Model Railroader

Model Railroader September 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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video plus

Link. Look. Learn more! If you want to explore how 21st-century technology is impacting model railroading, look no further than Model Railroader Video Plus! That’s where you’ll find more than 50 videos covering leading-edge advances in the hobby. Video topics range from DCC programming to 3-D printing to designing a model railroad using layout planning software, and so much more. Subscribe at to start watching, and you’ll discover useful new tools and techniques for modern times! Learn more about model railroad technology at MRVPTech videos include: 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, or mobile device. But what if you just want to learn the exact techniques…

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on the web

New prototype drawings from the September issue This month you’ll learn about two interesting prototype structures: the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western’s Avoca, N.Y., depot and a tank house from the citrus groves of California. As a bonus, you can download the plans featured in each article. Find the plans and many more projects by clicking the How To tab at NEW LAYOUT VIDEO MREXTRA Watch trains on the HO scale Pittsburgh & Western Division Featured on the cover, Jim Babcock’s HO scale Pittsburgh & Western Sub models the Baltimore & Ohio RR through western Pennsylvania in the 1960s. In this exclusive video you’ll see diesel-led trains run past coal mines, small towns, and rugged Pennsylvania scenery. Find the video of Jim’s railroad and many more by clicking on Layout Visits under the Videos tab…

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the value of just walking away

We’ve all been there: at the workbench at midnight, when you just need to get that depot or that car finished, or those figures just have to have their faces painted. You’ve been at it for hours, and your steady hands and keen eyes deserted you at about 10:30. Yet you press on, because it’s quiet and you’re in a groove. Then it happens: a glued wall doesn’t stick at the 90-degree angle it was supposed to. Those grab irons don’t hit the holes and spring out of your tweezers, into the carpet – twice. People are getting flesh-colored collars. Not good. But your brain tells you it will never, ever be this quiet again in your house and you must take advantage of it now and keep working! Your eyes and hands tell…

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news & products

O scale General Electric Dash 8-40CW diesel locomotive. This much-anticipated Atlas O Trainman series road locomotive is in hobby shops now. The Dash 8-40CW is decorated for Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; BNSF Ry. (Heritage III); CSX (gray, blue, and yellow); and Union Pacific (Armour Yellow and Harbor Mist Gray) in two road numbers each. The O scale model has directional light-emitting diode lighting, separately applied details, and metal handrails. Direct-current models are priced at $269.95. Versions with an ESU LokSound sound decoder retail for $429.95. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, Industry news • Stacey Naffah to become Walthers’ fourth president. Wm. K. Walthers Inc. has announced Stacey Walthers Naffah will become the company’s fourth president in September. Current president Phil Walthers is retiring from day-to-day operations of the company but will…

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atlas to acquire walthers n locomotive, rolling stock tooling

Atlas Model Railroad Co. Inc. and Wm. K. Walthers Inc. have reached an agreement under which Atlas will purchase all N scale locomotive and rolling stock tooling owned by Walthers, including the Walthers N tooling as well as former Life-Like tooling. Atlas will incorporate this tooling into its Atlas Master, Atlas Classic, and Trainman N scale lines. Walthers will continue to offer N scale items in its Cornerstone, Scene-Master, and Walthers Controls brands, including new items as well as items currently in those lines. “We feel that this tooling has found a great home with Atlas. They have a strong N scale offering and these tools will help them bring some exceptional products back to the market,” said Phil Walthers, president of Wm. K. Walthers Inc. Tom Haedrich, executive chairman at Atlas, added,…

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ask mr

How was grain moved in boxcars? Q I’m helping our historical society with exhibits for our new museum in the former Baltimore & Ohio station once located along the Old Main Line. One exhibit will be a small model railroad. My question: During the late 1800s to early 1900s, what type of rolling stock was used to bring grain from the farms to the mills for processing? Cliff Beck, Mount Airy, Md. A From farm to mill is a two-stage trip. It was up to the farmers to get their grain to a grain elevator, which accumulated the produce of multiple farms into quantities large enough for rail shipment. They hauled the grain to the elevator in horse-drawn wagons. Conveyors then lifted it into large elevated bins, from which gravity facilitated loading it…