Lee Marsh’s spectacular photo is featured on the cover and in this month’s Trackside Photos column. It’s also this month’s featured computer desktop wallpaper. Click on the link under Online Extras and download the image sized for use as a background on your computer screen. Featured Digital Download Looking for more backdrop tips? This set of five previously published articles explores several methods for building and painting model railroad backdrops. You’ll also…

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realism isn’t just pie in the sky

Model railroading is about creating your own world. Your piece of it might be made up, or it could be the railroad you grew up with and its environs. When we start building layouts, we’re generally pretty happy to get just the basics to go right – sturdy benchwork; track that doesn’t cause derailments; and a building or two so our imagination doesn’t have to do everything. Then, for many, come ground cover and roads. There now, what a splendid place you’ve created. Trains are running through urban centers and farmland. Still, something isn’t quite right. Despite the work put into detailing the buildings, scenes, and trains, you’re not feeling “at home” yet. The reality of the room is fighting the illusion you’re trying to create. Then, from out of the blue, you realize…

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news & products

Industry news • International Toy Train Expo. Kalmbach Media, publisher of Model Railroader, Trains, Garden Railways, Classic Toy Trains, and Classic Trains, is proud to be the official media sponsor of the International Toy Train Expo, July 7-8 at the Chippewa Valley Expo Center in Chippewa Falls, Wis. The two-day show will feature vintage toy trains, operating layouts, vendors, and railroad clubs. Admission is $5, children 17 and under are free. Discount tickets ($2.50) can be purchased at Menards stores or For more information, visit • Grandt Line closes. Grandt Line, a manufacturer of architectural details, structure kits, and freight cars in several popular modeling scales, closed in June after more than 60 years in business. The company was founded by the late Cliff Grandt in the San Francisco bay area. His children…

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that tip from mr. goldfinger

I read with interest the April Reader Tip by Auric Goldfinger, who used his wife’s inherited gold jewelry to plate his model railroad rails. I might be tempted to try this, except for two things: One, I think my wife would object, even after nearly 51 years together. She is understanding of my hobby, but not that understanding! Second, I’d have to rip up all the track on my layout, right down to the rails. To be honest, when I first glanced at this “tip,” I thought it was legitimate – until I realized this was the April issue! Jim Barnard, Highlands Ranch, Colo. While visiting Gettysburg, Pa., I stopped by a local hobby shop. This was shortly after the April issue of Model Railroader came out. I overheard three regular customers discussing…

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how were helium cars unloaded?

Q I loved the recent article in Model Railroader that showed the building of an old Ambroid wooden kit for a U.S. Navy helium car [December 2017]. Tremendous patience and skill resulted in a lovely model. The article inspired me to scratchbuild a helium car, using the easier material of Evergreen styrene. Now that I have a helium car, what facilities do I need to build to receive it? What type of building was used to unload and store the helium gas, or did the authorities simply use the car as a storage unit to top up the Navy blimps as necessary? Peter Tobutt, Horsham, U.K. A Helium cars are made up of an array of narrow parallel tanks; they’re loaded and unloaded from valves at the end. These valves are behind…