My Library - Magazine Articles By Carl Swanson

A Simple Transition-era Servicing Facility

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-01
Page:
78
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
A single prototype photo shows lots of details that can be modeled in a re-fueling station near a passenger station in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1953.

Andrews and Bettendorf Trucks

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-06
Page:
108
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
In this Q&A section, the author explains the difference between an Andrews and a Bettendorf freight car truck. It also covers the Vulcan truck, which was a third competitor. Also covered are the PRR's "Type Y" truck, which is a Bettendorf variant that later became the AAR standard truck.

Big Tools for Big Jobs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
26
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:
Large lifting and wrecking cranes are needed to deal with problems on the railroad, and with railroad construction. This article describes the various hooks used. Includes one prototype photo.

Civil Engineering 101: Mountain Climbing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
92
Category:
Reference
Description:
How grades are calculated, keyword definitions.

How To Build a Freight Train

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
88
Category:
Trains
Description:
Rules on assembling and running freight trains, including prototype and modeling rules for operations.

Making Room for Trains

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-03
Page:
92
Category:
Track
Description:
A clear diagram accompanies this article that describes the clearances that must be maintained by any structure around track, including roofs and space for trainmen to walk next to the rail.

Rod Stewart's Three Rivers City

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
56
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
When I first saw Rod' layout in this issue, I was very impressed because it looks like something George Selios would do. It turns out he is one of Rod's idols. The article includes a track plan of this huge layout, and describes how Rod finds time to model, and how he is building his layout. Includes a side-bar on using LED lamps.

Tank Car Types and Uses

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-09
Page:
26
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
A brief article on how tank cars developed over the decades, and how they were used.

The Yard is a Railroad Sorting Machine

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
Two of John Armstrong's model railroad yard designs are shown, while the author discusses the various functions that take place in a yard.