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Model Railroader November 2018

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video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! The content you see in the printed pages of this issue is only part of the story. Subscribers to the Model Railroader Video Plus website can tell you that inspiring insights, helpful instruction, and an introduction to a wide array of hobby topics are just a mouse click away! After reading this issue of Model Railroader, which highlights topics related to DCC, layout design, locomotive detailing, and modeling, simply open up any web browser and click on the links listed below to preview how provides additional coverage! Check out these exclusive MRVP videos: 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, cost-saving tips, and more at the ready, 24/7, from any Internet enabled TV, computer,…

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on the web

National Train Show 2018 special online extras Staff members from Model Railroader magazine and MR Video Plus attended the National Train Show in Kansas City, Mo., back in August. Visit to watch video highlights from the show, including a record-breaking T-Trak modular layout. You’ll also find a full listing of the new model railroading products featured at the show. GET MR IN YOUR INBOX Free newsletter, forums, and more Join our online community and you’ll get a weekly newsletter full of the latest model railroad product announcements and links to all the latest online videos and extras. Visit the online forums to ask a question and interact with fellow model railroaders. Click on Register at the MR home page to sign up. GREAT MODEL RAILROADS Bonus computer desktop collection This month you can download computer desktop…

2 min.
up to date in kansas city. or not.

In August, several of us went to the National Model Railroad Association Convention in Kansas City, Mo. If you’ve never been to KC, put it on your list. Cody Grivno and I went via Amtrak, which was its own adventure and another story for another day. The Reader’s Digest version is: if you want to experience what can go wrong on a Class 1 railroad, travel by rail. If you host operating sessions on your railroad, you’ll get ideas for numerous traps to spring on your unsuspecting crews. That said, hats off to the Amtrak folks who run at the mercy of the freight carriers. They did a great job of keeping us updated on why our return train was stuck in the traffic caused by a locomotive fire the night before. If…

12 min.
locomotives, electronics big in kansas city

Two trends at the 2018 National Train Show were locomotives (both steam and diesel) and electronics. The three-day show was held the second weekend in August at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Bachmann Trains unveiled its Pennsylvania RR class K4 streamlined 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive in HO scale (above). The Spectrum line model features a dual-mode TCS WOWSound sound decoder with Audio Assist and a Keep-Alive capacitor. Walthers showed a pre-production sample of its new Mainline series chopped-nose GP9 (below). The newly tooled model will be offered in six road names (four road numbers each) and feature a Proto-series mechanism. Following the prototype’s lead, Athearn continues to add new schemes to its HO scale Genesis Series Norfolk Southern SD60E diesel locomotive. The “Honoring Our Veterans” scheme is shown on page 14. In…

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ask mr

What was this HO ore car’s prototype? Q I’m curious to know what prototype was used to model the old Model Die Casting 26-foot tight-bottom ore cars, and what the capacity of the original cars was. I plan to have a sizable fleet hauling copper ore, and I can’t seem to find any information online in regards to these cars. Thank you in advance! Matt Liverani, Ely, Nev. A The Roundhouse/Model Die Casting (now Athearn) 26-foot tight-bottom ore cars were based on a Southern Pacific prototype. I found a picture of the prototype in the 1966 Car & Locomotive Cyclopedia (Simmons-Boardman) whose caption indicated that they were built in the railroad’s own car shops. The cars had a reported capacity of 1,350 cubic feet and a load limit of 197,300 pounds (minus the…

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reader tip

I enjoy reading Ask MR each month, but I think your answer in the July 2018 issue on extending the life of glues, paints, and solvents didn’t go far enough. There are simple ways to protect those materials and extend their lives from months to years. Cyanoacrylate adhesives (CA) need to be protected from even the smallest amount of moisture. I store my bottles of CA in a sealed glass jar packed with packets of silica gel or a similar drying agent. If unopened, CA can be stored in a refrigerator or freezer, as can most resins and solvent-based paints, since they contain no water. Once opened, though, don’t refrigerate them, or the moisture that’s entered the bottle will condense and solidify the chemical. Food and hobby chemicals should never mingle, so I…