Model Railroader

Model Railroader October 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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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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video plus

video PLUS Link. Look. Learn more! When this month’s special model railroad operations features conclude in print, the story continues on Model Railroader Video Plus! Visit to find more than 30 insightful, instructional, and inspiring videos covering all aspects of prototype and model railroad operations. Not an MRVP subscriber yet? Watch the free video to see the inspiring insights you’ve been missing! MRVP operations videos include:…

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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, tablet, or smart phone. But what if you just want a little historical perspective on some of the hobby’s legendary layout builders? With MR Video Plus, you’ll get exclusive access to insights from respected modelers who have worked and played alongside of model railroad titans like John Allen, John Armstrong, Andy Sperandeo, and Linn Westcott, just to name a few! If you haven’t discovered it already, MR Video Plus truly has something for everyone – take a look today!…

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on the web

Watch trains run along the HO scale Erie and Lackawanna in Elmira, N.Y. Featured on this month’s cover and on page 42, Joe Leahy’s HO scale layout celebrates railroading around Elmira, N.Y., in the 1950s. Model Railroader subscribers can see trains running along the beautifully scenicked main line in this exclusive short video. Find the link under Online Extras at MORE GORRE & DAPHETID Get vintage G-D Line articles and track plans Don’t miss Bob Warren’s first-hand account of running trains on John Allen’s famous Gorre & Daphetid model railroad on page 30. For those inspired to learn more about the influential G-D Line, be sure to visit the Kalmbach Hobby Store ( to get this special Digital Download. The article collection PDF includes track plans as well as black and white and…

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you had to want to be a model railroader

Sometimes, something rough can be beautiful. At our offices we have a glass case that houses a number of artifacts from Model Railroader’s history. Among the items are a couple of locomotives and a few cars built by Al Kalmbach for his Great Gulch, Yahoo Valley & Northern RR layout, which was built in his attic sometime prior to the founding of the magazine in 1934. With MR’s 85th anniversary coming up in January 2019, I thought it would be fun to see if we could get at least one of the O gauge locomotives running again. I’ve long admired these locomotives because of the work and thought that went into them. By today’s standards, locomotives no. 511 and 3 leave a lot to the imagination. Built before many ready-made parts existed, these motors…

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news & products

HO scale locomotives • Alco C-424 and C-425 diesel locomotives. New road numbers. C-424: Delaware & Hudson, Belt Ry. of Chicago, and Reading Co. C-425: Chicago & North Western; Delaware-Lackawanna (two numbers); and Spokane, Portland & Seattle. New paint schemes. C-424: Western New York & Pennsylvania (one road number) and West Chester RR (two numbers). Three numbers per scheme unless noted; both models also available undecorated. Separately applied grab irons, ladders, and drop steps; directional golden white light-emitting-diode headlights; separately applied marker lenses; two painted crew figures in cab; and Accumate couplers. Direct-current model with eight-pin socket for Digital Command Control decoder, $149.95; with dual-mode ESU LokSound Select sound decoder, $259.95. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, HO scale freight cars • Assorted Pullman-Standard 40-foot PS-1 boxcars. Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern (blue 1967…

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in memoriam

James J. King, 1923-2018 Former Kalmbach Publishing Co. president James J. (Jim) King died on July 20. He was 95 years old. Al Kalmbach hired Jim to serve as the company’s controller in July 1954. In 1963, he was named Kalmbach’s executive vice president. Two years later, he became company president, a position he held for 22 years. Jim was also on Kalmbach’s Board of Directors from 1972 until November 2012. In total, Jim served Kalmbach Publishing Co. for 58 years. “He was deeply passionate about Kalmbach and its customers,” said Dan Hickey, Kalmbach Media CEO.…