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Model Railroader November 2017

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on the web

MORE REVIEWS & VIDEOS • Videos • News & Reviews • Community • Shop & more. GREAT MODEL RAILROADS 2018 Get online extras from this special issue Find exceptional layouts in N, HO, O, and large scales in Great Model Railroads 2018. This month visitors to can download trackside photos of each layout featured in the special issue. Other online extras include video tours of some of the featured model railroads. PRODUCT REVIEW VIDEO MREXTRA HO scale SD40-2 A super-detailed modern-era SD40-2 highlights this month’s Product Reviews on page 62. The HO scale locomotive features an ESU LokSound decoder. Subscribers can see and hear the SD40-2 in action by clicking the link on the Product Reviews page of our website. SOUND DECODER DEMO MREXTRA A U-boat with sound for Eagle Mountain Turn to page 28 to learn how associate editor Eric White…

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‘layout in a weekend,’ we hardly knew ye

It wasn’t the e-mail I was expecting on a Monday. I received this from Paul Boehlert, author of “Build a layout in a weekend” in the September issue, and the October update on scenicking the project. He wrote: “My September Model Railroader just arrived in the mail. I was thrilled to see the ‘Layout in a Weekend’ article in print (thank you very much for believing in a rather offbeat project), but it was bittersweet, too. “The LIAW was destroyed by a flash flood that hit my hometown [Whitesboro, N.Y.] on July 1. It was sad to lose such a great little railroad even before the publication date, but as my friend and mentor Peter Youngblood, MMR (Master Model Railroader) said, ‘At least you know you can build another one in a weekend.’ After…

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news & products

National Train Show Special! HO scale Altoona, Pa.,-rebuilt Norfolk Southern SD60E diesel locomotive with Crescent cab. Athearn showed pre-production samples of its next Genesis series model in Orlando. The SD60E, scheduled for release in March 2018, will be offered in four road numbers. The HO scale model will have a detailed cab interior, standard cab roof or Positive Train Control antenna array as appropriate, and railroad-specific long-hood detail. Direct-current models will sell for $219.98. Versions with a SoundTraxx Digital Command Control sound decoder will retail for $309.98. Athearn Trains, 800-338- 4639, MOBILE UPDATES Scan the code to access Model Railroader’s weekly News & Products updates from your mobile device. Locomotives, layout control big in Orlando The 2017 National Train Show, held in early August at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., featured new…

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ask mr

MORE Q&A For more questions and answers, watch the video series “Ask MRVP” at What’s a ‘lift frog’? Q I took this picture of a Hy-Rail vehicle warning sign on the Metrolink/ BNSF mainline in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., where there’s a switch to go off on a spur into an industrial area off the main line. Can you explain the meaning of the sign? Jay Michalsky, Las Vegas, Nev. A Lift frogs, also known as flange-bearing frogs, are a relatively new development in track technology. They’re used in turnouts where the main line sees much heavier traffic than the diverging route. In this kind of frog, there’s no gap in the rail at the frog for the main route, giving that route a smoother ride. Instead, on the diverging route, the frog has…

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body-mounted couplers on auto racks

When N scale got its start in Europe in the 1960s, its originators conceived it in the tradition of toy trains, with truckmounted couplers that could negotiate sharp-radius curves. Some N-scalers began switching to body-mounts after Kadee introduced its N scale knuckle coupler in the early 1960s. (Kadee split into two companies in 1990, and the N scale line became today’s Micro-Trains Line.) Converting was no easy matter, though, as you first had to assemble the couplers from kits. Assembled couplers were offered a few years later. Then came the game changer, when Kadee offered its trucks with Magne-Matic couplers attached. That made conversions easy. You could swap out trucks in about a minute, so most N scale modelers, myself included, went down that road. This left me with about 200 freight cars…

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detail a boxcar interior

In the January and April 2016 issues of Model Railroader, I shared how I weathered and lowered the ride height, respectively, on my Bachmann On30 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes boxcars. Though the boxcars looked much better with these modifications, one thing was still bothering me – the plain interior. Since the doors on the Bachmann boxcars are separate parts, they can be modeled opened or closed. The interior has plastic floor planks that are too uniform in color and texture. Rather than just paint the planks, as I did on my Bachmann flatcars [see the June 2009 MR – Ed.], I installed a stripwood floor. Instead of using the stripwood straight from the package, I aged it using an Atlas Snap Saw and an India ink wash. Once the floor was…