Model Railroader-2000 & Newer

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January
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Features - Our Cover Story - Build The N Scale Appalachian Central (Our latest project layout features modern methods and materials); A Century Of Trains In Sedalia (Lots has changed, but railroading is still steel wheels on steel rails); Build A Modern Concrete Grain Elevator (A towering HO structure that occupies little space on the layout); Grand Dreams In 50 Square Feet (A plan for a 5 x 9-foot On2 1/2 layout featuring an operator's cockpit); Building A Boston Streetcar (Boston MTA Part 4: step-by-step instructions and PCC prototype drawings); The Ultimate Uncoupler (Build a hidden electromagnetic uncoupler); 3-D Track Planning Software Showdown (A review of Cadrail, 3rd PlanIt and 3D Railroad Concept and Design); Detailing And Painting An Athearn BNSF C44-9W (Extra details and a striking paint job enhance an HO scale plastic model); Choices: Looking Back At 20 Years On The HO Scale Yosemite Valley; Prototype Drawings - Western Maryland's Cumberland Station (A magnilficient station reborn as a museum and tourist railway terminal); Building A Lamppost (An inexpensive detailing project) Departments - At The Throttle (Passenger car straw poll); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas O AEM7 and Horizon passenger cars; Branchline HO 50-foot boxcar; JL Innovative Design HO 1930s gas station); Sweepstakes Rules; Workshop; Prototype Info (Rock Island TA diesels); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Seasons Greetings; Workin' On The Railroad (Animation); Back To Basics; Trains Of Thought (Full circle, a tale of old friends); One Reader's Opinion (The lessons I've learned); Ask Paint Shop; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Union Pacific monument)
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February
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Features - Our Cover Story - The West Side Lumber Co. (A bedroom-size Sn3 re-creation of a Western logger); Boston MTA Part 5: Stringing The Overhead (Half the fun of traction is watching the trolley pole snake along the wire); Detailing The Bowser HO Pennsy I1 Decapod (Modeling two versions of this classic workhorse locomotive); Prototype Drawings - ACF Central Flow Hopper 5250C; Realistic N Scale Pole Lines (Use an Atlas telephone pole as the basis for a six-arm telegraph pole); Scenery For The Appalachian Central (We conclude our N scale project layout with scenery and structures); Tortoise Tips (Model aircraft push rods make installation quicker and easier); Hinged Magnetic Uncouplers (Movable ramps prevent false uncoupling); A Railroad You Can Model - The Central Vermont Of The 1950s (Railroading in the land of the Green Mountain Boys); The Central Vermont In N Scale; Industrial Gears And Machinery Parts (Making quick and inexpensive details) Departments - At The Throttle (Electronic layout design); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (InterMountain HO ACF Center Flow covered hopper; Atlas N scale 60-foot boxcar; NWSL Proto 48 wheelsets, and more); Sweepstakes Rules; Workshop; Prototype Info (Annual historical society list); MR News (National Model and Hobby Show report); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad; Back To Basics (Laying flextrack on curves); Trains Of Thought (Together, we're getting there); One Reader's Opinion (Modeling a sense of place); Ask Paint Shop; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Topping off)
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June
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Features - Our Cover Story Pete Fordyce's MoPac Arkansas Division (Happily this beautiful layout has been saved by a museum); Down By The Depot (Easy styrene stations following your own railroad's standard plan); Prototype Drawings Baldwin-Westinghouse Steeplecabs (After 85 years, some of these workhorses are still earning their keep); Beginning An Operating Group (Practical ideas to make initial operating sessions successful and enjoyable); Scotchcal Trailers (It works for the real ones, so who not on models>); HO Diesel Roundup (A guide to current and past plastic, resin and real locomotives); Pennsy Shark Attack (Getting a signature diesel on the roster); The HOn3 San Lorenzo Southern (A free-lanced Colorado narrow gauge empire); Video Monitoring For Staging Yards (Surveillance equipment makes it easy to control train movements); Tehachapi In N Scale (Choosing the right prototoye was key to designing this layout) Departments - At The Throttle (Information online); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Life-Like Canada HO C-Liner; Athearn HO P-S 50-foot boxcar; Atlas HO 23,500-gallon tank car; Kadee HO 50-foot PS-1 boxcar); Workshop (Modeling branchline track); Prototype Info; MR News (MR visits Bowser; Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Adding character); Back To Basics (Making model trees); Trains Of Thought (The learning curve); One Reader's Opinion (Our love affair with U.S. trains); Ask Paint Shop; Small Layout Contest Rules; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Steam up)
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July
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Features - Our Cover Story - Kevin Shanahan's HO Union Pacific (A free-lance model railroad with strong family ties); HO Scale Magnetic Knuckle Couplers (A survey of the current crop of couplers); The San Jose Central (An HO layout to be built at the National Train Show); Bob Brown's Tuolumne Forks Lumber Co. RR (Love of narrow gauge modeling led to founding a magazine); Prototype Drawings - Challenger Chair Cars (Reinventing coach travel on the eve of World War II); Modeling Modern Graffiti (Add realistic detail with a gel pen); The Shops At Marian Eddy (Lengthening and lighting Walthers' back shop kit); Improving Single-Sheathed Boxcars (Modifying a pair of Walthers N scale 50-foot cars); Magnetic Loads (Making lumber loads easily removable); South Pacific Coast Garden Railroad (A spectacular setting for a garden railway in the California hills) Departments - At The Throttle (The evolving railroad); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (USA Trains 1:29 F3 A and B; Red Caboose HO GS gondola; Micro-Trains N round-top boxcar; Walthers HO Amtrak Viewliner); Workshop; Prototype Info (New UP fiber glass reefers); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Building with modular walls); Back To Basics (Forced perspective); Trains Of Thought (Acting your age); One Reader's Opinion (Enthusiasm for the hobby); Ask Paint Shop (Paintbrush storage); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Done fishin')
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August
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Features - Our Cover Story - Western Pennsylvania HO Museum Layout (This group is building a prototypical layout in 4,000 square feet); From Coach To Caboose (Teaching an old passenger car new tricks); John Plant's Sewell, West Virginia (Twelve feet of Ntrak modules re-create a bustling 1950s mining town); An HO Scale Union Pacific USRA Light Mikado (Railroad-specific details for Athearn's Light Mike); Prototype Drawings - Rowlesburg Tower (This former B&O, now CSX, interlocking tower is one of the survivors); Presenting The Winners Of The 1999 Readers' Choice Awards (Steam is king - again); Making Structures Unique (Simple modifications that turn easy structure kits into showpieces); Build A Working Track Scale (Weighing loads and empties adds interest to operations); My Late But Not Lamented HO Western Pacific (Buying another man's layout turned out to be a mistake, but it yielded valuable experience) Departments - At The Throttle (Model railroad frontiers); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Proto 2000 HO FA-1 and FB-1; Alan Curtis N spine car; Roundhouse HO Shay; Life-Like N E6A and E6B); Workshop; Prototype Info (Kansas City Southern "snoots"); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Free-lancing); Back To Basics (Basic switching); Trains Of Thought (Selective compression); One Reader's Opinion (Computerized car routing); Ask Paint Shop (Soo Line RS-3s); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Dressed for the road)
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September
2000

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Features - Our Cover Story - Union Freight: Part 1 (An HO urban switching railroad you can build); Model Railroading In Small Spaces - The Bullmoose (A 2 x 4-foot HO scale layout designed like a theater stage); Upgrading Micro Engineering Turnouts (Easy modifications for improved performance); The Third Subdivision Of Nickel Plate's St. Louis Line (Converting memories from the late-steam era into an HO layout); Prototype Drawings - Three-Unit All-Purpose Well Car (NSC built these cars for TTX in 1997); Operating With Train Radio (Proper communications protocol adds to the fun); Model Railroading In Small Spaces - Railroad In A Bookcase (A Swedish model railroader abandons his armchair); Modeling A Nickel Plate Road Phase III GP9 (Detail this Life-Like Proto 2000 HO locomotive); Model Railroading In Small Spaces - Rails Through The Sierras (An operations-oriented N scale layout in 3 x 8 feet) Departments - At The Throttle; Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Proto 2000 HO USRA 0-8-0; Micro-Trains N scale hopper; Accurail HO USRA boxcar; Atlas HO 60-foot ACF boxcar, and more); Workshop; Prototype Info; MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Photo Contest Rules; Workin' On The Railroad (Detailing a yard); Back To Basics (Weathering); Trains Of Thought (Linear thinking); One Reader's Opinion (Model railroading as high art); Ask Paint Shop (Miss Katy in green and yellow); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Premier service)
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October
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Features - Our Cover Story - The HO Missouri, Kansas & Quincy (A model railroad built to railfan); Urban Freight: Part 2 (Tips for installing and testing track that will be embedded in paving); Stupid Train Tricks (Backward hogs, disappearing magnets and other clever devices); The Third Subdivision Of Nickel Plate's St. Louis Line (Concluding our look at this ambitious layout project); Civil War Alexandria Waterfront Diorama (An HO scale salute to Herman Haupt and the United States Military RR); Prototype Drawings - Tweetsie's Long Caboose (A distinctive Eastern narrow gauge car); Shortline Engine Terminal (The Pecos Valley Southern fits it all in a wye); Build A Stone Arch Overpass (Tunnel portals provide the starting point); Ron Johns' Cascade, Washington In N Scale (A small, L-shaped layout with an artistic touch) Departments - At The Throttle (The next big step); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Life-Like Proto 2000 HO SD60; Atlas HO GP40; Atlas N scale SD35, and more); Workshop; Prototype Info; MR Info (Oldest home layout?; Product News); Trackside Photos; Photo Contest Rules; Workin' On The Railroad (Easy trackside details); Back To Basics (Standards gauge); Trains Of Thought (Who "owns" the Erie?); One Reader's Opinion (What's the fascination with today's railroads?); Ask Paint Shop; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (What next?)
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November
2000

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Features - Our Cover Story - C & O's Hinton Division In O Scale (A superb Eastern mountain railroad); 21st Century Limited Model Contest (Winners in the NMRA's 2000 national contest); Union Freight: Part 3 (Paving for railroads in the street); Prototype Drawings - Union Pacific SD60M (These Armour Yellow plants introduced the comfort cab to the Overland Route; 10 Tips For Painting With Acrylics (Water-based paints work well but require new techniques); Modeling A Masonry Structure With Hydrocal (Techniques for casting and hand-scribing the Orbisonia, PA. firehouse); Making Photographic Backdrops (Add realistic depth to a scene using a computer and printer); An N Scale Wagontop Covered Hopper (Starting with a boxcar produces a signature B&O car); Route Control For Slow-Motion Turnout Motors (A very simple and economical design); The Kanawha Creek Railway (A small 1950s HO layout set in upstate New York) Departments - At The Throttle (Tabletop modules); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Life-Like Proto 1000 HO RDC-2; InterMountain N scale gondola; Micro-Trains N scale flatcar; Milepost O scale house); Workshop; Prototype Info; MR News (NMRA convention report; National Train Show products); Sweepstakes Rules; Workin' On The Railroad (Communications); Back To Basics (Bridge basics); Trains Of Thought (Rallying 'round the flag); One Reader's Opinion (Selling model railroading); Ask Paint Shop (Erie Alcos); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Heads up!)
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December
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Features - Our Cover Story - Wabash's Tenth District In HO (Modeling western Illinois in October 1964); Modeling Waterfalls (Using clear plastic and silicone sealant to represent cascading water); Union Freight: Part 4 (Our HO layout in a corner comes alive in the series conclusion); A Railroad You Can Model - Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis (Railroading through the heart of Dixie); The Nashville Terminals In HO; Prototype Drawings - Dixies, Yellow Jackets And Stripes (The NC&StL's attractive 4-8-4s were called anything but Northerns); Paint shop: Dixie Line F Units In HO Scale (Painting a trio of InterMountain shells for the NC&StL); Build A Portable Workbench; Railroading In A Drawer (Innovative staging yard design); Benedict & Wexford RR (An HO track plan for a 10 x 10-foot room); Pennsy's Gorre & Daphetid Branch (John Allen's first layout plan was perfect for a small N scale layout) Departments - At The Throttle )(Ideas for better turnouts); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Athearn's HO scale EMD SD40-2; Atlas' N scale Train Master diesel; Micro-Trains N refrigerator car; Westerfield's HO composite gon); Workshop; Prototype Info; MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Sweepstakes Rules; Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Diesel detailing disassembly); Back To Basics (Drilling and tapping); Trains Of Thought (Railroading Kiwi style); One Reader's Opinion (Never finished); Ask Paint Shop (Union Pacific's Forty Niner); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Third trick)
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January
2001

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Features - Bill Aldrich's new New Haven, Let's build the Wildcat Central, Truckload of railroad, The Muscatine & Northern, Prototype Drawings: Kelso Washington station, 10 tips for beginners, Paint shop: Detailing and painting a Union Freight GE 44-tonner, Installing DCC in a 44-tonner, Model railroad mock-ups, N scale railroad in a closet
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February
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Features - Modeling The Railroad That Went To Sea (Florida East Coast's Key West Extension in HO scale); Old Kate In The Weeds (Fitting the characteristics of a Midwestern branch line into 8 x 10 feet); Splendor In The Grass (Modeling knee-deep grass with a new material and methods); Build A Bromine Car (Scratchbuilding a rare and distinctive O scale tanker using styrene stock); Prototype Drawings - Bromine Tank Car; A Great 4 x 8 - Maggie's Cove (Professional modeler's showpiece); Failsafe Turnouts (Improving the electrical continuity of Shinohara or other turnouts); Kitbash An N Scale Milwaukee Road Erie-Built (Just fit a resin shell to a Life-Like PA-I chassis, modify and add details, and paint it in Union Pacific colors); S Scale Empire With A Narrow Gauge Past (The scenic Columbia Valley & Western) Departments - At The Throttle (Something special); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Life-Like HO Erie-built diesel; Atlas Master DCC system; Atlas HO roundhouse; Bowser HO Pennsy stockcar); Workshop (Protective scenery on modules); Prototype Info (Historical society listings); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (I can see clearly now); Back To Basics (Cab control); Trains Of Thought (Experts at work); One Reader's Opinion (Abandonment notices); Ask Paint Shop (BNSF SD9s); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Second section tonight)
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March
2001

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Features - Slim Rails To The Redwoods (A turn-of-the-century HOn3 line set along the north California coast); Paint Shop - Canadian National Zebra-Stripe F7s (InterMountain HO body shells, Athearn mechanisms, and four slashes with a wet noodle); Twisted Trees (Modeling coastal live oaks for West Coast railroads); The Panoramic New Hampshire Division (Boston & Maine in N scale); An Industry You Can Model - From Barrels To Bottles (A model Seagram's bottling plant provides a destination for tank cars); 24th Annual Model Railroader Photo Contest Winners; Prototype Drawings - Milwaukee Road Kitbashed Flanger (A model of this unique car would be a real conversation piece); An N Scale Pacific-Series Sleeper (Is this 10-6 Budd for you?); Lily Pads, Cattails And Pond Scum (Techniques for modeling freshwater pond details); Monom USRA Composite Gondola (Easy modifications to an InterMountain kit); Simple Circuits For Automatic Block Signals: Part 1 (Build three-color signal circuits for less than $3 each) Departments - At The Throttle (Make your ballot count); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Athearn HO F59PHI diesel: Life-Like N scale FA-1 and FA-2: Bachmann HO three-truck shay; MRC HO scale EMD F7); Workshop; Protoype Info (Paducah Geeps); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Workin' On The Railroad (Portable dispatcher's board); Back To Basics (Cleaning wheels); Trains Of Thought (Design a layout for you?); One Reader's Opinion (A plausible universe); Ask Paint Shop (Guilford boxcars); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (First run)
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April
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Features - Small Layout Contest Winner - Railroadin' In Georgia (Featuring both mainline and shortline railroading in only 8 x 8 feet); Southern Transfer Cabooses (Modify an old flatcar in your shop - just as the Southern Ry. did at Hayne Shop decades ago); The Metro Belt & Terminal RR (An HO track plan, plus some thoughts on room-size layout design); - Santa Fe's 1953 Budd Chair Car (These fluted cars lasted long enough to serve Amtrak); Z Scale In A Briefcase (A folding portable railroad empire); Simple Circuits For Color Searchlight Signals (Surprisingly inexpensive three-color searchlight signals that you can build); Running Trains On The Appalachian Central (How to operate this N scale project layout); Build A Three-Way Stub Switch (These space-savers were used on standard and narrow gauge railroads) Departments - At The Throttle (Small layout winners); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Athearn Genesis HO EMD F7A; Kadee HO scale coupler; Stewart HO Baldwin VO1000; and more); Workshop; Prototype Info (GP40, GP40-2 differences); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Changing numbers); Back To Basics (Grades); Trains Of Thought (A new V & O story); One Reader's Opinion (The case for joining a club); Ask Paint Shop (Steam locomotive siderods); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Updated and back in service)
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May
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Features - Our Cover Story - All About Signs (Making prototypical signs and billboards from common materials); Urban Rail Corridor (This 2 x 10-foot HO shelf layout fits into a Manhattan apartment); Building The Big Boost (This ten-amp powerhouse works with any DCC system); Prototype Drawings - Baltimore & Ohio's Mighty Midget (This pint-size electric was built for service in Fells Point); Building Wood Cars From Styrene (Modeling techniques that mimic the classic passenger car builders' craft); We're Going To Yesterland! (These Ntrak modules bring childhood memories to life); Build A Backyard Shrine (Modeling religious tradition found in many older neighborhoods); Harriman-Hill System (Dee Joseph combines two great railroads into an HO layout) Departments - At The Throttle (Visiting with some leaders); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas N scale B23-7 diesel; Walthers HO hi-cube boxcar; Atlas HO scale RS-11 diesel; Two stationary sound systems); Workshop; Prototype Info (E8, E9 spotting differences); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (There's no place like home); Back To Basics (Layout configurations); Trains Of Thought (Continuous running); One Reader's Opinion (If it's not fun, it's not a hobby); Ask Paint Shop (Burlington Northern SD70MACs); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Roll-by-inspection)
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June
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Features - Our Cover Story - N Scale Diesel Locomotive Roundup (An inclusive list and the uplifting tale of how N scale diesels have gotten so darn good and then some); The HO Bogg's Landing & Trotwater (This bustling California short line fits nicely into an 8 x 12-foot space); Running Trains By Telegraph (And no, you don't have to learn Morse code); Monon's Green Light Crossing Signals (Modeling a Hoosier tradition); Paint Shop - Extreme Weathering (Modeling a former Penn Central X72 boxcar in HO scale); A Mike For The Pine Tree Route (Detailing Athearn's 2-8-2 for the Maine Central); Installing Sound Decoders In Steam Engines (A test board and some tips to make your first installation go smoothly); Prototype Drawings - A Classic Wooden Freight House (Pennsy's Canton, PA., freight house would make a great addition to any layout); San Luis Obispo: An HO Diorama (Building and detailing a single scene kept the hobby activity going between layouts) Departments - At The Throttle (Six N scale heroes); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Bachmann HO Acela; Atlas O SD35 and SDP35; InterMountain HO PFE reefer; Bar Mills Model Works engine); Workshop; Prototype Info (Dynamic brakes); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos (NMRA convention preview); Workin' On The Railroad (Tree-making 101); Back To Basics (Hobby knives); Trains Of Thought (Checking assumptions); One Reader's Question (Recognizing a compliment); Ask Paint Shop; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Short train)
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July
2001

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Features - Our Cover Story - The Hoosier Line In N Scale (Switching to a smaller size man made room for big scenes set in Nonon's limestone country); Trackside Photos - Paul Jansen Steam Special; Tenshodo's New Omega Central (Building an HO display layout which now enthuses thousands of visitors in Tokyo); Color Renderings - Louisville & Nashville's U28C (These evolutionary six-axle brutes found a home on the Dixie Line); Cast Your Own Urban Structures (The basics of making patterns, molds and plaster castings); The St. Louis Central (Watch this HO 4 x 8-foot layout being built at the National Train Show); Cajun Creek Step-By-Step (How to model this meandering mountain stream); Build A Train Order Delivery Stand (Brass makes a sturdy and delicate HO trackside detail); The O Scale Atlantic Trunk Lines (A visit to the Stamford Model Railroad Club) Departments - At The Throttle (The next generation); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (InterMountain HO F7A and F7B; Red Caboose N Thrall-Door car; Accurail HO scale-size coupler; Walthers HO Sporty rail detector car); Workshop; Prototype Info (Picking up mail on the fly); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Workin' On The Railroad (Surplus vehicles); Back To Basics (Plastic structure tips); Trains Of Thought (The information age); One Reader's Opinion (Avoid the seven deadly sins); Ask Paint Shop (Stripping Life-Like paint); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (End of the line)
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August
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Features - Our Cover Story - Bachmann Shay Wins Product Of The Year Award; Next Stop Linwood! (A small-town image sets the scene on this S scale railroad); 1950s Piggyback Trailers In HO Scale (Two common trailers found on highways and flatcars); Prototype Drawings - Central Vermont Single-Sheathed Auto Cars (These Depression-era workhorses served into the diesel era); Build A Santa Fe SD26 (Modeling a rebuilt SD24 in HO scale); An N Scale Depressed-Center Flatcar (Lowering a GHQ kit and adding an easy-to-build transformer load); E & W Links (An HO layout inspired by Allen McClelland's Virginian & Ohio); Computer Detailing A Diner; Gn3 Cinnamon Creek RR (A desire for a rock garden led to this scenic garden railroad) Departments - At The Throttle (Thinking about S scale); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Athearn HO USRA light Pacific; Atlas HO Dash 8-40B diesel; Walthers HO scale NSC covered hopper; Micro-Trains Line N depressed center flatcar); Workshop; Prototype Info; MR News (NMRA Museum off to a fast start; Product News); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Bridge over melted water); Back To Basics (Building a simple car kit); Trains Of Thought (The world's longest shelf); One Reader's Opinion (Missed opportunities); Ask Paint Shop (Pennsylvania RR lettering); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Plain Janes)
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September
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Features - Our Cover Story - Jim Dias' Feather River Route 1938; Keedie, California (A yard you can model); Scratchbuild A Water Tank (A styrene construction project in HO scale); Modeling Grade Crossings (With prototype standards that will make them look right); Basic Diesel Details (It's what's on top that counts); A Powerful Salvo (Has the Coal Belt crew reached the end of the line or will Shorty's secret weapon bail them out?); Prototype Drawings - Sand Springs Interurban No. 68 (These secondhand cars got a new lease on life); Model Railroading In Small Spaces - N Scale In A Coffee Table Departments - At The Throttle; Photo Contest Rules; Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Kato's N SD80MAC, SD90MAC; Atlas N EMD GP38 diesel; Kato's N Budd passenger cars; Berkshire Valley's O gas stations); Workshop; Prototype Info (BN's cabless GE B30-7As); MR News (Product News, Hobbyside Windows); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Benchwork-building tools); Back To Basics (Motor tools); Trains Of Thought (What is "good enough"?); One Reader's Opinion (Dealing with limitations); Ask Paint Shop; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Small town service)
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October
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Features - Dick Patton's Basement Railroad Museum (And that On3 layout is nothing to sneeze at either); Crossing Canada Four Feet At A Time (Husband and wife team up to capture homeland panorama in HO modules); Modeling A Pacific Electric Diesel With Trolley Poles; Digitan Fun On The Rails (Train Sumulator delivers reality, if your computer is more powerful than a speeding locomotive); Higgledy-Piggledy Tracks (Give character to the track side of urban row houses by adding on); Gateway 2001 Model Contest (Careful craftsmanship and lots of detail made these models the best of the best); 4 x 8 Plus In A Student Bedroom; Build Southern Pacific Baggage Carts (Cardboard jigs and strip styrene simplify this project); Making Styrene Look Like Wood; Wooden Highway Overpass (This Canadian-Pacific design can be used on almost any layout); N Scale Layout In A Box (A fold-up fiddle yard gives this tiny urban layout plenty of operating possibilities) Departments - At The Throttle (Recruiting drive); Railway Post Office; Photo Contest Rules; Product Reviews (Atlas Classic HO GP7 diesel; Signal Research control system; Penzee Z scale hopper car; Atlas HO ACF covered hopper); Workshop; MR News (National Train Show report; Hobbyshop Window); Workin' On The Railroad (Brackets to support benchwork); Back To Basics (Decaling); Prototype Info; Trains Of Thought (Nibbling can get you there); One Reader's Opinion (Begin operating soon); Ask Paint Shop (1900 railroad paint colors); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Movin' day)
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November
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Features - Our Cover Story - Make A Good Engine Great (Turn a good plastic locomotive into a masterpiece by changing a few details to match your prototype); The Mt. Ranier N Scale Club (An Ntrak layout capturing the essence of the Pacific Northwest); Model A Modern Container Car (Scratchbuild either version of this CP Rail intermodal car); Prototype Drawings - Drawbar-Connected Well Cars (These three-platform sets are a common sight on CP Rail intermodal trains); Paint Shop - Don't Forget The Roof (Weathering a boxcar from top to bottom, inspired by the prototype); Detailing An Atlantic Coast Line GP30 (From out-of-the-box model to detailed replica); DCC Buyer's Guide (Advanced control systems have become easier to use and more affordable); Hitting The Bricks With Stucco (Give those brick buildings a whole new look); A Tortoise Hill Brake (Let's you tie 'em down and let 'em loose); An East Texas Railroad With The Accent On Operation (The HO scale Fort Travis & Dayton) Departments - At The Throttle (Take a train to work); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Life-Like N scale C-Liners; Branchline HO AC&F reefer; and more); Workshop; Prototype Info (RoadRailers); MR News (Convention reports; Product News; Hobbyshop Windows); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Benchwork construction); Back To Basics (Easy easements); Trains Of Thought (Words to live by); One Reader's Opinion (How to be a show-off); Ask Paint Shop (Decal manufacturer list); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Temporary dress)
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December
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Features - Our Cover Story - The Magic Of Illusion (A practical guide to making your layout look larger.); Railroading In The Hollers Of West Virginia (Superb craftsmanship stands out on this O scale C&O branch line.); Brick Wall Decals (Computer "magic" turns a prototype photo into a realistic structure.); Big Steam In The Great Northwest (Chuck Ellis' HO layout portrays a journey of railroading at its peak.); Prototype Drawings - Troop Sleepers (These grunts of the rails helped win the Second World War); Let It Snow (Modeling winter on the Red Wing.); Atlantic Coast Line Gondola in HO (Turning a train set car into a detailed model.); A Trio of Structure Details; Holiday Trains Galore; Detailing A Grain Elevator Inside And Out (A standard kit becomes seed for a structure that matches a prototype.); The Polar Bear Club (A fictional restaurant proves to be a fine way to share the fun.); Improved Telephone Poles; The Pennsylvania RR's Bald Eagle Branch (Operations and illusions make this layout appear larger than it is.) Departments - At The Throttle (Witn an artist's eye); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Walthers HO Budd cars; Like-Like HO S-1 switcher; Model Die Casting N scale 2-8-0; Life-Like N scale BL2 diesel); Sweepstakes Rules; Workshop; MR News (Alan Armitage 1913-2001; Chicago hobby show report); Workin' On The Railroad (Custom decals); Back To Basics (Working with styrene); Trains Of Thought (Free ballast - $100); One Reader's Opinion (The painting is finished); Prototype Info; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers, Along The Line (In the clear)
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January
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Features - Build The HO Rock Ridge Central: Part 1 (Featuring an all-plywood table and laying track with a caulk gun); A Western Coal-Hauler In N Scale (A track plan providing wide-open spaces for today's colorful diesels); Morse Mercantile Masterpiece (1,000 hours were devoted to building this exquisite structure); Great Northern's M-2 Class 2-6-8-0 (These asymmetrical atriculateds went through many changes); Why I Model 1906 (Smaller engines, cars and structures mean more railroad in a given space); Santa Rides the Rails; Clamps, Jigs and Fixtures (Simple holding devices that make modeling easier); White River Junction Station (A passenger depot which served trains on three different routes); Now Build the White River Junction Station (Fashion this historic New England depot from wall modules and styrene); Building for the Future (Property ownership provides a permanent home for club layouts in N, HO and O scales); An Easy Dairy Car Conversion (Changing the door on an HO Maine Central boxcar is the starting point) Departments - At The Throttle (A kaleidoscopic hobby); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas O Dash 8-40B diesel; Des Plaines Hobbies N scale C&NW 400 passenger cars; Atlas HO ACF covered hopper; Model Tech O scale B&O station); Sweepstakes Rules; Back To Basics (Backdrops); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Workin' On The Railroad (Organizing strip stryene); Trains Of Thought (Different strokes); One Reader's Opinion (Making railroad history); Workshop; Prototype Info (The Virginian's GE EL-2Bs); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Norway nights)
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March
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Features - Kitbashing B&O's National Limited (A passenger train you can model: Part 1); Modeling Union Pacific's Sherman Hill (Late steam-era railroading at its best); Detailing 'til The Cows Come Home (Water flows, vegetation grows and the residents move in.); Modeling a C&NW Torpedo Boat GP35 (An undecorated HO Kato unit is the starting point for this distinctive model); Model Railroader 25th Annual Photo Contest Winners; Operating Night At The Cyber Cafe (Virtual engineers and hard-wired hobbyists converge on the Web for model railroading's future.); Mr. Straw's Small Engine Repair (A little imagination adds a lot to an N scale laser-cut kit); Pennsy Class H21g Quad Hopper (A rebuilt steel car that was more than 50 years of service); Bill Settle's Santa Fe & Pacific Lines (An N scale layout designed for passenger trains); Ever Wonder What Your Railroad Would Look Like If Your House Weren't In The Way. Departments - At The Throttle (Our 25th photo contest); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas HO Dash 8 diesels; Atlas N scale B30-7 diesel; Atlas O O scale PS-1 boxcar; San Juan Car Co. On3 C-16 2-8-0); Back To Basics (Basics of wire); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Workin' On The Railroad (Detailing with laser-cut kits); Trains Of Thought (Two square feet); One Reader's Opinion (Is there a place for dreamers?); Workshop (Robertson screws); Prototype Info (A Shay-operated short line); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Orders on the fly)
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April
2002

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Features - Stepping Back To Pennsy's Heyday (Turning back the clock on Al Notarione's HO Pennsylvania & Westbrook); Winged Beauty: Modeling UP's SD70M (Exciting details and a classic paint job result in a striking HO model); Model Railroading In The Round (A college assignment sets the stage for an HO diorama); Build A Modular Workshop Cabinet; Kingston Tower (A New Haven wood-frame interlocking with a bay window); Modeling A Modern Paper Mill (Danica Forest Products was constructed on an N scale module); Kitbashing B&O's National Limited: Part 2; Add Muscle To Kadee's Electromagnet; The HEC-5 Locomotive Test Stand (Extra hands for every model railroader); Laying Track And Raising Spirits (Disabled veterans find a new purpose through their model railroad club) Departments - At The Throttle (A place to build models); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Trix HO 4-8-8-4; Bachmann HO 4-8-4; Bachmann N scale 2-8-0; Bachmann HO 2-10-0; E-R Models N scale RF16s); Workshop; MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Use the right wheelsets); Back To Basics (ABCs of adhesives); Trains Of Thought (Excuses, excuses); One Reader's Opinion (Put on a good show for guests); Prototype Info (The Baltimore & Annapolis); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Hauling coal at Gulch Creek)
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June
2002

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Features - Case Study In Model Railroad Operation (Developing a service plan for the HO scale Western Division); Make Your Own Brass Cornfield (Build a realistic cornfield in HO or N scale using new photoetched plants); Build An Art Deco Auto Dealership (Learn how to curve sytrene shapes while building an HO structure); Detailing Re-Enginered C-Liners (Easy modifications that result in a unique model); Newsprint Boxcars (These 50-footers link Canadian paper mills with U.S. publishers); The Snow Creek RR (A free-lance Gn3 tourist line in the garden); Getting Started In Garden Railroading (A fast-growing facet of the hobby that the whole family can enjoy); Lake City & Northerly RR (A dogbone plan provides a simple approach); Care And Feeding Of Model Diesel Locomotives (Simple tips to keep them running well); Build An N Scale Signal Bridge (Measurements for this Santa Fe A-frame prototype came from photos); Progressive Rail (A busy, modern industrial railroad you can model); Seven-Bulb Headlights (A distinctive light makes for a simple project) Departments - At The Throttle (The hidden dimension); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Athearn Genesis HO F units; NCE Corp. wireless DCC cab; Trainworx N scale quad hopper; InterMountain N covered hopper); Workshop; MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Mini vac makes a big difference); Back To Basics (Brush-painting); Trains Of Thought (The "lowly" local); One Reader's Question (Freight car progress); Prototype Info (A primer on yards); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Eye of the beholder)
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July
2002

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Features - Clearly Canadian (The Model Railroad Club of Toronto celebrates 65 years with a great layout.), O Scale Today (The "king" of scales has never had it better.), Precision Metal Products Corp. (An industry you can build by kitbashing common HO structures.), A Flatcar Full of Tractors (Simple detailing makes the historic Farmall tractor into a fabulous load.), Moving Freight on the Northern Vermont Ry. (A lifetime of railroad experience guides this HO layout's operation.), One Turnout, Two Controls (Throw a turnout from multiple locations with one Tortoise switch motor.), A Division Point Yard in N Scale (A simple yard with staging tracks provides plenty of railroad action.), Disguising Backdrop Openings (Clever solutions make a layout appear larger.), Meet a Custom Builder (Muncel Chang's 35-years of experience go into every project.), Honey, I'm Home (A model railroaders search for a new house.), Your First Model Railroad (Build this HO scale 4 x 8-foot layout with the help of a video.) Departments - At the Throttle, Railway Post Office, Product Reviews (Kato N scale GE P42 Genesis Life-Like HO EMD yard switcher Athearn HO SIECO boxcar Walthers HO steel express reefer.), Workshop, MR News, Trackside Photos, Workin' on the Railroad, Trains of Thought, One Reader's Opinion, Prototype Info, Coming Events and Club Membership, Index of Advertisers, Along the Line
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August
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Features - Realistic Weathering For Steam Locomotives (Use your airbrush to get that hardworking look); And The Winners Are...(See the products that you picked for the 2001 Readers' Choice Awards); Petroleum Terminals (A common destination for your tank cars); Autumn Treetops (Fall foliage in any scale); Santa Fe All The Way (A husband and wife team up to re-create childhood memories in HO); A Building For A Century (As times change, so does this N scale structure); Build A Baby Opera Window Center-Beam Flatcar (Shorten and detail a Walthers HO car to match an earlier prototype); 16 Cool Tools (He just couldn't model without them); The Donald Clerke Memorial Bridge (Preserving a model built by a close friend) Departments - At The Throttle (Promise for the future); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas N scale GE Dash 8-40B; Con-Cor N scale SP 4-8-4; Stewart Hobbies HO switcher; Kato N scale Amtrak Supercharger; B.T.S. Models HO DT&I depot); Workshop; MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Decoding decoders); Back To Basics (Decaling); Trains Of Thought (A perfect age); Prototype Info (Western Maryland's Decapods); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Hallelujah Curve)
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September
2002
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Features - Colorful New England Club Layout (A visit to the HO New England Rail System); 7 Steps to Realistic Rocks (Easy scenery you can make with ceiling tile); Build a Track Scale (Add a prototypical operation to your layout); Desert Railroading on the Santa Fe (Heavy-duty mainline action in N scale); Better Benchwork for Small Layouts (Give your layout a realistic change in elevation); Modeling "Over the Hill" Industries (Putting the power of suggestion to work on your layout); Small-town Combination Depot (Wood-frame construction makes this a great candidate for modeling); Building A Caboose From Stryene (Useful modeling techniques for any scale); Photography 101 (Tips you can use to shoot great model railroad photos) Departments - At The Throttle (Changes ahead); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Kato HO SD80MAC, SD9043MAC; North Coast Hobbies spray booth; Atlas N scale code 55 track, and more); Photo Contest Rules; Workshop (Simple drill holder); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Trackside Photos; Back To Basics (Laying roadbed); Trains Of Thought (A beginner again); Prototype Info (How many locomotives in a train?); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Appalachian interlude)
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October
2002

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Features - Build A Compact Shelf Layout: Part 1 (Great tips you can use for your small layout - or empire); Sequence "Timetables" Made Easy (Operate without watching the clock); Rocky Mountain Narrow Gauge Empire (Classic Colorado railroads of the '30s inspired this outstanding Sn3 Layout); New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (Realistic HO passenger railroading without space-eating curves); 2002 NMRA National Model Contest Winners; Model A Stone Viaduct (Styrene forms and expanding foam make it lightweight and simple); Improving Genesis Cab Interiors (Move the dashboard and add a crew for more realism); ABCs Of Painting And Lettering (Easy tips for adding cars in your road name to your layout); An Industry You Can Model: A Rural Wood Chip Plant (This interesting forest industry loads distinctive freight cars); Making Realistic Palm Trees (Simple techniques using paper and wire will yield several varieties) Departments - At The Throttle (Open the doors!); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas HO scale EMD SD35s; Life-Like N scale FM Erie-built; Kato N scale Amtrak MHC-2; Atlas HO International caboose); Workshop (Sharpie markers and Dullcote); MR News (National Train Show coverage; Hot new product releases); Workin' On The Railroad (Painting track); Back To Basics (Resin vehicle kits); Trains Of Thought (Capturing a moment); Prototype Info (The Wolfeboro RR; Procor tank cars); Coming Events; Photo Contest Rules; Index Of Advertisers; Along The Line (Signs of fall)
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January
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Features - Building the Turtle Creek Central - Part 1 (Constructing the table for a new 4 x 8 layout.); 1942: A Year You can Model (Modeling U.S. railroading in the first year after Pearl Harbor.); Build a 50-foot Waffle-Side Boxcar (Easy techniques for making an eye-catching model.); John Allen: The Wizard of Monterey (His influence still reverberates through the model railroad community.); Modeling Prototype Operations on a Mid-Sized Layout (The Detroit, Toledo & Trenton's HO scale Jackson Division.); Walt Disney, Model Railroader (From his home to his theme parks, Disney made sure they all had trains.); Polish Those Railheads! (Triumph over oxidation with metal polish.); A 'Plug-and-Play' Industry for your Railroad (An HO layout doesn't have to be a loop of track.); Naugatuck Valley in N (An apartment-sized New Haven layout with room to grow.); New York Central F7s (You're just a few details away from a fantastic HO scale model.); 1950s California, N style (A transition-era layout built for a busy businessman.); Sound in Three Scales (Controllable digital sounds add another dimension to operation.) Departments - At The Throttle (Welcome aboard); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (LGB No. 1 gauge USRA Mikado Bowser HO Pennsey twin-hopper Kato HO scale business car Micro-Trains N scale FT diesels Walthers HO scale feed mill.); Sweepstakes Rules, MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back to Basics (From track plan to benchwork); Workin' on the Railroad (Changes for a better layout); Trains of Thought (Doe River Gorge Steam); Prototype Info (NYC Flexi-Flo covered hoppers); Coming Events and Club Memberships; Index of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (Linn Wescott: The world is yours)
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February
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Features - Santa Fe In The Southern Great Plains (A superb Texas and Oklahoma branch line); Quick & Dirty Freight Car Weathering (Easy ways to make your rolling stock look more realistic); Toledo's Central Union Terminal (An HO layout design for the passenger train fan); Building The Turtle Creek Central: Part 2 (Laying low-profile track and building foam hills); Discover Virtual Railroading (Are simulators model railroading? Our authors say "Yes"); Modeling Stone Walls (Modeling and carving a single master pattern saves hours of work); Squeezing Sound Into A Diesel Switcher (How to fit a decoder and speaker into an HO scale Atlas S-2); G Scale On The Move (The G-Whiz Gang's portable layout); Getting Started In Prototype Research (How to learn more about the subject of your modeling) Departments - At The Throttle (Engineer or dispatcher?); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas N Dash 8 wide-nose diesels; Intermountain N scale FT A-B; Tillig Pilz HO code 83 turnouts; Walthers HO C&O caboose and more); Sweepstakes Rules; MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back To Basics (Car weighting); Workin' On The Railroad (Joining the NMRA); Trains Of Thought (Making our railroads larger); Prototype Info (Railroad historical societies list); Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (Linn Wescott: Everyone can help to build this hobby)
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March
2003

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Features - A Day At East LaSalle (Realistic operations on a superb club layout); DCC Buyer's Guide (Getting started in Digital Command Control for less than $500); Amtrak's Mail And Express Fleet (Add modern express operations to your layout); Model Railroader 26th Annual Photo Contet Winners; Building The Turtle Creek Central: Part 3 (Adding forests, rocks and rivers); Scratchbuild A Semaphore (These classic signals feature prototypical operation in HO); Conrail's Ex-Lehigh Valley U23Bs (Patchwork painting makes these units stand out in a sea of Conrail Blue); The Virginian In HO And N (Two track plans that allow big-time railroading in small-time space); Louis Ullian's Logging Empire (The On3 Coon Creek Lumber Co.); Streetcars In A Coffee Table (A compact HO layout brings back memories of a 1940s steel town) Departments - At The Throttle (The stages of DCC); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Life-Like's N scale Y3 2-8-8-2; HO Alco DL-109 from Life-Like; Atlas N scale ACF tank cars and more); MR Reader Choice Ballot; MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back To Basics (Figure painting); Workin' On The Railroad (Building scenery); Trains Of Thought (In a corner); DCC Corner (DCC terms you should know); Prototype Info (SP's articulated passenger cars); Coming Events; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (September 1960 Paul Larson: Radio control)
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April
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Features - Crowd Pleaser (The HO/HOn3 Stony Creek & Western has inspired modelers for 37 years.); Compact Great Lakes Coal Pier (Foldout drawings of the coal-loading facility at Sodus Point, N.Y.); Build a 50-foot 1960s Boxcar (A later-vintage freight car from an earlier-era HO scale kit.); The Old West Outdoors (Visit the G scale Lake Tahoe & Truckee.); No Kit? No Problem! (Styrene makes scratchbuilding L&N's Limestone Springs, KY depot easy.); Building the Turtle Creek Central - Conclusion (Adding a 1950s town to our product layout.); Staging Solutions (Tips for adding storage capacity to a small layout.) Departments - At The Throttle (If I had a million); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Athearn N scale F59PHI Bachmann On2 1/2 Shay Athearn HO Auto-Max car Model Power N light Pacific.); MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back to Basics (Easy painting and decaling); Trackside Photos; Workin' on the Railroad (Lionel's 10 favorite Web sites); Trains of Thought (The fifth reading); DCC Corner (A bus for your trains); Prototype Info (Telescoping stack extensions); Coming Events, Index of Advertisers, Editorial Flashback (December 1940 Al Kalmbach: Model Railroading is fun)
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May
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Features - 8 Pike-Size Passenger Trains (Short trains you can model realistically in HO and N scales); Perfect Passenger Trains (Authentic consists are easy when you know the basics); The Pennsy In Britain (Proto:87 brings a new frontier of realism to this industrial layout); Signal Buyer's Guide (Where to find signals, circuits and software); Sn3, HOn2 1/2, Nn3: Breaking The Code (Tips to get you started in narrow gauge model railroading); Narrow Gauge Through The San Juan Mountains (A creative Sn3 layout modeled after Colorado's narrow gauge line); Modeling DT&I's Distinctive GP9s (Metal details toughen these HO DT&I road switchers); Easy Turnout Controls (Simple, reliable and inexpensive); New England In A (Big) Bedroom (Modeling the Housatonic in HO scale) Departments - At The Throttle (Going old school); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Bachmann HO Ten-Wheeler; Stewart HO Baldwin S-12 and more); MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Windows); Workshop; Back To Basics (How to model grade crossings); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Something for everyone); Trains Of Thought (Open-door policy); DCC Corner (Power districts); Prototype Info; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (march 1995: Andy Sperandeo - Hobby diversity)
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June
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Features - A Scenery And Structure Showcase (Melvyn Wolf's free-lanced HO scale Leadville Mines & Mid-Atlantic RR); Digital Command Control In An Evening (Converting an N scale layout to DCC); Chicago Masterpiece (Museum of Science And Industry's original layout delighted generations); Wow! ($3.5 million HO scale layout at the Museum of Science and Industry); Big Consolidations (Chuck Yungkurth drawings of a Delaware & Hudson E-6a 2-8-0); Trackside Photos (Layouts on tour at this year's NMRA national convention in Toronto); 3 Great Scratchbuilding Ideas (An old photo inspired this superb O scale model); "Painting" With Decals (Add realisic rust, grime and graffiti by making your own decals); Joe's World (A love of narrow gauge railroading inspired Joe Crea's 1/2" scale layout); Finding Out-Of-Production Models (Tips for finding the trains you want - but missed) Departments - At The Throttle (Trains I'd like to see made); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (MTH 1:32 NYC J-3a Hudson; McHenry scale-size HO coupler; Atlas N FM B-B road switchers and more); Cartoon; MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back To Basics (Personalizing structures); Workin' On The Railroad (Stick to the details); Trains Of Thought (Throttle time); DCC Corner (Solderless decoder installation); Prototype Info; Coming Events; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (June 1973, Russ Larson - Do make a scene)
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July
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Features - Converting A BIG Layout To DCC (Careful planning and teamwork are keys to success); Heart Of A Community (A small-town depot you can model); Lost Art Of Soldering (Taking the mystery out of a useful skill that's easy to learn); A Model Railroad Work Of Art (Building the Museum Of Science And Industry's Great Train Story layout); Driving The Golden Spike (A high-tech diorama brings history to life); Mountain Action In N Scale (David Haines' Raton Pass layout was one of the finest ever); Modeling A Creek (Follow these easy techniques to create a scenic highlight); 8 Tips For Better Passenger Cars (Reliable performance and realistic appearance); Realistic Stainless Steel (How to paint your plastic or brass models); The Crystal River District (This HO and HOn3 track plan was inspired by Colorado prototypes) Departments - At The Throttle (Your fellow readers); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas O scale RS-1 switcher; Bachmann HO GE EL-C and more); MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back To Basics (Basics of uncoupling); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Beginner's 4 x 8 track plan); Trains Of Thought (Signs of the past); DCC Contest (Headlights and Resistors); Prototype Info; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Cartoon; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (March 1944, Frank Taylor - With a purpose)
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August
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Features - Sectional Southern (Key scenes on this superb HO layout are built for easy moving); Steam Is Still King! (Readers' Choice Awards for 2002); Baltimore & Ohio's Wagontop Caboose (The distinctive cars of class 1-12 featured an innovative design); Six Great Layout Projects - 1: Ceiling Tile Valences (Call attention to your layout by framing the view); 2: Quick And Easy Flextrack (All-purpose adhesive caulk and topper tape - quicker ways to lay track); 3: Get On Track With This Handy Rerailer (An easy-to-make tool for staging yards); 4: Build A Layout Without Legs (Heavy-duty shelf brackets provide strength and flexibility); 5: Ending The Duckunder Blues (A swinging bridge can save you a headache or two); 6: Foolproof Sky Painting (Blending oil paints results in a terrific-looking backdrop); International Delight (A free-lanced HO layout in Brazil with American and European prototypes); Locomotive Splicing (Converting an HO scale Athearn GE U30B into a U18B); Big Sky (Small Room) Track Plan (Three distinct Montana Rail Link vignettes highlight this N scale track plan) Departments - At The Throttle (The digital locomotive); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Atlas F-M road switchers in HO; Rivarossi HO three-truck Heisler; Micro-Trains N scale troop cars and more); MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back To Basics (Drilling holes and cutting threads); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Interlockings great and small); Trains Of Thought (The ultimate in operation); DCC Corner (Reverse loops with DCC); Prototype Info; Coming Events; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (November 1949, John Page - Sound - a new challenge)
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September
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Features - Welcome To The City's Edge (Life along the tracks on a stunning HO scale urban layout); Beat Up But Beautiful (Detailing and weathering maintenance-of-way equipment (and other cars)); The All-Important Interchange (How did that Union Pacific boxcar get onto your railroad?); Wild West Masterpiece (Imagination and a layered track plan make the most of limited space); Turning A Layout Hi-Tech (One ping-and-play component at a time); 7 Ways To Use Your Computer (Model railroading is the digital age); Tune Up Your Steam Locomotive (Routine maintenance to keep your engines running smoothly); Hub Of The Nickel Plate (An N scale track plan featuring Bellevue, Ohio - NKP's signature site); Build Realistic Trees (Inexpensive trees as close as your backyard) Departments - At The Throttle (What's in a name?); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Broadway Limited HO N&W Class A 2-6-6-4; Walthers' HO Pullman sleeper and more); Workshop; MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Windows); Back To Basics (Wiring reverse loops); Workin' On The Railroad (Cut wood accurately); Trains Of Thought (Against the grain); Prototype Info (Unloading Funnel-Flow tank cars); DCC Corner; Coming Events; MR Photo Contest Rules; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (January 1936, Al Kalmbach - Imagination as your silent partner)
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October
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Features - Rogue Bluffs, A Maine Seaport: Part 1 (Planning a "no room for a layout" layout); Working Interchanges (Live connections with other railroads add action and realism); Do-It Yourself Covered Wagon (Modeling your favorite F7A in HO scale); Customizing Factory-Painted Engines (Turn ordinary HO engines into unique models); From Stock To Show-Stopper (Details and paint turn this Athearn AC4400 into a masterpiece); Kansas In A Bedroom (This N scale layout can keep five operators busy); Grand Scale, Compact Space (Switching takes center stage on this O scale 11 x 15-foot layout); Track Buyer's Guuide: Part 1 (Information that will help you choose track for your HO railroad); Four Acres Of Fun (A big-scale Canadian layout - is it the ultimate model railroad?) Departments - At The Throttle (The lure of steam); Railway Post Office; Product News (Kato HO EMD SD70MAC; Bachmann HO USRA 4-8-2 and more); Workshop; MR News (Product News, Hobbyshop Window); Back To Basics (Manual switch controls); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (Two simple layout projects); Trains Of Thought (Balancing act); DCC Corner (Soldering decoders); Prototype Info; MR Photo Contest Rules; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (September 1998 - Andy Sperandeo, Starting Small)
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November
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Features - Heavy Industry In HO Scale (50 years of progress at Davies Steel); Weathering Your Diesels (Filth? Rust? Faded paint? Absolutely. And that's just the start of the fun); Weathering Your Structures (Adding that realistic run-down feeling to structures in any scale); Rogue Bluffs, Part 2: Lightweight Benchwork (No space for a layout? Start by looking in your office); N Scale Mountain Action (The Rio Grande's Utah line would make a spectacular N scale layout); Track Buyer's Guide: Part 2 (Information on track for S, N and Z scale); Having It All - Colorado Style (Richard Miller's O scale standard and narrow gauge D&RGW) Departments - At The Throttle (Focus on fun); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Broadway Limited GG1 and more); Workshop; MR News (Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Back To Basics (It's in the details); Trackside Photos (Great Model Railroads preview); MR Photo Contest Rules; Workin' On The Railroad (A better way to measuring); DCC Corner (Wiring a DCC turntable); Trains Of Thought (A lifetime of lessons learned); Prototype Info; Coming Events; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (December, 1944: Frank Taylor - The art of deception)
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December
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Features - The NEW Utah Belt (Starting all over with a proven concept); The Frisco In Springfield (1950s railroad action would make an exciting N scale layout); Modeler's Guide To Freight Car Trucks (Understanding and choosing trucks and wheelsets); Mystery Combine (The author turned detective to build this On3 award-winner); Model A Concrete Viaduct (Styrofoam modeling techniques for a big bridge in any scale); Third-Generation Digital Command Control (What it is, what it can do for your layout); Track Buyers Guide: Part 3 (Information on track for O scale and No. 1 gauge trains); Roque Bluffs, Part 3: Rolling Stock (Developing an equipment roster and finding the right level of detail) Departments - At The Throttle (Thanks, Russ); Railway Post Office; Product Reviews (Life-Like HO Proto 2000 S-3; BLI HO scale E7 A and B; and more); MR News (Chicago Hobby Show report and Product News; Hobbyshop Window); Workshop; Back To Basics (Soldering wires); Trackside Photos; Workin' On The Railroad (10 tips for starting on the right track); Trains Of Thought (Criteria for operation); DCC Corner (How much power do I need?); Prototype Info; Coming Events And Club Memberships; Index Of Advertisers; Editorial Flashback (January 1994: Russ Larson - Al Kalmbach's legacy)
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January
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Contents - From The Editor (Celebrating 70 and 35!); News & Products (Room for more new products in our redesigned format); Cartoon; Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (It's hip to be square); Workshop (Tips to help you become a better modeler); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Drawing track plans); Information Desk (A simple transaction-era locomotive servicing facility); Seven Decades Of Model Railroading (A brief look at where we've been and where we're going); Styrene To Streamliner (Scratchbuilding techniques for making the car you want); Dream Layout (Tehachape realized on San Diego's La Mesa Club layout); Build This Layout For Less Than $500 (Part 1: See how a small investment can lead to a great layout); Creating The New Virginian & Ohio (Allan McClelland's new V&O will be even better than the last); Bridges On The Levee (This N scale project uses materials from all decades of the hobby); Model Mechanical Interlockings (Trackside rods show how the tower was connected to the plant); Signaling Made Easier (Part 1: A way to build a flexible computerized signal system); Visiting The Pennsy's Hometown (An HO display layout dedicated to the railroaders of Altoona, PA); Roque Bluffs, Part 4: Realistic Track (Great handlaid track starts with simple tools and techniques); DCC Corner (Installing a decoder in an IHC 2-8-2); Product Reviews (Rivarossi HO Union Pacific 4-8-4 steam locomotive; Atlas HO 11,000-gallon high pressure tank car; Con-Cor HOn3 Galloping Goose...and more); Trains Of Thought (The measures of success); Trackside Photos; Ad Index; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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Contents - From The Editor (Most Wanted Locomotive); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (A structure-measuring kit); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Build a wood structure kit); Steam Spectacular (Cover story: HO scale Piermont Division of the Western Maryland); Ten Cool Tools (Expert modelers tell us about their favorite modeling tools); Signaling Made Easier (Part 2: Connecting your layout to your computer); Miniature Wonderland (This incredible display layout is a top-notch tourist attraction); Realistic (And Easy) Dispatching (Forms and procedures from Direct Traffic Control); Rogue Bluffs, Part 5: Handlaid Turnouts (Build 'em in place for free-flowing trackwork); Build This Layout For Less Than $500 (Part 2: Adding scenery and running trains); Trains Of Thought (Model railroad mergers - how three friends did it); Information Desk (Elevated crossing towers and historical societies list); DCC Corner (Fine-tuning your locomotive); Product Reviews (Lionel HO scale Challenger 4-6-6-4; Life-Like HO Proto 2000 EMD SD50 road diesel; Atlas O scale EMD GP35 diesel road switcher); Trackside Photos; Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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March
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Contents - From The Editor (Large or small?); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product annoucements); MR Readers' Choice Awards Ballot (Cast your vote for the best products of 2003); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Finally, a finished fascia); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions, and more); Step By Step (Quick mainline details); Roque Bluffs, Part 6: Wiring And Scenery (Simple wiring and detailed scenery bring our seaport to life); Rugged Mountain Vistas (On the HO scale Franklin & South Manchester Line); California In Z (Four big views of the Southern Pacific in a small bedroom); Modeler's Guide To Alco Freight Diesels (Second in sales but first in the hearts of fans and modelers); Signaling Made Easier (Part 3: Software - the key to flexiblity); 1966: A Year You Can Model (Railroads faced the future...and said farewell to the past); Easy House Kitbash (Four ways to make the Atlas Colonial house unique); Information Desk (Compact tank-car terminals); DCC Corner (Installing N scale decoders); Product Reviews (Life-Like Proto 2000 HO scale 2-8-4 steam locomotive; Kadee HO scale PS-2 two-bay covered hopper; Athearn HO scale BethGon Coalporter...and more); Trains Of Thought (Enough work for the local?); Winners! (Model Railroader's 27th annual photo contest); Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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May
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Contents - From The Editor (Look for an exciting year); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Practice makes perfect); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions, meets and club listings); Step By Step (Essential tools to build a layout); Great Layout, Great Ideas (David Kotsonis tells how he built hiw B&M HO scale layout); Passenger Trains On A Budget (You can build a (fairly) realistic roster at a (fairly) low cost); Eight Modeling Tips From A Pro (Simple ways to make your layout and equipment look their best); Tracking The Sierra (HO plan for modeling most of a famous short line); A Change Of Scenery (Lift-out scenes add visual and operational variety to any layout); Rogue Bluffs, Part 8: Detailing And Operation (A triple layer of details adds the finishing touch); Warehouse On A Curve (Fit this city structure into tight spaces); Steam In The Foothills (Two classic Western railroads on an HO scale layout); Adding Easy Car Detection (Resistors on rolling stock improve block occupancy detection); Information Desk (Weighing in on track scales); DCC Corner (Decoders for accessories); Product Reviews (HO Pennsy Duplex 4-4-4-4 has power to spare; Branchline's HO scale NYC steel passenger coach kit; 1:26 scale New Orleans streetcar from LGB); Trains Of Thought (The depot at Hedrick); Trackside Photos; Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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June
2004

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Contents - From The Editor (Guest Editorial: The next generation); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Easy methods: great results); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Easy ground cover); Santa Fe's Kansas Speedway (Design and operation of Stephen and Cinthia Priest's HO layout); Model A Pond (Tips on adding standing water to your layout); Autumn On Deer Mountain (Details take center stage on this 4 x 8-foot layout); Light-Duty Pile Trestle (C&NW Class B bridge carried small steamers and early diesels); Stronger Uncoupling Magnets (Inexpensive uncouplers you can hide in your N scale roadbed); Mountain Railroading In A Garden (Family history inspired the Monida & Yellowstone Garden railroad); Multi-Deck Layout Lighting (Where you put the lights for the tower deck makes a difference); Kitbash A Unique Freight Depot (Key features make this structure one of a kind); "Painting" Trim With Decals (For sharply defined, color-matched accents); Information Desk (A shortline steam shop and service area); DCC Corner (Turnouts and Digital Command Control); Product Reviews (Bachmann HO USRA 2-6-6-2 steam locomotive; Life-Like HO scale Alco RS-11 road switcher; Atlas HO General Electric U30C road switcher...and more); Trains Of Thought (The tunnel under the town); Trackside Photos; Ad Index; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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July
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Contents - From The Editor (Amtrak: the railroad); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Facts at your fingertips); Workshop (Helpful modeling tips and Q's and A's); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Cool water); Perfect Track (Laying flextrack for good looks and smooth operation); S Scale Great northern Pacific (A model railroad empire that's been 33 years in the making!); Build an Animated Coaling Station (An HO project that adds excitement to model railroad operations); Fabulous 5 x 9 (Balancing scenery, track and structures on this HO scale layout); Mail on the Rails (Head-end traffic adds interest to passenger train operations); 10 Tips For Staging Yards (Benchwork to track: make your offstage yards operate flawlessly); Tunnel Through The Wall (Tips to disguise unsightly holes); Model A Defect Detector (A modern safety device adds operating realism); Information Desk (The rubber meets the rail at a team track); DCC Corner (Momentum effects); Product Reviews (Trix HO scale New York Central 2-8-2 Mikado; Atlas N scale EMD SD24; Kato HO GE AC4400CW...and more); Cartoon; Trains Of Thought (Interurban dilemma); Trackside Photos; Ad Index; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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August
2004

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Contents - From The Editor (Crossover items); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Modern trucks made easy); Workshop (Topside mounting for the Tortoise switch machine); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Simple realistic trees); New Haven Under Wire (Attention to detail makes this HO scale layout impressive); 10 Weeks To A Better Layout (Tips on improving the looks and operation of your model railroad); A Sound Victory (Readers Choice Awards for 2003); The Colorful Surf Line (HO layout design: Santa Fe along the California coast); Cast Your Own Freight Cars (How to build identical cars, with loads thrown in as a bonus); N Scale Handrail Help (Now you can buy brass side sills with stanchions attached); Backdating An HO BL2 (Detailing a factor-painted unit without repainting); Realistic Brick And Stone Buildings (Cosmetic sponges and paints make the ordinary extraordinary); I Blame It All On Frary And Hayden (An HOn2 1/2 layout inspired by the Maine two-footers); Information Desk (Small, yet significant: a pocket-sized enginehouse); DCC Corner (Tight-space decoder installation); Product Reviews (HO Broadway Limited Imports 4-8-8-2 SP Cab-Forward; Life-Like Alco B-B C-424 diesel locomotive; Atlas N Alco C-628 diesel locomotive...and more); Trains Of Thought (Passing the torch); Trackside Photos; Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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September
2004

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Contents - From The Editor (The licensing dilemma); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Fast and fun foam mounds); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Basics of kitbashing plastic structures); Sectional Way To A Great Shelf Layout (It's always 1959 on the HO scale C&NW Morton Division); Build Fold-Away Benchwork (The ideal layout foundation when space is at a premium); Prototype Paperwork For A Small Layout (Modified railroad forms add realism to operation); Supplying Fuel Since The Reign Of King Coal (This vintage coal trestle and office would make a neat scene); Rocks Aren't Hard (Model the right rocks by looking at nature); Two Layouts In One (Canadian HO modular line that travels from home to club); Building A Branchline Road Switcher (A Wisconsin Central SDL39 in HO scale); Taking It To The Streets (Add detail to your roadways); Simple, Reliable Turnout Controls (Build a good-looking ground throw from a slide switch and wire); Information Desk (Civil engineering 101: mountain climbing); DCC Corner (How sound decoders work); Product Reviews (Santa Fe 4-8-4 in HO from Broadway Limited Imports; Union Pacific Veranda-style gas turbine in HO from Lionel; Evans coil steel cars in HO from Red Caboose); Trains Of Thought (Modeltopia); Trackside Photos; Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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October
2004

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Contents - From The Editor (That one thing); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Great results - from scratch); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (How to cast rocks for your layout); Prototype Information - N & W Passenger Trains Of The 1950s And '60s (Combined services made the remaining trains perfect for modeling); A Railroad You Can Model - 3 Railroads, 1 Layout (A room-sized track plan in N inspired by mid-1990s Janesville, Wis.); Detailing A Plastic Steam Locomotive (How to turn a stock model into a one-of-a-kind); Pennsylvania's Railroad History Preserved (This S scale layout celebrates railroading in the Keystone State); Painting A Scenic Backdrop (Practical advice from an artist and model railroader); Late Start, Great Result (Retirement gave him the chance to get down to details - HO size); Backdrop Viewpoint (Easy-to-learn techniques to create a better backdrop); Photoetched Brass Buildings (Finely detailed structures add realism to your layout); Information Desk (Model a diesel locomotive sand tower); DCC Corner (Decoders for your Athearn diesels); Product Reviews (J1 2-10-4 in HO from Broadway Limited Imports; HO scale BNSF GP38-2 from Life-Like; Steam sound decoder (HO) from Model Rectifier Corp.); MR Photo Contest Rules; Trains Of Thought (Atmosphere); NMRA National Contest Winners '04 (A display of fine model railroad craftsmanship in Seattle, Wash); Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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November
2004

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Contents - From The Editor (Passenger modeling is hot); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (A reuseable diorama frame); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Scratchbuilding structures); Rocky Mountain Railroading (HO narrow gauge in a narrow space); Five Ways To Improve Your Freight Cars (Maintenance and detailing projects to upgrade your rolling stock); Prototype Drawings - GEVO vs ACe (Sophisticated new locomotives battle for market dominance); An Operating Layout That Delivers Big-Time Fun (The HO Aquidneck Valley RR has provided 25 years of fellowship); Ahead Of Its Time (A forward-thinking 1950s layout design inspired this N scale plan); A Layout Built To Travel (Z scale Val Ease Central: a globe-trotting hobby ambassador); Modern Monster Industry (Techniques and material to model a prefab concrete warehouse); Information Desk (Model a modern plate-girder bridge); DCC Corner (Meet DecoderPro: a tool for programming decoders); Product Reviews (Peco HO scale code 83 no. 6 turnouts; N scale Pennsylvania RR N5C caboose from Bowser; InterMountain N scale SD40T-2 "tunnel motor" locomotive; World War II troop sleeper and kitchen car from Walthers in HO); Cartoon; Trains Of Thought; Trackside Photos; Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun
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December
2004

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Contents - From The Editor (Selecting a scale); News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements); Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers); Workin' On The Railroad (Getting the runaround); Workshop (Q's and A's and helpful modeling tips); Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets); Step By Step (Add a DCC system with walkaround cabs); Steam In The Appalachians (A day at Greenbriar Ridge on a free-lance budget line of the C&O); Ten Tips For Freight Yard Design And Operation (Advice from an experienced model railroad yardmaster); Mainline Operation, King-Sized Layout (Builder Ken McCorry says it isn't about size); Secrets Of Veteran Layout Builders (Ideas to help maintain continuous progress); King Of The Fair (An amazing scratchbuilt No. 1 scale British locomotive); How To Protect - Simple Control Panels (Make your railroad user-friendly); Hot To Project - Pencil This In (Realistic stone structures from wood and an old no. 2); How To Project - Bright White LED Headlights (Light-emitting diodes and acrylic optical fibers are all it takes); Climbing Mountains On The Western Maryland (HO plan inspired by John Armstrong's Montana & Puget Sound); Trains Of Thought (Playing with Trains); Information Desk (Switchstands add realism); DCC Corner (Installing a decoder in a large scale locomotive); Cartoon; Product Reviews (Marklin Systems digital control HO train set; Bachmann HO digital command control starter set; Lackawanna tower from the N Scale Architect...and more); Trackside Photos; Season's Greetings From The MR Staff; Index Of Advertisers; Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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February
2005
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Workin' on the Railroad (How to 'grow' a mountain), Workshop (Easy upgrades improve a Trix HO NYC Caboose), Step by Step (Operating principles: Moving freight and making names), Allegheny Summer, Sound Advice, Big-city railroading in a small apartment, Prototype Information - Modelers guide to passenger trucks, Suburban station renovation, Track and rocks for the Turtle Creek Part 2, Detail N scale Santa Fe PAs, Paint like an expert
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April
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Contents - From Our Editor (How much is too much), News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements), Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers), Workin' On The Railroad (My favorite hobby Web sites), Workshop (Air conditioning for a heavyweight coach), Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets), Step By Step (Easy street, paved with styrene), To The Mines For Silver (1900's railroading comes alive for the HO Pacific & Idaho Northern), Desert Scenery...Without Breaking A Sweat (Step-by-step techniques for modeling realistic Western terrain), Build N Scale Switch Stands (Scrap parts, styrene, and wire are all you need), Urban Railroading In A Gulf Coast Port (A freelanced HO railroad in a 12 x 13-foot bedroom), Main Line Through The Mountains (An HO scale track plan for Southern Pacific's Shasta Route), A Coal Mine And Details For The Turtle Creek (Part 4: Structures, figures and other signs of habitation), Passenger Cars From Core Kits (Part 2: Working with etched-metal car sides in HO and N), Hooked On British Rails (The steam-era OO scale Burton on Trent), Information Desk (How to build a freight train), DCC Corner (Wiring a Peco Electrofrog crossing for DCC), Product Reviews (HO early E units from Broadway Limited Imports; Proto 2000 E6s and GP9s with dual-mode sound decoders; Atlas N scale Class B Shay steam locomotive), Trains Of Thought (An important milestone), MR's Art Curren Kitbashing Contest rules, Index Of Advertisers, Moel Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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May
2005

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Contents - From The Editor (The big engine), News & Products (Nuremburg Toy Fair report), Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers), Workin' On The Railroad (A transition era of my own), Workshop (Scrap plastic sprues make realistic industrial vents), Coming Events (Upcoming shows, conventions and meets), Step By Step (Make a mix-and-match industry), A Long Run - With A Purpose (An operations-intensive HO layout built by a professional railroader), Modeling Clinchfield F Units (Easy detail changes update any veteran EMD cab unit), Narrow Gauge In A Small Room (Ore trains and mixed freights serve this freelanced On2 1/2 layout), Steel Benchwork (Build a layout with steel studs in place of traditional wood framing), Towering Timber (Four easy techniques for modeling tall trees), Meet Gator Boards (Gatorfoam and Gatorplast have untapped modeling applications), A Classic Modernized American (Yosemite Valley RR 4-4-0 no. 22), Shallow Link For Switch Motors (A simple lever that keeps Lemaco motors out of sight), Mountain Railroading In A Small Room (Plan for a 13 x 13-foot HO Eastern mountain railroad), Information Desk (Building a passenger train), DCC Corner (Decoder-controlled passenger car lighting), Product Reviews (HO EMD SD40-2 from Broadway Lilmited Imports; Branchline Trains 8-1-2 Pullman in HO; Second generation GP35 in HO from Athearn...and more), Trains Of Thought (The quest for the holy, um, eagle), Trackside Photos, Index Of Advertisers, Model Railroading Is Fun (A light look at our hobby)
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June
2005
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Contents - From The Editor (Tuning and tweaking), News & Products (News and product announcements), Railway Post Office (Letters From Our Readers), Information Desk (Operating oversize loads), Workshop (Flextrack on trestles, Q's and A's and tips), Step By Step (Laying and wiring track), A Handcrafted Gem (The 17 x 21-ft HO scale West Virginia Northern), Modelilng A Highway Underpass (Seven steps was all it took to build a bridge for the MR&T), Make A Great Model Railroad (Five things you can do to create a remarkable layout), Modeling A Flatlands Scene (Representing rural America in the Midwest), Branch Line In A Tunnel (Double-ended staging track simulates prototype activity), DCC And Sound For A Brass Diesel (How to add modern electronics to older HO locomotives), Frame Your Layout (Add a valance and a fascia before starting on track), Twice As Much Fun (Hobby perfection: An N scale layout and Ntrak modules), Chains, Chocks And Shackles (Realistic loads for your flatcars and gondolas), DCC Corner (Operating your staging yard with DCC), Product Reviews (USRA 2-8-8-2 Life-Like Proto 2000 with sound; Kato HO scale SD38-2; Digitrax Model UT4 Digital Command Control throttle; N scale Proto N GP20 from Life-Like), Trains Of Thought (Walking around in an old photograph), Trackside Photos, Cartoon, Index Of Advertisers, MR Project Illustrated (Weathering roads)
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September
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Workshop, Step by Step, The groundbreaking Ohio Southern, High-tech scratchbuilding, Create a photo backdrop, Passenger station operations, The Claremont & Concord in G: Part 2, Dual-gauge railroading in the San Juans, Keep your eye on the target signal
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April
2006
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Step by Step (Easy interior details), Operating a '50s-era Layout, Landscaping With Live Cactus, Prototype Information - Uniform of the Day? Railroad Drab, An HO Scale Tabletop railroad, Build the 4 x 8 Stoney Creek: Part 4, Building a sense of reality, Detail and paint a Kato SD40-2, Basics of airbrushing, DCC Corner
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May
2006
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Step by Step (Make your freight car roster prototypical), Designed for the railfan, Kitbash like the prototype, Build a footbridge for your layout, Modelers guide to steel boxcars, Scratchbuild a city centerpiece, Model realistic tall grass, Southern Ohio's best kept secret, Build a train order board in N scale
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June
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Step by Step, Sierra Nevada Steam, Build a Downtown Warehouse in HO, The Model Railroaders Workshop: 1, Bridges, Tunnels and Operation, Alleghenies to Alleghany, Servicing Steam, DCC Corner
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September
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Contents - From the Editor (Good plans, good layout.), News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements.), Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers.), Information Desk (The big hook: Big tools for big jobs.), Workshop (Helpful tips for kitbashed structure credibility.), Scenery Step by Step (Add a cornfield to your layout.), Great Operation" Expert Advice (Techniques to keep layouts running smoothly.), Narrow Gauge in a Garage (Part 3: Installing DCC and roadbed on the CNM Ry.), A Developing Basement Empire (The N scale Hooch Junction improves on a good thing.), Automated Interchange (More cars are delivered after each pickup.), Layout Planning Fundamentals (Tips for drawing accurate track plans quickly.), Layout Planning Contest Rules, Build Great-Looking Structures (Easy techniques turn a simple plastic building into a star.), Keeping the Pennsy's Spirit Alive (After a move, the Pennsylvania RR is going strong in HO.), DCC Corner (Using DCC to match locomotive speeds.), Product Reviews (N&W Y6b 2-8-8-2 in HO from Precision Craft Models, Z scale Pennsy GP35 from Micro-Trains, Digitrax Sound FX decoders for HO, GE B23-7 and B30-7 in HO from Atlas...and more.), Trains of Thought (Seeing the forest or the trees.), MR Product Illustrated (Seamless removable scenery.)
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December
2007
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Contents - Information Desk (Blue flags for safety.), Workshop (Eye protection and other tips.), Scenery Step by Step (Build a brass structure.), Conquering the Alps in Z Scale (Modeling Switzerland's Gotthard Pass in detail.), Detailing the Right-of-Way (Part 2: Signals, signs and grade crossings.), Walk on the DCC Wireless Side (Getting started using radio and infrared throttles.), Rod Stewart's Three Rivers City (The pop star raises the curtain on his amazing layout.), Handlaying Turnouts without Hassle (Techniques for making your own turnouts.), Modeling Commuter Rail Service (North America's fastest growing passenger trains.), Commuting to Work on the MR&T (Adding commuter service is easy with careful planning.), Product Reviews (Broadway Limited's brass HO scale New Haven I-5, Athearn's Electro-Motive Division GP40X...and more.), Trains of Thought (What to do with the last layout's rolling stock.)
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September
2008
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Contents - From the Editor (Creativity and wheels), News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements.), Railway Post Office (Letters and e-mails from our readers.), Track Planning Contest Rules, Information Desk (Modeling Boston & Maine's postwar rolling stock.), Workshop (Handy drawers keep small tools organized.), Scenery Step by Step (Make an old baggage car into a shed.), 4 Weeks to a Bigger Layout (Week 1: Benchwork for the industrial district.), Models Under Wire (Getting started modeling trolley and interurban railroads.), Track Plan for a 1906 Short Line (Fitting a Pennsylvania RR subsidiary in a garage.), Big-time Railroading (The Rochester Model Railroad Club's HO scale layout.), Scratchbuild a Rural Overpas (This HO scale bridge is part of a model railfan scene.), How to Install DCC Sound (Adding sound decoders in two diesel locomotives.), Manual Turnout Control (Controlling turnouts with a metal rod and slide switch.), Landmark Layouts (Eric Brooman's always-contemporary Utah Belt.), DCC Corner (Rule 17: lighting and advanced programming.), Product Reviews (The MTH Southern Pacific GS-4 steam locomotive, the all-new Atlas N scale GP-30...and more.), Trains of Thought (Plausible freelancing), The Operators (Flag protection)
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April
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Traveling Classrooms (Information Desk), Spun Polyester Clouds (Workshop), Detailing for a Time and a Place (Step by step), Build the Beer Line (Part 4: Realistic structures complete our HO layout), Make Lightweight Benchwork (A unique design maker modulates easy to trnasport), Building Freyteg;s Foundry (Part 1: Constructing the main foundry strurcute), Beyond the Basics (Visit a New England layout a step above in accuracy >0 Working Beacons for Diesels (Flashing lights increase N scale locomotive realism,(, Freelancing a Harbor Railroad (Scratchbuilt scenes highlight this large scale layout), Improving Walters' Chain link fence (Make your fence sturdier with simple modifications.), Operating Sitting Down (A different approach to operating a model railroad.), A Branch Line with a rail-marine twist (An HO plan for a 9' x 11'-foot spare room.), Installing Decoders in Brass Locomotives (DCC Comer), Product Reviews (Broadway Limited's HO scale Union Pacific 2/10/2, Atlas N scale GP15 and more)
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July
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Contents - Comments Encouraged (From the Editor.), Now on ModelRailroader.com (The latest features on our web site.), News & Products (Hobby industry news.), Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers.), Trolleys Without Wheels (Information Desk.), Cleaning Paint Brushes (Workshop.), Disguise a Tunnel with Trees (Step by step.), How to Build a Small Railroad Town (Structures and details make a convincing scene.), Keep That Car From Rolling (Make derails to keep cars in places on a grade.), Fruit Growers Express Reefer (Illustrations for a common prototype built in the 1920's.), Keeping True to the Soo Line (Modeling the steam-to-diesel transition in the Midwest.), A Double-Deck N scale Track Plan (Maine Central in the White Mountains in 12 x 16 feet.), Updating a 1990s Amtrak F40PH (Detail modifications for a Walthers HO scale model.), Easy Layout Control Panels (How to make track schematics for your layout.), 6 Decades on the South Shasta Lines (Southern Pacific steam inspired this O scale layout.), Back-electro-motive-force Control (DCC corner.), Product Reviews (Rivarossi's sound-equipped HO Big Boy...and more.), Trackside Photos, Retrofitting Operations on the F&SM (Trains of Thought.), Cartoon, Index of Advertisers, Choosing Locomotives - Part 2 (The Operators.)
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September
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The Joys of Wiring (From the Editor.), Now on ModelRailroader.com (The latest features on our Web site.), News & Products (Hobby industry news and product announcements.), Railway Post Office (Letters from our Readers.), Taking a Wrecker on the Road (Information desk.), Build a Strip Storage Rack (Workshop.), Building Cast-Metal Vehicle Kits (Step by Step.), Make a Layout Look Picture-Perfect (Expert advice on photography and modeling.), Figure Painting 101 (Learn to paint fugures for your model railroad.), Roads That Go On Forever (Make roads appear to extend beyond the layout.), Kitbash a Junction Depot (A station and two tower kits yield a unique HO structure.), Artistic License on the GN (Jim Ferguson's HO scale Northwest empire.), Model a Rutland Flatcar and Shed (A pair of easy kitbashing projects from a single boxcar.), Build Realistic Cardstock Structures (Discover the advantages of paper building kits.), An Industrial Railroad in a Box (Packing large-scale detail and operation into 2 x 4 feet.), Wiring Your Layout, Part 1: Track Bus (DCC corner.), Product Reviews (HO scale Norfolk & Western class J from M.T.H., Con-Cor's speedy HO Electroliner...and more.), Trackside Photos, I'll Meet You There, Cartoon, Photo Contest Rules, Index of Advertisers, Train Order Signals, Part 2
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July
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Features - Build a Backwoods Scene for your Layout (From water to mirrors to hillside flats, this 5-foot layout section uses a lot of great scenery modeling techniques.), A Busy Mainline Town in HO scale (Track and benchwork plans for a layout based on Kirkland, Ill.), Authentic Open Loads for Gondolas (Tips for planning and modeling a series of visible freight shipments for your operating sessions.), Color Models with Powdered Pastels (Using weathering powder in place of paints or stains.), Learn While Building (The owner if this HO scale layout is always looking for ways to improve his model railroad.), Car Forwarding with Tags (Self stick, removable plastic flags make car routing easy.), Ethanol, An Industry You can Model (What you need to know to add this large modern industry to your model railroad.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On The Web, From The Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Sunset Models Brass HO 4-6-6-4 steam locomotive, Bachmann's HO scale doodlebug, Atlas O's Trinity covered hopper...and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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September
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Features - Secrets of a Great Scene (Taking apart a realistic desert diorama layer by layer.), Build a Through-Girder Turntable (Converting a craftsman kit into a model of a 90-foot New Haven prototype.), N Scale Locomotive Makeover (A DCC decoder, some paint and a few simple techniques are all you need to customize a variety of diesels for your layout.), Modeling a Hometown on the Dixie Line (The Louisville & Nashville inspired this compact HO layout.), Control Turnouts from Multiple Locations (A simple circuit lets you activate switch motors from several control panels.), Scratchbuild Easy Exhaust Fans (Detail your structures with these simple four-part models.), Under Wire on Connecticut Co. Streetcars (An O scale layout that features intricate trackwork, scratchbuilt structures and a modular design.), An HO Double-Deck Plan for a N&W Branch Line (Tracing the route of the "Virginia Creeper" in 9 x 11 feet.) In Every Issue - From the Editor, On The Web, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Project Reviews (Athearn's all-new HO GP15-1, Broadway Limited's upgraded Pennsy I1 2-10-0, and more.), Trains of Thought, Kitbashing Contest Rules, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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Features - Continue Your Roads Into the Backdrop (Use acrylic panels and fine ballast to blend foreground roads into photo backdrops.), A Northwestern Logging Branch in HO (This 9 x 11-foot track plan features logging action in the 1940's.), Make Your Own Roadbed (An innovative building material used under this proves to be roadbed in disguise.), Big Steam in Coal Country (This HO scale transition-era layout features realistic scenery and scratchbuilt structures on two decks.), Model New Car Sides Using Styrene (This technique can be used in any scale.), Mix and Match Decals for Railroad Equipment (Four simple suggestions for repurposing decal sets.), Modeling Rural America in N scale (This compact layout was imspired by traveling around the United States.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On The Web, From The Editor, News & Products, Kitbashing Contest Rules, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews )Athearn's HO Southern Pacific MT-4 4-8-2 steam locomotive, Bachmann's HO 0-6-0T saddletank engine, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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November
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Features - Long Trains on the Lakeside Lines (An HO scale railroad designed to showcase realistic trains.), Easy Boxcar Weathering (Make ready-to-run plastic boxcars look more realistic in just a few simple steps.), How to Build a Steel Viaduct (An aluminum channel provides solid support for the structure.), City to Countryside (The HO scale Reading Co. features detailed structures built from photos and prototype plans.), Scratchbuild a Section House (Styrene sheet and window and door castings make this common railroad structure an easy beginner project.), Two Simple Solutions for More Traffic (Minor tweaks result in more operating action on this layout.), Track Plan for an Urban Branch Line (The Newport & New York RR is a busy, compact connection between two cities in the mid-1950's.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On The Web, From The Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop, Step by Step, Kitbashing Contest Rules, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Athearn's HO scale veranda gas-turbine Atlas' HO upgraded Alco C-424, Digitrax SoundFX decoders...and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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Features - Building Bay Junction (Part One: The track plan, benchwork ideas, and a tour of our staff-built HO scale layout.), A Modeler's Guide to USRA Locomotives (These standardized engines served on many railroads.), Diamond Stacks in the Desert (This detailed HO layout depicts railroading in the late 1800's.), Operate Turnouts with RC Servo Motors (Radio control components make an inexpensive alternative.), How to Model Modern Roofs (Three easy techniques for making realistic flat roof structures.), A Plan for Passenger Operations (The freelanced Metropolitan Union Passenger Terminal.), Add Wear and Tear to a Steel Gondola (They don't look new for long, so your models shouldn't either.), Model an N Sxale Demolished House (Use scrap pieces from old laser-cut wood kits.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On The Web, From The Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Broadway Limited's HO scale Baldwin Centipede, Rapido's Osgood-Bradley coaches, Atlas O's O scale 50-foot single-sheathed boxcar, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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March
2011

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Features - Operation on the Franklin & South Manchester (Giving trains a reason to run required some changes to George Sellios' famous model railroad.), Building Bay Junction (Part 3: Two modern industries for our HO project railroad.), Kitbash a Large Grain Elevator, Build a Fertilizer Plant, Modeling the Rio Grande Southern in 4 x 8 feet (Mountain scenery, two levels of track and furniture-grade benchwork complete this HOn3 layout.), More Fun with 4 x 8's (Part 2: Four additional MR staff plans for layouts featuring junction towns, branch lines and an engine terminal.), Build a New Haven class J-2 heavy Mikado (A remodeled cab, new valve gear, and detail changes highlight the modifications on the Broadway Limited model.), Model a Supersize Flatcar Load (A refinery fractionating tower makes an impressive model.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On The Web, From the Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, N Scale Insight, Workship Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Project Reviews (Atlas HO scale Genset, Bowser Baldwin VO1000 switcher with sound, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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April
2011

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Features - Workshop Tips: Enhancing Realism (A little dirt and grime helps bring out diesel details.), 5 Ways to Weather (How to sumulate dirt, rust, faded paint and more.), Weathering Gallery (A showcase of various models expertly detailed.), Weather a Steam Locomotive Realistically (Paint and powder improve the look of a steam engine.), Weather: The Final Frontier (Operating in inclement weather offers the ultimate realism.), Model a Maintenance-of-Way Shop (Lineside details and track vehicles enhances a compact scene.), 6 Tips for Layouts in Small Spaces (Ideas to help you fit a layout where you didn't think you could.), September 1955 on the C&NW (Operations on Jim Munn's freelanced HO Christie Division.), Building Bay Junction: Part 4 (How we kitbashed two industries for our HO project layout.), Rio Grande in my Garage (Animation and sound effects bring this On2 1/2 layout to life.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On the Web, From the Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Walthers' Union Pacific Streamliner, Kato's ES44AC, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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May
2011

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Features - Practical Tips for Switching Fun (Design ideas and working examples for moving freight realistically on a model railroad.), Building Bay Junction: Part 5 (Adding a commuter station and a downtown street scene.), Build a Headquarters for your Railroad (Turn a European city hall kit into an American office building.), Going West in N scale (A modeler makes changes for more realistic operation.), Easy Covered Hopper Enhancements (Simple details make a ready-to-run car more realistic.), Improve Performance with Transmission Fluid (Automotive product improves wheel-to-rail electrical contact.), Mineral Point in Miniature (A visit to a superb HO scale museum display layout.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On The Web, From The Editor, News & Products, Information Desk, N Scale Insight, Workshop Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Bachmann HO scale Climax, Kato N scale EMD SD45, Digitrax Zephyr Xtra DCC starter set, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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July
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Features - Workshop Tips: Using Electrical Connectors (Connectors make layout wiring easier.), How to Wire a Layout for Two-Train Operation (Cab-Control wiring works for simple and complex layouts.), Adding DCC Power Districts (Tips and advice for routing track power on a DCC layout.), C&O Coal Country in a Seperate Room (Mines with working loaders highlight this N scale railroad.), Build a Diesel Shop (Kitbashing a realistic enginehouse, Part 1: exterior and roof.), Model a Rocky Creek (Debris deposited by snowmelt makes this scene realistic.), Standard Stations for Small Towns (This 1905 wood depot would fit many model railroads.), The Sacramento Modular Railroaders (An HO scale club known for its one-day operation sessions.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - On The Web, From The Editor, News & Products, Information Desk, N Scale Insight, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Kato N scale City of Los Angeles, Bachmann HO scale 4-4-0, Athearn HO scale 89-foot flatcar, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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January
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Features - Hauling Freight in Hawaii (The HO scale Big Island Rail plays "what if" in the 50th state.), How to Add DCC Sound to a Compact HO Switcher (An ESU LokSound decoder and speakers work well in this Bachmann 44-tonner.), Kitbash an Offset Swing Bridge (Modifying a styrene kit to model an unusual counterweighted prototype.), Build the Virginian: A 4 x 8 with More (Part 1: The plan and operation for our HO scale project layout.), 9 Tips for an Organized Workbench (These tips can make completing projects easier, faster and more enjoyable.), From Grass Mat to Weed Patch (Use long grass fiber mats to add overgrown areas to your layout.), Adding Background Sound to your Layout (Portable compact disc players, sound effect CD's, and computer speakers make this an easy project.), Track Plan for an N Scale Urban Terminal Railroad (Lift-up and roll-away sections allow easy pass-through access to this 10 x 13-foot downtown switching layout.), Trackside Photos Every Issue - On The Web, From the Editor, News & Products, Sweepstakes Rules, Information Desk, N Scale Insight, Workshop Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (HO scale GE U50 locomotive from Athearn, Kato N scale Amtrak train set, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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August
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Features - Build an 1880's Oil Refinery (An early plant that turned crude oil into consumer products.), Scratchbuild a Farm Structure (Styrene sheet and strip make this HO corn crib easy to build.), 5+ Multi-Deck Layout Design and Construction Tips (Height. lighting, cost, spacing and other considerations.), Cover Story: Room Sized Layout - Mountain Scenes on the Boston & Maine (The HO scale Bedford Division features benchwork-to-ceiling scenery.), How To Make Removable Utility Wires (Removable crossarms make it easy to take wires out the the way when needed.), Tip a Switch Motor on it's Side (Try this time-saving technique for installing slow-motion switch motors under any layout.), The Long Island & Lake Erie (Handlaid track is the highlight of this freelanced HO scale model railroad.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR, From The Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews, Trains of Thoughts, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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September
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Features - Build a Modular Express Building to fit any Location (How to model a busy transfer point for small shipments moving between trains and delivery trucks.), Updating and Redetailing a Classic Brass HO USRA Mikado (A can motor, flywheel and scratchbuilt details convert a light 2-8-2 into a handsome Grand Trunk locomotive.), Three Track Plans for 2 x 4 feet (How to fit an N scale model railroad onto a quarter sheet of plywood.), Two Railroads in One Small Space (The Chicago & North Western and Milwaukee Road take center stage on this 9 x 13-foot HO layout.), Compact Staging adds Variety to Operations (A manual traversing staging yard you can build in an afternoon.), From Quarry to Crusher (How an unsatisfying HO layout became a fun On2 1/2 industrial railroad.), Modern Gondola Makeover (Six simple steps to convert coal gons into scrap metal haulers.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR (The latest features on our website by Dana Kawala); From The Editor (How far should you go); News & Products (Hobby industry news); Information Desk (Getting the job done); N Scale Insight (Model maker catch up with me); Workshop Tips (How to insulate wires with heat-shrink tubing); Step by Step (Revitalize an aging scene); DCC Corner (Understanding CV29); Product Reviews (HO scale New York, New Haven & Hartford Comet by Con-Cor, Walthers Santa Fe El Capitan passenger cars in HO scale and more.), Trains of Thought (Living in a "small town"); Index of Advertisers and Cartoon; The Operators (Do you really need a throttle?)
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October
2012

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Features - 11 Easy Urban Lighting Tips (Off-the-shelf parts make layout lighting a snap.), Enhance Your Modern Billboard with Lights (Light-emitting diodes and a taller pole make advertisements more visible.), How to Model a Moonlit Night (Blue rope lights simulate nighttime and avoid inky darkness.), Modeling Fields in N Scale (Weather sealer as corn? Yes. Chenille as soybeans? You bet. A veteran modeler shows you how it's done.), A Scenery Showcase Built for Operation (Lessons learned from a small layout inspired the bigger and better HO scale Western Pacific.), How to Set Up a Layout for Operation (Using car cards, waybills, and operating sequences on the HO scale Western Pacific.), Modeling a 1960s Freight Car Roster (A snapshot of the car fleet that was in service 50 years ago.), Room-Size Plan With a Car Float (This HO scale walk-in 10 x 20-foot plan also includes a branch line and an interchange.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR, From The Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (HO scale Electro-Motive Division F7A-B diesels with sound from MTH, EMD SD9043MAC in HO scale by Kato, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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December
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Features - How to Scratchbuild a Wood Coal Trestle (Step by step.), Build a Retail Coal Dealer (A timeless, space-saving destination for loaded hoppers.), A Compact Coal Trestle You can Build (A small-town coal terminal for layouts in the 1940's and '50's.), How to Weather Coal Hoppers (Tips for using an airbrush and acrylic paints to enhance cars inside and out,), A Rural Short Line Junction in HO (This room-sized track plan is based on prototype site maps.), Taking Large Scale on the Road (The Sundance Central is a 40 x 45-foot sectional layout.), How to Build a Deep Rocky Ravine (An impressive scenic feature greets visitors.), Streamliners Along the Mississippi (Famout passenger trains and the upper Midwest inspired the 15 x 40-foot LaCrossed Division.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR, From the Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop Tips, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (HO scale Chicago Metros commuter train equipment from Kato, Walthers HO scale Electro-Motive Division SDS, and more.), Model Railroader Sweepstakes, Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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January
2013

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Features - Build a Quarry Branch (Part 1: Introduction, track plan and operations for our new 2 x 12-foot project layout.), 5 Expert Tricks for Installing Track and Roadbed (Sound-deadening material, superelevation and simple spacers help form a realistic right-of-way.), Kitbashing an HO Roundhouse (A Heljan kit and 3-stall expansion set is the starting point.), A Maine Main Line in an Attic (Without a basement, this modeler made layout space between the rafters.), Upgrading a Small Switcher with DCC and Sound (A SoundTraxx Micro-Tsunami decoder proves the perfect fit for an HO scale 0-4-0T steam locomotive.), Variations on a 4 x 8 Theme (Four HO scale 4 x 8 track plans designed for industrial switching and continuous running.), How to Weather Wood Structures (Simulating aged wood is an important part of realistic model building.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR, From The Editor, News & Products, Information Desk, N Scale Insight, Workshop Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (HO scale Alco S-2 by Bachmann, Fox Valley Models B&O boxcars in HO and N, and more.), Model Railroader Sweepstakes, Trains of Thought, Index to Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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March
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Features - Step by Step (A guide for modeling a town square.), Build Small-Town Structures with Big-Time Appeal (One modeler's approach to adding charm and character to a downtrodden district.), From Backdrop to Blacktop (Tips and tricks for adding background buildings and small-town streets.), Making the Most of Modern Buildings (How to model mundana urban structures that don't stand out.), Rural Renewal in the Ozarks (Business developments change a small Missouri town.), Rebuild Turnouts in Place (Improve turnout performance with new points and make them DCC friendly.), Town and Country on a New England Branch Line (The Boston & Maine and the Ruland haul trains along the 14 x 21-foot East Berkshire Branch.), Build a Quarry Branch (Part 3: A rock loader and shingle factory for our HO layout.), How to Detail a Modern Locomotive (Applying a handful of small parts will turn an economy model into a showpiece.), An HO Scale Bridge Line with Southern Flair (The Sugar Valley & Sweetwater RR will be open for tours during the 2013 NMRA convention.), A Busy New York Harbor Track Plan in 5 x 9-feet (The N scale Lehigh Valley Bronz Terminal features industrial switching along an urban waterfront.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR, From The Editor, News & Products, Information Desk, N Scale Insight, Workshop Tips, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Brass HO scale electric locomotives from Sunset Models, New York Central's Empire State Express in HO scale by MTH and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertising and Cartoon, The Operators
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April
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Features - A Narrow Gauge Conversion (A chance meeting and a rail trip turned this Georgia modeler into a D&RGW and RGS fan.), Build a Quarry Branch (Part 4: HO scale rolling stock painted for quarry services.), Build a Working Industrial Gate (Security gates are a common obsticle encountered by switch crews.), Mountain Railroading Through Coal Country (A real railroader fills his basement with a C&O inspired HO empire.), Model a Typical 1950s Tractor-Trailer (Minor modifications help turn an HO scale model into a period-correct road hauler.), Windswept Trees From Natural Materials (Twisted trunks and caspia branches capture a rugged look.), Extend the Reach of a Switch Motor (A simple bracket resolves a benchwork clearance problem.), A Freelanced Car Ferry Track Plan (This spare-room-sized HO scale plan features interchange via car ferry.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR, From The Editor, News & Products, Railway Post Office, Information Desk, Workshop Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (Athearn HO scale EMD GP38-2 with DCC sound, HO scale Budd RDC from Walthers and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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May
2013

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Features - Styrene Structures in 7 Simple Steps (This versatile plastic material lets you easily model buildings of any size, shape or scale.), Scratchbuild a Small Factory (How to use mat board and cardboard to build an S scale structure.), 4 Technologies Shaping Model Railroading's Future (Everything from how models are made, to how they roll, to how they are controlled, is evolving. Here's how it will affect the hobby.), Through the Rockies on the Santa Fe (An around-the-walls HO scale model railroad captures the look of the transition-era ATSF.), Build a Contemporary Business Car (Conrail's prototype car no. 5 and this model are both kit-based projects.), Interurban Scenes on a Narrow Shelf (The 2 x 34-foot Gypsy Trolley Line is an award-winning HO modular layout.), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR, From The Editor, News & Products, Information Desk, N Scale Insight, Workshop Tips, Step by Step, DCC Corner, Product Reviews (HO scale DCC strain set from Walthers Trainline, Athearn HO scale GE AC4400CW in Norfolk Southern heritage schemes, and more.), Trains of Thought, Index of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators
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December
2013

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Features - Perch Birds on Your Power Lines (It's simple to add this often-overlooked detail to your overhead wires), Kitbash A Canadian Pacific RS-3 in HO Scale (Combine a Bowser body and an Atlas chassis to build an Alco workhorse), A Sectional Railroad On An Aluminum Frame (Based on two MR designs, this N scale layout depicts the Pacific Northwest), Modeling Miami's Downtown Sput (An urban light-industrial setting provides planey of switching), The Mechanics Of Train Dispatching (How to do timetable-and-train-order dispatching, including what you need), A Rail-Marine Connection In The Pacific Northwest (A remote Milwaukee Road branch inspired this 12 x 16-foot track plan), New Life For Old Boxcars (Following the Chicago & North Western's example to repurpose 40-foot cars as sheds), Trackside Photos In Every Issue - Digital MR (The latest features on our website), From The Editor (Common isn't ordinary), News & Products (Join the MR team), Railway Post Office (Letters from our readers), Information Desk (Loading ramps for double-deck stockcars), Workshop Tips (An easy repair stops intermittent shorts), Step By Step (How to build a plastic structure kit), DCC Corner (How sound decoders work), Product Reviews (Broadway Limited imports' HO scale Norfolk & Western class Y6b 2-8-8-2, N scale Electro Motive Division SD60 by Atlas, and more), Trains Of Thought (Making sure there's an escape route), Index Of Advertisers and Cartoon, The Operators (Card files for car cards)
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