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1972
November
Features - No Room for a Layout?, Fuel and Water Car, Southern Railway Today!, Solderless Locomotive Modification, Locomotive Riptrack, Evergreen Convention-A Winner, Where to See...FA's in the West, Extend that Turntable
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1973
September
Contents - Plymouth's Pocket Diesels (A guide to the world of small diesels.), House on the Hill (Build a mansion for your railroad's founder.), Wheel & Hoist Car (An interesting piece of maintenance equipment.), Sierra Pacific Lines (A visit to the Pasadena (Calif) RR Club.), The GP Gets a Repair Facility (Railroad Shops from SS Ltd's roundhouse kit.), Scenery From Rubber Molds (Part Two of our how-to on natural scenery.), Modifying Your Crummies (Variations on a plastic theme.), As American as a 4-4-0 (A review of AHM's new O scale Genoa kit.)
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1973
October
Contents - Track Cleaner Conversions (Results of our recent N scale modifying contest.), Derelict Diesels (Add realism to your locomotive backshop area.), From the Observation Car (Some thoughts on locos from our man Latham.), Fantastic First Effort (A visit to the fantastic N scale layout of S. J. Kill.), Western Building Fronts (Full color cutouts and hints on using them.), C&O Passenger Equipment (Plans and photos of two of their passenger cars.), Northwest's Own Railroad (The locomotives of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle.), Those Magnificent Electrics (A look at getting started in collecting tinplate.)
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1974
January
Features - It's The Little Things That Count (Details to spruce up that model bridge.), SP Means Switcher Power (The yard goats of the Southern Pacific RR.), Kits Designed to be Changed (A look at MDC's new plastic structures.), The MRIA Show (Something for everyone at the industry's exhibit.), The CP&I Story (We discuss the building of our HO display railroad.)
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1974
February
Features - The Clarabel Hotel (Build yourself the perfect railroad hotel with interior.), Farewell to Friends (The passing of the Milwaukee Road's Box Cab Electrics.), The Terminal at Avery (A narrow canyon yard with many possibilities for modeling.), The CP&I Story - Part II (Building the framework and laying the track.), 1973 Index (Where to find what you need in Railroad Modeler, Volume 3.), Outdoor Railroading in Half-Inch Scale (John Huie's outdoor masterpiece in the California sunshine.), Build a Grain Elevator The first in a series of Penny Models - they're quick and cheap.)
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1974
March
Features - Humanize That Yard (Well placed details can make your yard outstanding.), An Idiot's Approach to Locos (Locomotive construction for the untalented.), Loading Platform (An easy project to add life to a lonely siding.), Detail Be Damned (Wayne Brandt's HO layout has an excellent overall effect.), The Colorful LV (A study in color of the diesels of the Lehigh Valley.), The CP&I - Part 3 (Building the control panel and wiring the layout.), The Characters at Placer Hill (Use your imagination to give personality to your layout.), SP Diesel Update (Additions to our S.P. diesel roster (Restoring Tinplate (Make something worthwhile out of that junk loco.)
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1974
April
Features - Mini-Contest Results (Photos and plans of the winners.), The CP&I - Part 4 (Building Interbay Harbor.), Do It Yourself Loco? (How to SDP40F Your FP-45 (Using Athearn's new loco as a basis for Amtrak's diesel.), Wolf Creek Lumber Company (Steep grades and sharp curves provide some interesting operation.), Know Your Diesel (EMD's SW1500, model and prototype.), Crossbucks I Have Known (Protect those grade crossings.), The Trains of Disneyland (There's lots of railroading to see.)
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1974
May
Features - Preview '74 (A look at the new products shown at the Hobby Show.), C&O Passenger Equipment (Continuing our series with this two unit diner.), Old Movie Posters (Full color signs for use with all scales.), Backshop Operations on the GR (Modifying a Ken Kidder 0-4-0 Plantation loco.), The 9th Syracuse & Western (A visit to a new N scale layout in full color.), Western Pacific Power (Our complete report on WP's diesel motive power.), Buildings on the CP&I (The town of Cahuenga has an interesting group of structures.), Steam Shovel (A fantastic model of an Atlantic shovel in 3/4" scale.)
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1974
June
Features - Freelance Center Cab Diesel (A happy marriage of some plastic bodies results in a great switcher.), New at Numberg (All that's new in model railroading from the European manufacturers.), Passenger Annex at Deer Creek (An interesting add-on project for that old freight house.), Locomotives of the L&N (A roster that is perfect for the modeler looking for variety.), The Pacific Electric in HO (A sprawling model of the Southern California interurban system.), The Galloping Goose Treasury (A look at the RGS railcars in model and prototype operation.), Railroad Salvage Yard (A perfect place for your bad order cars, as built on the CP&I.), Kilroy Was Where? (A light look at graffiti and how it can liven the railroad scene.)
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1974
July
Features - Shorty Business Car (Perfect for the small railroad, both standard and narrow gauge.), Run Your Train With Cards (A fun and easy way to set up an operation system as used on the CP&I.), Yakima Valley Electric (The perfect prototype for a layout, and it's right up to date.), Two In One Layout (Scratchbuilt models in both N and Z make this an outstanding railroad.), Desk Top Dioramas (Show your friends your railroad interests with a mini-dio.), Know Your Diesel - The SD45 (An in depth look at both the prototype and the model locomotives.), Towards Better Operation (A locomotive testing device that will insure better running trains.), From the Observation Car (Keeping a watchful eye on the prototype will help your modeling.)
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1974
August
Features - Homebuilt Box Cab Electric (Discarded diesel parts combine into a freelance HO locomotive.), Citrus Shed (Pland and photos of building an action packed industry.), A Day With Extra 487 (Come ride with a UP local and get some ideas for better operation.), A Miss Builds a Hit (Or maybe a Ms, but she builds some fantastic waterfront models.), Scratchbuilding in N (Start with commercial cars and then use your imagination.), CP in New England (The Canadian Pacific does its thing 'south of the border'.), Be It Ever So Humble (Home to a locomotive often means a small and distinctive shed.), Anatomy of a Convention (You may be missing a lot of good times if you don't attend.)
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1974
September
Features - Passenger Cars of the C&O (Plans and photos of the Parlor Car, and Dormitory/Baggage.), Vintage Tin From Europe (Some rare tinplate trains made in Europe at the turn of the century.), Shortline to Wakefield (The Narragansett Pier Railroad is pefect for modeling.), Work Equipment in On3 (Modifying Westside's brass flatcars results in new equipment.), Savings & Loan Building (Another in our series of "Penny Models", it's fun and inexpensive.), Alco's Versatile S-2 (A "Know your Diesel" feature of a most interesting small switcher.), I Call It an SW-3 (Combine an SW-7 and a Hustler for a different switching locomotive.), Small in Name Only (Kieinbahn is little-known but worthwhile maker of European trains.)
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1974
October
Features - That First Kit Conversion (It's not really that hard if you take your time.), Santa Fe's 3765 Class Northern (A different AT&SF 4-8-4 emerges from a PFM brass import.), Expose: Decal Mystery (It's really no mystery if you follow a few basic rules.), Nostalgia, Population 1204 (Advanced planning results in an amazingly detailed railroad.), From The Observation Car (Using spring switches for some advanced operation.), The Durham & Southern (Shortline maybe, but it is first class all the way.), The Apex Interchange (A section of the D&S is perfect for the model railroad.), Interurban Duo (Plans and photos of two cars from the Cincinnati & Lake Erie.)
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1974
November
Features - Cut Up a Coach (MDC's coaches are the start of a whole new string of equipment.), Never a Dry Moment (Any railroad can use a water tank or two spotted along the line.), Generator Car (Nightfall needn't bother your track gangs...a fun evening project.), British Columbia Railway (A railroad with dreams of building all the way to Alaska.), Wacky World of the CR&S (Harold Prommel is building a major empire...with a strange history.), Know Your Diesel - The U25 (The original U-boat, a prototype that is used by many railroads.), Convention College (One of our contributors looks at the NMRA's Silvergate Convention.), Zeeland National Railway (A massive seaport is built in a mere 2' x 8' using Z scale.)
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1974
December
Features - Small Space - Big Railroading (Don't let the lack of space hold you back...there's a lot you can do.), What Lonely Siding? (There is a gret deal to a siding besides just a turnout.), Railroad Storage Sheds (Another in our continuing series of Penny Models - fight inflation!), General Electrric's 70-Tonner (A shortline favorite, this small diesel also found favor with Class I's.), Turbine Look-Alike (A massive locomotive generally following the Union Pacific lead.), Log Hog (For an inexpensive loco, try starting with a Japanese prototype.), Simple Coupler Conversion (A study in mounting Kadee's N scale couplers on Con-Cor equipment.), Engine No. 1 (No, not a loco, but rather a Victorian Firehouse - in plans and photos.)
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1975
June
Features - Customizing Structure Kits (Changing the looks of kits need not be complicated.), One Man's Pleasure (Attention to detail makes the M&B an outstanding layout.), Details for Diesels (With looks at both the prototype and the model locomotives.), Clean That Track (A simple device that may be a real timesaver for you.), The Gila Builds a Town (Ron Tarjany shows how to make the structure fit the space.), Rolling in Peanuts (Discarded by the Katy, this line is now the Texas Central.)
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1977
February
Features - Freelance Rail-Crane (A perfect addition to any maintenance-of-way train.), MRIA '76 (A photographic report of the MRIA Model Railroad Show.), On Location With "Bad Pete" (The movie crews come to the Big Tujunga Canyon Railroad.), Ponderosa Crew Car (Scale plans and photos of a great car for any logging railroad.), Standard Gauge, Narrow Gauge (Some beautiful scratchbuilt anrrow gauge locomotives in 7/16" scale.), Electric Servicing Facility (Electric locomotives need maintenance too...even in model form.), A Little Wales Railroading (Some distinctive narrow gauge locomotives from England.)
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1977
March
Features - A Real Turn Around (An N scale turntable made from an Atlas HO version.), Amtrak Generator Car (Add variety to an otherwise all passenger fleet.), Amtrak Baggage Car (Modeling a shorty baggage that began life as a kitchen car.), The Diesels of Amtrak (A new passenger corporation resulted in a new breed of power.), Eagle Ridge & Western (Jerry Guth's HO railroad is a good case for the informal club.), Finishing Touches (How to add some snap to those plain structurre kits.), Bachshopping Tyco's Ten-Wheeler (New driver spacing and cosmetic changes gives you a whole new loco.)
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1977
May
Features - Giant Hoppers for Coal (Convert an Athearn hopper for greater carrying capacity.), The Cars of Mount Lowe (Plane and photos of standard and narrow gauge trolleys.), Locomotive Kit Revival (A close look at the new Consolidation kit from Roundhouse.), A Case of Planned Parenthood (The Lockheed Employees Club is a well thought out HO railroad.), Conrail's DeWitt Geeps (This month's "Know Your Diesel" covers a rare breed indeed.), Put Up a Good Front (The Azusa Central gets a new town via false front builsings.), A Matter of Communication (Even with radios, the telephone is still an important part of railroading.)
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1977
June
Features - The Story of Steam (Part Two of our series examines the advances in fireboxes.), Finally, A Major Leaguer (A visit to Fine Scale Miniatures to see how they do it.), A Look Back At Layouts (A selection of model railroads to help provide you with ideas.), D&H, Some Way to Run a Railroad! (A railroad providing color in an otherwise sea of Conrail blue.), Anatomy of Model Photography (Mark Henley provides tips on making your model shots better.), Don't Scrap It, Slug It (Diesel slugs make for some very different pieces of motive power.)
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1977
July
Features - The Super Tanker (An easy kit conversion for a truly outstanding tank car.), Colorado Bound (A rail watchers guide for those attending the NMRA Convention.), Know Your Diesels (Alco's S5 and S6, as well as the T6, are covered in detail.), Agrigate Food Exchange (This interesting industry is easily made from plastic kits.), Fifty Years of Railroading (Chet Taylor's interests cover the complete span of railroading.), Amtrak Electric (An N scale electric locomotive made from a Pennsy prototype.), Give 'Em a Lift (Plans and photos of a Santa Fe passenger car crane.)
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1977
August
Features - Turn of the Century Hoppers (The same basic design, but different materials make for variety.), 1920's Boiler House (A perfect addition to a steam facility: we include plans and photos.), Long Awaited & Desired Railroad (George Hirst's railroad carries a name that says it all.), Off with the Skirts (Lionel's Daylight emerges as a WP GS-6 and an SP GS-4.), Wide Spot in the Roadbed (Oxnard, California is one spot almost designed with the modeler in mind.), Steam Locos of the W&VJ (This railroad's steamers have a distinct family look.), Things You Can Do With a Diesel (Only the modeler operates them right out of the box.)
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1977
September
Features - Fire-Fighting Tank Car (Copied after the narrow gauge, it's built for standard gauge use.), It's Showtime (At least that's the way it seems at more and more conventions.), Bridges Can Be Beautiful (Plans and how-to for a small A-frame bridge.), Railroading In The North (Better model operation comes from watching the prototype.), Box Car Freight House (Another "Penny Model" that is perfect for the short siding.), Know Your Diesel (Fast becoming a "standard" is the EMO SD40 in many variations.), Long Name...Short Railroad (A small switching railroad that packs in a lot of activity.)
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1977
October
Features - Chop & Change a Decapod (This Santa Fe 2-10-0 began as a psuedo-Pennsylvania loco.), Highway Competition (Some easy truck conversions.), Cookin' With Gas (UP's gas turbines were an experiment in motive power.), Great Northern in the West Indies (Curacao has a fine example of American prototype modeling.), Industrial Diesel Service (A compact service facility that will handle even big road power.), A Monorail...Of Sorts (An experimental railway built in England in the late 1800's.), Simple Freight Platform (It's a "Plain Jane" type of structure, but a very necessary one.)
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1977
December
Features - Narrow Gauge Depot (Plans and model of the Pacific Coast Rwy's Depot.), Daylight's Articulated Cars (Kitbashing the special Southern Pacific passenger cars.), Amtraking With The Daylight (California riders had quite a treat for a while.), Auxiliary Equipment (Water tenders and heater and power cars make for great models.), Jan's Ice House (A very useful structure that takes very little room.), Old Fashioned Christmas Layout (A fantastic way to show off those antique toy trains.), A Year of Railroading (Bob Brown has accomplished quite a lot in just twelve months.), Caboose Talk (Join us on a trip with an SP switching local.)
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1978
January
Features - HO Diesel Survey (What they are and an illustrated guide to who makes them.), On Target (Your switch stands are naked without a warning target.), Photo Points (Beginning a new series by Mark Henley on model photography.), Details Make a Difference (Take that first step towards super detailing your locomotive.), About Those Weeds (The mainline can be a mess unless your railroad has a weed sprayer.), Run By Computer (A new N scale club uses a mini-computer to help the operation.), Big Tujunga's Tiny Depot (A small combination depot / office / water tank with complete plans.)
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1978
February
Features - We Visit The Albertson's (And learn what some people doin their garages.), Southern Pacific's West Colton Yard (A look at a modern computerized classification yard.), Dynamometer Car (A freelanced car using a couple of caboose bodies.), Cover Up For Safety (Auto Rack cars need protection of the merchandise.), Depot At The Crossing (A perfect station for the area where two lines meet.), Rotary Snow Plow in N (A scratchbuilt plow using many commercial parts.), Snow Plow Gallery (A look at the prototype with many modeling ideas.), Diesel Fuel Stand (Scale drawings and photos of a short line fuel facility.), "Guastatoya" in On3 (Building a business car using trolley car parts.)
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1978
March
Features - Adelaide (An Interail Module with a difference - it's Nn3.), Versatile Overtone (MDC's shorty passenger cars have many possibilities.), Backhoe Unloader (Where there's work to be done, this machinery provides the muscle.), Know Your Diesel (Alco's C-415 switcher is presented with photos and scale drawings.), Cool Scene (An ice platform is a must if you use old style reefers.), Photo Points (Framing the scene adds more to the finished photo than you'd think.), Concrete Underpass (Keep the highway seperated from the railroad...in style.)
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1978
April
Features - Story of Steam (Part 4 - Specialized locomotives for the unusual situation.), Bathtub Gondola (Perfect for the layout with coal hauling traffic.), Tinker With a Tank (A branchline tank modified from a plastic kit in HO and O scale.), Limestone Crushing Plant (An interesting New England industrial operation.), The Model Limestone Plant (See how the prototype can be adapted for the model railroad.), MOW Rail Trucks (Highway trucks converted to the rails for maintenance work.), Let's Cultivate Weeds (The model scene gets a more realistic look with their addition.), Locomotive Turn Around (An N scale SP cab-forward built fron Con-Cor's 2-8-8-2.)
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1978
May
Features - Camelback in N Scale (An easy project using commercial parts.), California's North Short Lines (Traction modeling following Chicago prototypes.), Coos Bay Logging Diesels (SW 1200's in photos and scale drawings.), 1977 Index (Where to find those stories you're searching.), Train - Game (Take the blahs out of your train running.), Photo Points (Using tunnel portals to frame your photos.), Vest Pocket Yards (A yard need not be big to be bigtime.), A Day In The Life of the CCRy (Shortlines often mean unplanned occurences.)
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1978
July
Features - Old West Brewery (Plans, photos and a discussion of building this structure.), Contest Winning (It takes special techniques to carry home those trophies.), Twelve-Wheel Steamer (Tyco's 4-8-0 is a good locomotive kit, if you take your time.), Photo Points (Take it outside in the sun for better lighting effects.), Operation's the Thing (The Culver City Club is big on running trains.), A Short Line That Isn't (Using the Greenwich & Johnsonville as the basis for a layout.), EMD's GP40X (From La Grange comes a new freight locomotive.), It's Called Paoli (An action packed commuter terminal for electrics.)
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1978
September
Features - Railroads for Fun and Profit (Or how to run a railroad in the park), Making Dirt Roads (You have to get that traffic across the tracks somehow), Know Your Diesel (Santa Fe's CF7 is built from discarded F-7s), The PRSL Lives (A large N scale railroad following eastern prototypes), Western Pacific's F-7 Revival (The WP's covered wagons get a new lease on life), Make 'Em Run Better (Athearn diesels run even better with a little extra work), Photo Points (Adding smoke is easy and will enhance a scene immensely), Tower in a Triangle (When three railroads come together, the possibilities are fantastic)
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1978
October
Features - Narrow Gauge Mogul (An Nn3 locomotive made using a Maarklin Z chassis.), Follow Those Shortlines (They offer much in ideas for the modeler.), Wurtsboro Coal Elevator (An interesting prototype modified for model use.), Giant Weed Killer (A highway / rail truck that can be made from commercial kits.), They Show Their Age (Weathering freight cars can add to your layout's realism.), Platform Car (A flat car kit and stripwood is all that's needed for this project.), This Could Be The Start of Something Big (A car shop for a small logging railroad with fantastic detail.), Why The Marklin Mystique? (A look at the German maker's three rail AC system.)
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1979
January
Features - More BN Modeling (A little research will result in a much better model railroad.), Hillside Water Tank (An N scale tank car makes a great shortline watering place.), They Lost Their Trains (Though the train doesn't stop, many stations continue.), Rail & Tie Car (A quickie project uses a commercial flatcar for a starter.), Diesel Switcher (A 1/4" locomotive that can be buit for under $30.), Railroad of the Month (An HOn3 engine that was built in a mere 30 days.), What's The Best Background? (A discussion of various types to fit your needs.), Closeup: Hand Car Shed (Attention to small details makes it more than a model.), Tank Car Repair Yard (A prototype installation that is perfect for modeling.)
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1979
February
Features - N Scale Diesel Survey (What's presently available and who makes it.), Railroads vs. Highways (Can the two be used together successfully on the layout?), Photo Points (Soft focus can sometimes make a better photo.), Those Shortline Box Cars (Freight trains are getting a new look from leased cars.), A Capitol Railroad (The Sacramento (Calif.) Model Railroad is a winner.), Make mine Old Time (Turn of the century modeling is one modeler's choice.), Evolution of a Railroad (Strange things have happened to eastern railroading.), Weed Killer Car (Plans and photos to build a neat little m-o-w car.)
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1979
March
Features - The Humboldt Northern (How about 12"-to-the-foot modeling?), The Fallbrook & Escondido (A Santa Fe branch serves as the inspiration for this layout.), Track Cars (Modeling some interesting m-o-w cars.), Street Railway (Trolley modeling can bring class to any small model town.), GE's New BQ-23-7 (A new crew cab makes this a very distinctive diesel.), Z Gauge - American Style (Scratchbuilding the equipment is just one of the challenges.), Logging Prairie (MDC's 2-8-0 is the basis for the loco conversion.), Hang In There (All about overhead catenary systems.)
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1979
Spring
Special - Modeling the Utah Railway, The Quincy Modular Railroad, Nostalgia, Pop. 1204, Reader's Showcase, Smokey Mountain Railroad, Beach Cities Railroad, Small Space - Big Railroading, 120 Miles to Railhead, North Star Route, Semi-Club Can Be Fun, C&D Belt line, One Man's Pleasure, Detail Be Damned, Winter Balley Regional Railroad
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1979
July
Features - Santa Fe #8788 (Modeling the AT&SF's 8700 Class U-36Cs), HOn-30" Loco Conversions (Scale drawings and ideas for making these from N scale chassis), Guest Room Central (A small room calls for small scale modeling), Icicle Breaker Car (An interesting maintenance of way car in HO), North Maine Junction (Bangor & Aroostook's yard is great for modeling), Use Your Flatcars (Ideas for making realistic loads on your model cars), The Gate at 27th St. (A simple way to protect a busy rail crossing)
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1979
October
Southern Pacific's SD40 (Athearn shells and commercial parts result in very authentic models), EMD SD40 Gallery (A guide to other diesels that can be built using SP methods), Upgraded Gondola (A plastic kit can be made to look like an award winning model), Details for Better Buildings (Buildings will look better with the addition of no cost details), Use Your Imagination (Kits don't necessarily have to be built the way they were designed), Life on the TH&B (Canadian shortline Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo), Try a Cheap Model (A small structure that will help fight inflation), Middletown's Compact Complex (A depot and small yard in New York, perfect for modeling)
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1979
December
We Visit Central Valley, Electric Railroading (The Sacramento Northern provides some varied operations), Modeling the South End, Over the Loop (The Glendale (Calif) Model RR Club is building a section of the SP), The Lafayette Shops, Mallet in N Scale (A scratchbuilt steam locomotive in 1:160 size), Proper Car Weights, Depot from an Old Coach (Use an old car to make an eye-catching stopping off point)
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1980
January
Features - An American Garratt, Brookville Locomotives, Swing Away Panel, A Simple Structure, Action in Operation, Nevada's Only Terminal, Union Pacific U28C
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1980
February
Features - The Complete F-7 (There's no need to run "naked" locomotives on your railroad), Obscure Central (California's Amador Central makes the perfect model subject), The Desert Wind (Ride along on the inaugural run of AMtrak's latest train), Decade of N Scale (A review of some excellent N scale railroads these past years), Icing Platform (A needed installation for anyone who runs wood reefers), SN Freight Motor (A follow-up to our Sacramento Northern presentation), Boreas Pass (Revisit the narrow gauge South Park Line)
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1980
March
Features - North Coast Limited (Beginning a new series on Great Passenger Trains), PC Rwy Roundhouse (An award winning N Scale structure), Arsenal Hill SF7 (A freelance diesel for passenger service), RGS No. 74 (A much traveled narrow gauge 2-8-0 in two scales), Custom Ore Loader (A small structure to load gondolas and hoppers), Building a Small Harbor (A step-by-step for making a rail/marine scene), American Zebras (Santa Fe's diesels once had a zoo look), End of the Line? (A simple project to dress up your engine terminal), 1979 Index (Where to find that missing article)
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1980
April
Features - The Seventies (A look at ten years of model railroading), Freelancing Stock Cars (If it looks like a stock car, it must be one), Imaginative Short Line (The Iowa Terminal still runs electric locomotives), Big Tujunga's Secret Project (Perhaps the beginning of rapid transit?), Early Rock Island Diesels (It was an interesting time during the 50's), Brass of the Past (Japanese locomotives hae come a long way)
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1980
May
Features - Hobby Show '80 (A preview of what will be on your dealer's shelf this year), Pacific Electric 1200s (A look at the car that really was the "Big Red Car" to many), Small Town Depot (Every stop on the line had some sort of station), Sugar Cane Railroading (The prototype systems and how to model them), Open Air Shed (This produce shed can be used for a number of purposes), Modeling BN Diesels (Tips for these, and their predecessors as well), Helper Yard (This Rio Grande facility has many modeling ideas)
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