"Urban Ore" Carriers: Modeling EMAX Cars
Prototype and model photos accompany this article about 60-foot boxcars that carry municipal waste. There is a sidebar on how to make the car's decals using WordPerfect for DOS.
10 Railroads 1 Layout Part 1
This layout is very, very large. It covers a 2,600 square foot area, and consists of FOUR decks. It is so large that it can accommodate 30 operators in an operating session. Many people have helped Bruce and his wife build this layout. Includes the track plan of the main level.
10 Railroads 1 Layout Part 2
This installment of Bruce's large layout covers operations. Included are the operational schematic, discussions about selecting an era for the railroad, building a fleet, the various jobs available, both CTC's, running "day and night", and DCC.
10 Steps to Great-looking Passenger Cars
The article covers techniques for applying paint and decals. It shows how to plan the project, checking the parts, planning the painting sequence, painting the underbody, masking the underbody to paint the main body, and additional masking to paint a second color on parts of the sides, applying decals and the finish.
2 Layouts in 1
HO-scale modules that attach to a smaller home layout as well as to a large club layout. Includes a side bar on how the modules are transported.
300 Main Street
This Victorian home was a side project for the author to build something not directly related to the railroad.
50 Years of Excellence: Dick Elwell's Hoosac Valley
How Dick got started in model railroading. A run-through his layout. How he built the scenery for his layout. Includes a track plan of this 34' x 64' layout. A sidebar is includes on Dick's friendship with Bob Van Gelder of South River Modelworks. More photos are available on the web.
A Black Hawk Warehouse
The article is accompanied by photos and scale drawings of this structure in Black Hawk, Colorado.
A Bucket Load for a Flat
Using an O-scale dipper for an HO-scale load.
A Central Vermont 2-8-0 in HO Scale
The author took a Bachmann Baldwin 2-8-0 and created an accurate model of the CV's N-5a class Consolidation. Includes prototype photos, construction model photos, parts diagrams, and a materials list. A sound decoder was installed in the tender.
A Century of Trains in Sedalia
A modeling interpretation of an area in 1900, 1950, and 1999.
A Cylindrical-type Tender for Your Bull Moose
Using Strathmore paper and styrene to construct this tender for the author's 2-8-8-0. Includes scale and construction drawings.
A Day at East LaSalle
This brief article describes, mostly through photos, how operations happen at East LaSalle on the North American Prototype Modelers' club layout. A small trackplan of this 59 by 74 foot layout is included, with a detailed track plan of the East LaSalle area.
A Depot from Two Houses
Creating a single small town depot from two Rix Products Maxwell Avenue house kits. Diagrams of the modified walls are shown as well as some construction photos.
A Finale for Chupadera Loop Part 4
The author describes how she and her husband concealed the edges of an access area in the loop.
A Firecracker Factory
A simple scratchbuild project of an 3.5" x 8" HO-scale model of a small firecracker plant. Scale drawings and model photos are included.
A Fishbowl Roundhouse
Building a see-through roundhouse roof to show off the engines inside.
A Hoboken-inspired Terminal
The model built for the Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders club layout hints at the Hoboken, New Jersey terminal. This article describes how the author scratchbuilt this model making many castings to handle the repetitiveness of the model. Includes many model photos.
A Kitbashed SW1
Prototype information and how the author modeled it using an IHC SW1 carbody, frame and trucks from an Athearn SW1500, and a Sagami motor.
A Kitbashed Santa Fe Class GA 131 Covered Hopper
The model was kitbashed from an Atlas 6-bay cylindrical hopper.
A Military Load for the F22 Gun Flats
Transporting large naval guns using these flat cars. The author used Crown Custom Imports' brass models. Includes a prototype, several model photos, and an equipment drawing of the two cars required to carry the load. The author also lists the sources for the gun barrels (i.e the load).
A Modest Proposal
Modeling harbor scenes using selective compression.
A Modular Switchback Trackplan
A trackplan designed for HO-scale, could be built onto three two to two-and-a-half foot wide tables measuring no more than eight-and-a-half feet in length. It represents steep grades that run up into a mountain from a town below. Great for shays.
A Movie Theater for Your Town or City Part 1
Kitbashing a Walthers Power Plant kit into an old or modern movie theater. Includes prototype New York area modern movie theaters.
A New Layout Part I
The author talks about the demise of his previous layout, why the new layout, and the things he wants to do different this time. Obviously the layout is quite far along, because it includes lots of nice close-up photos of the new layout.
A New Layout Part II
This installment covers the construction of the benchwork on top of shelf system brackets. The author attempts to use the minimal number of tools showing that in two weeks the "dirty" job of benchwork can be completed.
A New Layout Part III
In this installment of the author's layout construction project he discusses track planning and track laying.
A New Life for an Old Revell Enginehouse
Kit bashing a Revell structure that happens to be the right scale.
A Northeastern Corner
The structure of a street corner shop came from three kits. The article includes diagrams of the major parts donors, and the dimensions of the final structure.
A Prototypical Dummy Unit
Modeling a Canadian Pacific MLW RS 18 Control Cab. Includes prototype and modeling photos, and a parts list for super-detailing this unit.
A Simple M.O.W. Boxcar
The author converted a LaBelle Woodworking Pacific Coast Ry. boxcar kit into a D&RG m.o.w. car. Includes a model photo and a scale drawing.
A Simple Roundhouse Detail
Discusses how the author built a turntable track that stores freight car wheel sets. There is a lot of detail in this little project.
A Steel Mill Heavy Hauler
Dean describes how he built this specialized vehicle used by steel mills.
A Styrene Tender
Bob describes how he built a tender for a steam locomotive that he couldn't buy ready-to-run. Includes many detailed construction photos.
A Tar Paper Shack For Your Layout
A simple scratchbuilding project for beginners. Scale diagrams and final photos of the project are included.
A Trio of Scenic Inserts
Building three scenes that can be inserted into the layout. Includes construction photos.
A USRA Mikado in Brass 6
In this installment, the author focuses on boiler details such as steam pipes, running boards, steam turret, air reservoirs, air pump, power reverse, various fittings, boiler bands, handrails, steps, smokebox front, ashpan, deck braces, and piping. Includes details pointed out on model photos and exploded diagrams.
A USRA Mikado in Brass Part 3
This installment the author describes how he made the bearings, gearbox, drive train, and cylinders for the locomotive. The article includes many detailed drawings and a sidebar on lathe operations.
A Visit to Ken Lawrence's Westchester Northern
A J-shaped shelf freelanced layout in an apartment. It features a suburban New York electric commuter line. The layout is very thin, but with the scenery it looks much bigger. A track plan is included.
ADMX 29194: Modeling a Modern Tank Car
Prototype and model photos accompany this article about how the author took two MDC tank car kits to create a model of this car. A parts list and brake rigging diagram are also included.
AR Tower Part 3
Prototype photo of the interior of the tower. Modeling the switch levers and their cabinet, track diagram, and the completed interior detailing.
Action Red GP38
This article covers modeling a CP Rail GP38. Includes construction details, and a parts list.
Add DCC Sound to an Alco S-2
This article describes how the author installed a SoundTraxx Micro-Tsunami into an HO-scale Atlas S-2 engine. Includes speaker and capacitor installation. Lights are also discussed. There is a side-bar on how to make printed-circuit-board bus bars
Add a Cornfield to Your Layout
The author shows how he made a convincing cornfield from a Busch kit.
Adding Operational Interests: Delivering New Diesels
This article describes how you can model brand new diesel engines being delivered.
Adding Overhead Wire to Our Traction Layout
Provides a lot of detail about how to do overhead traction wiring, including the nomenclature. Includes prototype, detail, and model photos.
Adding Track Pits to a Heljan Roundhouse
The author talks about how difficult it is to find good photos of the interior or roundhouses. The article describes how to build stall track pits using balsa wood. The text is accompanied by detailed photos.
Air-conditioning for a Heavyweight Coach
Adding various details to the a Branchline NYC coach.
Alco DL702 (RSD12)
Alco built 161 of these from 1956 to 1963. The author used a Model Power RS11 as the basis for his model. Article includes interior and exterior photos of the model.
Alcos in the Alcove
The author describes how he built benchwork extension to fit into an alcove in his client's model railroad room. The focus of this project was to design the track around the available structure kits. Includes a track plan and notes on how to operate that new area.
This large 22 x 24 feet layout models West Virginia in the summer of 1947. The article includes photos and the trackplan (which is quite interesting). A small sidebar is included about how the author scratchbuilt his large roundhouse.
Alturas & Lone Pine RR
This 25-year old layout is built into a five-car garage and models the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Scale drawings of a multi-purpose whistle stop.
American Dream in Germany
The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg Germany has been working hard on their American layout extension of their large exhibit. This article highlights some features of this freelanced layout.
Amtrak Passenger Car Differences
Differences between Amfleet and Horizon fleet cars.
Amtrak's Mail and Express Fleet
This article offers suggestions for modeling the mail and express fleet in HO-scale. Includes many photos of the various cars.
An 8000-gallon Tank Car in HO Scale
Model and prototype photos are part of this article on how to model a common steam-era oil hauler.
An EOT for the Front Runner
The author describes how he built an end-of-train device for his piggyback train. Includes construction photos and electronics schematic.
An Easy Cinderblock Factory Kitbash
Taking several kits and constructing a modern factory building.
An HO Baldwin Quartet
This article covers how the author built four Baldwin switchers, two DS 4-4-10, a VO 1000, and a DS 4-4-6. Scale drawings and detailed construction photos are included.
An HO Scale Spanish Revival Bungalow in Cardstock
Step-by-step instructions on how to build this structure using card stock. Includes the scale printable pages needed for the structure.
An HO Track Plan For A Home Office
This 9' x 11' home office layout features two return loops, yet allows for easy access into the room's features and to the computer that is stored under the layout. The track plan includes a some yard and several sidings and spurs.
An Industry With Heritage
Creating industrial complexes that appear to have been added to over time. This can be done by combining a variety of structure kit types. Article includes examples from the real world, and step-by-step instructions on how the author build such a building.
An Interlocking Tower
The author kitbashed a switch tower and a tool house kit by Bachmann into one cohesive structure. Model photos only.
An Unusual Business Car
Modeling a private car that could transport the owner's automobile. Includes a prototype photo.
Building a flickering light simulating a campfire.
Ann Arbor 2480: Customizing a Generic Model for a Specific Prototype Part 1
The author will describe in this multi-part article how he converted a Mantua (Tyco) Mikado into this model. Includes prototype and model photos, and historical scale drawings. This installment covers the mechanism, boiler, cab, tender, and boiler jacket.
Ann Arbor 2480: Customizing a Generic Model for a Specific Prototype Pt II
The author takes you through steps of building a specific steam locomotive. Includes a sidebar on the Ann Arbor steam power.
Ann Arbor Memories
This large layout (33' x 29') is rich in operations and allows for many close-up shots of Arnt Gerritsen's model railroad.
Another Approach to an H5
The author describes how he took an old English Mikado and converted it into a NYC Mikado.
Apex of the Atlantics
This article discusses the history and how to model the Pennsylvania Railroad E6 4-4-2. Article includes prototype photos, model photos, construction detail photos, and parts list. The author started with the Bowser E6 kit. He built both a 1914 and a 1920's version.
Arvern Bay Terminal RR
Boats, ship building facility
Ask Paint Shop
Jim Hediger used reflective tape to model accurate reflective safety stripes on his S4 switcher. Also covered is how to remove tarnish from brass models.
Athearn 53' Jindo Container
The author reviews the products, and includes a bit of prototype information, including two prototype photos.
Athearn's SD40-2: A Kitbasher's Gold Mine
The article covers how to convert the Athearn SD40-2 model into a SD38-2, a GP40X, a SD45-2, and a GP50. Includes model photos and cutting diagrams for each of those models.
BC Rail from North Vancouver to Squamish in HO Scale
A double-deck, two-track helix layout. Scratchbuilt bridge photos, other model photos.
BLI Class T1 Review
Some prototype information and a review of the HO-scale Broadway Limited model.
BN's Big Brutte: the C30-7
The article includes prototype photos and many modeling details to build a replica of this locomotive with a Rail Power Products' body shell.
Back-dated (shortened) Piggyback Flat
The author shortened Athearn's 85-foot flat car to 75 feet to make his V&O TOFC piggyback flat car. Includes one prototype and several model photos.
Bangor & Aroostook Newsprint Boxcar in HO
Prototype and model photos.
This article contains scale drawings, and close-up and diorama photos of C.E. Barrett's mill in Smethport, PA. The article describes how the author did the research, constructed the walls, applied aging and weathering, and discusses interior bracing, the foundation, the trim, and roofing.
Bash a Transfer Caboose
Using a cut-down ATSF Athearn caboose, the author built a DLE&W transfer caboose. Includes only model photos.
Before and After... Modeling a Pair of High-nose GP30s
The author describes how he built a Norfolk Southern and a Southern GP30 using Like-Like Proto 2000 GP30 engines as their base. Includes prototype and modeling photos, as well as a parts lists for building these.
Benchwork for the Lowville & Beaver River Part 2
This installment covers the beginning of the construction of the RMC project layout. It is a U-shaped layout of 10 by 12 feet. The article covers building the framework, the legs, the layout surface, and how to install leg levelers.
Big-city Railroading in a Small Apartment Room
A small shelf layout can still make big-city railroading possible. Shows the author's arrangement to allow the layout and the workbench to co-exist in the same small room. Includes a sidebar on how to make switching between DC and DCC on the layout a breeze.
Blair Line Fred & Red's Cafe
Review includes constructing this kit that represents a small-town's restaurant.
The author gives the history and describes how he built the model of Jim Law's house; he was the foreman for the Yosemite Valley RR and bought the Yosemite Lumber Company's superintendent's house for $1 when the logging company closed its doors. Includes scale drawings.
Bob Frankrone's Louisville Southern Lines
A fictitious railroad resulting from the merger of the L&N, Soo Line, and Southern railroads. Very nice roundhouse and turntable setup.
Bob Smith's HO Douglas Central
A couple of close-up photos of this layout.
Bonus Building: A Box Factory For Your Layout
Model photo and scale drawing of a simple structure.
Boston & Maine Atlantic in HO Scale
Accompanied by the finished model photos, the article describes how the author built this model almost completely from scratch.
Building a light-weight plywood shadow-box style modular layout for easy transportation.
Branch Line for the Turtle Creek Central Part 1
In 2002 Model Railroader ran a series of articles building a 4x8 foot layout. This series of articles will add a 2' x 6' extension to that layout. However, the article includes diagrams of how just using this branch line module only, one could have operations.This installment covers the trackplan, the benchwork construction, and using foam to build the scenery foundation.
Railroads used bridges over roads as advertising billboards. The author describes how he models them.
Bridging the Gaps in the Superior Northern
The author describes the bridges he built for this layout.
Broadway Limited Imports New York Central S1b Niagara 4-8-4
The article includes a bit of history, model features, and review of the performance and accuracy of the sound-equipped model. Includes one model photo.
Broadway Limited International GG1 Review
Although I normally don't list product reviews on these pages, this article covers the history of the prototype, modifications made to the prototype over its long history, and goes into great depth of the electronics in this model.
Broadway Limited Paragon Series USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2
Prototype history, model features, and model review.
Build Southern's Big John
Starting with a center-flow hopper kit, the author builds this unique car.
Build Two Small NATX Tank Cars Part II
This installment covers building a three-dome tank car. Includes prototype and scale photos, and detail drawings.
Build Your Own Signals
This article shows how, using some commercial parts, the author built the signal's head assembly, mast, electronics, and layout installation.
Build a 1915 Pennzoil Tank Car
This article describes how to build a three-domed "old-timer" tank car. The tank is only just under 28 feet long, so it requires quite a bit of kitbashing to build this model. Article includes detail diagrams and one model photo; no prototype photos.
Build a Baby Opera Window Center-Beam Flatcar
For transporting lumber.
Build a Great Lakes Freighter
Prototype, modeling, and construction photos. Includes a scale drawing.
Build a Milwaukee Road Stock Car
Detailing a Matua model to create a 1929 stock car. Includes prototype and model photos.
Build a Modern Block of Stores
The author shows how he built a strip-center style of structure which houses several individual stores. Includes construction and final installation photos.
Build a Modern Concrete Grain Elevator
Includes prototype photo, model photos, scale drawing, and building instructions. Made using styrene.
Build a Small Brick Depot
Using DPM modular wall sections, the author built this small-town depot. Using these wall sections, it is possible to build a number of structures that have the same family "line", while not all being the same.
Build a Small Substation
The author describes how he built a small substation that provides electricity to a small town or large factory complex using an Atlas signal tower kit (significantly kitbashed, of course).
Build a Southern Pacific SW1500 in HO Scale
In addition to the brief history of the engine modeled, the article describes how the author used a Athearn SW7 and an SW1500 body cast to build this model. Includes several diagrams, close-up photos, and prototype photos.
Build a Sunkist Packing Plant
The author details how he built a model of this structure located in Ventura County. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos, as well as scale drawings.
Build an Upgraded SD40-2
The author modified and custom-painted this engine for the Kalmbach employee club layout. Topics includes cab details, body preparations, spray painting, applying lettering, pilot details, assembly, and weathering with powdered pastels. Includes a parts list.
Build for The Long Haul
The 19 by 33 foot Moose River Valley RR by Peter Eaton features a lot of switching, with three yards and many industries. The layout lasted 30 years, and was torn down in 2001, so that Peter could focus on building has large scale garden layout.
Build the 4 x 8 Stoney Creek Part 1
The author is a professional layout builder, and will cover the construction of this layout. This installment covers the table top frame and its legs.
Build the 4 x 8 Stoney Creek Part 2
This installment covers laying the track and installing the wiring of this layout.
Build the 4X8 Stoney Creek Part 3
In this installment the author covers grass, rocks, and roads. Topics included are adding a stream and bridge, building a tunnel, filling up scenery areas with chunks of foam, creating roads, varnishing the layout's fascia, creating rocks from molds, and placing ground cover.
Build the Cat Mountain's South Plains District Part I
David introduces his "domino" layout design, a modular design that makes each module 18" by 48". The focus of the his layout design is operations, and the track plan included is an L-shaped layout with lots of switching opportunity in a relatively small space. The article covers the complete construction of one such domino with lots of diagrams, construction photos, and a materials list. Roadbed installation is also covered.
Building "HARRIS" Tower
The author describes how he built the Merchandise Service kit, with many construction photos. Prototype photos are also included.
Building 30' Flat cars
Changing a kit into a prototypically-correct model.
Building Believable Buffs
Simple, step-by-step procedure for building realistic bluffs to cover the area between two tracks at different elevations.
Building Better Abutments
Using a plywood mold, build 1920's-looking bridge abutments from plaster. Includes how to build the abutment wings and piers using plaster also.
Creating blocks of wood which are then covered with scale strip wood, door and roof treatments. Simple and effective. Includes step-by-step photos.
Building Burnsville Jct.'s Service Platform
The author describes how he built this platform used to service engines. Includes materials list, and prototype and model photos.
Building Conrail Ballast Cars Part 1
Using Atlas and MDC kits, model an ex-PC ballast car. Model and construction photos. Big article!
Building Conrail Ballast Cars Part II
The author describes building Penn Central and Conrail H34C cars from Atlas and MDC models. Includes a prototype photo and several model photos.
Building Conrail Ballast Cars Part IV
In this installment of the series the author covers the Conrail CC71B class #53858 and MGA (Monongahela Railroad) X-430 cars. Both are based on the Eastern Car Works flat kit. Prototype photos are included, including an inside view of one of the cars.
Building Forests on the M&K Division
The author describes how to mimic forest-covered mountains using lichen held in place by toothpicks. It is more of an overall effect rather than a foreground solution.
Building Knedler's Mill
Construction of a landmark mill near Prairie View, Illinois includes scale drawings, prototype and model construction photos, as well as a parts list.
Building Lone Star Industries
The diorama is centered around the operation of coal mining operation. It includes moving trucks, loads, and track for some switching work.
Building Varick Freight Co.
Describes how the author built the Fos Scale Limited structure.
Building a Branchline Road Switcher
Kitbash the EMD SDL39. Includes how to kitbash from parts of other locomotives and a side bar on the prototype SDL39.
Building a Caboose from Styrene
How to scratchbuild a caboose. Includes construction photos, drawings and materials list.
Building a Clinchfield PS-3 Hopper
The author built these cars using Atlas Trainman AAR 70-ton hoppers. He has found that to be the most economical method to build a large fleet of these cars. Includes prototype and model photos, as well as a parts list.
Building a Compact Shelf Layout Part 1
Choosing a theme, benchwork, backdrop, building hills, roadbed, painting the sky, distant hills, laying track, highway overpass, paving highways, coloring rock castings, culverts.
Building a Compact Shelf Layout Part 2
Ground cover, ballast track, bushes and trees, water, grain elevator, depot, town structures, streets, grade crossings, sidewalks, and line poles and street lights.
Building a Covered Barge for the Port Richmond Part II
Construction and final model photo accompany the article. This issue starts off with the hull completed.
Building a Decorative Platform Lamp
This articles describes how to scratchbuild a station lamp that fits the 1920's or later as it was found at the Soo Line Waupaca, Wisconsin station.
Building a Double Slip-Switch Part 2
Laying the outer rails and some of the frogs.
Building a Double Slip-Switch Part 4
This installment covers the throw bar design, the inner point design, and the outer frog guard rail design. Includes many close-up photos.
Building a Foam Core Board Layout
The objective of this project was to build an HO-scale layout that uses only simple construction techniques, no messy materials, no power tools, lightweight materials, and all materials must be transportable in a small car. This installment covers the construction of the table, the "legs", and installing Unitrak track.
Building a Lamppost
A lamppost design that can take a beating.
Building a Mine Ventilation House
This article covers adding a ventilation house to a coal mine scene. Includes prototype photos of the interior and exterior of the structure, as well as scale drawings and some construction photos.
Building a Mining Dump Truck Load
Flat car open loads. Prototype and model photos.
Building a Modern Plate Girder Bridge
The author built a diorama focused on a bridge crossing a creek in an area where he hung out when he was young. Today it is covered with graffiti, which he also modeled. Diorama construction photos and bridge scale drawings are included.
Building a Modern Stock Trailer
Includes prototype, model, and some construction photos, scale drawings, and parts list to build an HO-scale model.
Building a River Crossing
The author uses foam board for his layout's construction, so this article describes how he fit a bridge into the scenery. The result is very convincing.
Building a Tool and Section Car House
Prototype and model photos, scale drawings, and construction details accompany this article about how to build this simple structure.
Building a Working Train Order Signal
The author describes how he built this working train order signal. It is a model of a unit that is not attached to the structure itself. It uses two Tortoise machines to operate the two blades. Construction photos and diagrams are included.
Building an HO Module 1
The author introduces the standard for HO-scale module construction. The article introduces the F&S Junction 2x4-foot module. Includes photos, a trackplan of the module, a sidebar on the module construction standard, and diagrams for creating handlaid turnouts and slide switch turnout control.
Building an Inspection Car
Prototype and model photos of a Ford Model T that was converted into an inspection car. The HO-scale model construction is documented with the parts used to create this model.
Building the Benchwork for My PRR Northeastern Division
The trackplan for this layout, which was presented in the October 1995 issue, is now being implemented. Construction details as well as final layout photos accompany the article. The entire front fascia of this layout functions are the control panel.
Building the Carbondale Part 2
This installment covers creating the scenery, bridge construction (detail drawings show how to build a deck girder bridge under curved track), construction of the upper level, building the wharf, and construction the backdrops (including curves). Close-up photos of Malcolm's beautiful work are, of course, included.
Building the Carbondale Central 3
This part discusses building bridges, structures, installing water, and fascias.
Building the Carbondale Central Part 1
This 7'9" by 7'9" layout features a simple trackplan, yet very interesting and involved scenery. The author starts a series of articles on how to build this L-shaped layout, without damaging the home's walls. Full drawings of the benchwork are included, trackwork is started (a simple figure-8), control panel designed, and wiring.
Building the Joplin & Southern Part 1
Building a simple 4'x8' starter layout. This installment covers the styrofoam base, track, roadbed, and wiring.
Building the Lamar, Queens & Northern
Building a starter 4x8 layout for less than $300 (1984) dollars. Includes benchwork construction, track parts, structures, laying track, ballasting, installing electronics, and scenery work.
Building the Marengo, Milwaukee & Northern
A 4x8 layout built by the entire family. The article shows diagrams of the benchwork, scenery forms, and block wiring.
Building the TM8 (AC&F Type11) Tank Car
The author describes how he built this model using a Funaro and Camerlengo model. Includes only model photos.
Building the Turtle Creek Central Part 2
Laying track and building foam hills.
Building the Turtle Creek Central Part 3
This installment shows how to add bridges, forests, rocks, and rivers.
Built Like a Brick Freight House
These buildings were used to transfer goods between truck and freight cars. The article describes how the author built his model, and it includes prototype photos, scaled drawings, and construction drawings.
Burr Stewart's BN Along Puget Sound
The layout measures 30 feet by 33 feet and is set in 1973. It is an around-the-wall layout with a large L-shape peninsula. It also has sections that are double-decked..
Butz Milling & Feed Co.
Scale drawings and several model photos accompany this article about how the author built a structure he saw for only about 5 to 10 seconds.
C&O + C&O = C&O
A 4x6 layout modeling Cumberland & Ohio functioning as a bridge route for the Chesapeake & Ohio. It shows what can be done in a small area. Includes a track plan and several close-up photos.
CN Engine Foreman's Office
This article covers how the author built a Canadian Northern Railway engine foreman's office typically found near a roundhouse. Includes a prototype photo, several model photos, scale drawings, detail close-up drawings, and a bill of materials.
CNR Wood Caboose
The author describes how he built this Canadian National Railways caboose from strip and sheet wood. Includes model and prototype photos, as well as construction detail drawings and scale drawings (including interior layout).
CP Rail's 89'-4" Flat Cars Protofile 66
The author describes how he modeled this long car using two MDC No. 1280 undecorated 60-foot flat cars.
Canada's Eight-hatch Iced Refrigerator Cars Part III
This article covers the GTW and PGE cars, including prototype photos, car information, scale drawings, and how one might model these in HO-scale.
Canton RR State-flag Switcher in HO Scale
The author painted a SW1500 in the livery that uses the state flag.
Car Kits and Kadee Couplers
The author takes the beginner through the process of building freight car kits from several popular manufacturers. He also covers building and installing couplers.
Casting Structures from Plaster
In this article the author describes how he cast walls for his roundhouse using plaster. From the description it seems like a fairly straight-forward method. He covers simulating concrete walls, brick walls, and stone walls. Scale diagrams for the roundhouse walls are included.
Chessie System SD40-2
Installing details and painting this Athearn model. Includes prototype and model photos as well as a detailing parts list.
Choosing a Train Set
This article reviews some of the popular HO-scale trainsets available in 1985.
Class MP54 "Steam Hauled" Cars
The Funaro and Camerlengo company released an electrified version of the MP54 electric coaches, but the author converted it to be of use by steam engines. The article includes modification photos, a bill of materials, and references.
Classic EMD Diesels on the Boston & Maine: EMD's BL2
Prototype and modeling photos. Includes installation of Sountraxx decoder and speaker.
Classic EMD Diesels on the Boston & Maine: EMD's FT
Prototype and modeling photos.
Climax Falls II
This is a 5'x22' layout which fits along one wall of the garage has become a family project.
Coal Storage Bunker Part 2
In this installment of the series the author actually describes the construction of this structure as found in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Includes many construction photos and drawings.
Coal Storage Facility
The author converted a gondola into a yard coal storage bin by cutting it in half, adding a fake bottom, and several details. Prototype and model photos included.
Colorful New England Club Layout
A large around-the-wall and peninsula design.
Combine to Gas-electric
Dean built gas-electric combine ("Doodlebug") out of a passenger car body and Tyco Alco C-430 trucks.
Compound Kitbashing to Produce a Feed Mill
In addition to how feed mills work and what they do, the article includes prototype and model photos, and how the author build his complex using several kit structures.
Modeling the pre-WWII asphalt sheets of faux-brick siding that was used on frame houses in the Northeast and Midwest. The article includes prototype and modeling photos.
Conrail's ex-Leigh Valley U23Bs
After a brief history lesson, the author describes how he built these models using an Atlas model as a start. Includes one prototype photo.
Constant-intensity Headlights for DC
Using a few electronic components, the article describes how to install this into a locomotive.
Converting a Sunset 1947 H8SC to a 1930 H8SB
The title says it all. Includes close-up model photos of detail parts, construction highlights, and DCC wiring.
Cosmetic Improvements for Westerfield's NX23 Cabin Car
The author describes the modifications he made to this model. Includes parts list, model photos, and how to make the round windows.
Creating a Paint Scheme for a Freelanced Railroad
Although building a freelanced model may seem easy, this article describes the author's issues he had to deal with trying to develop a realistic paint scheme for his engines. Several photos of unique prototype paint schemes (that influenced the author) are included.
Creating a Steel Slab Load
The author describes how he built modeled the steel slabs in a Westerfield G22 gondola.
Creech Brothers Logging Company
Animation, water in warf, a side bar on a car brake for a siding.
A model of the bandstand, typically found in the center of a small town, was scratchbuilt by the author. He built four of them and described how he modified his construction techniques to improve the models. Includes model photos, scale drawings, parts list, and some construction photos.
Crossing Coolie Canyon
Building two bridges over a canyon on the layout. One is a stonearch cast-in-place bridge and the other a steel trestle one.
Crown Custom Imports X30 Boxcar Model
Includes the prototype history, followed by a description of the product review of the Crown Custom Imports model of this 74-foot 1931 boxcar.
Curved Tracks and Close Quarters
Building two curved buildings to allow for curved track in between them. A prototype photo is included along with two model photos. Makes for great urban tight-quarter modeling.
Dash 8 in Conrail Blue
Information about how to build and paint a Rail Power Products GE C32-8. Includes model and prototype photos.
Dean Odiorne's Ground Throw / High-level Switchstand
Build your own ground-throw, high-level switchstand. Includes construction photos and a diagram.
With the right backdrop, lighting, and photography equipment this small diorama looks like photos taken of the real world. Includes a sidebar on how the photos were taken.
Decoder-controlled Caboose Lighting
The author discusses what he had to do to install a Digitrax TF4 decoder in a caboose to gain a flashing amber roof-top beacon and red marker lights.
Demystifying Command Control Part XII
This installment covers sound decoders and how to install them, including how to make a speaker box for a tender.
Desert Scenery Without Breaking a Sweat
This article shows how to model Western U.S. scenery starting with a foam insulation board base, which is built up in several layers, adding rocks, painting the surface, adding rocks and foliage, and finally the track, ballast, and structures.
Designing a Hoist House Part 1
Initially the author intended to just build a basic "box" to represent a hoist house, but upon further research decided to fully model one, including an interior. Many prototype photos (mostly of the interior) are included in the article. This installment focuses on the prototype information for such a structure.
Designing a Hoist House Pt. II
This installment describes the interior of the building, the wall construction, the foundation, floor, and machinery. Many construction and close-up photos are included, as well as scale drawings and a materials list.
Designing a Hoist House Pt. III
This installment shows how the author built the roof trusses using jigs, and built the cupola and roof. Construction photos are included as well as drawings and a materials list.
Designing and Modeling PRR Track
This article describes PRR tie spacing track standards, track center spacing, and how to model those standards. It is also a good general article on how to lay track (flex track). Also covers ballasting, painting, and detailing the track.
Detailing Athearn Sieco and Branchline Berwick Boxcars
Prototype and model photos. Detailed photos of constructing the grab irons. Painting and weathering shows how to simulate a boxcar belonging to a former railroad but that name has been over-painted.
Detailing Intermodal Vans
TOFC (Trailers On FlatCars) are slowly replacing boxcars. The article describes various manufactures that make these trailers, with special attention paid to Front Range Products.
Detailing Reading's GP40-2
The author modeled this engine using the Athearn GP40-2. The article includes prototype and model photos, and a parts list.
Detailing a Chevy Farm Truck
The author writes about how he super-detailed an Alloy Forms 1956 Chevy truck.
Detailing a Conrail 86-foot Auto Parts Boxcar
Three Walthers boxcars are used to show how the author updated them with crossover platforms, coupler pockets, uncoupling levers, airhoses, brake lines, and replacing the trucks with the correct ones.
Detailing a M&St.L 1937 AAR Boxcar
Includes model and prototype photos of this car modeled in HO-scale. Also includes several historical scale drawings.
Detailing a Model for an Operating Layout
The author provides tips on how to super-detail your locomotives, but yet still allow for longevity when those engines are used during operating sessions.
Detailing a Penn Central N-8 Caboose
The author took a Bowser N-8 caboose and transformed it into a model fitting the 1970-79 time period. Includes prototype and modeling photos, and detail drawings for the modifications made. A parts list and weathering instructions are also provided.
Detailing a Reading C-424
The article discusses detailing an Atlas Alco C-424. Includes model close-up photos and detail drawings. Also included is one prototype photo taken in 1963.
Detailing a Walthers Tank Car
The author describes how he changed the Walthers kit to make a Union Tank Car Co. model.
Detailing an Algoma Central Railway GP7
Using an Athearn GP9, the author superdetailed and painted this model for a friend. Includes prototype and model photos.
Detailing an Apalachicola Northern, ex-East Camden & Highland, FMC Boxcar
The author discusses the modifications he made to the MDC's model of this prototype. The weathering on the author's model is particularly striking (rust spots).
Detailing an NYS&W RS-1
The author describes how he detailed an Atlas model to represent the engine on the Susquehanna. He models summer time so the roof hatches and engine compartment doors are modeled open. The engine is heavily weathered. Includes 1950's prototype photos, and model photos, including construction. A parts list is also included.
Detailing an RS-2 and RS-3 for the Boston & Maine
Model and prototype photos.
Detailing and Weathering Wood-sheathed Boxcars
The author describes his unique method for artificially creating shadow using pencils on his models.
Diesel Detailing Without Repainting: Upgrading an Athearn GP38-2
The article describes how the author super-detailed the model using prototype photos as references. Model and prototype photos are included, as well as a parts list.
Doing the String Thing
Using strings to line up the two sides of a future bridge span.
Double-tank Vinegar Car
Scale drawings, many prototype and model construction photos accompany this article about how to model a vinegar transport car. Since vinegar is corrosive, it is transported in wooden tanks.
E.L. Moore's Village Store
The author took a drawing off of the back of a magazine to build this structure. The article describes how he built it in great detail. Includes model photos and several scale drawings.
Eagle E7 in HO
Using a Cary cast white-metal body on a Model Power E7, this article describes how accurately model a Missouri Pacific E7.
Earl Johnson's Siamese Twins
A prototype photo of two 0-6-0 engines merged together at the cab proved the validity of Earl Johnson's Duplex Compound 0-6-6-0T engine.
Easy Electrical Pickups
The author converts a Kadee No. 5 coupler center spring to an electrical pickup for an IHC 4-4-0.
Easy Highway Striping with an Airbrush
Charlie shows step-by-step how he creates solid yellow center stripes for roads. He also shows that a template can be used to make dashed lines.
Economical Coal Loads
An inexpensive method for filling hoppers using a false styrene floor covered with coal.
Ed Schampel's Weird & Wonderful Railroad
The freelanced layout measures 45 by 18-1/2 feet and takes up most of the basement. It features four loops that are connected. The layout allows for long trains to be run.
Edward Laity's Valley and Tekoa Railroad
The L-shaped 14' x 15' layout was built into a building in Edward's backyard and features the Virginia & Truckee in around 1885. Most of the structures are wood and many are scratchbuilt. The layout is mostly finished.
Eel River Models Lube House and Roundhouse Superintendent's Office
PBL released this kit of a prototype structure found in Chama, New Mexico. Review covers the kit itself, the instructions, and the problems found.
Electric Rotary Plow
A working rotary plow was made from an Athearn rotary plow kit, with additional parts for the trucks, brake rigging, pantograph, headlight, and motor with gearbox for the working rotating blades. Includes model and prototype photos.
Erie's 28th St. Freighthouse
This impressive model of the 400-foot long building was built from 6 Walthers REA Transfer building kits. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos, and a parts list.
Erie's Mahoning Division in HO Scale
This is a visit to Joe Slanser's 28' x 29' basement layout. The main layout is in a 9' x 29' area, with a large double-track loop running through the rest of the space.
Essential Freight Cars Part 1
The first installment of an on-going series of articles that cover the transition era. The first article covers the St. Louis - San Francisco single-sheathed boxcar. Includes prototype photos, builder's roster, available HO models, and a sidebar on the tools needed to modify those models.
Essential Freight Cars Part 2
This installment covers the 1937 Great Northern's double-sheathed boxcars. Includes prototype photos, a roster listing, and lots of how-to-model information. A sidebar describes how to build an accurate, rectangular box.
Essential Freight Cars Part 4
Prototype and model photos of the NP's 10000-series double-sheathed boxcars. It has an excellent sidebar on how to make grab irons.
Essential Freight Cars Part 5
St. Louis Southwestern's (Cotton Belt) double-sheathed boxcars which were built from 1923 to 1925. Includes prototype photos, and many model photos. A side bar on modeling AB brakes is also included.
Essential Freight Cars Part 6
The article covers the Southern Pacific's single-sheathed boxcars, and modeling the B-50-13 and -14 cars. A side bar on modeling KC brakes and release rods is included. Several close-up detail photos of the model are also included.
Essential Freight Cars Part 20
For this installment the author show prototype and model photos of some oddball cars: QA&P boxcar, carbon black covered hopper, and a vinegar tank car. The article has a side bar on using abrasives to prepare a model for painting.
Essential Freight Cars Part 24
This installment covers the Pennsylvania Railroad's R50B express reefer car. The railroad had well over 500 of them in service from the late 1920's through the 1950's. Model and prototype photos of the car are included in the article.
Essential Freight Cars Part 32
Soo Line single-sheathed boxcars. The Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie purchased 750 of thes cars in 1912. The article has model and prototype photos and a modelers parts list.
Essential Freight Cars Part 35
This is the first of two installments covering the Pennsylvania X29 boxcar, of which there were almost 19,000 on the road. Several prototype photos are included. The last part of the article covers how to model this car in HO-scale, with several finished model photos.
Essential Freight Cars Part 36
This is the second installment of the PRR X29 boxcar. Also covered are the X28 automobile transport cars, and how to model both in HO scale.
FT's Across America: A Golden State Introduction
This article shows models of the EMD FT demonstrator as they appeared in 1939.
Fiddle Shelf Staging
This article includes diagrams and photos of a two-track shelving system that the author uses to move trains onto and off of his layout.
This article describes how to paint unpainted Preiser figures. Paint and colors are discussed, as well as how to paint facial details.
Franklin & South Manchester Revisited... A Conversation with George
The author asks George Selios a number of questions about his layout. Includes many half-page photos.
George Selios has made it to the town of Franklin on his layout. Includes lots of great photos and a full trackplan of the layout to-date. George has switched to DCC and sound.
From Bathurst to Bayview
Three friends build this large layout in an office space to represent the Bayview Junction near Lake Ontario, Canada, including its wye. The article describes how they built it and includes many close-up and several overhead photos.
From Factory to Freight House
Converting a Walthers' HO-scale Dayton Machine Co. "built-up" structure into a Pennsylvania RR freight house. Includes many detailed photos.
From Plan to Reality
This 30 x 40 foot layout models the Reading Co. in Pennsylvania between 1952 and 1957. It features stacking staging at either end of the layout in a peninsula area.
Further Detailing of the Athearn PS-5344 Boxcar
Using this boxcar model, the author created a model of the KCS #250236. Includes prototype and model photos.
GO Tower on the MR&T
The author describes how he built this freelanced generic interlocking tower for the Kalmbach club layout. It includes construction photos, drawings, a bill of materials, and track placement.
George Lochsky's Northern Pacific Layout
A long, skinny layout that models the Cascades to Puget Sound. Since the layout is a bit smaller, the owner was able to focus more attention to the details and the fantastic structures it features. The passenger station is modeled open facing the aisle, so the interior is fully visible.
Getting Real: Flipping The Piers
The author discusses various decisions he has made to model a pier in his layout.
Gilpin & Blackhawk
A 33.5 by 13.5 foot layout by Glen Brazelton features high trestle bridges, large mountains, and nice structures. The layout was constructed by club members.
Gopher State Fallen Flags
This 7' x 22' layout includes both the C&NW and the Milwaukee railroads. One depot served both rails.
Modeling modern rubber and older wood crossings. Complete installation photos.
Granger Railroading - 1906
Features the author's Puye & Phui RR which is a free-lanced prototype layout set in the Upper Mississippi River Valley in 1906. The layout is an around-the-walls type with a center peninsula. Articles includes a track plan and many close-up photos.
Great Northern U-boat
Painting the Stewart Hobbies' U25B.
HO Pennsy I1 Decapod
One prototype photo. Model photos with changes made to the Bowser model. Lighting circuit correction is in April 2000 issue page 14.
HO Steam Kit Dimensional Data
The author compares various manufacturer's HO-scale kits of various wheel arrangements to determine which would make good basis for kitbashing or scratchbuilding your own steam locomotive.
HO scale PRR G31L #372165
The author converted a Tangent Scale Models G31b into an "L" subclass model.
Hard Coal and the Wyoming Division
This article focuses on a portion of Harold Werthwein's layout that features moving coal. The layout fills most of the 35 x 85-foot basement. Included with the article are lots of photos and a diagram of the part of the layout discussed in the text.
Harry Clark's Indian Creek Valley Ry.
This large layout literally fills the 22-foot by 50-foot basement with a massive, continuous scene. About a quarter of the layout is consumed by a turntable, engine house, and large yard. The scenery is absolutely stunning. The article includes a two-page fold-out. The layout features B&O steam-era.
Hart Selective Ballast Car
Using an Athearn quad hopper, the author built a ballast hopper for the Model Railroader layout built starting in January of 1982. Includes a prototype photo and drawings for the necessary modifications.
Heavy Industry in HO-scale
The magazine revisits Dean Freytag's South Ridge Lines to see how it has progressed over 25 years. His layout is famous for the heavy steel industry he has modeled. Includes many close-up photos of some of his industries.
Heavy Pacific and Mikado
The article covers upgrading two Rivarossi HO-scale models. Includes model photos and detail drawings.
Here's What I'm Working On - Class H30's
Models made from RTV molds.
Horsehoe Curver in the 1950's
Modeling the Pennsylvania horseshoe curve. Includes history of the curve.
How To Make Better Scenery
The article describes how the author creates a scenic base using Woodland Scenics' foam sheets, then covers it with "ground goop" (a mixture of Celluclay, Vermiculite, flat latex paint, and white glue). The photo essay continues with ground cover, planting trees made from Peppergrass, and finishes with two scenes of a suburban front yard and static-flock grass along the track side.
How to Model a Stucco Depot
Includes prototype and model photos of the Santa Fe Ry station in Lamy, New Mexico. Article covers how the author built the model from scratch, includes scale drawings, and includes a side bar on how he developed his approach to modeling stucco.
How to Scratchbuild a Handcar Shed
The author describes how he built this Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway shed. Includes finished-model photos and scale drawings.
IC's Springfield Division: An Alternate Reality
This police officer's layout provides a great stress reliever. The article is mainly a narrative of operations on this layout. The article has many close-up photos, but no detailed information about the layout itself.
Improving Athearn's Piggyback Flatcar
The author describes how he made some changes to this kit to have it ride lower and improve operations.
Improving Genesis Cab Interiors
Changing the interiors.
Improving the Looks of Your Iron-ore "Jimmies"
Based on real-world experience the author describes how to do close coupling, and how to create realistic loads.
Inside the Enginehouse
Most of the article is about the Lackawanna Terminal's Scranton diesel shop, with a sidebar on how to model the structure. Includes model photo.
Installing Sound in a GP7
The author shows how he installed a QSI Revolution A sound decoder in an older Atlas GP7. Includes modification and installation photos.
Installing a Working Three-position Semaphore
Using Tomar Industries Upper Quadrant semaphores and Tortoise, the author describes how he installed them and had them working, using simple electronics, to detect train presence.
Prototype and model photos. Using a Walthers Front St. Warehouse as a starting point. Slow burning or mill construction drawings ca. 1908.
Introducing the Allegheny Midland Part 1
Tony describes his now famous AM, how he was inspired by Allen McClelland, the rational for the layout, and the track plan.
Introducing the Allegheny Midland Part 2
In this installment of the author's now-famous layout, he shows the trackplan, develops the reason for the layout's existence, describes the why behind the era and area, lists the trains to be operated, and develops plans for operating sessions.
Iota: End of a Very Short Line
The author built a 17" x 56" switching layout representing the end of a short line in the Great Plains.
It's In the Details
Basic information about how to further detail a diesel locomotive. Describes what level of detailing can be done and shows specific examples for HO-scale Kato GP35 and Athearn F-unit.
It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood
The author cut City Classics three-pack house kits in half to create 6 homes. He added different touches to each house, including a complete backyard for each.
Jefmar's Supply Co.
The author shows how he super-detailed the interior of this structure. It includes making the cardstock walls look like wood, many scratchbuilt interior details, and a removable roof to admire the work.
Jim Rollwage's Union Pacific
John Elwood's HO Empire
A beautifully-scenicked layout that measures 12' x 16'. It models the Olympic & Puget Sound Rwy. The layout features many Selios structures.
John Finnin's American Freedom Train
Modeling the train as it was in between 1976 and 1978, the author's train has been on a small tour of its own. This article describes the history of the prototype train, as well as the model train, which is now in its second incarnation.
John Longhurst's CP Rail Manitoba & Minnesota Subdivision
This is a freelanced, double-decked 17 by 20 foot layout set in the Fall of 1995. The author describes the layout's construction and operations. Includes a track plan. You can see pictures of this layout on John's blog, and he has videos of the layout on YouTube.
Kato EMD SD38-2
The article includes a bit of history, model features, and review of the performance and accuracy of the model. Includes photos of the UP model, and a side bar of the other roadnames released.
The author describes how he super-detailed an SP SD40, an SP GP35, and a Cotton Belt GP35. Includes model photos of the finished models and parts lists.
Keeping HOn3 Springs Intact
How to assemble Kadee No. 717 freight trucks without losing the springs.
Keeping the Pennsy's Spirit Alive
This 24' by 32' layout represents the PRR's Middle Division in the late 1950's. It is a one-and-a-half level around-the-walls design with a long center peninsula. The author describes the building that houses the layout, how he built the layout, constructing the scenery, and operations. Includes photos and trackplan.
Ken Davis' Great Northland Ry.
Ken has been working on the same layout for 30 years. It measures 16 by 22 feet.
Keveny Memorial Academy
The author describes how he built a compressed scale replica of this building found in Cohoes. Includes one finished model photo and two prototype photos.
Kevin Klettke’s Washington Northern
The layout fits in about 12' by 8', and is set in 1995. The Washington Northern is a fictitious line. Includes a track plan of this switching layout. His layout's web site is at http://wnrr.net/. There is also a video of the interview and layout.
Kitbash a CP SD40-2F
This article describes how to build a model of the Canadian Pacific's unusual "Red Barns". It includes prototype and model photos, as well as a parts list. The author used a Rail Power Product's SD60 as the base for this model.
Kitbash a Canadian Pacific Railway 60-foot Mail Car
Using an MDC Harriman RPO, the author built a model of this passenger car. Includes prototype and model photos, as well as a materials list.
Kitbash a GP50
The author describes how he made his Chicago & North Western GP50 no. 5050 from an Athearn GP35 by stretching its frame. Many detail drawings and photos are included.
Kitbash the Offices of The Sun
The author describes how he built an accurate model of the structure found in Lowell, Mass. It is ten stories tall and has a wonderful external fire-escape staircase, which he modeled. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos.
Kitbashed Boom Truck
The author converted an Athearn Ford F-850 to a crew cab, which is what he remembers the trucks were like when he drove them. Includes modeling the interior of the truck. There is also a sidebar on additional M.O.W. vehicles the author has kitbashed.
Kitbashed Logging Flats
The author converted some 40-foot Athearn flat cars to better fit his pre-1930's era. Drawings and close-up photos show all the work he did to do this conversion. A prototype photo of the Minarets & Western flat car is included.
Kitbashed Tunnel Motor
The author took several kits and shells to build this Danville, Tidewater & Carolina SD45T-2 "tunnel motor" engine. Includes model photos.
Kitbashed Wheel and Hoist Car
Using an outside-braced wood boxcar, the author created this unique M.O.W. car with detailed hoist. Includes photos of the finished model.
Kitbashed Wood Loading Ramp
Using an Accurail Rural Timber Overpass bridge, the author created the end-of-spur unloading ramp that appears to be made out of heavy timbers, much like the prototype.
Kitbashing Best Boats & Baits
The structure represents a normal two-story building, but with an additional story added below that sits almost at water level.
Kitbashing Central of New Jersey Composite Gondolas
The author took four Mehano 50-foot gondolas (train-set quality) and rebuilt them to accurately match the CNJ prototype.
Kitbashing Chief Petroleum
This article has complete instructions on how to build this structure that has a history of several businesses, including one which required track service.
Kitbashing Doesn't Have to be a Big Deal
Changing an outside corner of a bank building kit to an inside corner made the model look completely different, yet it was such a small change.
Kitbashing EMD's GP39-2
Cover photo of a fantastic snow setting for this locomotive. Article includes prototype photos of Delaware & Hudson # 7415, #7604, and #7615. Many close-up photos of how to detail this model. The author started with Athearn GP-35s.
Kitbashing Jim Baker's Service Station
Using a Bachmann Texaco gas station, the author created a convincing model of a gas station he passes on his way to work. Includes model and prototype photos and a parts list.
Kitbashing Middletown & Unionville Caboose No. 00
The author used two Mantua old-time combines to kitbash this model. Scale and cutting diagrams are included. It has model photos, but no prototype photos.
Kitbashing Prairie Skyscrapers
The author bought four Walthers Valley Growers Association grain elevator kits to build this one building as he photographed and studied it in Alma, Kansas. Includes prototype photos and scale drawings.
Kitbashing Techniques: Building an NS Exhibition Car
Using this prototype as an example, the author describes how easy it is to kitbash an existing kit into a unique model. It includes the various tools a beginner should invest in to make kitbashing easier.
Kitbashing Three Lehigh Valley Cabooses
This article describes how to build the three caboose discussed in another article in this issue. The author used the MDC 3440-series cabooses as a start for the three models. Includes construction photos, detail drawings, and a parts list
Kitbashing Three MDC Tank Cars
The author describes how he built a chlorine, acid, and general service tank cars. Includes model and prototype photos.
Kitbashing Two Family Brick Homes
The author describes how he modified a DPM townhouse kit into a two-family, three story residence.
Kitbashing White Elephants
The Pacific Fruit Express rebuilt two R-40-14 cars into aluminum cars in 1947. They were painted white and were a rare sight, hence their nickname. The author used InterMountain kits to build these cars.
Kitbashing a "Fire Duck"
The author describes how he scratchbuilt the amphibious vehicle used by a fire department.
Kitbashing a BAR Woodchip Car
Mimicking the prototype, the author converted a PS-1 boxcar into a woodchip car. Includes prototype photos, and model modification photos.
Kitbashing a BNSF F45B
The articles describes how the author build an A-B-A set of BNSF's F45 in the latest paint scheme (freelanced). Includes model photos, parts list, and cutting guide for the chassis modifications necessary.
Kitbashing a Backwoods Enginehouse
Kitbashing a Sierra West Scale Models engine house
Kitbashing a Bangor & Aroostook Caboose
The prototype converted troop sleeper cars into these cabooses in the mid-1950's, and so the author did the same thing using Cannonball Car Shops' kits of troop sleeper cars. Includes several prototype photos and some model photos, as well as a parts list.
Kitbashing a Business Car
Kitbashing a C&O Cabin
The author used a Korber Models kit to build a standard C&O tower. Includes photos of the completed model and prototype photos.
Kitbashing a CB&Q Combine
The railroad converted a baggage car into a gas-electric motor car in 1941. The author used a Bachmann Doodlebug as his starting point to create this unique car.
Kitbashing a CN Ingot Car
Building models of the Canadian National 60-foot flat cars which were converted to carry aluminum ingots. Article includes model photos, prototype photos, parts list, detailed diagrams, and description of how the author converted a MDC 60-foot flat car.
Kitbashing a Coal Loader
Taking part of the Walthers New River Mine kit to build a truck coal dump loader for a siding. Includes a scale drawing for a weight house, the weigh scale, and the coal truck dump. There are also several photos of the author's model.
Kitbashing a DL&W Mik Car
In this article the author describes how he built one of these cars starting with an Athearn 50-foot express reefer.
Kitbashing a Durango & Silverton M.O.W. Flat Car with Load
Modeling a unique flat car.
Kitbashing a Freelanced Combine
The author converted a MDC old-time passenger car into a pre-WW1 combine for the author's CP-based layout.
Kitbashing a Gas-electric Railcar
Article includes photos and text of how the author kitbashed a wood car with an open rear platform that ran in 1905 to 1910 on a suburban line in Kansas City. He started with a Bachmann Brill trolley.
Kitbashing a Guillford GP40-2W
The author uses two Athearn GP40-2 to build these models to represents models that used to be part of the Canadian National railroad. Includes construction photos and a materials list.
Kitbashing a LIRR SW1001
Has prototype and model photos. The author started with two Athearn SW1000 to create two models that were coupled nose-to-nose, as per the prototype. Parts list is included.
Kitbashing a Logging Industry Critter
The prototype Crestbook Timber's critter was "kitbashed" from a steam engine's tender. The author built his model using the same method. Detailed description and prototype and model photos accompany the article.
Kitbashing a Lumber and Coal Dealer
The author built a structure that mimics one of the Fine Scale Miniatures kits which he could not afford to buy at the time the kit was released, and it is now hard to find.
Kitbashing a Maintenance-of-way Truck
The author took parts from several model trucks to build this unique model. Includes one prototype and model photo.
Kitbashing a Mill Owner's Mansion
The author disassembled an N-scale model of the White House and converted into a HO-scale mansion.
Kitbashing a Modern Conrail Plug Door Boxcar
Two MDC kits were used to build this model of the 60-foot car that was new in 1993. Includes prototype and model photo, and drawings.
Kitbashing a Modern Trinity Aluminum Covered Hopper
Using various parts from Atlas, Walthers, and Intermountain cars, the author built a covered hopper from an open hopper car.
Kitbashing a PFE R-40-2-18 Reefer
In addition to explaining what all the numbers in the car's model number mean, the author describes how he modeled this car. Includes model and prototype photos, and lots of references.
Kitbashing a Pittsburgh Railways Interurban Car
The author describes how he designed and had custom-made the sides for this car, and then used a LaBelle car kit for the remaining parts.
Kitbashing a Railroad Tug
This article covers how to build a tugboat from two Lindberg Diesel Harbor Tug kits. Contains many construction photos.
Kitbashing a Railway Express Terminal
The author used two Walthers United Trucking Terminal kits to build one Railway Express terminal..
Kitbashing a Santa Fe Bx-108 Boxcar
Model photos and scale drawings.
Kitbashing a Santa Fe CF7 in HO Scale
The author modeled this unique engine using the RPP shell and an Athearn F7 drive. Includes a prototype and several model photos.
Kitbashing a Santa Fe Ce-6 Waycar
The author took two Athearn models to make this one caboose. The article includes prototype photos, scale drawings, a parts list, and model construction photos.
Kitbashing a Shortline Sand Car
The author followed the prototype and created a model of a the tank of a tank car welded to a flat car, as was done by the McCloud River Railroad.
Kitbashing a Small Gas Station
Adding details to a gas station.
Kitbashing a Stock Trailer
The author used a Mini Metals tractor trailer, replaced the sides and created this stock trailer. Includes detail model photos, scale drawing, and materials list.
Kitbashing a UP Freight House
The structure started off as the Moore & Company Warehouse kit by Life-Like. The structure was made longer than the kit intended.
Kitbashing a Union Pacific Rules Car
Using two MDC Pullman Palace kit bodies the author built this car.
Kitbashing an L&N 60-ton Rebuilt Hopper
Like the prototype, the author took a Athearn 50-ton hopper and converted it to this model. Includes cutting diagrams and materials list.
Kitbashing an NJ Transit ALP-46
The author took a Roco German DB Class 101 engine and converted it to look like an New Jersey Transit engine using the plans published by Railroad Model Craftsman magazine in its March 2003 issue. Includes before and after model photos and a prototype photo.
Kitbashing the TH&B's 1000-1149 Series Hopper Cars
Kitbashing a Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo two-bay hopper from an Accurail 55-ton hopper car kit. Includes prototype photos.
L&NE ARA Boxcar Upgrade
Includes prototype and model photos, as well as "surgical" photos of the upgrading the author did to his out-of-production Train-Miniatures "X-29" boxcars. Includes a detailing parts list.
L-aborating On The Farmhouse
Adding lots of details to the classic AHM/Revell farmhouse. Two kits are required to create the model build by the author.
Layout Plan for a Santa Fe Branch Line
The late author discusses how he developed a track plan for a client, Jared Harper, to model the ATSF Alma District in a 13' by 19' space.
Lessons in Passenger Car Part 2
This installment covers modeling the Conrail 21 car, which is a track geometry car. Includes prototype photos of this ex-SF car, and many step-by-step modeling photos.
The article covers how to build a modern-day, working concrete coal loader. Includes detailed internal construction photos, wiring diagram, hand-held control panel, and structure building information.
M&K Division of the B&O
An upside-down, reverse "F" shape, island-style layout that fills a 27' by 43' basement. The layout was designed as a railfan layout.
MTH PRR Work Equipment
This article covers the PRR's Jordan spreader and Russell Single-Track snow plows. Includes model and prototype photos.
Machinery Loads for Gons
This article shows how to make loads that look like machinery that is covered by tarp, using foam blocks and facial tissue.
Main Central HO Scale GP38
Prototype and model photos of the GP38 made from an Athearn GP38-2 by back-dating the model. A complete detailing parts list is provided.
Mainline Through the Mountains
The master of track design discusses how he met his client's requirements for modeling a portion of the Southern Pacific's Shasta Route. The article includes diagrams for the mushroom-style, 22' x 45' layout.
Make Your Own Shingles
Create diamond pattern shingles gummed paper.
Make a Realistic Lake
Step-by-step instructions on how to build a placid lake, and a sidebar on modeling rivers and creeks.
Making People Unique
The author describes how he takes the common Preiser figures and makes them more Americanized, changes their limbs, and paints them to look different.
The author created a condensed and simplified Western ore mine to fit his layout, while preserving all the features one would find in such a structure. Includes model photos, scale drawings, and detailed construction drawings
Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 2
This installment covers laying the girder rail and flextrack for trolley. Includes many construction photos, wiring diagram, and a sidebar on control panel construction.
Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 3
In this installment the article covers installing the paving and scenery of the Boston MTA layout. The street paving is done with patching plaster because of its longer working time. The article also covers ballasting, installing back drops, building landforms, and making culverts and a reservoir. Includes many construction photos.
Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 4
An epoxy body kit and an NWSL drive make for smooth-running PCC. Mechanical installation photos. Scale drawings. Prototype photos.
Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 5
Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 6
A few easy scratchbuilt buildings firmly root the layout in the prototype.
Midwest Mod-U-Trak HO Scale Railroad
This is a club layout that integrated portability with prototype modeling. The concept came from NTrak modules. Each member of the club builds his or her own 6-foot module. Detailed diagrams are included to define the standard used by the club.
Missouri Pacific Homebuilt Caboose
The prototype built its own cabooses, which the author modeled. There are four different types discussed. Includes prototype and model photos, and a roster.
Model Railroad Maintenance of Way Part II
This installment talks about how to keep roadbed and track in good shape. It covers creating removable section of scenery to access turnout machines, creating track cleaner cars using the John Allen method, creating a magnet car for pickup metal parts, and creating your own rerailer.
Model Review - Walthers/Proto 2000 PRR FS-10 in HO-scale
The article reviews the Fairbanks-Morse H10-44 switcher and includes prototype photos, scale drawings, unit numbers and their information.
Model Santa Fe TOFC Rebuilds in HO
Creating a model of the piggyback conversion covered in the prototype article in this magazine issue (see page 104). Many detail drawings and bill of materials.
Model a Stone Viaduct
Stone viaduct using wood, styrene, and foam insulation spray.
Model a Team Track
This construction how-to article not only describes the purpose and history of a team track but also how to build one (including a turnout in mostly covered track. Includes a side bar on how to protect signals and telephone poles on the layout using a counterweight system.
Modeling "KASE" Tower in HO Scale
After describing his layout, the author discusses how he built the "KASE" tower in Sunbury, PA. Several construction photos accompany the article.
Modeling 1950 Southern Style
Allen Keller personal layout.
Modeling ATSF SD45B Units
The author describes how he started off with a Rail Power SD45 shell and an Athearn frame, along with many other parts to build this model.
Modeling Amtrak in the West: An F40PH and Superliner Train
Using the shell of a Life-Like F40PH, the chassis by Proto Power West, and the cars by Con-Cor, this modern train can be modeled in HO. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos.
Modeling Board-and-Batten Structures
Creating homes and a church using either basswood or styrene. Detailed instructions, many photos, and a scale diagram for the church.
Modeling C&NW and CSX SD60's
Includes parts list, model and prototype photos for superdetailing models for this modern prototype.
Modeling CNJ F3's
The Central Railroad of New Jersey bought their first F3 A-B-A sets in 1947. The author describes how he modeled these using Stewart engines. He covers how to strip the model off paint, how to super-detail it, and how to paint and letter it. Includes model and several prototype photos.
Modeling California's Sugar Beet Industry
The history and current state of the sugar beet industry is discussed in this article. Also included are scale drawings of a beet dump and loader located along the SP RR in San Ardo, CA. This article also describes the special beet gondolas used to transport the cargo. The article wraps up with information about how to model the structures, the cars, and the beets.
Modeling China's - and Now Iowa's - Mighty QJ 2-10-2's
These engines were brought to the U.S. for possible tourist service from China. The article includes prototype photos of the engines in their native China and now in Iowa. The second half of the article covers how to model this engine using the Bachmann HO-scale model.
Modeling Consumers Fuel
Consumers Fuel Co. is based in Martinburg, W. Va. The author build a selectively compressed model of the collection of structures. A prototype layout plan is provided. Scale drawings and possible trackplans are included.
Modeling DT & I's Distinctive GP9's
Adding cab details, painting, decal lettering, and weathering. Prototype and model photos.
Modeling Erie's 28th Street Terminal
Using two doors, the author modeled a slightly compressed version of the terminal. Includes prototype and model photos, and a track plan (of the prototype and the final model).
Modeling Farm Building
The author used his in-laws' real farm in Minnesota as a go-by for building this model. There are many prototype photos and scale drawings accompanying the article. The large article also covers creating and installing crops of soybeans.
Modeling Georgia in the 1940's
A simple, but nice double-mainline layout measuring 5' by 12'.
Modeling Green Mountain Rwy. Caboose No. 50
Reworking a brass caboose.
Modeling HO Pennsylvania Railroad Position List Signals Part 3
This installment covers some variations on the basic single-arm PL mast signal. Includes model and prototype photos, wiring diagrams, prototype engineering drawing of the signal head, and some model construction photos.
Modeling Illinois Central's 2-Stall Engine House
Prototype and modeling photos.
Modeling J.B. Hunt and Schneider Navistar International 9700s
Using the Walthers cab-over tractors kit, the author built two models. Includes super-detailing parts list and some model photos.
Modeling L&HR's RS3's
This article describes the history of the Lehigh & Hudson River Railway's RS3s and how to model them using an Atlas engine. Includes prototype and model photos, and a parts list.
Modeling Leased SD90MAC's on Vermont's Green Mountain Rwy.
Article includes prototype and model photos. After discussing the prototype, the article describes how to model this locomotive using Kato's SD80MAC and SD90/43MAC.
Modeling Less-common Tank Cars
Kitbashing and scratchbuilding were needed to build a unique tank car. Details construction photos accompany the article, as well as a parts list.
Modeling Louisville & Nashville Phase 2 GP30's
Prototype and model photos. Includes a materials list.
Modeling Maine Central's Phase 3 RS3
Model and prototype photos. Many detail installation and construction photos.
Modeling Northern Pacific Trains 57 and 58
Number 57 left Duluth with the North Coast Limited and returned as number 58. The author started with Model Power's USRA Light Pacific. Article includes model and prototype photos, scale drawings and detail close-ups.
Modeling Pennsy’s Class POS211 Observation
The author kitbashed a Rivarossi observation car body and Laser Horizons' side panels. Covers the history and includes a prototype photo.
Modeling Philadelphia & Reading "Russian Decapod" No. 1127
Article includes history of the 2-10-0 destined for Russia in the early 1900's. 200 of these didn't make it there, so the article covers where they ended up and more specifically covers the P&R 1127. Includes many prototype photos. Many close-up photos of the modifications made to the model are also included.
Modeling Realistic Pulpwood
Prototype and model photos of pulpwood stacks and transportation.
Modeling Ridge Shingles
The author shows and describes how to use automotive putty to model ridge shingles on the roof line.
Modeling Soo Line 2600-series Milk Cars
These ten cars were built in 1924. The author built his model from a flat car kit, a roof from another kit, and scratchbuilt the main body. Many prototype and model construction photos, as well as scale drawings are included.
Modeling Southern Pacific's GP38-2
The author started with an Athearn GP38-2 model and super-detailed it. Includes detailing diagram and model photos.
Modeling Southern Ry. 55-ton Offset Side Hoppers
These twin-bay steel hoppers are modeled by the author using an Athearn kit. The article includes prototype and model photos, and a parts list.
Modeling State Line Tunnel on the NEB&W
This article covers the construction of the tunnel. It includes prototype and modeled photos that share a striking resemblance.
Tenement housing provides opportunities for detailing. The article includes scale drawings, construction details, close-up photos, and a side-bar on how to make clothing.
Modeling The Jersey Central Lines' Back Track Behemoths Part 1
This article covers many steam locomotives of the CNJ. It contains many prototype photos, and a track diagram of the Wilkes-Barre Mountain area. A sidebar discusses the details of a CNJ Mikado.
Modeling The Jersey Central Lines' Back Track Behemoths Part II
This installment of the article concludes by discussing the tender, its sound system, added details, and painting and lettering.
Modeling Those Green M&St.L Boxcars
The M&St.L had 700 boxcars built in 1952 that were painted a signature green. In addition to the history, the author also describes how to model this car.
Modeling Tight Lock Fence Wire
This article describes how the author builds HO-scale tight lock fences. Includes prototype photos and photos of the construction of the fence (including a jig).
Modeling Track Scales
How to build a model of a narrow gauge track scale. Includes how to glue down track using Walthers Goo.
Modeling Two Distinct Central Vermont GP9's
Super-detailing and installing DCC and sound in two GP9's. Article shows many close-up photos, as well as a diagram for a brake cylinder pipe bending jig.
Modeling Two Versions of Burlington Northern SD60Ms
Model and prototype photos.
Modeling United Electric Railways Flat Motor No. 1534
Modeling this motor car is a challenge since it is basically a flat car with two small cabins on top, with mostly open space. The author accomplished this using a NWSL Sagami motor mounted under the frame. Photos of part close-ups are included.
Modeling Western Mountain Railroad Operations
A large layout in moderate space. The scenery reaches floor to ceiling. A huge helix dominates the space representing logging industry.
Modeling a 41-foot Nickel Plate Steel Gondola
Using an Accurail kit, the author super-detailed the model. Includes prototype and model photos, a materials list, and a prototype roster.
Modeling a B&M Alco S-2 Switcher
Covers the S-2 switcher in general and the Boston & Maine in specific. The author used an undecorated Atlas/Roco S-2 to build his model. Several prototype and model photos are included.
Modeling a C&NW GP35 Slug Set Part 1
The author used a pair of Kato GP35 locomotives as the base units and a Kato F3 for various parts. The article includes lots of close-up construction photos, several prototype photos, and a materials list.
Modeling a C&O Twelve-panel Side PS-1 Boxcar
The author used an Intermountain kit to build this model. Includes prototype and model photos, including construction close-ups. The article has a sidebar on how to model rivets using the Archer Fine Transfers, which are decal-like sheets that allow modeling of straight rows of rivets.
Modeling a CP Rail RS-23
The author used resin kits to build the models. Includes prototype and model photos, close-up detail construction photos, and a parts list.
Modeling a CPR Enclosed Water Tower
This article covers the history and the model construction of a western Canada water tower that is of octagonal shape. Includes scale drawings, how to make the roof, and how to make the water spout.
Modeling a Cabbage Patch
Using all parts of the Busch cabbage plant kits, the author describes how he modeled them without breaking the bank.
Modeling a Changing World
In this 23' by 27' layout, the author has attempted to stay up-to-date with the current times in his layout. Some structures have been modified over the years to reflect what happened to them in the real world over the years.
Modeling a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy GP30
Prototype and model photos.
Modeling a Conrail Fuel Truck
A modern locomotive service truck built from a Bolley's GMC Topkick tanker. Many close-up detail photos.
Modeling a Conrail Hot Steel Coil Car
Article includes prototype and model photos, construction close-up photos, and a materials list. Also included is a section and some photos on how the author made the loads for the car.
Modeling a Conrail SD38
Article include several prototype photos of these diesels that were inherited from Penn Central. The majority of the article is following the author along with how he build one of these model pretty much from the ground up. Lots of detailed model photos, and a parts list.
Modeling a Conrail SW1500
Conrail has 116 of these engines. Starting with an Athearn model the author describes how he built a model of this engine.
Modeling a Cotton Gin
HO-scale drawings of the various buildings that make up a complete cotton gin, overhead drawing of the layout of the buildings, and model photos of the completed project.
Modeling a Fruehauf Conrail Gondola
Covers modeling gondolas built by Fruehauf in 1971 and 1972 for Penn Central using Rail Yard Models kits. Article includes many model and prototype photos. Includes using the Coiled Wire load made by Chooch Enterprises.
Modeling a GATX Leasing MP15 in HO Scale
Companies lease equipment to see if it is useful to them, without actually having to buy it. GATX (General American Transportation Corp) leases equipment to railroads. The author used a Con-Cor HO-scale Conrail MP15 to create a model of the MP15 leased by St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR in 1991. A bill of materials and several detail diagrams are included.
Modeling a Heavy-equipment Loading Ramp
The article contains drawings and scale diagrams for a ramp to load heavy equipment onto flat cars.
Modeling a Komatsu D575-A2 Bulldozer
Modeling a Lehigh Valley GP9 and GP18
Using a Front Range phase III GP9 and a Proto 2000 GP18, the author describes the changes he made to accurately model these two engines. Prototype and model photos are included, as well as a parts list and a listing of the LV's paint schemes.
Modeling a Lehigh Valley Mill Gondola
A large number of the Lehigh Valley's gondola fleet were these 50-foot 13-rib straight side gondolas. The author used two Accurail 41-foot USRA steel gondola models to kitbash one of these cars. He describes the process he went through. The article includes one prototype photo, several close-up model photos, prototype roster, scale drawings, and describes how to make a steel plate load for the car.
Modeling a Modern Sanding Facility
The author describes how the Rochester Institute of Technology MRR Club used a 34-foot, twin-bay hopper, just like the prototype, as a sand storage facility. Several other parts make up this scene, which doesn't require much space. Includes model and prototype photos.
Modeling a Muncie & Western R.R. Wood Boxcar
The article covers how to build an outside-braced model of this well-known glass-jar logo boxcar. Includes many prototype photos, boxcar ORER, model construction photos, and a parts list.
Modeling a PRR Alco RS-3
The author describes how he built this model from a Stewart Hobbies kit, including assembly and painting. There are many construction photos.
Modeling a PRR Camp Car
The author built a model of the PRR passenger car that was recycled as a work train service car. Includes one prototype and several model photos
Modeling a Pair of DL&W Snowplows
The author built one single-track snowplow using the existing Walthers kit, and one double-track snowplow using a brass Overland Models kit. Many construction photos as well as some prototype photos are included.
Modeling a Phase II RS-3
The author built this model using an Atlas RS-3 chassis and an undecorated Bowser/Stewart Phase IIa RS-3 shell. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos, as well as a parts list for this superdetailed model.
Modeling a Sanding Facility
The author describes how he built this modern-day version of a sanding facility that includes a building that is no longer used (implying history). Includes scale drawings, materials list, and prototype and model photos.
Modeling a Secret Prototype
It was a challenge for Chris White to build his 11' x 13' layout modeling the Russian prototype. The layout is small. A sidebar is included discussing the "joy of terminal operation".
Modeling a Southern Pacific SD50
Prototype and model photos. Detail photos of the various enhancements made to the Life-Like 2K SD60 model.
Modeling a Stockcar in its Golden Years
The author used a Westerfield kit to build a model of the Canadian Pacific's Fowler stockcar as it was in 1965 when it was used to carry petroleum products.
Modeling a Temporary Yard Office
This article covers how to build a model trailer that is used a temporary yard office. Includes several prototype and model photos.
Modeling a UP C30-7
The author took a Rail Power Products shell and an Athearn underframe, and built this model. Includes a parts list, and several prototype and model photos.
Modeling a Union Pacific "Flared" SD70M
Using an Athearn model, the author describes how he built this specific model. Includes model and prototype photos, including close-up construction photos, as well as a parts list.
Modeling a Union Pacific Tunnel Motor
Using an Athearn model, the author created a modern version of an SD40T-2. Includes parts identification diagrams, lots of detail diagrams, and a full parts list.
Modeling an Engine Terminal
The author built a small diesel engine terminal, which consists of an engine house, a fuel stand, a sand tower, and a sand house. He describes how he prepared the track area, and how he built the various structures including a utility pole. Includes some sketch diagrams.
Modeling an F2A and B Set for the Atlantic Coast Line
Prototype photos as well as model photos are included in this article about the EMD locomotives. There are also construction/detailing and paint masking photos of the models.
Modeling an Illinois Central Boxcar
Building a replica of the IC's 11280 boxcar. Mostly text, not many step-by-step photos.
Modeling an LIRR MP15AC
After a brief history of the LIRR, the author describes how he used an Athearn MP15AC to model this engine. Includes prototype and model photos, as well as a parts list.
Modeling an NYC m.u. Coach
The author describes how he converted a Branchline 80-foot coach kit into this powered coach. Includes a prototype photo, scaled drawing, and construction photos.
Modeling an Old-time Feed Mill
Prototype and model photos of a feed mill. Includes scale drawing and construction photos.
Modeling an SD60
Using an Athearn GP50 to build this model. Includes prototype photos, unit roster, modification diagrams and photos, and parts list.
Modeling an SP B39-8 and a Cotton Belt Dash 8-40B
After a brief history, the author describes how he used unpowered Rail Power Products Dash 8-40B for the shell and an Athearn GP50 for the drive mechanism to model both of these engines. Includes model and prototype photos, and a parts list.
Modeling the "Ma & Pa"
An 8' by 22' shelf layout set in 1946. Includes history about the Maryland and Pennsylvania railroad. The author covers how he built the layout and how it is operated.
Modeling the Amtrak Merchandise-handling Car
The author scratchbuilds one of these cars. Detail drawings, model construction photos, and a bill of materials are all included. Especially impressive is the underbody electrical wiring that he installed on this model.
Modeling the B&O's St. George Float Bridge
The author built this bridge using slides he took in the 1970's before the bridge was removed. Includes prototype and model photos, scale drawings, complete construction details, and a sidebar on how to integrate a car float into layout operations.
Modeling the Boone, Iowa, Yard Office
Prototype and modeling photos, as well as scale drawings of this modern-day structure owned by the UP. It houses the yardmaster's office, crew quarters, and training center for new employees.
Modeling the Class T1 Duplex 4-4-4-4 5523 Part 1
This article starts off describing how the author built this engine from a Bowser boiler and a PennLine chassis and tender. Includes construction photos as well as detail drawings.
Modeling the Class T1 Duplex 4-4-4-4 5523 Part 2
This installment covers building the tender, painting, weathering, and applying decals (including drawings of prototype placement of the decals), and installing wiring, DCC, and lighting.
Modeling the EBT's Stone Yard Office
This structure was originally built as a farmhouse, but was soon after converted to the yard offices for the EBT's yard in Orbisonia, PA. The author describes how he took the photos, converted those photos to HO-scale, and constructed the model from those drawings. The walls were cast in plaster, and he even copied the exact layout of the random stones. A sidebar on how to scratchbuild double-hung windows is included. There are many prototype and model construction photos accompanying this article.
Modeling the Holiday Season
The author presents the various solutions her and her husband have found to temporarily decorate their HO-scale layout for the Christmas holidays. Ideas include wreaths, garland, blow-up yard decorations, street light decorations, a lit Christmas tree, hanging signs, town square display, and figures.
Modeling the Ibex Tipple
The author describes how he built the tipple. Includes model and prototype photos, and scale drawings.
Modeling the Jersey Central Lines' Back Track Behemoths Part I
The author describes how he converted a Broadway Limited USRA Heavy Mikado into a model of this locomotive. The articles includes a parts list, modeling photos (including intermediate modifications).
Modeling the M&StL Through Mason City Part II
The author describes how he was committed to modeling this town using the actual trackplan. Prototype and model photos are includes, as well as prototype trackplans for the diesel house and the depot area. The layout trackplan is also included. Finally, he covers the three "jobs" in how the layout (and the prototype) is operated.
Modeling the Matchless Mine
Modeling a small mine complex. Includes prototype and model photos, including scale drawings.
Modeling the Milwaukee Road's SD10
The author used an Athearn SD9 model to create a copy of this engine. Includes the prototype's history, roster, photos, as well as model photos and parts list.
Modeling the PRR Boxcar Fleet Part 3A
Describes how the author created an accurate model of this car. The article includes many large close-up photos, a scale drawing of the prototype car, and a sidebar and what models are available in HO, N, and O-scale.
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Box Car Fleet Part 8
This installment covers modeling the PRR's X26c using the Sunshine resin kit. Includes model and prototype photos, service information,
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Box Car Fleet Part 9
Discusses the PRR's X37b class using the Sunshine resin kit. Includes a full description of the prototype, with photos of the prototype and the model.
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Flat Car Fleet
This installment covers modeling the F30 class. Includes prototype and model photos. The author took a brass F31 model and cut it to the right length to model the F30.
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 2
This installment covers the GR and three-foot longer GRa. These were created around the 1900's and most were retired by the 1950's. It was essentially a flat car with wooden side extensions. Includes model photos, original scale drawing, and complete description of the construction of the Funaro & Camerlengo resin kit. The GRa model is built from a Westerfield kit.
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 3
This installment covers the class GS and GSh, which were built between 1902 and 1909 and retired into the 1940's and 1950's. They were short (40-ft) cars. The article describes how the author modeled these cars using HO-scale resin kits from several manufacturers.
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 4
This installment covers the G22 class (including various sub-classes) of these 46-foot gondolas.
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 5
This installment covers the G24 class, which includes prototype photos and drawings and model photos of the PSC HO-scale model.
Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 18
Prototype and research information, as well as information about how to build a model in HO-scale of the PRR's G28.
Modeling the Piggyback Cars of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western
Building the flat cars from parts of other kits.
Modeling the Rutland's 70-tonner in HO Scale
The author used a Bachmann GE 70-tonner for this project. The article covers detailing and painting the engine, and installing DCC and sound. One prototype photo and a parts list are also included.
Modeling the Steel Business
This article describes what makes iron and steel manufacturing a good candidate for modeling, and what it takes to plan a steel mill-based layout. It describes the basics of a steel mill, what types of cars are used, and which materials are needed, processed, and produced,
Modernize a Bachmann 89-foot Auto Transporter
The author describes how he improved and modernized the Bachmann auto transporter car to better fit in the 1970's or 80's. Includes prototype photos of many railroads' cars.
Modifications to the IHC Log Car
Houston, East and West Texas Railroad log car. Includes prototype and model photos.
Modifying Walthers Depressed Center Flat Car
The article describes how the author added detailing to the basic model, matching its prototype. Includes a prototype photo and several close-up model photos.
Modular Railroading with the Four County Society of Model Engineers
Although this large article contains many beautiful photographs of the club's various modules, the main crux of the text covers the pro's and con's of club memberships, how to form a modular club, and how the club's standards were formed. Quite a bit of text is devoted to how modules are constructed and transported.
Moore's Modern Mill
The author shows how he built a freelanced feed mill from scratch for very little money. Structure includes a covered driveway, transformer posts and platform, and is accompanied by scale drawings.
More About Plaster
The author is learning how to cast structures in plaster, and this month's experience includes building a masonry building. The finished model is beautiful.
Creating a 3D backdrop of the famous Mormon Rocks, Utah. Includes step-by-step photos of how the author built this scene.
Morning at Mac Street
This article is a "railfan" view of Jim's layout, with lots of close-up photos. Includes a lower-level revision track plan.
Mount Gilead, a Town on the Move
Designs for various custom modules that allow the author to build a layout that can be moved.
This article describes how the author built moving switch stand targets. The only restriction is that the targets are not on the turnout's headblocks. It includes construction diagrams and photos.
Moving a Reefer Block on the Silver Palace Line
A layout that fills an entire room, except for access holes.
Mr. Rogers' Trolley
The author talks about how he got some model railroading to appear in the popular children's show. He describes how the trolley was built.
New Badger Creek Lumber Co.
Lots of model photos.
New England Enginehouse
This scratchbuilt structure provides a single-stall for a steam-era enginehouse, which includes a small repair shed. The author details how he built the walls to give them strength, while still maintaining the board-by-board construction look. Scale drawings are included.
New England in a (Big) Bedroom
A large bedroom track plan modeling the Housatonic's Canaan to Pittsfield line.
New Machinery for a Damaged Brass Pacific
The author describes how he replaced the frame and mechanism of a badly-behaving brass locomotive with Bowser parts.
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
New Splash of Color for CSX Locomotives
Building and painting a B36-7. Includes prototype and model photos, and a parts list for super-detailing the model.
Norfolk & Western Coal Battleship Gondolas
These cars were built by the N&W in 1920 and had a 100-ton capacity. The article includes scale drawings, and two model photos.
Northern Pacific RS-3 no. 852
The author converts an undecorated Atlas RS-3 into a model of this locomotive. Article includes prototype photos and model details.
The author describes how he built this heavy weathered fertilizer warehouse modeled after one in Ringoes, N.J. Includes models photos and scale drawings.
Old But Still Superior
The author describes how he kitbashed the Superior Sandwich Factory structure.
On the Beam (Gotta' Dance)
Why go through all the effort to make benchwork, when you can lay all the track on a wooden floor in a spare room. The author describes how he helps his son build a track plan that can have multiple trains running.
Other track configurations that accomplish the same thing as a double-switch, but they do take up more space.
Our Seaboard Central Part 1
The Model Railroader magazine staff built this layout in front of a live audience at the 50th anniversary of the NMRA. The new 4'-7" x 8'-6" layout is intended to extend the Kitty Hawk Central they covered starting with the December, 1981 issue of MR. The article includes behind-the-scenes photos, a track plan, and discusses the construction of the bench work, track and wiring. It also includes sidebars on creating and installing end-of-train devices, and the construction of their simple switch machine.
P.J. Mattson's Raccoon Valley Railroad
This large, double-deck layout covers over 42 feet by more than 20 feet. There is a lot of traffic on this layout. Includes many photos and a trackplan.
PRR Standard Highway Overpasses
Covers the standard PRR highway-over-track bridges. Many good-quality close-up prototype photos show the construction and design of these bridges. Includes scale diagrams and step-by-step instructions on how to build one in HO-scale.
PRRPro Class X31 Preliminary Feature
Includes only model photos.
This issue's column discusses how the author painted a SCL GP38 using the "Family Lines System" logo on a three-color paint scheme.
Paint Shop: Seattle & North Coast EMD Switcher
Information about painting this model
Painting Wooden Freight Car Floors
The author shows techniques for painting plastic models such that their floors look like they're made from wood using an airbrush. Very realistic looking.
Painting and Detailing a Southern Pacific SW1500
Taking an Athearn model, and adding some details, produced a model of this engine. Parts list included as well as some model photos.
Passenger Servicing Facilities Part 3
Their construction on your railroad. Model photos. Cleaning Passenger Cars.
Passenger Station for Grand Riviere
The author used three kits to make a unique building that resembles two structures on the Alaska RR. Includes cut list, parts list, and detailed construction notes.
Peninsula Club's New HO Layout
This 30' by 60' layout was being built by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club at the San Mateo (California) County Fair Grounds. The handlaid track is code 70. The photos include ones of unfinished areas so that we can see their benchwork.
Pennsylvania Open-top Stock Car
The PRR didn't have many stock cars, but the one the author built fits in the 1900's time frame. He built one in HO scale and one in 3/8" scale, Gauge 1. Includes a bit of history, model photos, construction photos, and construction and scale drawings.
Period Crossing Signal
Building a freelanced crossing signal intended for a turn-of-the-century layout.
Pine Tree Art
Building western-U.S. pine trees from a dowel as the main trunk, and copper wire for the branches.
Planning a "Walk-in Island"
The author describes why he designed his layout the way he did featuring the PRR's Shamokin branch. It is an island design with several peninsulas.
Port of Erin Industries: Cargill Terminal Grain Elevator Part I
The author starts off with how he built his silos and sheds. Includes a description of the jig he made to cut round PVC pipe.
Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad Part 1
This 30" by 6-foot module seems to relay the busy L.A. port in a modern-day setting. The busy trackwork allows plenty of switching. It is designed to fit most HO-scale modular layout standards. The author built it on a movable cart for easy transport. Many construction photos are included, as are a trackplan and completed layout photos. There is a sidebar on the author's checklist of the do's and don't's of layout design
Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad part 2
This module has lots of track and serves at least five industries. This installment covers cutting up commercial turnouts to make them fit, how to deal with rail size differences (code 100 to 83), wiring, switch stands, how to make roads, and how to have track buries in pavement.
Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad part 4
This final installment covers installing the removable liquid bulk terminal, adding details, using European kits, fencing, dirt, ballast, backdrop installation, and a sidebar on painting and weathering.
Creating 2x4 traction layouts.
Preparing a Brass Diesel for Painting and Operation
This article describes how the author painted an HO-scale Hallmark Santa Fe GP50. Before painting the author stresses making sure the model is a good runner by discussing couplers, tracking and traction, electrical pickup, and thinking about super-detailing. The "Paint Shop" column on page 114 of this issue shows the final result and includes painting instructions.
Progress Report on the Franklin & South Manchester
Completion of South Manchester is covered in this article. Trackplan and many (large) layout photos accompany the article.
Protect That Intersection
Adding animated lights via street traffic signals. The author uses LEDs to create HO-scale single-head, two-head, and overhead traffic lights. Construction and final product photos are included. Also covered is the construction of the electronic circuit that drives the traffic lights (both home-made and ready-made circuit boards and parts are discussed, including parts lists), how to power the circuit, and wiring the traffic lights.
Protofile Part 60
This installment covers the Soo Line "Super Jumbo PS-2" covered hopper. Includes a prototype and a model photo, and a parts list.
Protofile Part 61
This installment covers the Souther Pacific cushion underframe boxcars and how to model them.
Protofile: Modeling a U.S. Leasing Airslide Covered Hopper part 62
This article covers the Rock Island covered hopper, and the author shows how he modeled one starting with a Eastern Car Works Airslide covered hopper kit. Includes model and prototype photos, as well as one drawing.
Prototype Scenes, Freelanced Layout
This 19' by 34' layout features the fictional merger of 5 eastern railroads set in eastern Pennsylvania in the late 1960's to early 1970's. The father and son team Bill and Steve Brown worked on this layout for over a decade.
Using a Funaro & Camerlengo Plymouth switcher, the author built a static model of a quarry critter.
Quick Upgrades for the Walthers B60b
The author discusses the changes he made to this model to make it even more accurate. Includes lots of model photos.
RMC/Dremel Kit-bashing Award
John kitbashed several kits from different manufacturers to create this large Victorian-style passenger station/general headquarters building.
RMC/Dremel Kit-bashing Award
This model is of a retired NYC Alco FA. Part of the body has been removed and the interior engine compartment is visible on this partially demolished model.
RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award
The author created an SD9 from two Athearn GP0 shells.
RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award
Some quick notes about how the Pacific Fast Mail Santa Fe 2-8-0 was converted into a 0-8-0.
Railroading Salt Creek Style
This club layout resided in Elmhurst, IL. It features four levels and mostly scratchbuilt structures and vast scenery. The club's history is covered.
Railroading in 3-D... More of the Story
Railroading with Marklin
This layout features Marklin trains of European descent. The author started building the layout in 1977. It includes overhead catenary, and typical European scenery.
Rails Through Lake Country
The author discusses the trackplan he developed for the Northern Pacific in Minnesota layout.
This fieldstone-covered small structure is made from Strathmore, balsa wood, and commercial doors and window castings. A scale drawing and some construction photos are included.
Realistic Locomotive Assignments
The author followed prototype practices for operating his layout (featured in the August 1994 issue of Model Railroader). The article covers the research he did and has many photos of his layout.
Realistic Telegraph Poles
Using Rix green-tinted plastic crossarms, the author shows how he scratchbuilt telegraph poles. Includes the jig used, construction photos, and a prototype photo.
Rebuilding a Docksider
Redetailing a Sakura Docksider.
Recreating Wisconsin's Past
This article describes the METRO Model Railroad Club of Port Washington, Wisconsin. The double-decked layout fits inside about 50 feet by 16 feet. Includes lots of photos but no trackplan.
Red, White, and Blue - A Salute to EMD's SD40-2
Modeling SD40-2 in red CP Rail and blue Conrail.
Red-orange and White on "The Peoria Way"
Modifying and painting models of the Toledo, Peoria & Western GP38-2 diesels.
Refining Your Goals
This article is about Robert Hoffman and his desire to change the area he wanted to model. There isn't much information about Robert's layout in the article, but it describes some unique issues he dealt with, such as being able to have operations in the dark.
Remembering the Gorre & Daphetid
Full article on the now famous John Allen layout, with lots of photos (both color and black&white) taken by John himself (he was a professional photographer). The article includes a trackplan of the final G&D. Shown are the floor-to-ceiling scenery. The article also includes John's first 4x8 layout (track plan and photos).
Remembering the Louie
The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad's Thirteenth Sub. A point-to-point layout with four railroads.
Remotoring for Better Performance
The author describes how to remotor (mostly) steam models by AHM/Rivarossi, Athearn, Bowser, MDC, and Mantua (Tyco). An Athearn GP9 is also covered.
Renumbering Kato HO Locomotives
Renumbering a Kato Amtrak F40PH using Microscale's decal set.
Replacement Grain Hatches
Detailing hatches on covered grain hoppers.
Repowering Mantua's Camelback Mikado
The author describes how he upgraded the engine's motor with a Sagami can motor.
Repowering a B23-7 for the Emporia Sub
The author describes how he repowered E&P B23-7 engines with Atlas drive mechanisms.
Repowering an Alco Models NYC T-motor
This article describes how to convert a 1974 Alco Models locomotive to run much better using the Hollywood Foundry BullAnt drives. Includes prototype photos, and model construction photos and diagrams.
Repowering and Painting Pennsylvania R.R. MP54 Cars
The author describes how he upgraded a pair of old brass electric multiple-unit coaches. He used the NWSL PDT trucks for improved performance. Half of the article is devoted to accurately painting these models.
Rescuing a Relic: Conrail N6A Transfer Caboose
Taking an old brass caboose and converting it into a model that would fit a modern era layout.
Rich Sorensen's Wabash Valley R.R.
The 38' by 30' layout spread over four rooms in Rich's basement models the eastern mountains in West Virginia.
Right from the Start
The author described how he used the various modeling and design books out there to build his own 16 by 27 foot layout. He didn't start out with that size, though. Includes photos and a track plan of his layout, which is set between 1970 and 1990 in St. Louis County, Missouri.
Rio Grande Modernized Waycar
Rather than scratchbuilding models, we can modify existing models to more closely resemble the prototype, and then repaint them.
Rod Stewart's Three Rivers City
When I first saw Rod' layout in this issue, I was very impressed because it looks like something George Selios would do. It turns out he is one of Rod's idols. The article includes a track plan of this huge layout, and describes how Rod finds time to model, and how he is building his layout. Includes a side-bar on using LED lamps.
Roque Bluffs Lightweight Benchwork Part 2
Using a spare shelf in a bookcase, the author describes how he built several layouts that fit in the space. This installment covers how to light the shelf, how to make lightweight benchwork, preparing for roadbed and water surfaces, and assembling the benchwork.
Rugged Yet Semi-portable HO Pike
A 4' x 7' layout that is "kid-proof". This layout includes just about everything a steam era pike should have, including a turntable, tunnels, and plenty of switching.
Russians and Yellow Jackets
This article covers two locomotives of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Ry, and how the author built his models.
The author describes how he detailed and painted the EMD SD6- demonstrator.
Salt Weathering a Tin Roof
The author shows how he was able to simulate a tin roof on a boxcar. The trick is to use sea salt for the effect.
San Juan Central Part 5
In this installment Malcolm describes how he builds scenery using layers of insulation foam. Lots of final photos as well as construction photos show how he does it. He covers foam rocks, coloring foam rocks, adding ground cover, grass, and weeds, creating roads, modeling Caspia Pine trees and Caspia Aspen trees, and modeling water.
This steam-era sanding facility article includes scale drawings and photos of the author's scratchbuilt model.
Santa Cruz Portland Cement Part 1
History, theory, design, and model of the Portland Cement. Includes prototype and model photos, track plan, and layout photos. Great ideas for modeling track through an industrial complex.
Santa Cruz Portland Cement Part II
In this installment the author finishes the immense-looking structure and discusses painting and weathering. Many different angled photos of the final structure are included.
Santa Fe Alco PA-1 and PB-1 Passenger Diesels
The author describes how he created these models from undecorated Athearn models, including super-detailing work.
Santa Fe All the Way
Diaphragms on passenger cars. Free-lanced, 1940-1960.
Santa Fe Beer Cars
This article describes the 62-foot long insulated boxcars that are assigned to transporting beer for the Coors company. The article includes model and prototype photos and detailed construction photos of where the author took the Eel River Models car and converted it into one of these models.
Santa Fe Zebra-striped Geeps in HO
This article describes how the author super-detailed and then painted the SF model.
Santa Fe in the Southern Great Plains
A point-to-point shelf layout modeling the Oklahoma Texas border during the post-WWII era.
Santa Fe's GP60m
Prototype information and how the author modeled it using a Athearn GP50 kit.
Scrap Iron Load for a Gondola
Cube 1/2" diameter aluminum foil for a convincing load.
Scratchbuild a Depressed Center Flatcar
The author describes how he built a six-wheeled depressed-center flatcar using styrene and ABS plastic.
Scratchbuild a Semaphore
The author describes the basics of a semaphore, how we can build one, and how to make it operational using a Circuitron Tortoise. Both HO- and O-scale are discussed.
Scratchbuilding Skei Coal & Salt Co.
A modern building that serves the local government with salt for heavy winter days. Includes model and prototype photos, and scale drawings.
Scratchbuilding Ward's Sawmill Part 3A
Building the interior and exterior of the main building. The model is built using prototype construction methods. This would be a great model to duplicate in N-scale. The article has model construction photos, HO-scale drawings, and a parts list.
Scratchbuilding Your First Wood Structure
The author takes us through the steps to build a small B&O Railroad station. Includes scale drawings, parts lists, tools list, and step-by-step instructions with photos.
Scratchbuilding a Niagara, St. Catharines & Toronto Line Car
Completely built out of styrene, this car features an adjustable platform used for working on overhead catenary. Includes prototype photos, scale drawings, and model construction detail photos.
Scratchbuilding a Shallow-relief Model Based on the Crowl Store
The author took the photos taken by Robert Mohowski (shown in the article in this same issue) and built this shallow structure. Includes model and prototype photos, scale drawings, a parts list, and detailed information on how to build the more complex parts, such as the curve window tops.
Scratchbuilding an HO Factory
This article covers building a factory. Included are diagrams, and detailed construction photos of the windows.
Scratchbuilding the BC&G's Mack Model AC Railbus
The article has model and prototype photos of the railbus, including interior ones. It also includes an exploded parts diagram and a parts list. He built it using the NWSL Flea III as the driving mechanism. The model also includes sound and DCC.
Scratchbuilding the F24 Flat Car
This article shows step-by-step how to scratchbuild this MOW car. He describes the tools he used to the various parts, so it is a good general article on scratchbuild freight cars as well.
Scratchbuilding the Farmer's Gilt Edge Creamery
The author built a copy of a midwestern creamery in Steele County, Minnesotta. Because of the complex curves, the structure was built with home-made castings. Prototype and model photos (including close-up construction photos) are included, as well as scale drawings.
Sectional Way to a Great Shelf Layout
The Chicago & North Western of 1959 comes to life on the HO scale Morton Division. This is an L-shaped layout composed of 18- and 24-inch wide modules. It has interchanges and two staging areas.
Selective Compression and Landforms
Using selective compression to bring mountains closer to the track.
A summary of imported brass Shays in HO narrow and standard gauge with photographic studies of typical representatives of the sidewinder breed of steam locomotives.
Shiny White Reefer for the Southern Pacific
How to model, paint, and decal these types of cars.
Short Line with an Interurban Heritage
Valley City Street & Interurban Railway as an HO switching layout. Has some interesting track arrangements.
Simple Crossing Gates
This brief article discusses how to use N-scale crossing gates in an HO layout.
Slip-Switch - The Start
Building the plywood support for a slip-switch.
Slow-action Crossing Gates Part 1
This installment covers the design and construction of the modern-day highway crossing gate. Detailed parts drawing, construction photos, and wiring diagrams are included.
Slow-action Crossing Gates Part 2
This installment covers command control and DC bi-directional circuitry necessary to have a realistically operating crossing gate. It also covers the gate, LED, and bell circuitry, the power supply, and the finishing touches to complete the installation.
Some Structures for the Gold Hill Central Part 2
This installment describes the various structures built for the 5' by 8' layout. Most were kitbashed and so the article includes diagrams of how various parts were combined to create the unique structures shown in the photos.
Some Tips for Detailing Structures
Not really a separate article as such, but it deserves attention. This article gives lots of tips and techniques about detailing, painting, and weathering DMP structures.
The author examines how manufacturers tackle the difficult issue of sound reproduction inside our small locomotives. Covers both steam and diesel engines. Includes a sidebar on the history of sound in model railroading.
Sound for Brass Steam
The author describes how he went about installing a sound decoder into a Soo Line 2-8-2 Mikado from Division Point Hobbies.
Sound for the Bachmann HO Climax
The author installed the SoundTraxx DSD-090LC Light Steam decoder into this locomotive's tender shell. Modifications were necessary. Also includes the parts list and how to program the decoder.
South-Central Ontario, 1958
Model Engineers Society layout of modules. The articles has many photos and module diagrams.
Southeast Division of the Milwaukee Road
A large, around the wall layout with several peninsulas for modeled industries in a 25 x 35 foot basement. The author writes about how he got into the hobby, why he models what he does, and describes the construction of the layout, his motive power, and operations.
Southern Railway F3s of the 1950's Part 2
Southern's Old Cumberland River Crossing
The author models a prototype scene where the track crosses a trestle bridge and immediately goes into a tunnel on the other side, which appeared near Burnside, Kentucky.
Souvenirs and Memories
This article describes what the author and his model railroad friends remember of the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. The article accompanied by photos from his and his friends' layouts depicting the area. The scenes are very detailed and realistic.
Spanning the Bear River
Dick built a very close match to this 812-foot long bridge that sits at 190 feet above the water of the Nevada County Railroad. Many construction photos and drawings are included with the article, as well as a prototype photo.
Spokane, Portland & Seattle Yellow and Green
Painting an RS-3. Includes prototype and model photos.
Squeezing Sound into a Diesel Switcher
Installing a Soundtraxx system in a switcher by replacing the motor with a smaller one.
Steam Heat Comes to the Cobwebs, Dust & Ashes
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a small central heating plant. Includes model photos and scale drawings.
Steve Frey's HO Milwaukee Road
A 12' by 13' island layout with one peninsula along a wall (connected to his Dad's layout), this young man describes how he started and built this layout.
Street Cars in a Coffee Table
Modeling the Pittsburgh area in the 1940s in a 2'3" x 5'2" coffee table in HO! Includes a track plan.
Structures on the D&S
Several structures on the author's layout are featured because of how he modified kits to make them unique.
Superdetailing Life-Like Proto 2000 E8's for the DL&W
The title of the article says it all. Includes model and prototype photos, and detail drawings. The article also includes installing a Soundtraxx decoder, and implementing working Mars light.
Superdetailing an Athearn D&RGW SD40T-2
The author describes how he upgraded this model. Many construction photos and a parts list are included.
Superliner Marker Lights
Battery operated marker lights for the last car in a train.
Switch Control Linkage
The author describes how he constructs his turnout linkage mechanism for both manual and power operations.
Switching the Coast Daylight
Watching Train 98 at San Jose circa 1955. The story is told via photos on the author's layout. Includes prototype operations information.
Tame Those Old Brass Growlers
Using an Atlas frame and mechanism to improve the running characteristics of an Alco Models brass model.
Tangent Scale Models G31B Gondola
This is a product review of the model. The article includes the history of the G31 class and subclasses, and prototype photos.
Tank Farm at Chateaugay
This article describes combining several kits to build a unique fuel dealership that is serviced by the railroad. This is a structure built for the Rensselaer Polytechnic club's layout.
Ted Hough's HO Canadian Pacific Ry.
A 12 by 28 rectangular, around-the-walls kind of layout featuring Canadian railroading. The layout was started by Ted's brother Don and later moved to Ted's basement. The layout had been featured in Model Railroader before.
The Appalachian Southern
A double-deck HO-scale layout for a medium-sized room.
The Bank on the Corner
Modeled after a real bank on a street corner, this unique structure is sure to draw attention with its patina roof dome.
The Beginnings and Growth of HO Scale
The first ad showing an HO-scale freight train.
The Belknap Monument
This model was inspired by the discovery of a cannon beside the Boston & Maine Hillsboro branch.
The Big Truck Bash
The author describes how he took existing HO-scale trucks and kitbashed them into specific models he wanted. Various different truck types are discussed.
The California Central Line
This club layout is housed in the Agnew depot. The article covers how the club was formed and progressed over the years, how they built the 12' by 55' layout, and describes their operations. Interior and exterior photos are included, as well as close-up layout photos and the full trackplan. Also includes a sidebar on how the club tested switch machines to determine which one would be used on the layout.
The Cedar Falls Office, Barber Shop, and Cafe
The modeled small wood-frame building has served many purpose since it was built in the 1880's. Includes prototype photos of the Cedar Falls, N.C. structure, as well as scale drawings and finished model photos.
The Christmas Challenge
The author and another modeler were asked by a wife to build a model railroad that shows off some of the industries owned by her husband... no monetary restrictions. They designed and built a 43" by 10' 4" layout in just three months, which included scratchbuilt structures.
The D&H's Re-powered RS3's
Includes prototype information and how two authors independently modeled this engine using a Stewart and an Atlas kit.
The DL535E: Narrow Gauge Diesel of the North
These Alco-designed locomotives were built for the three-foot gauge of the White Pass & Yukon. The article describes the history of the engine, and how to model one using the Precision Scale model. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos.
The Donald Clerke Memorial Bridge
Retrieving and restoring a bridge from a friend's layout.
The Eastwyck & Fensterstock Construction Co.
The author describes how he built a structure and diorama because of his interest in construction equipment.
The Erie's Prefabricated Honesdale Freight Station
Prototype photos and scale drawings.
The Farm Town
A lot of activity can be modeled in a small farming community, including the Farmer's Co-op, stock pen, and a small depot. Includes photos of the author's diorama.
The Fremont & South Park R.R.
This article is a fictional story about how Lynn Draper's rendition of his railroad came about. It is accompanied by photos of his layout, a track plan, and how the layout was built using I-beams. The layout measures 27' x 12'.
The Gladstone & North Houghton
Fred Carlson's G&NH "G"-shaped layout models the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where iron ore is king. He is an MMR. The article contains lots of close-up photos, a description of how the layout was built, the motive power and rolling stock, and operations of the layout. A track plan is included. Another magazine article on the layout can be seen in the Railroad Model Craftsman February 1996 issue. Online photos for this layout are available at this Rocky Mountain NMRA Region web site.
The Gold King Part II
This installment completes the construction of the gold mine by focusing on the ore bin, roofing, timber bunker, stairway, and trestle. Includes scale drawings and model photos.
The Golden Era Los Angeles in the 1950's
12 by 19-foot layout features the SP in L.A. The article is a photo essay that takes you around the layout.
The Granite Mountain Railway Part 3
Revisits the construction of this layout, dealing with open houses, and interjects philosophy about building a large layout. Includes track plan and many photos of the layout, including the CTC panel and the helix in the garage.
The Granite Mountain Railway Part II
This installment covers the primary purpose of the layout: operations. Also covered are the Dynatrol command control, scenery design, and the added narrow gauge line.
The HO Scale Arizona Southern
This 9' by 9' free-lanced layout is set in 1908 in southeastern Arizona. Includes photos and a trackplan.
The HO Scale Galilee & Golan Heights RR
A 5 x 9 foot ping pong table was converted into a layout that went to Israel.
The HO Scale Madison Central
A 4' by 8' layout built by the Youth Group of the NMRA's South Central Wisconsin Division. The layout has a simple main line, with two spurs for some switching.
The HO-scale Windsor Railroad
This freelance layout measures 23' by 27' feet and is supposed to represent the New Jersey and New York area. The article includes a track plan of this M-shaped layout, as well as a number of close-up photos.
The Hazzard County Short Line
A track plan and operational scheme for a 4x8 layout.
The Iron Wood RR
This spare-bedroom layout features very nicely done scenery with scratchbuilt structures set in early 1940's.
The Ironhead Timber Co.
The 10' by 16' layout features a lot of detail and very nice scenery. Not all of it was finished at the time of the article. The theme is logging railroading in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900's.
The Jasper & Keystone RR
The layout features a single mainline with grades of 2.5 to 3 percent. The layout was started as a modified version of Plan 48 in Linn Westcott's book"101 Track Plans".
The Kanawha Valley RR
Building a small West Virginia-based layout for the son of a friend.
The Kansas City Southern Lines
This is a 15' x 30' layout in Wilson Hunt's garage.
The LaPointe Depot
This article describes how the author scratchbuilt this depot, which has the same color scheme as the other depots on his layout. Includes a side bar on how to make the fish scale shingles used for the structure's roof. Scale drawings and many construction photos are also included.
The Lakeside Lines Shops Rebuilds a Locomotive
Detailed photos and description. Sound is through a Soundtraxx decoder.
The Last Run of the Pennsylvania & Maryland
A fictional story built around the author's layout. Lots of photos, but no layout data.
The Lauderdale Shore Line Model Railroad Club's Modules
A description of how this club's 20 modules were built, and what the various members of the club do.
The Light at Thatcher's Inlet
The lighthouse at Mystic Seaport, CT serves as the role-model for the structure built by the authors. Information about how it was built, along with scale drawings and a prototype photo, are included.
The Locust Grove & Western RR Revisited
An interesting story of how a club moved around, and then was able to set up in a museum Winter 2005. Covers lots of lessons learned. Nice photos of the modules.
The Lowly Shed
Description for building a handcar or storage shed. Two different models are shown in the photos.
The Marker Lamps at the End of the Tunnel
This article discusses the micro-sized LED's available, how to work with them, and, of course, it covers installing them in marker lamps attached to cabooses. Although the article covers an HO-scale installation, the author is convinced that this is also doable in N-scale. Includes installation photos and a wiring diagram.
The Markham Railroad Modellers Club
A large club layout built in 1,500 square foot of space overlooking Toronto's CNR.
The Midwest Lines
This article describes the 33' by 52' layout built by Rolf Plachter. You can see more about the layout at the owner's web site
The Modern South Penn
This 12 by 24-foot layout models portions of what might have been the future version of a the South Penn RR (which was never completed). This line ran between Harrisburg and Pittsburg, PA. The author's version assumes the line was built and later became part of Conrail via all the of PRR mergers. Includes trackplan, layout photos, area map, and schematic trackplan.
The Mojave Western System
This former professional railroader started constructing this layout in 1957 as a branch to his ATSF prototype layout. However, he discovered that he preferred free-lance modeling, and so the branch became the main layout's focus. The layout is entirely double-decked, except for a peninsula.
The Mountain Park Extension
The author describes how he extended his layout and the decisions he had to make. Includes a sidebar on how he built the mountains, and another one on how ore is processed. Includes a trackplan of the new area. An interesting modeling idea is how he shows the interior of the mine shaft in the edge of the layout.
The New Haven's Magnificent War Babies
Modifying a Life-Like DL-109 model to reflect Alco's original design. Includes prototype and completed model photos, as well as a parts list.
The New Jersey & Western RR
Description and photos of this 25 x 36 foot layout set in the early to mid 1950's. No track plan.
The New Numark Valley
The author visits Bill Kupiec's layout. An article about Bill's previous layout appeared in the September 2001 issue of RMC. Bill moved and his new covers 15 by 42 feet. The freelanced, almost completed layout is modeled after railroads that moved anthracite from eastern Pennsylvania to New York City and New Jersey.
The New Poco Valley
Reclaiming the space used by his children's layout, the author expanded and completed the basement before building this "E"-shaped layout. The article briefly describes the construction process, but its focus is on operations. Includes photos, trackplan, and operations sequence and forms.
The PRR F33 Deep Well Flat Car
The author provides historical background and his description of building the Funaro & Camerlengo PRR F3 resin kit. Includes prototype and model photos, and how he built the large crate load.
The PRR's Williamsport Division, circa 1935
Two railfan friends combine their efforts to build a large layout in one of their garages. It is a folded dog-bone design with a branch line and offline staging. See the layout on their Facebook page
The Pasadena Model Railroad Club
This large layout was built in a refurbished bowling alley. It has some impressive specs.
The Pennsy in Britain
A Proto:87 switching layout, named Federal Street.
The Penokee, Grandview & Winnipeg Railroad
This article is about Ralph Wehlitz' HO-scale that was started almost 50 years ago. This U-shaped layout measures 26' x 24' and is set on July 4th, 1963.
The Quabbin Shore & Hampden Ry.
This layout models a short line in a New England setting. The initial simple linear layout grew to a 15 by 28 foot layout. The trackplan and many layout photos are included.
The Quartz Creek & Union Pass
Bill Barr's U-shaped fictional railroad that takes most of a 22' by 22' outbuilding. The time period is the mid-1920's when Bill was a young boy.
The Ramapo Valley
The layout is an around-the-wall style layout with a large J-shaped peninsula into the middle of the room. It features lots of switching. There a quite a few close-up photos of the layout. The layout is loosely based on the Erie Lackawanna in northern New Jersey. It models a double-track mainline between Hoboken and Ridgewood with one branch line.
The Raton Division
This 24' x 27' around-the-walls layout models the ATSF from Trinidad, Colorado to New Mexico border. It has beautiful desert scenery, and operation was important.
The Reading Lines
This point-to-point layout set in 1955 attempts to adhere to the Reading Railroad's operating standards. In additional to prototype information, this article covers construction, scenery, equipment, and operation.
The Recycled Theater
Modeling a contemporary CVS Pharmacy store in a building that used to be a movie theater. The articles includes N-scale drawings of the building which was completely scratchbuilt from styrene.
The Rio Grande's Hart Lake Division
This bedroom-sized layout packs a lot of railroading at 10' x 12'. Article includes trackplan (island-style) and layout photos. The whole family works on the layout.
The Road to Enchantment
This article describes a potential track plan based on the Enchantment branch of the ATSF.
The RvP Division
Rudi von Prittwitz built this 23 x 68 foot layout in his attic. It is based on the Southern Pacific from the 1950s onward. The layout features beautiful scenery, large yards, and tall mountains.
The Salt City Express
Freelanced layout based on the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve line.
The Shawanga Valley
A T-shaped layout that started off as an around-the-wall shelf layout with the later addition of a duckunder (the author regrets doing that). The article has black&white and colored photos of the layout.
The Siamese Connection
The author describes how he models often forgotten details of facilitating fire fighting of commercial buildings with a Siamese connection (for attaching fire hoses), a wall post indicator valve, and a fire alarm.
The Sierra Grande & Western RR
Two friends built a 16'x30' basement layout in the shape of an "M". Includes photos and a track plan.
The Sierra Silverton RR
An almost-around-the-room point-to-point layout with some interesting switching track.
The Slippery Slope: Modeling Two WP Covered Hoppers
The author converted the Athearn 55-foot ACF Centerflow WP hopper cars from 4 bays to 3, replaced grab irons and ladder rungs, and added roof hatches. Painting and weathering completed the project. The WP covered hopper roster is given, as well as a parts list. Includes prototype and model photos.
The Solano: Modeling a Railroad Car Ferry
The article describes the full-scale 424-foot car ferry model, as well as its history. There are model and prototype photos accompanying the article.
The Soo's Red Wing Division
The author covers building a 4' x 8' layout from benchwork design through scenery. Includes parts list, trackplan, and layout photos. Steps covered are: benchwork, tracklaying, adding turnouts, painting track, constructing scenic ridge, adding scenery, rock casting, streets and roads, and details. Includes a sidebar on flextrack.
The South Penn RR
This 22' by 24' layout models the South Penn railroad (which was proposed but never completed in the real world). Included are the track plan, layout photos, and modeled area map and elevation.
The Southall Division of the Boston & Maine
A group of friends worked on this hobby shop layout (Maine Trains, South Chelmsford, MA). Features nice detail and a track plan to keep trains running.
The Sterlingworth Steel Hopper Car
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this 1900s steel hopper out of styrene and brass. Includes model drawings and photos. A sidebar is included on how to build a rivet machine, which was documented in the June 1968 Model Railroader issue.
The Stiff Leg Derrick at Incline
This is a follow-up article to the author's May/June 2006 Gazette article where he modeled the foundation of this derrick.
The Stonega Branch
Building a 4 by 6 foot layout. This installment covers how the project came about, building the benchwork and scenic dividers, installing track, completing the backdrop, and installing the rough scenery.
The Stonega Branch Pt II
This installment covers installing DCC, wiring the railroad, using DCC for turnout control with Digitrax' DS64, and some more scenery work. The last part of the article covers the fifth day of construction and the fact that the layout is used in shows.
The Story Behind the Bear Creek & South Jackson
Chip interviews Charlie Comstock about his three versions of the Bear Creek & South Jackson, including how he set up some of his famous photo shots. The article is accompanied by track plans for his version 1 and version 3 layouts. A special diagram shows the space-saving wye.
The Third Street Industrial District
A hypothetical 2 x 10 foot switching layout is described here. There are 15 buildings, many of which are served by the railroad. The track plan was designed to allow for future expansion.
The Tilbury Cement Co. Part 2
This installment covers the construction of the model of this prototype structure. The author shows how he makes the silo's outside wrappers, creates the cone covers, the various structures, and the platforms. Constructions photos and drawings are included.
The Tule Springs & Western... Revisited
The author revisits Frank Burke and Lynn Austin's two-car garage layout ten years after the first report. It describes the layout and the changes made in the last ten years. Includes lots of close-up photos of this nice layout.
The Two-faced Doodlebug
The author describes how he modified a Bachmann Doodlebug for bi-directional service (cabs on either end of the engine), modeled after the ones used by the Erie. Includes model and prototype photos.
The Utah Colorado Western
The layout fills most of the 33' by 30' basement. The single track mainline represents a bridge line between Craig, CO and Heber, UT. In addition to the description of how the layout was built, the article covers operations and includes a track- and elevation plan.
The V & O Story 4
This installment covers the room preparation, benchwork, lighting, roadbed, trackwork, electrical work, and the CTC control system.
The Waupaca-Green Bay Rwy. Enginehouse
The author describes how he built this two-stall, multi-level roundhouse. Includes scale diagrams and prototype photos.
The Weber Valley RR
Pronounced "weeber", this layout represents a short line set in northern Utah's Wasatch Mountains. This is a teenager's layout, who "tricked" his dad into doing some of of the not-so-fun work. Her mother painted most of the backdrop, which looks to be fantastic work. The layout is shaped like a lower-case "e", and fills a room of almost 12' by 12'. Color photos show off the excellent scenery and backdrop work.
The Wertz Feed & Supply Co.
Modeled after a small mill in Wernersville, PA, the author shows how he built this structure. Includes prototype and model photos as well as scale drawings.
The White Pass & Yakima RR
Hobby shop owners helped start this modular club layout. They own the four corner modules, while other members are free to create straight modules. Includes overhead photos and close-ups of some of the modules.
The Wisconsin & Calumet
A regional railroad that operated passenger, piggyback, and varied freight service. Include many prototype photos, railroad maps, and suggested track plans.
The York Haven RR Co.
This layout acts as a fictional bridge route between the New York Central and New Haven railroads, and runs from Silvernails, NY to Hagerstown, MD. It is set between 1940 and 1953. The layout started out at 36" above the floor, but was raised later to 47" by the owner's operating crew. The layout forms a triangle and measures 25' by 35'. The scenery and weathering is very realistic.
There Comes a Time
Installing and test bridge piers.
Thoughts on Modular Traction Design
The author is proposing three standards for interchangeable modular layouts using traction, as inspired by the NTrak standard. The standards are "rural/farm", "big city", and "heavy electric" modeling. Various track plans and model photos of the author's modules are included.
Three Layouts, Three Different Prototypes
This is a preview article of three of the layouts open for the 2011 NMRA convention, namely Andy Schnur's HO-scale C&O, Jim Dias' HO-scale Western Pacific, and Jack Burgess' Yosemite Valley Railroad. Includes photos of the layouts.
Thundering Water and Belching Steam
1950's on Bill Emond's Whiskey River Division.
To the Mines for Silver
1900's railroading in Idaho comes alive in the HO Pacific & Idaho Northern. This is a 12' x 15' bedroom-size layout that goes around the walls, with a peninsula added, and a lower level that has a return loop into an adjacent closet. The scenery is beautiful with the railroad crossing the snaking river several times. There is a sidebar on how to model mountain streams.
Touring the Lowville & Beaver River RR
This brief article shows off photos of the RMC project layout.
Touring the SP Western Division
This around-the-walls with a peninsula layout features a large model of the SP's Oakland Mole passenger station. A sidebar shows how two Walthers kits were combined to create a smelter and refining complex.
Track and Control for Jerome & Southwestern Part 2
In this installment the author covers laying the track (including tuning turnouts), installing two-cab control, building the control panel, wiring philosophies, and wiring switch machines. There are many close-up photos of the progress, complete electrical diagrams, and a scaled image of the control panel.
Track and Power for the South Plains District part 2
This installment of the sectional layout construction covers the scenery base, tracklaying using sectional track, wiring, and rail command control
Tracks and Rocks for Our Branch Line Part 2
In this installment the author discusses how to lay track, build a bridge, and cast rocks.
Trackwork on the Lowville & Beaver River Part 3
This installment focuses on laying the track and building the bridges. It also includes a sidebar on how to make molds for the bridge piers and how to make track connectors for a portable layout.
Transamerica Distribution System Part 6
Building the 48-foot Great Dane ThermaCube. Detailed construction photos.
Trucks of the '40's
At the time of the article there were no 1940's truck models available, so the article describes how to kitbash dump, tank, flat, and shipping trucks from available cabs and bodies.
Turning the Tables
The author describes how he retrofitted an Atlas turntable under his upper-level benchwork and built a turntable bridge.
Turtle Creek Branch Line Part 4
In this part of the construction series the author builds the coal mine kitbashed from two kits, and adds other details. This is the last installment of this series.
Two Kitbashed Cabooses
A description of how Stan Rydarowicz built two Chicago & Western Indiana cabooses. A prototype and model photo is provided for each of the two cars. The project was started with an Athearn "blue box" caboose.
Two Small Bridges Part 2
This installment covers building a riveted plate girder bridge. Prototype and model photos are included, as well as a scale drawing. Various close-up photos of prototype bridges provide a clear view of the details to consider when building this model.
Two Track Plans for an L-shaped Space
Two track plans are described for building a switching layout in an L-shaped corner.
U.S. Army Transportation Corp. No. 4700N
Using a standard gauge Kato NW2, the author shows how he kitbashed it into this narrow gauge engine. Includes construction photos and one prototype photo. Click here for more information.
UP's Desert Victory SD40-2
This article describes how to detail and paint an Athearn unit to show this unique paint scheme.
Union Pacific SD40-2 Snoot #3406
In addition to prototype information (and photos), the author describes how he superdetailed an Athearn SD40-2 to look exactly like the prototype. Includes parts list.
Update A Common Water Tower Kit
The author shows how he converted an HO-scale Atlas water tower into a more-realistic looking tower by using parts of the kit and scratchbuilding some other parts. Includes a materials list, several key construction step photos, a scale drawing, and how to model the wire the spout.
Updating an Athearn Standard Coach
Includes diaphragms, how to use dividers to place details.
Updating the PRR Northeast Division
The author updates us on the improvements he has made to his layout (his last article was in the March 2001 issue of RMC). Includes close-up photos of his new, detailed scenes.
Upgrading HO Hopper Car Kits
The author describes how he super-detailed an Athearn hopper car to make it look better so that it matches the Westerfield cars he also runs on his layout.
Upgrading Walthers' Royal Packing 40' ART Steel Reefer
Upgrading a Bachmann Coaling Tower
Using the Bachmann kit, the author enhanced the scene building a foundation and bunker, the hoist and drying house, the sand bin, adding tipple details, and concludes with painting and weathering the models.
Upgrading the Bowser class GS Model
The author describes how he modified the Bowser HO-scale kit to model this car.
Upgrading the MDC Shay Part I
The author states that the model runs very well if as built, but adding an NWSL metal gearbox and a Sagami motor with flywheels really makes it purr. Also discussed are contact wipers, side rods, and universal shafts
Urban Railroading in a Gulf Coast Port
This is an industrial layout in a 12' x 13' room. The layout includes a port peninsula.
Putting city buildings on a second level above the track can make the city look dense, yet still allow the trains to move on through. The author describes how he makes rounded backdrops, uses mock-ups, builds roads, and the buildings themselves (painting, weathering, roofs, signs, and lighting). Includes a sidebar on how to cut out windows when scratchbuilding a wall.
Urban Switching in HO
A track plan of a 12 by 16 feet layout is presented that can be used for inner-city modern switching operations. It is a G-shaped design with a swing gate bridge.
Using Rock Molds
The author describes how he built the walls of a rock quarry by using real rock of which he made the molds.
Using Semi-scale wheels and couplers
Changing the wheels and couplers of freight cars to more-to-scale ones improves the look of the models. He uses wheels from Reboxx and Intermountain, and couplers from Accumate. He uses the Reboxx Exxact Socket tool to improve the free-rolling characteristic of the trucks.
Using a Double Slip-Switch, or Read All About It!
Lots of photos of the turnout set to various positions.
Vic Kuklin's Modern-day Colorado Midland Ry.
This double-decked layout, in the owner's imagination, had the Colorado Midland Railway continuing on to August, 1960. A trackplan and photos of the very nicely-detailed layout accompany the article.
Visiting Fred Carlson's Gladstone & North Houghton
The article describes Fred's layout set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which measures 26' by 25' in an L-shape. It covers the layout's construction and design, operating, and plans for the future. Many photos and a track plan are also included
Visiting Larry Wright's Beaver Valley & Pennsylvania RR
The layout measures 35' by 55' in an around-the-walls style in Larry's basement. It is set in 1936 and features aspects of the Ma & Pa railroad if it had made it to western Pennsylvania. Includes many photos and a trackplan.
Visiting Tom Combs' Cascade Pacific
Photos accompany this article about how the owner's layout has changed, thanks to the help of friends.
Visiting the Blackhawk Valley R.R.
This simple around-the-room layout fits in a 13' x 26' space. The photos in the article only cover a 2' x 8' area that is "finished". The track is all handlaid code 70 rail. The author enjoys rail-fanning his layout.
Visiting the Hampshire County R.R.
An L-shaped, freelanced layout measuring 5 ft by 12 ft featuring the times of the Great Depression shows that a small layout can still provide lots of fun.
Visiting the Sheridan & Bruce Lake Rwy.
G-shaped layout with small storage tracks behind the layout wall. Nice weathering.
Visiting the Sicamous R.R.
The author describes the history of this L-shaped layout that he built out of two modules, with an added return loop in a closet.
Visiting the Spring Creek Valley Rwy.
The layout fits in a 12' by 35' room. According to Jim Ellis, the owner, it represents a bridge route between Niagara Falls and Toronto. This layout was started in 1964.
The author describes how he built this Western Pacific outside-braced cupola caboose in this article that includes model and prototype photos, as well as a scale drawing.
Walthers HO Caboose Assembly Tricks
Installing wire grab irons, truck clearance issues, and repositioning the body bolsters.
Walthers N6b, Corrected and Backdated
The author shows how he modified the model to make it more accurate. Includes only model photos.
Walthers’ HO Scale Broadway Limited
How the new Broadway Limited can be used to make prototypical trains. Various time periods are covered.
Water Tank Tips
Making the Atlas water tank kit look more realistic. Includes model photos.
Waterfront at Wiscasset
The author describes building a 4x8-foot waterfront layout in six months. Only includes photos of the layout.
Weathering Open-Top Cars Part 1
Making our models look more realistic by using various techniques to show their age.
Western Maryland GP7
Starting with an Athearn GP7, the author made a chopped nose model.
The author describes the methods and materials he uses to add life to lowlands, such as trees, fish, weeds, and several miscellaneous man-made details.
What's in Your Corner?
The author built an abandoned branch line track over a creek in the corner of his layout to make effective use of the dead space. Includes a sidebar on the history of the Wilkes-Barre & Hazleton interurban railway.
When Good Engines Go Bad
Modeling a diesel with opened doors, which means modeling the actual motor (removing the model's mechanics). Includes some prototype photos and many model photos.
Where The East Broad Top Meets the Pennsy
This 24' x 26' layout has a double-track Pennsy mainline around the perimeter of the layout and the narrow gauge EBT in the center island. Includes a sidebar on how Don Shook makes debris for the top of his steam engine's tenders.
Window and Door Screens in HO Scale
This brief article with plenty of construction photos shows how to use silk-screen to simulate window and door screens.
Working Ditch Lights for Modern Diesels
Using fiber optics to install ditch lights in an SD40-2 model.