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Model Railroader March 2018

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video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! When this month’s featured project layout 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 VIDEO to see what you’ve been missing! THERE’S ALWAYS MORE ON MRVP! With online access to the MRVP library containing more than 1,000 videos, you’ll get game-changing techniques, costsaving tips, and more at the ready, 24/7, from any Internetenabled TV, computer or mobile device. But what if you simply want to learn more about a subject featured in the pages of Model Railroader? Say, for instance, you especially enjoyed coverage of Thomas Klimoski’s HO scale Georgia Northeastern RR in this issue. With MR Video Plus, you’ll get…

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on the web

Stunning scenery and switching action This month’s online extras include two layout tours. Paul Tartaglia’s New York Central Putnam Division is featured on page 58. Subscribers can watch video of trains running through the detailed scenery. In addition, Thomas Klimoski, who wrote about building a lumberyard on page 28, shot video of switching the industries on his modern-era Georgia Northeastern RR (inset). Find both videos under Online Extras at New layout ideas Looking for a favorite plan or inspiration for your next model railroad? Don’t miss the exclusive Model Railroader Track Plan Database. Search for plans by scale, size, and type, then download a printable copy of any track plan. Click on the link on the MR home page. Athearn HO SDP40F Athearn Trains HO scale SDP40F models an early Amtrak passenger locomotive. It’s…

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it started as a simple project

Associate editor Cody Grivno said he’d build and weather a wood-sided depot for this month’s Step by Step story on page 24. I told him the theme of the issue is buildings and structures, and that the depot might make a good cover photo. Of course we’d need a diorama for it. I told him we’d just Photoshop in the details behind it. Easy as pie. He was having none of it, and embarked on a quest to find a prototype photo showing the right depot in the correct time frame. That set off a chain of events that I think many of us can relate to all too well. Cody located the photo – actually a pair of them, taken in the 1970s at the same spot in Missouri – one in summer…

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news & products

General Electric ES44DC diesel locomotive. Athearn offers this Genesis series model decorated for CSX (as-delivered and primer gray), Norfolk Southern (as-delivered and primer gray), and BNSF Ry. (Heritage II and III schemes) in four road numbers per scheme (primer gray in two numbers each). The HO scale models have a detailed cab interior, factory-painted wire grab irons, and railroad-specific details. Direct-current models retail for $199.98. Versions with a dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound decoder list for $299.98. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, HO scale locomotives • Montreal Locomotive Works M630 diesel locomotive. British Columbia Ry. (multiple schemes and detail combinations); CP Rail (multiple schemes and detail combinations); Delaware Lackawanna (red and gray and new repaint, one number each), Minnesota Commercial (one number); Pacific Great Eastern (two-tone green with lightning stripe and short-hood-mounted ditch lights,…

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club offerings

• Keith Tank Line tank car. Tichy Train Group HO scale United States Railroad Administration-design kit produced for the Susquehanna Division, Mid-Eastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association. Depicts car leased to Publicker- Ward Distilling Co. in Philadelphia (“Manufacturers of Cologne Spirits and Alcohol”). Updated to the transition era. Includes decals for up to six car numbers. $18.95 plus $6.95 shipping. Check or money order to Susquehanna Division, MER/NMRA, 206 Stoever Dr., New Holland, PA 17557 • The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Inc. 40-foot Association of American Railroads boxcar. Accurail HO scale kit custom-decorated for The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Inc. to commemorate the Orrville Union Depot Sesquicentennial. $39.95 at the Depot Gift Shop. Mail order $47.95 (includes shipping to U.S. addresses). Ohio residents add 6.5 percent sales tax. ORHS-BC,…

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ask mr

What’s the reason for lead and trailing trucks? Q Most steam engines have both pilot and trailing trucks. What’s their purpose, and what’s the reason behind their configuration? For example, compare a 4-6-2 Pacific with a 4-6-4 Hudson. Same size engine, different arrangement. Why? Dick Sears, Bucklin, Kan. A Lead and trailing trucks both have two distinct purposes: to help guide the engine into turns, and to support the weight of the locomotive. The drive wheels of a steam locomotive have to be mounted fairly rigidly to translate the push-pull motion of the pistons into rotational motion without binding or shaking apart. This means that the longer the drivers’ rigid wheelbase is, the harder it is to negotiate turnouts and curves. So as locomotive builders designed engines with larger boilers, the lead truck…