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Model Railroader November 2019

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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1 min.
you never know what’s going to show up

At Model Railroader, we rarely throw things out. In fairness, many of the items we keep are historical in nature. A lot of them are kept in a set of glass cases near our editorial offices. They are part of the tour of our building, if you’re ever in the neighborhood. Sometimes, however, we encounter readers who do, in fact, get rid of things. One of those people is Bill Wilson, who lives in a town not too far from our offices. He and his wife, Tracey, came by with a few items they had stored for some years and thought the company might like to have. The biggest was an award given to Al Kalmbach at the 1965 NMRA Convention in Vancouver. This was the organization’s 30th annual meeting, and the memento thanked…

11 min.
news & products

HO scale General Motors Diesel Division GP40-2W diesel locomotive. New paint schemes on this Atlas Master Line road switcher include Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western; Georgia & Florida Railnet; Hudson Bay Ry. (two road numbers); Iowa Northern; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA); New England Central (one number); and Vermont Ry. (two numbers). The HO scale model is offered in three numbers per scheme unless noted. Direct-current models retail for $169.95 (MBTA, $189.95). Versions with an ESU LokSound Digital Command Control and sound decoder are priced at $279.95 (MBTA, $294.95). Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, www.atlasrr.com Cities, trains, and fun! Fourteen middle school students participated in the pilot Design Your City summer camp program held at the Discovery World Science and Technology Center in Milwaukee from July 29 to Aug. 2. The campers designed…

8 min.
ask mr

How do I make even stripes on handrails? Q I’m painting several HO scale Atlas Trainman Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesels in the orange freight scheme of the Chicago South Shore & South Bend (CSS). The handrails have small white-painted visibility stripes, and these stand out. Is there a technique for painting these so that they appear reasonably consistent, but one that is not too time-consuming? I can’t envisage painting these by hand and getting a uniform result. Paul Lazenby, Berwick-upon-Tweed, U.K. A You might end up having to hand-paint those eye-catching stripes, but first, give decals a try. Hobby decal makers like Microscale sell sheets of parallel stripes; by cutting these decals into thin strips across the stripes rather than parallel to them, you’ll have stripe decals ready to apply. If you find handling…

11 min.
bringing large scale indoors

When you think of large scale trains, the first thing that probably comes to mind is garden railroading. And that makes perfect sense, as the size of the equipment requires more space than the typical basement can provide. However, when Roy Allan started modeling the Rio Grande Southern (RGS) in 1:20.3, he brought southwestern Colorado indoors. Roy was no stranger to large scale. After stints in three-rail O as a youngster and HO scale (standard gauge and HOn3) later on, Roy moved up to large scale with LGB trains after the birth of his twin sons in 1980. But when Roy made the switch to large scale, he quickly realized the size of the equipment wouldn’t allow him to run long trains. Then Roy thought back to his childhood in Colorado.…

6 min.
how to build a working coal tower

My 3 x 12 foot O scale exhibition layout, featured in Model Railroad Planning 2017, is based on the Union Pacific in Laramie, Wyo., during the final years of the railroad’s 4-8-8-4 Big Boy steam locomotives. Because of the model railroad’s small footprint and the large equipment I’m running, operations are somewhat limited. Anything I can add to the layout to enhance audience and operator interest during an exhibition is a plus. Enter an operating coal tower. Thinking it through One of the main structures on the layout is the 650-ton coal tower at Laramie, based on the full-size structure built by the railroad in 1919. Throughout the design process, I thought it would be neat to add a working chute that filled steam locomotive tenders with live coal loads. But this was…

9 min.
a place on the pennsy circa 1955

For many years, John M. Johnson didn’t have the time or space to build a layout, so he focused on building freight cars. Now retired, he finally has his own model railroad, a 9'-5" x 23'-6" HO scale layout set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1950s. National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) regional conventions or similar gatherings often feature a display of exquisite rolling stock models. For many model railroaders, building and detailing models is the primary way they participate in the hobby. Some modelers are quite content to never build a layout. For others, life may simply not present the opportunity. Building models on land and sea John grew up watching Pennsylvania RR (PRR) freight and passenger trains race along the Pennsy’s New York-to-Washington, D.C. main line that ran near his childhood home.…