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January
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Special Features - Perspective: Snow comes to Roseville, Jim Panza's Allegheny Valley Railroad, American railroad bridges: Part II Modeling - Modeling an HO scale BNSF Dash 9-44CW: Part I, Carpak: Modeling from the prototype MDC covered hoppers, Foam-sculpted scenery, Modeling sidings and industrial right=of-ways with flexible track, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award A large kitbashed station Prototype - Bagby California-circa 1939
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February
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Special Features - Perspective: A morning with steam, Visiting the California Central Lines, Mike Spark's and Randy Laframboise's Rutland Railroad, American railroad bridges: Part III Modeling - Rebuilding a PRR gondola, Model a camp car, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: A GE "Baby Boat" for the Penn Jersey line, Modeling an HO scale BNSF Dash 9-44CW: Part II, Building an ore transfer trestle Prototype - DN tower
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March
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Special Features - Perspective: Your eyes can fool you, A visit to the CNY-MOD, Donn Tolley's Vorginia & Truckee, Brickyard railroad: A modern industrial narrow gauge Modeling - Conrail's original beast-the SD45-2, Modeling water, Modeling weathered concrete, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: A CB&Q-style combine-caboose, Installing a pivot plate in a hidden yard, Building a parcel distribution center Prototype - Lehigh Valley's Depression-era 40-foot boxcar
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April
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Special Features - Perspective: Dieselization, California Heritage Modeling: John LaBarba's Sonora Pacific R.R., Some projects take longer than others, California Heritage Modeling: Wes Swift's Yosemite Valley Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: A kitbashed feed mill, Doug and Jackie Holw's Cisco Bridge diorama, Modeling a Maine Central SW-9, Detailing a Bachmann 0-4-0T switcher, Building a first resin structure kit Prototype - The South Shore's third generation interurbans, The Harris schoolhouse
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May
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Special Features - Perspective: Erosion and deposition, The Sierra, Carson & Truckee Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Modeling a CP Rail C630M, Modeling a classic Pennsylvania Railroad E7, Doug and Jackie Hole's Cisco Bridge diorama: Part II, Large scale disconnects, One man's trucks, Modeling a 1920's cheese factory, Constructing a mock-up layout Prototype - AT&SF tool house
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June
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Special Features - Perspective: Cruise train, Bob Walker's "temporary" layout: The Rio Grande Southern in On3, Index to RMC Volume 68, An island switching and logging operation Modeling - Modeling a C&NW U30C, Soils for scenery, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing Amtrak's NPCU, A diesel sanding tower for Mayfield yard, Searching for the ultimate railroad Prototype - USRA steel mill gondolas, Canadian Northern standard freight house, El Paso & Southwestern concrete culverts
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July
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Special Features - Perspective: Australia 2000, Scenes along the WP-a visit to Jim Dias' layout, Modeling the SP's Port COsta facilities: Part I Modeling - Modeling storage tanks, Building a Norfolk Southern Dash 9-40C, Scratchbuilding to achieve that "historical look", RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a TTX training car, Brick walls with character, The bridges at Silver King Junction, Modeling an HO scale Seagrave fire truck, Pooches' fast food Prototype - NYS&W's 3001: an understudy that became a star
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August
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Special Features - Perspective: Have truck-will scrub, The Athabasca System Granite Canyon Division, A modern hay reload, Rochester's unique subway Modeling - Detailing a Burlington Northern GP39M, Building a trackside equipment shed, Modeling the SP's Port Costa facilities: Part II, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a doodlebug trailer car, Modeling a Norfolk Southern C40-9 Spartan cab Prototype - Kansas City Southern's lightweight passenger cars, The Greenwood house
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September
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Special Features - Perspective: Signs on the Southern, Designing a timetable, Visiting the Gulf & Denver Modeling - Kitbashing a Rutland-style milk car, Soo Line bridge railings, GD Line section house, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a curved viadust, Brookville gets an industrial district, Rebuilding a Kato SD45 into a Southern Pacific SD40M, (Re)building an HOn3 motor car Prototype - Canadian National's Eastern Car Company 48;-6" all-steel gondola
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November
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Special Features - Perspective: A narrow gauge kitbash, Visiting the Allegheny Central R.R., Getting started, The F&F Railroad Modeling - Ya gotta know when to fold 'em, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Revell redux, Detailing a Canadian National GP38-2, Detailing a truck fleet Prototype - ACF Pressureaide cars, The W.H. Thomson Coal Co.
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December
2000
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Special Features - Perspective: Never say never, Saga of the Elk River, The Christmas Valley Ry. Modeling - Detailing the Athearn PS-5344 boxcar, Hinged roofs for interior viewing, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing McDuff's Roofing Co., Improving locomotive performance with DCC, Modeling an L&N U30C, A basic barge, Modeling the W.H. Thomson Coal Co., Locomotive and car repair and maintenance jig, Scratchbuilding a large scale working snowplow Prototype - Vinegar tank car
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January
2001
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Special Features - Perspective: 'tis the season, Scenic sounds: An update on the ISD sound chip, Doug Hole's Mountainside derailment Modeling - Modeling metal signs, Fading freight cars, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Chicago & Illinois Midland RS1325, A rebuilt Shay for the north woods, Modeling an L&N U30C Prototype - Building Reading's BF office, Historical modeling: A 19th century snowshed
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February
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Special Features - Perspective: Rails to San Francisco Bay (For many years the Santa Fe and Western Pacific used car floats to serve their customers around San Francisco Bay.), A Visit to Tom Piccirillo's O scale Somerset Traction System (This nicely scenicked O scale electric line features scratchbuilt equipment and serves rural northwestern New Jersey in the 1950s.), Clark Stuempges' "Inland Empire" (Set in the Pacific Northwest, this layout features steam and diesel.), Boomer Trail Special: Niagra Frontier Region preview (Here is a look at some of the layouts that will be on view when the Niagra Frontier Region of the NMRA holds its convention in April.), A Layout Design Seminar: The New Mexico Division (Research is an important part of designing a model railroad.( Modeling - Modeling a Southern Iron & Equipment Boxcar (Scratchbuilt sides, Details West ends and a kitbashed Athearn roof all went into the making of this distinctive, contemporary freight car.), Easy Station Platforms (Here is a quick way to model concrete station platforms.), Scenic Sounds: An Update on the ISD Sound Chip (This month we wrap up our two-part update with a look at playback circuits.), Building the South Park Valley - Pt. 1 Planning Ahead (To build a successful layout, you need to consider the space available and the shape of the room before designing the track plan.), RMC/Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing an Insulated Tank (An Athearn chemical tank car is the starting point for this project.) _rototype - C&C One-Stall Enginehouse (Built by the Carson & Columbia in 1883, this simple wood building served the narrow gauge C&C and later the SP for over 60 years.), An 1884 Porter 0-4-2 (This little industrial engine labored away in the sugar cane fields of Cuba into the mid-1970's.)
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April
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Special Features - Perspective: Fish in a barrel, Twenty Years on Tehachapi, Demystifying Command Control: Pt II, Ted Fritsler's Denver & Rio Grande Western Modeling - Building a "remote" track cleaning tool, Carpak: Two Soo Line Thrall gandolas, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Modeling a Union Pacific SW10 in N Scale, The basics of resin casting, The many uses of copper foil, Building the South Park Valley Pt III: Stencil painting clouds Prototype - Reding's HTz class hoppers
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August
2001
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Special Features - Perspective: You Just Can't Kill a Caboose, Demystifying Command Control, On Holiday Along the Cumbrian Mountain Lines Modeling - Building an A-B-A set of Rock island F-7's, Building a Lift-Out Track Section, One Car, Many Scales?, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbash a PRSL Baldwin S8, Improving Amfleet I and Commuter Cars Prototype - The Dalton Depot, War Emergency Gons, A 30" Gauge Speeder
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September
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Special Features - Perspective: The great rubber railroad, A visit to Bill Kupiec's Numark Valley R.R., Demystifying Command Control-Part seven, Visiting the Midland & Northwestern, Building a DCC decoder test fixture Modeling - Scratchbuilding Clark's filling station, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing an LGB Lehmann Porter, Painting brass models, Building a CP Rail 46-foot COFC car Prototypes - The Grand Trunk depot at Georgetown, Ont
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October
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Special Features - Perspective: Links to the past, Joel Shank's Sn3 Rio Grande Southern, Demystifying Command Control-Part Eight, Researching prototype freight cars, A Foreign interchange on the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Modeling - Modeling New Haven's CPA-24-5 passenger locomotive, Scratchbuilding an MDT refrigerator car, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: An unexpected kitbash, Angle irons from foil Prototype - PFE R-30-2 refrigerator car
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May
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Special Features - Perspective: Scissors Trucks And Coal Bins (While a thing of the past in most areas, coal trucks still make home deliveries in Pennsylvania's anthracite region); The Pelican Bay Railway & Navigation Company (Set in the 1890's, this large S scale model railroad fills the author's basement with beautifully detailed scenes of California railroading); A Report From Nuremberg (The Nuremberg Toy Fair is one of the world's major toy shows. Here's a report on some of the model railroad items at this year's show) Modeling - Scratchbuilding The Farmer's Gilt Edge Creamery (This distinctive looking model is based on an old Minnesota creamery); Essential Freight Cars: 2 Great Northern's 1937 Double-Sheathed Boxcars (In a five year period beginning in 1937, the Great Northern purchased 8,000 of these boxcars); An Identity Crisis (With today's computer programs and laser printers, it's easy to design and print your own decals); Kitbashing An NJ Transit ALP-46 (America's newest electric can be kitbashed in HO or N scales using a German DB Class 101 model from Roco); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Working With Wood (One of the oldest building materials, wood is still a great choice for constructing models); Keeping HOn3 Springs Intact (Here is a neat trick that will help you assemble Kadee's No. 717 freight trucks without losing or damaging the tiny springs); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Bangor & Aroostook Caboose (The prototype for this HO model was built by the B&A in the 1950's from an old troop sleeper); The Belknap Monument (A small monument can make an interesting scene) Prototype - Movable Railroad Bridges At Chicago, Part III (A look at some interesting vertical lift bridges wraps up our series) Departments - Notes On An Old Timetable (Editorial); Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book reviews and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Mid-century prototypes); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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March
2004
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Special Features - Perspective: Along The Waterfront (If you are modeling a rail line that follows the seacoast or serves a small port or harbor, old waterfront structures can be the inspiration for some wonderful layout scenes); Following The O & W (Join us for a look at what a railfan trip along the New York, Ontario & Western during the steam-era must have been like, as the authors recreate just such an adventure for us in HO scale); Plastic Air Cell Layout Construction: Pt 3 (This month we finish up the layout by adding the scenery) Modeling - Constructing Heavy Duty Steel Telegraph Poles (Poles like these were once a common sight near railroad yards); Building The Diljax/A-1 Container Co (This scratchbuilding project uses basswood to make a lineside industry); Essential Freight Cars: 11 Southern Ry. SU Class Boxcars (Almost 15,000 of these 36-foot boxcars were constructed between 1922 and 1926); Scratchbuilder's Corner: The Philosophy Of Color (While each of us sees color in our own way, some general principles apply to all modeling); Frugal Gourmet Modeling (Here are a few modeling ideas that have moved from the kitchen to the workbench); Rock Retaining Walls (This is an easy-to-build scenery feature that looks great); Ahh-OOO-gah! Adding Sound To A Railcar (With patience, DCC sound can be added to even the smallest model); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: A Sleeper For The Lark (A variety of parts were used to build this HO scale model) Prototype - Atlantic Coast Line Class M-3 Caboose (These traditional wood cabooses were a common sight on ACL rail from the mid-1920's into the 1960's) Departments - Notes On An Old Timetable (Editorial); Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (A Time For Imports: Part 1); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial advertising); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertisers Index
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June
2004
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Special Features - Perspective: Walkaround Throttles, Index to RMC Volume 72, Modeling the Everett & Monte Cristo Ry., A Look Ahead to the 2004 National Narrow Gauge Convention Modeling - Modeling the C&O's Baldwin AS-616's, Just an Old Shed, Scratchbuilder's Corner: Simple Rubber Molds, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Gunderson Maxi 1, Installing Caboose Industries ground throws, Modeling the Southern's GP40X:Pt II, Essential Freight Cars: 13 UP's B-50-17 rebuilt boxcars
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October
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Special Features - Perspective: Sidetracked (With a little bit of effort, it is still possible to find an occasional old locomotive alongside today's modern diesels); Rembering The "Louie" (First generation diesels rule this HO scale Minneapolis & St. Louis-inspired layout. With lots of industry, and interchanges with the C&NW and Milwaukee Road, there's plenty of activity) Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbash A Santa Fe Bx-108 Boxcar (This month's award winning model is an HO scale Bx-108 boxcar built from a pair of Athearn 40-foot high cube cars); Rescuing A Relic: Conrail N6A Transfer Caboose (A secondhand brass caboose body get first class treatment as it's rebuilt to match a prototype car); Classic EMD Diesels On The Boston & Maine: Electro Motive's FT (Following some careful research, the author set out to detail a pair of Stewart FT's for the Boston & Maine); Classic EMD Diesels On The Boston & Maine: Electro Motive's BL-2 (A Life-Like model is the starting point for this detailing project); Improving Bachmann's Amfleet Cars (A few minor changes to these N scale passenger cars result in closer coupling and better rolling); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Bricks And Masonry (This month's column looks at some of the materials available for modeling brick and stone, as well as some tips on working with them); Modeling The Piggyback Cars Of The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (Like their prototypes, these models were built using parts from other cars) Prototype - Modeling A Meat Packing Plant And Its Operations (Relying heavily on rail service, the Jacob Decker & Son's meat packing plant provides a good example of how this industry can be modeled) Departments - Notes On An Old Timetable (Editorial); Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatcher's Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (My "godfather" was a boy); Editor's Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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January
2005
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Special Features - Perspective: Lost Opportunities Recovered, A Tour of the Iron Mountain Stamp Mill, Cutting Up Magazines Modeling - Superdetailing Life-Like Proto 2000 E-8s for the DL & W, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a BAR Woodchip, Model Railroad Maintenance of way: Part II, Western Sagebrush, Scratchbuilder's Corner: Signs, A New Layout: Part III, Essential Freight Cars 25: Steam Era Gondolas
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March
2006
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Special Features - Nearly universal, The Rahway Valley Modeling - Running trains on the New Jersey Northern, A stationary steam-powered winch for your roundhouse, Modeling Rahway Valley No. 17, Scratchbuilder's corner: Trading talents/barter, Building a mine ventilation house: Part II, A Baldwin 0-6-0T: building a brass kit in Nn3, Convincing fir trees, RMC/Dremel Kitbash Award: Kitbashing a Union Railroad "Buffalo", Weathering for realism Prototype - CSS & SB line car No. 1100: The Interurban with three lives
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April
2006
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Special Features - Even I Can't Mess It Up, A Day With the Oak Creek Switcher, Bucyrus: One Piece at a Time Modeling - Styrene Grab Irons, Scratchbuilding a Quarry Trunttable, RMC/Dremel Kitbash Award: Kitbashing a NYC Class DEf 2-D-2 locomotive, Two friends; two bulkhead flats, Trash and Garbage, Scratchbuilder's Corner: Small Bridges, Six-legged critter, Essential freight cars 29: American Car & Foundry's 1920's wood refrigerator cars Prototype - Canadian Pacific Railway's Shay locomotive No. 111
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July
2006
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Special Features - Perspective: Bridging time, Southall Division of the Boston & Maine, Oxenhope: a traveling Protofour layout, Newark Wye: a prototype planning seminar Modeling - Modeling eastern narrow gauge steam using the Roundhouse 2-8-0, Styrene as weathered wood, RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Rock Island mixed train caboose, Scratchbuilder's corner: Home improvements, Essential freight cars 32: Soo Line single-sheathed boxcars Prototype - Vulcan 60-ton center cab
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September
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Special Features - Perspective: Satchel-frontiers (The little SW1 switcher was the Electro Motive Company's first mass-produced diesel and it can still be found in service today.), The Northbound Local: Running Late on the Pelican Bay Railway & Navigation Co. (Join us for a trip back to the hills of Northern California circa 1895 as we visit the beautiful Sn3 Pelican Bay Railway & Navigation Co.), How to Model a Passenger Train (Photographs, books, timetables, company diagrams and consist record can all shed light on the equipment used on specific trains.) Modeling - Modeling an N Scale Corn Crib (A photo of a corn crib led to this modeling project.), Rail Supports: Modeling from the Prototype (This interesting little trackside detail looks great on a layout.), Making Rock Molds (There is nothing like well-cone rock-work to enhance the artistic and prototype-like appearance of a layout.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Modifying Doors and Windows (There are many ways to modify commercial doors and windows to fit your modeling needs.), How Fast? How Far? (Building an inexpensive train speedometer / odometer is easy.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a CB&Q Combine (A pair of Bachman Spectrum doodlebugs went used to build this interesting HO sxcale model.), ADMX 29194: Modeling a Modern Tank Car (This kitbashed car was a long time in the making.), Making a Cardboard Party Balloon Pond (Here is a simple and effective scenery technique.), Ann Arbor 2480: Customizing a Generic Model for a Specific Prototype: Pt II (A Mantua 2-8-2 is the basis of this HO project.) Prototype - Restoring the NYS&W's Maywood Depot (The community and local industry joined together to save this historic New Jersey deopt from the wrecker's ball.)
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October
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Special Features - Perspective: Those Jordan Spreaders (Whether it's plowing snow, ditching rights-of-way or spreading ballast, the rugged Jordan Spreader is a versatile and tough machine.), A Tenth Anniversary Visit to the RIT Model Railroad Club (Join us for a look at a college sponsored club that sports a growing HO scale layout.), Howard Zane's HO scale Piermont Division - an Ongoing Saga (Set in the rugged mountains of West Virginia, this large and wonderfully detailed layout features plenty of steam and diesel action.) Modeling - Swapping SP Tenders (Depending upon the service it was in, the SP would sometimes assign different style tenders to its steam locomotives.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing C&NW Quad Hoppers (This N scale modeling project uses Trainworx hoppers to model a distinctive Chicago & North Western coal car.), How to Model a Passenger Train (In the second part of our series on modeling the consists of B&O trains Nos. 233 and 238, we focus on kitbashing the baggage and baggage-mail cars.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Creature Comforts (This month we take a look at a few things that can make life at the workbench easier and safer.), Simpson's General Store (A few changes to a "Christmas Village" structure resulted in a very pleasing model for the author's HO layout.), Essential Freight Cars 34: NYC USRA-design Boxcars (From the 1920's tothe 1960's thousands of these steel boxcars were used to move freight across North America.) Prototype - Star Lake (This depot served passengers in the woods of northern Wisconsin.)
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January
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Special Features - Perspective: New Haven Memories (A childhood spent gathering with friends at the small town depot in Wethersfield, Connecticut, led to a life-long interest in trains.), Touring the SP Western Division (Join us for a visit in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1850's. We'll see the famed Oakland Mole, as well as streamlined SP passenger trains behind both steam and diesel on Lloyd Robert's HO layout.) Modeling - Paper Shell Scenery (When it came time to make scenery, ordering plaster by the truckload didn't seem too practical or convenient, so the author went about looking for a better way. What he came up with was a method that uses reed rosin paper and white glue.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Keveny Memorial Academy (Built for the RPI Club, this HO scale model is based on a school that stood in Cohoes, New York.), Ex-press Rivets (This simple technique turns a drill press into a rivet embosser.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: More about Plaster (We wrap up our look at modeling with plaster by scratchbuilding a small stone shed.), Modeling Soo Line 2600 series Milk Cars (With a Tichy Trains underframe and a Central Valley roof, these wood sided cars are easy to model in HO scale.), Modeling the EBT's Stone Yard Office (It started out as a farmhouse, but for the last 133 years it has served the East Broad Top Railroad.), Essential Freight Cars, 35: The X29 Boxcar: Pt 1 (Employed extensively by the Pennsylvania Railroad, this design is one of the most recognizable boxcars in railroading history.) Prototype - Santa Fe FT-13 Depressed Center Flat Car (Designed to transport high, wide and heavy loads, the Santa Fe built this car at its Topeka, Kansas shops in 1958.)
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February
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Special Features - York: Preserving The Past (The National Railway Museum in York, England does a great job of preserving the past and putting it on display for all to see.), IC;s Springfield Division: An Alternate Reality (Here is a different type of layout story. We are going for a ride along with author Stephen Swetland, who in real life is a policeman. So, climb in the patrol car. There's plenty of railroad action to see.) Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Logging Industry Critter (The prototype for this interesting model was kitbashed. Built from a former Canadian Pacific tender, Crestbrook Timbers No. 003 has to be one of the strangest diesel locomotives ever built.), Modeling Farm Buildings (Inspired by the farm his wife grew up on, the author shows how he modeled a typical upper Midwestern farm. Included are a barn, silo, chicken coop and rows of crops.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Photo-Modeling (A good camera, a decent printer and quality paper can become model making tools.), Building a Grade Setting Gadget (Calculating grades is easy with the help of this simple-to-build tool.), Modeling Those Green M&StL Boxcars (The Minneapolis and St. Louis owned 700 40-foot AAR 1944 design boxcars. It takes just a little bit of kitbashing to model them.), Creating a Paint Scheme for a Freelanced Railroad (A close examination of the prototype railroads that inspired the author's modeling led to the designing of a very believable freelanced paint scheme for the Port Richmond locomotive fleet.), A Look Ahead: The Upcoming 23rd Annual Sn3 Symposium (Here's a sneak peek at some of the narrow gauge layouts that will be on the Symposium's layout tour.), Kitbashing Techniques: Building an NS Exhibition Car (This kitbashing project features a variety of modeling techniquesthat every modeler should know.) Departments - Notes on an Old Timetable, Safety Valve, Dispatchers Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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March
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Special Features - What's Next? (What's in store for railroads and model railroading during the next 25 years? It seems an appropriate question as RMC celebrates its 75th anniversary this month.), Specific Date Modeling (What equipment is used and how a model is detailed can help set the time period and tell a story on a layout.), Using the National Archives as a Modeling Resource: Part I (The National Archives has thousands of railroad documents. Here is how you can access the material and what you are likely to find.) Modeling - Modeling a C&NW Alco Slug Set (The C&NW's Alco C-425's lacked dynamic brakes, had small fuel tanks and snowplows on the front pilots. Join us for a look at how to modify an Atlas model to reflect the North Western's units.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Road Trip! (Sometimes getting away from your railroad can actually improve your modeling. Trips to conventions and to various locations for field research can often lead to new modeling ideas.), Prototype Weathering on a CR Covered Hopper (Mike Rose shows how he tackled building one of Rail Yard Model's beautiful new HO scale cast resin kits.), Scratchbuilding a Country Depot (This modeling project was inspired by a photo of the Rutland Railway's South Shaftsbury, Vermont depot.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Delivery Trucks (HO scale Mini Metal trucks can be kitbashed in a variety of ways.), A Trackplan for the Woodstock Rwy. (This layout design is based on a steam-era Vermont shortlilne.) Prototype - Motive Power's MP36 and the MPXpress Locomotive Family (These modern diesel electric locomotives are meeting the needs of transit agencies across the country.), The Woodstock Railway (This long-abandoned Vermont shortline ceased operations just after the first issue of The Model Craftsman hit the newstands, but with its small engine and big dreams it would make a gread modeling subject even today, 75 years after its demise.) Departments - Notes on an Old Timetable, Safety Valve, Dispatchers Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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April
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Special Features - Switching Loads (A pre-built switch resting on its side in a gondola makes for a very interesting load.), EMD-Designed Diesel Shops (In the conversion from steam to diesel power, EMD helped railroads by designing maintenance facilities that could handle the new locomotive needs.), Using The National Archives as a Modeling Resource - Part II (This month we wrap up our two-part look at using the National Archives to research railroad history.) Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Modeling a C&NW Alco Slug Set (Last month we modeled a C&NW Alco C-425. This month we turn our attention to the slugs that went with them.), Prototype Weathering on a CR Covered Hopper - Part II (Modeling a heavily weathered car can present some challenges.), Rusting Barrel and Tank Bands (Here is how you can model metal bands using photos of rust, a computer and a color printer.), Scratchbuilding River Fish Filet (The prototype for this colorful roadside market was immortalized in a 1930s photograph by Walker Evans.), The HOm30 Euslis Railroad (Despite its name, this 2' x 4' module can be used in a variety of ways.), Essential Freight Cars: 41. Fifty-foot Single-Sheathed Boxcars (The 1920s saw the introduction and acceptance of the 50-foot single-sheathed, general-purpose boxcar, primarily by Western Roads which used it for hauling lumber and bulky manufactured goods.) Prototype - The High Hoods: Alco's Early Diesel Switchers (The success of these pioneer locomotives brought big changes to railroading.) Departments - Notes on an Old Timetable, Safety Valve, Dispatchers Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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June
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Special Features - A Pelham Perspective (After 25 years of supplying kits to modelers, Al Westerfield turns his attention to building his own layout and that means researching the rail lines of his childhood home in the Bronx.), Changes: 1955, 1979 (Travel back with us on an HO scale layout to Western Maryland, first in 1955 and then in 1979, as the author reflects on the love of trains he shared with his late uncle.), Index To RMC Volume 76 (A subject and author directory for the June, 2007 to May, 2008 issues of Railroad Model Craftsman.) Modeling - Fast Evergreen Forests (If you need a forest of evergreens, here are a few different ways that you can make all the trees you'll need.), The Enduring Philadelphia Row House (Holdovers from another era, industrial cities of the Northeast and beyond still have miles and miles of streets lined with these utilitartian brick homes.), Modeling an HO Scale PRR Fairbanks-Morse C-Liner (With the addition of a few details, a Life-Like model takes on a real Pennsy look.), Modifying the NorthWest Short Line Riveter (Adding a moveable fence makes the valuable tool more flexible.), Hiding Flat Car Weights (The author has come up with a new and very simple solution to an old problem.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Stonework Walls (On a layout, stone buildings are not really stone.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Modeling C&S No. 68, Part II (Harry Brunk finishes up his explanation of how he kitbashed an HOn3 model of a Colorado & Southern 2-8-0 usnig a Precision Scale Company D&RGW C-16 kit.), Essential Freight Cars: 42. Modeling Spencer Kellogg 231: a Standard Tank Car tanker (Using an upcoming kit from Southern Car & Foundry, the author models a classic tank car in HO scale.) Departments - Notes on an Old Timetable, Safety Valve, Dispatcher's Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index.)
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Special Features - Perspective: Waterville Rwy. Encounter (While it's been 60 years since a flood brought a halt to the Waterville Railway operations, the former grain-hauling Washington State shortline still survives its words and pictures.), The Consolidated Republic Mining Railroad (Join us for a visit to Greg Wright's unique model railroad. His 3/8" scale, 20" gauge mining railroad features an intriguing mix of scratchbuilt and kitbashed models.), Adventures in Free-Mo Pt. II (Anyone involved in modular railroading needs to transport their rolling stock, as well as their modules. The author solved this dilemma by building a case for the tackle boxes he uses to carry his equipment.) Modeling - Modeling the Holiday Season (With a few simple, eye-catching details, you can bring the holiday season alive on your layout.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Shortlilne Sand Car (Inspired by a car on California's McCloud River Railroad, Jeff kitbashed a similar car for sand service on his HO scale Buckhorn Rwy.), Modeling a Phase IIa RS-3 (This modeling project involves mating a Stewart Models shell to an Atlas chassis, then detailing the model for the C&NW.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Storage, Again (Working on modeling projects is easier when your workabench and storage space are organized.), Modeling The M&StL Through Mason City: Pt II (This month we finish our examination of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway in Mason City, Iowa, during the 1950's, with a look at how the author modeled the railroad and it's many customers.), Moving Targets (Here is how you can build switchstands with working targets.), Hampton, NJ: A Plan for a Free-Mo Interchange (This trackplan design is based on a once busy interchange.) Prototype - Hampton, NJ: The CNJ's Dual Gauge Railroad Junction (The rails through this small New Jersey town are rusty now, but at one time Hampton was a busy interchange on the CNJ.) Departments - Notes On An Old Timetable, Safety Valve, Dispatcher's Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editors Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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February
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Special Features - Perspective: Germany's Harz Ry. (A fleet of 17 well-kept, narrow gauge 2-10-2T's can still be seen hauling trains in the mountains of central Germany); Frank Czubryt's Denver Union Terminal R.R. (The time machine is set to 1980, the location is Denver and second generation diesels of the still independent D&RGW, BN, Santa Fe, UP and Southern Pacific railroads are busy moving tonnage); Modeling An O. Winston Link Photograph (Link's classic night shot of a train passing a drive-in theatre, "Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia, 1956" is modeled in HO scale as part of a museum display) Modeling - A Tale Of Two RS-3M's (In the early 1970's, the cash strapped Penn Central Railroad began a program of repowering its aging RS-3's with prime movers taken from retired E-units. The resulting units had a unique look); Cobleskill Coal Co. (Retail coal distributors were once common throughout North America. This one, located in upstate New York, makes a great modeling subject); Scratchbuilders Corner: Windows (Scratchbuilt windows are easy to make); Model Diesel Facility Details (Here is a look at some of the commercial kits and detail parts that can be used in modeling a diesel shop); Establishing A Locomotive Identity (By making some subtle changes to his fleet of steam engines, the author was able to develop an identity for his freelanced railroad); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: A Freelance Narrow Gauge Excursion Car (This HOn3 model was inspired by a Huntsville & Lake of Bays car); Essential Freight Cars: 44, Union Pacific's ACR Boxcars (Between 1938 and 1953, the Union Pacific took delivery of over 14,000 "alternate center rivet" boxcars) Prototype - The Erie Railroad's Marion Diesel Shop: Part II (This month we'll examine the changes that came to the Erie's Marion, Ohio diesel shops once the diesel invasion hit in full force) Departments - Notes On An Old Timetable (Editorial); Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Vintage HO Rolling Stock - Part II); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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July
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Special Features - Perspective: Hoist away, matey (When the Staten Island Railroad took delivery of its new Brookville Equipment locomotives, they had to be barged across the Arthur Kill waterway and then trucked to their new home at the railroad's Clifton Shops. For anyone lucky enough to witness the move, it was quite a show.), Modeling on a Budget - Lake Erie Aggregate (Inspired by a small layout that appeared in RMC 50 years ago this month, this newly constructed 24" x 48" On30 micro-layout proves you don't need a lot of room or money to build a model railroad, and you don't need a large layout to have plenty of fun in the hobby.), How I Operate My State Belt Railroad (After studying the rather unique operations of the State Belt Railroad - a California switching line that served San Francisco's Emgarcadero harbor front - the author set out to devise a similar operating scenario for his own HO scale State Belt layout.) Modeling - Shallow-relief Structures (The use of shallow relief buildings can help in creating that "heavily urbanized" look without taking up a lot of space and can turn a small area into one that appears much larger.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award:Sasquatch, a Homebuilt Electric Railcar (Combining parts from a Model Die Casting sleeper and combine to make a freelanced HO scale electric railcar has earned Robert Boyd this month's Kitbash award.), Doing it with Mirrors (A well-placed mirror can add a sense of depth to a layout scene and make the scene appear deeper than it actually is.), Building a Pile Bent Trestle (This scratchbuilt, HO scale wooden trestle is based on a Soo Line bridge that is located in Waupaca, Wisconsin.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Color Revisited 9Before finishing a model, it is important to take into consideration the material being painted or stained, the method that will be used, and the lighting it will be seen under.), Essential Freight Cars: AC&F Type 11 Tank Cars (Beginning in 1911, American Car & Foundry turned out thousands of these cars. An accurate HO scale model of an 8,000 gallon capacity car can be kitbashed using the Funaro & Camerlengo resin kit.)
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September
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Special Features - What Are All Those Lights? (NJ Transit's new multi-level coaches are equipped with a number of indicator lights that are part of the commuter railroad's safety system.), A Website Designed for BC&G Modelers Becomes More (An abandoned West Virginia shortline comes alive on the internet. When modeler Brooks Stover set up his BC&G website as a way of sharing information with other modelers, he had no idea how it would grow. Join us for a look at the real BC&G, the layout and the website.), Al Frasch's Pilchuck Division of the BNSF (This well-scenicked, contemporary era N scale layout is set in the Pacific Northwest and features both BNSF and Amtrak operations.) Modeling - Painting and Adding Sound to a Brass Steam Engine (While this particular model is an HO scale Van Hobbies CNR P-5-b 0-8-0, these techniques will work with most any brass model.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a GN Baggage-Mail Storage Car (Ken Breher is the winner of this month's award for turning a Walthers HO scale Santa Fe baggage car into a Great Northern smooth-sided car for use on the Empire Builder.), Wood Block Buildings (In the second half of our series on how to use wood blocks as the basis for models, we look at building a hotel and a church.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: From the Scrap Box (Leftover material can often be put to good use in future projects.), "S" is for Scarecrow (A simple scarecrow brightens up an S grade farm scene.) Prototype - Pullman-Standard Woodchip Hoppers (These giant, 7,000 cu. ft. capacity cars were the ultimate bulk commodity haulers.), Front of the Layout Vignattes: No. 5, Small to Medium Size Hotels (Just about every town with a depot had a hotel nearby.)
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November
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Special Features - Perspective: The Loading Test (After a night or a weekend left idling, diesel-electric locomotives could produce a spectacular cloud of smoke and partially burned diesel fuel when they were suddenly brought back to life); Norfolk Southern's Interstate Railroad (If your modeling interests are piqued by a modern, coaling-hauling railroad, then you'll want to check out this layout planning article focusing on the Norfolk Soutnern's Clinch Valley Extension) Modeling - The Scenery Clinic: Painting Flexible Track (Join us for the kickoff of a new series by master scenery guru Fred Scoles. This month we begin with some very useful and simple tips on making flexible track look more realistic); Improving Coal Loads On Ready-To-Run Steam Locomotive Tenders (A technique applied to Broadway Limited's PRR M1 can work for other plastic steam models as well); Lightweight Benchwork (Designed for portable, modular layouts, this benchwork can lighten the load involved in moving and setting up a display layout); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Railroad Tug (A pair of HO scale Lindberg Models tugboat kits were the starting point for this rail/marine modeling project); Modeling Deciduous Trees In Winter (Modeling a deciduous tree that has shed its leaves can be a challenge, but with a little help from Mother Nature, it can be done convincingly); Scratchbuilder's Corner: More On Roofs (A wide variety of modeling materials can be used for roofing); Photographing Models For Articles (While digital cameras have made model photography easier, there are still some rules that should be followed); The Fremont & South Pacific R.R. (This HO scale railroad is set in Colorado at the turn of the 20th century) Prototype - Front Of The Layout Vignettes: No. 7, Prairie Skyscrapers (Grain elevators were once a fixture along the rails in North America's agricultural heartland) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Nuggets From Gem, a window into the past); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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January
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Special Features - Perspective: Encountering A Classic (By the time the author came across this Chicago & North Western standard elevated crossing shanty, the design had already become a modeling classic); An OPSIG Weekend (Join us for a look at the recent NMRA Lehigh/Susquehanna Operations Special Interest Group weekend meet) Modeling - Interchanging With The SP (Incorporating the Southern Pacific's Merced, California interchange with the Yosemite Valley Railroad on the author's HO scale layout became an exercise in selective compression); Aluminum Backdrops (Available in rolls up to 100 feet long, sheet aluminum is easy to install and can be used to make a great seamless backdrop); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A NYC USRA Design Door-And-A-Half Boxcar (With some splicing and casting, an old Westerfield kit gets transformed into an interesting New York Central boxcar); Weathering Canadian Grain Hoppers (These smooth-sided covered hoppers weather in distinctive ways); Scratchbuilding A B&O Yard Office (The B&O's two-story brick yard office was nestled between the tracks in St. George Yard in Staten Island); The Scenery Clinic: Part III: More On Ground Cover (This month we continue our look at creating realistic looking ground cover as work continues on the GN Stevens Pass diorama); Scratchbuilder's Corner: A Tale Of Three Sandhouses (Building an HO model for a friend led to the author replacing his O scale model upon which the HO model was based) Prototype - Front Of The Layout Vignettes: No. 9, Grocery And Cold Storage Warehouses (Served by rail and scattered across the country, these warehouses played an important role in getting food products to market) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (General Model Trains, Inc. - Keith Wills); Editors Notebook (Commentary - William C. Schaumburg); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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July
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Special Features - Perspective: Lament for the 70-Tonners (After 62 years of service, the Modesto & Empire Traction retires its GE 70-tonners.), The Midwest Lines (Set in the 1960's, Rolf Plachter's HO scale layout features trains from three midwestern railroads.), Report on the 2010 Toronto RPM Meet (Here's a sampling of some of the excellent scale modeling being done north of the border.) Modeling - RMD/Dremel Kitbashing Award: It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood (A three-pack of City Classics house kits is the starting point for a series of neighborhood backyard scenes.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Metal Working Pt. II (Filing and soldering are two skills worth knowing.), Camping and Music (Here is an ingenious way to model a campfire complete with singing campers.), The PRR F33 Deep Well Flat Car (This modeling project begins with with a Funaro & Camerlengo resin kit.), The Scenery Clinic: Part IX: Modeling Deciduous Trees (In the final installment of our series on building the Stevens Pass diorama, we turn our attention to constructing deciduous trees.), Enhancing Maine Two-Foot Trucks in On2/On30 (No matter whether you model in On2 or On30, adding brake beams really enhances the appearance of your rolling stock.), Variations on a Theme: Modifications to Boone Morrison's Homemade Turnout Controls (These manual turnout controls are simple to make and easy to use.), Modeling Erie's 28th Street Terminal (Modeling a big city terminal such as the one operated by the Erie Railroad at 28th Street on the Hudson River in Manhattan offers plenty of modeling and operational opportunities.) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (HO paper sides, Part II); Editor's Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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November
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Special Features - Perspective: Donkey Engines (These steam powered beasts helped to make large scale logging operations possible); Evolution Of An Operational Railroad (Join us for a visit to the Oregon, Washington, Navigation & Railway Company. This freelanced N scale layout is patterned after a branch of the Union Pacific and the emphasis is on prototypical operations) Modeling - Modeling A Lehigh Valley Mill Gondola (With a few cuts and the addition of new ends and a new center sill, an Accurail gondola becomes a credible stand-in for one of the Lehigh Valley's 50-foot mill gons. There is also a great looking steel plate load that goes with the model. Check it out); The Scenery Clinic: Part X: Hiding Feeder Wires (After a brief hiatus The Scenery Clinic returns with a new project. This time we're building an On30 diorama and our subject is hiding those unsightly feeder wires. It is a topic that's germane to all scales); A Hoboken-Inspired Terminal (The DL&W's stately, copper-clad Hoboken Terminal was the inspiration for this exquisite HO scale scratchbuilding project); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Lumber And Coal Dealer (Structures from Campbell, Bar Mills and Builders In Scale were all used to create this busy HO scale industrial site); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Back To Simple (This month we turn our attention to building small structures); Modeling A Temporary Yard Office (Trailers are often brought in to serve as temporary offices) Prototype - Front Of The Layout Vignettes: No. 17, American Small Businesses: Threshing Time (While they moved at only a few miles an hour and didn't run on rails, these steam engines also helped to change the American scene); Floating Branchlines: Sternwheelers, Tugs And Barges (For better than three-quarters of a century, the Canadian Pacific Rwy. used barges, tugs and lake steamers to move rail cars - and whole trains - in the remote Kootenay district of British Columbia) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and releases); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Tinplate real estate - Keith Wills); Editors Notebook (Commentary - William C. Schaumburg); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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May
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Special Features - Perspective: On The Eve Of Amtrak (Amtrak was formed to save intercity passenger service in the United States, but in the process a number of trains and traditions were lost); Modeling The Pacific Northwest (Set in the 1950's, there is plenty of Union Pacific steam and diesel action on this large, HO scale basement layout. It features four levels, a good sized yard, hidden staging, broad, sweeping curves and well-executed scenery) Modeling - Structures From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks (With a few changes and some inspired weathering, a Walthers kit takes on the appearance of a building that has seen better days); Night Lights (Here's a simple way to light up scenes on your layout); Modeling An Amtrak E-Unit (When Amtrak began service 40 years ago, it had to rely on secondhand E-units to power many of its trains. Most of these had already been in service for two decades, but they got Amtrak through its early years. Here's how you can model one); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Railroad Machine Shop (A re-worked Walthers kit earned this month's Dremel Rotary Tool Kit); Acratchbuilder's Corner: Philosophy, Small Bridges And Culverts (A simple bridge with either wood or concrete supports can be a good beginner's project for a budding scratchbuilder); The Scenery Clinic: Part XVI: Modeling Deciduous Trees (This month we turn our attention to creating trees for the diorama); Detailing A Lehigh Valley Hopper Car (Adding individual grab irons, piping, brake details and hopper door details to the old Lionel/Hobby Line four-bay hopper cars really improves their appearance) Prototype - Amtrak At 40 (On May 1, 1971, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation began operating the nation's intercity passenger lines. It's forty year history presents some wonderful modeling opportunities) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Art Deco tinplate); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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July
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Special Features - Perspective: Roundhouse Rhapsody (Although the chores being performed are different, a century old roundhouse still echos to the sounds of railroaders at work); Jamestown Yard: A Holdover From The Steam Era (The Sierra Railroad's historic roundhouse and shops, now a California state park, provide a living history lesson from the steam era) Modeling - Modeling A New Haven C-Liner (With a few minor changes, the True Line Trains HO scale C-Liner can be made into a good looking New Haven model); Keep Something Running (A simple, bare-bones switching layout can offer an entertaining break while constructing a larger layout and also serve as a test bed for new locomotives and rolling stock); A Portal For Tunnel 40 (Using photos and Google Earth as references, the author sets about modeling the Northwestern Pacific's Tunnel 40 in HO scale); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award; Tank Car Kit Swap (The tanks and underframes from an Athearn tank car kit and an InterMountain kit are combined to produce two different HO cars); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Lighting And Interiors (Adding interiors to structures and lighting them calls for some thought); Port Of Erin Industries: Cargill Terminal Grain Elevator (We finish construction of a large, port grain elevator with some detailing work) Prototype - Sierra Railroad's Speeder Shed (Every railroad yard needs a place to house its speeders and maintenance-of-way equipment); Front Of The Layout Vignettes: No. 23, American Railroad Depots: Pt. 1 - The CB&Q Stations (While the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy didn't have a standard depot design, it did have different sized depots that served different circumstances) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (A brief survey of early toy trains: 1879 to 1917 - Keith Wills); Editors Notebook (Commentary - William C. Schaumburg); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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August
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Special Features - Perspective: Preserving A Railroad After It's Gone (It's been over 40 years since the last train ran on the Washington & Old Dominion but thanks to some community foresight, portions of the time have been saved for future generations to enjoy); Passenger Service On The Allegheny Central (Join us as Fred Lagno recounts stories of the passenger operations both past and present - on his fictional HO scale Allegheny Central); The Monon In Washington County (Built to represent the Monon as it existed in Washington County, Indiana, in 1960, this HO scale layout is part of a museum display); Sixth Annual Ontario Narrow Gauge Show Report (Here is a look at some of the more interesting pieces that were on display at this year's meet) Modeling - Shakes For A Shed (Detailing a shed roof adds a bit of character to simple structure); Model A Lehigh Valley Pup (Lehigh Valley's "pups" were SW8's equipped with dynamic brakes. Here's how these unique locomotives can be modeled in N scale); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Foundations, Bases And Footprints (This month Bob shares some thoughts on making foundations for structures and installing them on the layout); Rangeley Lakes Railroad Milk Car (With the addition of some interior details, new lettering and billboard signs, a Bachmann On30 baggage car is converted into a milk car); Scratchbuilding Using Google Maps (With programs like Google Maps, if you have access to a computer then the world can literally be at your fingertips. This can be a big aid when it comes to modeling specific locations and structures); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Waterville Mill: A Rewarding Kitbash (This reworked IHC kit looks right at home on a waterfront layout) Prototype - Three Feet In The Sandhills: The Palmetto Brick Company's Industrial Railroad (Visitors to this year's National Narrow Gauge Convention will have an opportunity to witness this unique, link-and-pin equipped, three-foot gauge railroad in operation) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Muddied waters); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exhange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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March
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Special Features - Perspective: Learning From Old Photos and the Internet (An old photo led to some research on the internet that yielded information on a long-closed industrial plant that once shipped by rail.), Thirty Years on Tehachapi (For three decades, San Diego's La Mesa Model Railroad Club has been modeling a California landmark - the Southern Pacific's famous Tehiachapi Loop, located between Bakersfield and Mojave - with spectacular results. Join us for a look at this incredible model railroad.), Scanning For The Future (RMC staffers learned how 3-D scanning can be used to measure railroad equipment.), 2012 National Narrow Gauge Convention Preview (Join us for a look at some of the layouts that will be open for viewing during the 2012 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Bellevue, Washington this September.) Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Rock Island Hybrid in N Scale (In 1957, the Rock Island sent five of its Alco RS-2's to EMD for repowering. The resulting locomotives were a scratchbuilder's delight, combing the undercarriage, cab and short hood of the RS-2 with an EMD prime mover and the long hood of an EMD Geep to house it.), 3-D Printing a Model (Three dimensional printing offers modelers another tool for building models for which there are no kits.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Some Thoughts on Scratchbuilding (For the author, the joy of scratchbuilding models is the essence of what the hobby is all about.), The Scenery Clinic: Pt. XXI: Final Details (This installment finishes out series and focuses on the little details that go a long way in making a modeled scene appear believeable.), Modeling Atlantic Coast Line K-9, K-10 and K-17 Gondolas (The Accurail 41-foot AAR steel gondola kit is a great starting point for modeling these cars in HO scale.) Departments - Safety Valve, Dispatchers Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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June
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Special Features - Perspective: Changing Gauges (After the CNR took over the 42" gauge Newfoundland Railway, it began a program of ferrying shipments to and from the island in standard gauge freight cars. To get the cars across the island, the railway swapped the standard gauge trucks for narrow gauge ones.), A Little Maine in Michigan (This interesting HO scale layout follows the route of the two-foot gauge Monson Railroad through the woods of Maine with two important changes - it uses geared locomotives and runs on standard gauge track.), Making a Simple Track Level (A few changes to an inexpensive plastic level can make a tool that is handy for finding trouble spots on your trackwork.), Index to RMC Volume 80 (A subject and author directory for the June, 2011 to May, 2012 issues of Railroad Model Craftsman.) Modeling - Kitbashing Santa Fe Mechanical Refrigerator Cars Part II (This month the author finishes explaining how he kitbashed Santa Fe Rr-87, Rr-90 and Rr-91 class cars.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashed CNJ 4-8-0 Camelback (These chunky engines were built for heavy freight drags. This good-looking HO scale model was kitbashed using a Mantus 4-8-0 and a variety of parts. The model represents these engines as they looked working on the Jersey Central in the 1930's.), Modeling Municipal Waste Trains Part II: Recycled Intermodal Equipment (Modeling the secondhand containers and flat cars converted for municipal waste service can be accomplished fairly simply by kitbashing many of the high quality, ready-to-run models available.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Beyond Just Glue (In situations where a little more strength is required, reinforcing joints with pins or bracing can solve the problem.) Prototype - Front of the Layout Vignettes: No. 24, Ice and the Railroads Part III - Railroad Ice Houses (Before the age of mechanical refrigeration, ice houses were needed to help keep meat and produce shipments cool.) Departments - Safety Valve, Dispatchers Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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July
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Special Features - Perspective: What's In A Name? (It's been a long tradition that sleeping cars are given names. Cars of the same configuration on the same railroad were usually part of a series, so railroaders would immediately know a car's interior arrangement just by its name); Operations On The NYW&B (What if the electrified New York, Westchester & Boston had survived and prospered? That's the scenerio between this well-detailed S scale layout, which features a mix of steam, early diesel and electric operations); Train Dispatching On The Western Midland (Working with a former railroad dispatcher added extra realism and enjoyment to layout operating sessions) Modeling - Making Switch Locks From Phono Plugs And Jacks (For modelers whose layouts are often on public display, here is a simple way to prevent unwanted tampering with switches); New Life For An Old Model (An early Life-Like Proto 2000 E-unit gets a makeover and emerges wearing the chocolate and orange of the Illinois Central); Modeling Municipal Waste Trains Part III: ULTRA Spine Cars (We wrap up our series on moving municipal waste with a look at how to model the articulated spine cars and containers that have been developed for this industry); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashed Motor Cars (Two models, built using Bachmann chassis and Roundhouse 50-foot combine bodies, are the winners of this month's award); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Thirty Minutes (In many cases, it doesn't take long to add those little extra details that can turn a standard model into a real eye catcher) Prototype - Front Of The Layout Vignettes: No. 25, American Railway Accidents Part 1 - Bad Days At Steamboat Rock (A collection of postcards documents a wreck on the M&StL) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Rosebud Kitmaster); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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Special Features - Perspective: Interlocking Towers (Once a common sight, interlocking towers were required at terminals, yards and locations where junctions, crossovers or switches fanned out to create multiple track routes.), Jim Younkin's Mud Boy & Southern R.R. (Set in the early 1970's and running with a mix of first and second generation diesel power, this large, highly-scenicked N scale layout is set for the Pacific Northwest.), Brunswick: The City That Almost Wasn't (This impressive city grew to fill an empty space on a large HO scale home layout.) Modeling - A Towering Trace of a Prairie Town: Modeling the Hill City Grain-Elevator - Pt. 1 (Join us as the author explains how he scratchbuilt this beautiful HO scale model of an Idaho grain elevator.), Detailing the X72 Boxcar (A few simple changes to a Proto 1000 boxcar along with a new coat paint and decals can produce a good looking model of a once common Conrail freight car.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Random Thoughts (This month, Bob muses on working with backdrops and other scenery props.), Full-Size Paper Templates For Laying Out Roadbed (Turning a scale drawing into a large format printout for use as a track template can ease the task of cutting roadbed.), Realistic Looking Handrails for an HO Scale Atlas RS-1 (New wire handrails really improve the appearance of an already fine looking model.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Mack Truck With a Universal Crane (This HO scale model looks right at home working in a scrap yard.) Departments - Safety Valve, Dispatcher's Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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September
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Special Features - Perspective: Lost in the Woods (One hundred twenty one years ago the Lehigh Valley built a depot in Pittstown, New Jersey. Although the rail line it served has long been abandoned, the depot still stands.), Carl's Troutateria (This interesting large-scale layout takes up an area that measures just 24" x 32", but that small space is packed with a lot of modeling. Join us for a look at this intriguing Gn15 layout.) Modeling - Pacific Coast Railway Bridge No. 5: Insights Into Making a Unique Model (This model of an 1881 Howe truss bridge that served the PCRy until it ceased running in 1941 was built as an HO scale museum display.), Scratchbuilding Stone Structures (Using Chooch's flexible stone walls can make nodeling stone buildings a simple project.), A Towering Trace of a Prairie Town: Modeling the Hill City Grain Elevator Part II (This month we wrap up our look at this wonderful HO scale model.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Small Freight House (The Walthers Cornerstone Service Freight House kit was the starting point for this interesting modeling project.), A Non-Esseitial Freight Car: Great Northern GS Gondolas (A Detail Associates kit gets a re-working to capture the look of a Great Northern gondola.), It's Never Too Late: Adding a Small Industry to a Layout (Even on a scenicked layout that is up and running, there is always the opportunity to make changes.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Digital Cameras and Road Trips (Working with good photographs of a prototype can really aid a modeler in seeing and correcting flaws in a model.), Modeling a Lehigh Valley Scale Test Car (This unique car adds an interesting aspect to operating sessions.) Departments - Safety Valve, Dispatcher's Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Handbook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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October
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Special Features - Perspective: The GP30 Still Pays Its Way (It has been more than 30 years since the first GP30 rolled off the production line and, while their ranks have been thinned, they can still be found doing what they were built to do - hauling trains) Modeling - Two Views On Modeling A Major New England Junction In A Limited Space: Part I: George Dutka's White River Jct. (The author explains how he compressed the area around the White River Junction station to fit on his layout); Two Views On Modeling A Major New England Junction In A Lilmited Space: Part II: Don Jane's White River Jct. (Don Janes took a different tack when it came to modeling White River Junction. He concentrated on the yard area); The West Point Route: Modeling The Western Rwy. Of Alabama's Alabama River Sleeper (A Walthers HO scale 10-6 sleeper was used to build this model); Creating A Landslide (Here's an interesting scenery feature that helps to hide the seam between the mountain rocks and the backdrop on an Sn3 layout); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Pacific Electric Ry. Derrick (This month's winning model was built by modifying a Tichy Trains model of a 120-ton Bucyrus crane); Building The Red Star Yeast Plant (Scratchbuilding this large brick plant was a challenge); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Organization And Storage (Keeping your tools organized and within easy reach can make any modeling project easier) Prototype - Front Of The Layout Vignettes: No. 26: Rail And Water Interface: Part I Whaleback Vessels (Adding one of these interesting vessels to a layout would certainly make an eye-catching scene) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (1975 Atlas N scale); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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December
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Special Features - Perspective: A Passenger Station Where There Hadn't Been One (When the author was a teenager he would ride his bike down the dirt road by the tracks to watch trains. Today, the area has been developed, the road paved and a modern passenger station has been built to serve Amtrak and Metrolink riders); The Dutchess & Hudson Valley Railroad (Set in the 1960's/70's, this highly detailed HO scale layout showcases a variety of interesting structures, many of which have been built from craftsman kits by the author) Modeling - Modeling The U-Boats The EL Never Received (General Electric U23B's - the Erie Lackawanna ordered them, but they were never delivered. Instead, the EL became part of Conrail and the U23B's ended up going to the L&N. This exercise in "what if" modeling brings the EL paint diagrams for the engine to life); Scratchbuilding A B&O RR Stick Lighter, Part I (This interesting piece of rail/marine equipment makes for a challenging modeling project); It's Never Too Late: Adding Pole Lines Along A Right-Of-Way (A seemingly endless string of telegraph poles running along a railroad right-of-way was a once common sight. Pole lines are a simple to install detail that can add visual interest to a layout scene); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Color And Light (When it comes to painting models, it is important to take into consideration the type of lighting you have in your layout room); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Single Track Swing Bridge (This month's winning model started out as a Walthers double track bridge. It has been kitbashed into a good-looking, single track bridge that's just right for a branch line); Modeling Sound (Here are some ways to adjust sound levels and add a variety of background sounds in a layout) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Teszt Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Marx magic); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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June
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Special Features - Perspective: What Does Your Railroad's Headquarters Look Like? (Every railroads has a headquarters building. This two-story stucco building adjacent to the tracks serves the Los Angeles Junction Rwy.), The S Scale Sierra Northern (This layout recreates the SP's steam to diesel transition era and will be open to visitors at next months NMRA National Convention.), RPM-East Meet Report (Here is a look at a few of the many contest models that were on display at the Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet near Pittsburgh.), Index To Volume 81 (A subject and author directory for the June 2012 to May 2013 issues of Railroad Model Craftsman.), CPR's Boundary Subdivision (We wrap up our coverage of the Canadian Pacific's Boundary Subdivision with a look back at an HO scale model railroad that was inspired by the CPR's rugged mountain railroad.) Modeling - Scratchbuilding An HO Scale Coal Dealer (You'll want to stock up on your styrene supplies for this project, which is based on a prototype structure that stood in Somerville, New Jersey.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a C&WI Combine (Having been originally built as a steam-powered railcar, the prototype for this kitbashing project was a kitbash itself.), Four Tools You Can Make (Practical and simple to make, these tools can come in handy.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Mini-Projects (Breaking down large projects into more manageable mini=projects can make them easier to complete.), Detailing a DL&W F7 (Paint, decals and a few additional detail parts make this modestly priced model a standard.), A Low Cost Millilng Machine (Here is how you can convert a drill press into a milling machine.) Prototype - Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Wood Caboose (This caboose was built by the Russell Car and Snow Plow Company.) Departments - Safety Valve, Dispatchers Report, Railbooks, RNC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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July
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Special Features - Perspective: Changing Of The Guard (Motive power changes are a part of the circle of life on a railroad and the meeting of the old and the new locomotives can make for an interesting time on a railroad.), The Ogdensburg & Northern (This HO scale layout is set in upstate New York in the 1950's and is based on a lifetime of railroad influences.) Modeling - Scratchbuilding a Small D&RGW-style Water Tank (Although built to serve the author's Maine-based On30 layout, this tank is modeled after a pair of tanks built by the D&RGW in Colorado.), Weathering a Flat Car Deck (A prototype car with a heavily weathered deck that was missing boards served as the inspiration for this niecly done model.), Building an Auto Junkyard (A variety of heavily-weathered HO scale vehicles can turn a small trackside portion of a layout into an auto salvage yard.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a Chlorine Car (This specialty car handles small tanks of chemicals.), Scratchbuilder's Corner" Weathering Freight Cars Without an Airbrush (While an airbrush is certainly a handy tool to have around, you do not need to own one to weather your rolling stock.), Layout Pre-Building (There is no reason you can't get started on your layout before building the benchwork.) Prototypes - The Lackawanna's all-American Caboose (In 1914, the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Keyser Valley shops turned out the first in a line of what were at the time, modern eight-wheeled cabooses. These cars featured four windows per side and a centered cupola.), The all-American Caboose (Many former DL&W eight-wheel, wood cabooses went on to serve other railroads in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Here is a look at them.) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatcher's Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Clang, clang, clang went the trolley); Editor's Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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October
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Special Features - Perspective: What's In Your Backyard? (A trip off the beaten path yields ghosts from railroading's past); Downsizing A Layout Without Losing Character (Retirement and a move to a new home meant less space for the trains, but it didn't mean having to build a whole new layout. With a little planning and forethought, the author was able to save many of his favorite structures and rebuild other parts of the layout to fit); Modeling The C&S Como Roundhouse Scene (This beautiful HOn3 roundhouse scene started out with the purchase of a Model Masterpieces kit. From there other structures - some kitbashed, others scratchbuilt - were added. The result is a great looking scene based on a rail line abandoned 75 years ago); St. Louis Area RPM Meet (Here is a look at some of the fine models that were on display at this year's Railroad Prototype Modelers meet in Collinsville, Illinois) Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Washington & Idaho GP16 (The prototype for this model ia a former Clinchfield GP7 that was rebuilt at the Illinois Central's Paducah, Kentucky, shops. Like the prototype, the starting point for this HO scale kitbash is also a GP7); Modeling A Wellsville, Addison & Galeton R.R. ex-B&O O-59 Gondola (The Wellsville, Addison & Galeton was a Pennsylvania-based shortline. Included among its rolling stock were eight ex-B&O steel gondolas. Here is how you can model them in HO scale); More Uses For Containers (For temporary offices and sheds, the container has become the twenty-first century replacement for the retired boxcars and passenger cars that were once used in a similar capacity in rail yards); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Cardstock And Strathmore (Used properly, cardstock is an inexpensive and easy to work with building material) Prototype - Maintenance-Of-Way Trains And Equipment (Modeling maintenance-of-way operations can add interest in a layout) Departments - Safety Items (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Musical chairs); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers), Advertising Index
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November
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Special Features - Perspective: Get Your Modeling Kicks (Historic Route 66 parallels the old Santa Fe mainline through Southern California, Arizona and on to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Along the way can be found a collection of quirky buildings and roadside attractions that are ripe for modeling.), A Last Visit to Coon Creek Lumber (Set in the Cascades, Lou Ullian's beautiful On3 Coon Creek Lumber Company was a true builder's layout that stood as a visual history of logging in steam days.), Oh #@*%, a Flat (A lot of thought went into this little scene and it paid off.) Modeling - Build a Bucket Coal Loader (This partially scratchbuilt HO scale model is based on the simple wooden coal loader used by Maine's Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. Coal-filled wooden buckets were hoisted up and then emptied into the tender.), Adding Trucks to the Layout (With just a bit of work and some imagination, you can take some ready-to-run Classic Metal Works model trucks and turn them into one-of-a-kind eye-catching models that will improve any scene on your layout.), Modeling Secondhand Parlor Cars for the LIRR (In the 1960's the Long Island Rail Road operated a fleet of ex-Pullman Heavyweight parlor cars in summer service to the Hamptons and Montauk. Walther's HO scale Pullman 28-1 parlor car is a great starting point for modeling this unique service.), Adding Details and Sound to Southern Pacific's FP7's (Adding sound and extra details to Athearn's HO scale FP7 improves an already beautiful model.), Scratchbuilder's Corner: Mold Making and Casting (Casting can come in handy when you need to make a number of identical parts.), RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Modeling a B&O P-31a TOFC Flat Car (A pair of Athearn HO scale flat cars are used to kitbash this model of the Baltimore & Ohio's first flat car designed to carry highway trailers.) Departments - Safety Valve, Dispatcher's Report, Railbooks, RMC Timetable, Test Track, Collector Consist, Editor's Notebook, Classified Advertising, Exchange Place, Dealer Directory, Advertising Index
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January
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Special Features - Perspective: Local Stop (Small towns were once connected to each other and the mainline rail network by local passenger trains, and the stations they served were filled with details that create interest and realism when added to a layout); The Morada Belt Railway (Built by a career railroader, this multi-level HO scale layout is set in the western U.S. diring the steam/diesel transition era and it features plenty of action); Dawson Station (This small, contemporary N scale switching layout is based on the steam-powered Hull-Oakes lumber mill in Oregon); The Naperville RPM Meet (As always there was no shortage of fine modeling on display and excellent clinics to attend at the 2013 meet) Modeling - Moving Melons By Rail (During the first half of the twentieth century, specially ventilated boxcars were used to move melons and produce to market. Here is how you can model a loaded watermelon car in HO scale); Window Glazing For A Tender's Dog House (Adding window glazing is a simple way to improve the appearance of a tender's dog house); Rebuilt Work Train Cars That Actually Do The Work (Inspired by a recent article on m.o.w. equipment and operations in RMC, the author turned his idle m.o.w. cars into actual work cars); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Scene Augmentation (Adding appropriate small details in a scene can really help bring it to life and make your layout more interesting); Build A Beer Bottle Water Tower (This industrial water tank was modeled after one that stood for 75 years in Newark, New Jersey and is representative of the eye-catching industrial advertising of the early- to mid-twentieth century); RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing Two Small Industries (With a few cuts, one Tyco freight house kit yielded two very different looking building flats for use on a narrow section of a layout); Scratchbuilding Wesolowski Chemical (When the author decided to add a chemical plant to his layout, he chose to model it using plans for a building drawn up by long time modeler and chemistry professor, Dr. Wayne Wesolowski. Join us for a look at how the model went together) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Reading's P-7sa Atlantics: a tinplate favorite); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-commercial listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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March
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Special Features - Perspective: UP's Big Boy On The Move (When the Union Pacific announced that it was going to restore one of its legendary Big Boy steam locomotives, the first thing that they had to do was move it from the fairgrounds where it had been on display); Visiting The NPSF R.R. (While this modern-day HO scale railroad inhabits a basement not far from New York City, it is set in the Southwest and is heavily influenced by the Santa Fe and BNSF); 2014 Cocoa Beach RPM Meet (The fine modeling that showed up at the Cocoa Beach RPM meet proves that not everyone who goes to Florida in the wintertime does it for the sun and sand); Adding Timetable And Train Order Control To The Columbia & Western: Part II (We conclude our two-part series on operations on the N scale C&W with a look at some of the paperwork and a run over the line) Modeling - RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing A Homegrown Electric Loco (Two Model Die Casting boxcab diesel shells were combined with a Bachmann Baby Train Master chassis to create this freelanced HO scale model. It was finished off with a variety of detail parts); Modeling The Inside, Outside (This finished model consists of just a foundation, some joists and a rusting hoist. It's part of a mining scene on the author's layout); Scratchbuilder's Corner: Gathering Ideas (When it comes to gathering information for a project, preparation and persistence are the foundation of good modeling); Scratchbuilding A Shay: A Case Study In Obsessive-Compulsive Detailing (What started out as an HO scale kitbashing project slowly grew into a scratchbuilt Shay) Prototype - An Air Force Base Railroad (California's McClellen Air Force Base has been closed and turned into an industrial park, but at one time it was an important part of the military's infrastructure and even had its own railroad) Departments - Safety Valve (Letters from our readers); Dispatchers Report (Product and industry news); Railbooks (Book news and reviews); RMC Timetable (Scheduled events and notices); Test Track (Product reviews); Collector Consist (Balboa Scale Models); Editors Notebook (Commentary); Classified Advertising (Commercial listings); Exchange Place (Non-classified listings); Dealer Directory (Recommended hobby dealers); Advertising Index
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