My Library - Magazine Articles By Jim Hediger

8 Pike-size Passenger Trains

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-03
Page:
60
Category:
Trains
Description:
This article covers prototype trains that were not too long, and can be modeled with available HO and N-scale equipment. It covers the Denver & Rio Grande Western trains 1 and 2, Louisville & Nashville trains 1 and 4, Soo Lines trains 62 and 63, Milwaukee Road trains 117 and 118, Chesapeake & Ohio Pere Marquette trains 11 and 15, Baltimore & Ohio trains 251 and 252, Union Pacific trains 115 and 116, and Chicago Great Western trains 24-25 and 12-23.

Adding Elesco Feedwater Heaters

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
30
Category:
Locomotives - Steam

Alco's RS-3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-02
Page:
79
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
An in-depth look at the RS-3, includes many prototype photos, and scale drawings.

Amtrak Passenger Car Differences

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
34
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
Differences between Amfleet and Horizon fleet cars.

Beginner's Tool Kit

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
25
Category:
Tools
Description:
Collection of tools that you need to have to be able to start model railroading, kit building, and have reliable running of engines and freight cars.

Bob Smith's HO Douglas Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
84
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
A couple of close-up photos of this layout.

Build a Handy "Moto-Lock"

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
38
Category:
Tools
Description:
Shows how to create a brass piece to attach to the Flex-Shaft of Dremel's Moto-Tool rotary power tools to make it easy to change collets.

Build an Adjustable Liftout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
28
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The author describes how he built his angled liftout to help prevent problems related to alignment due to expansion and contraction.

Build This Handy Sorting Tray to Handle Small Parts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-07
Page:
30
Category:
Tools
Description:
Jim built a small tray that has a PVC pipe on one end to allow small parts to be sorted in the tray, and the easily be poured back into a container.

Central Pacific Caboose of the 1807's

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
140
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
Article includes an S-scale drawing and a prototype photo of the CP #45.

Chains, Chocks, and Shackles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-06
Page:
80
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article is about loads that can be modeled for gondolas and flat cars, and how to realistically tie them down to the car. Specific examples mentioned are construction vehicles, steel pipes, and military vehicles.

Champion Decal Co. Celebrates Their 50th Anniversary

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-12
Page:
140
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:
The history and a tour of the facilities of Champion Decal. Includes a side bar on how the decals are made.

Coal: A Fuel and Raw Material for Industry

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2014-10
Page:
20
Category:
Industries
Description:
How coal is formed, how it is mined, how it is transported (via rail), and how to model coal mining.

D&RGW's Wagon Wheel Gap Station

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-03
Page:
79
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Wagon Wheel Gap in Colorado has a remote branchline station that includes a passenger office, waiting room, freight house, and agent's living quarters. Includes prototype photos, and scale drawings.

DCC Buyer's Guide

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
64
Category:
DCC
Description:
This article is a good introduction to DCC. It explains terminology, answers common DCC questions, discusses throttles, command stations, power stations, decoders, the various starter sets available at that time, and has a sidebar on what's available for three-rail O-scale.

Diesel Locomotive Servicing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-06
Page:
59
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
This article has many prototype photos and a full design diagram of what can be found at a diesel servicing facility.

Electronic Notepads for Model Railroaders

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
40
Category:
Tools
Description:
Using Palm PDA's to maintain your collection.

EMD Geep Model Roundup

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
66
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
50 years of EMD model GP's, all scales.

Get a Good Grip on Your Modeling

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
36
Category:
Tools
Description:
Jim reviews the tools necessary for cutting, gripping, and bending.

Guide to Diesel Locomotives

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-07
Page:
84
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Information to help you choose the right locomotives for your model railroad.

Heavy Industry in HO-scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
60
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
The magazine revisits Dean Freytag's South Ridge Lines to see how it has progressed over 25 years. His layout is famous for the heavy steel industry he has modeled. Includes many close-up photos of some of his industries.

HO Pennsylvania Cabooses

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-05
Page:
40
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
HO
Description:
This is a product review on the Sunset Models HO-scale PRR N5a, N5b, and N5c cabin cars. In addition to the review itself, there is some historical information about the cars, and one prototype photo of a N5b.

Locating Uncoupler Magnets in a Yard

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
53
Category:
Track
Description:
Where to locate electromagnet and permanent magnets.

Model Railroad Color Photography

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-12
Page:
116
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
How to set up the camera and the lighting to take good model color photos.

Modeling DT & I's Distinctive GP9's

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
82
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
HO
Description:
Adding cab details, painting, decal lettering, and weathering. Prototype and model photos.

New Sound System Enhances Broadway Limited HO Scale PRR I1sa 2-10-0

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-09
Page:
72
Category:
Product Review
Scale:
HO
Description:
In addition to the engines review, the article also includes a brief history of this locomotive.

Ntrack at Dearborn

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
82
Category:
Modules
Scale:
N
Description:
A photo article showing some of the NTrak modules at the recent NMRA show.

Paint Shop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
118
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
HO
Description:
This issue's column discusses how the author painted a SCL GP38 using the "Family Lines System" logo on a three-color paint scheme.

Paint Shop: Seattle & North Coast EMD Switcher

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-01
Page:
138
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
HO
Description:
Information about painting this model

Painting Metal Castings

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
30
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
Overcoming problems with paint not adhering to metal surfaces.

Pennsy Class H21g Quad Hopper

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-03
Page:
100
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
The rebuild into H21g of over 6,000 hoppers began in 1960, with 3,000 still in operation in 1970. Includes prototype photos and scaled drawings.

Product Review

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-11
Page:
43
Category:
Product Review
Scale:
HO
Description:
Jim provides a history of the RS-1 and then reviews the performance of the Kato HO-scale model.

Renumbering Kato HO Locomotives

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
32
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
HO
Description:
Renumbering a Kato Amtrak F40PH using Microscale's decal set.

S-scale Gas-electric Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-02
Page:
48
Category:
Locomotives - Gas Electric
Scale:
S
Description:
Jim reviews the Scenery Unlimited's brass Doodlebug.

Seaboard Coast Line BQ23-7

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
72
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
This engine has a special quarters cab for a crew of 5 with space for them to do their work. It also features a pressurized cab to filter the air coming into the cab, keeping it clean. Article includes prototype photos of the exterior and interior, as well as scale drawings.

Slip Switches

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
49
Category:
Track
Description:
Shows and answers the difference between a single and double-slip turnout.

Superliner Marker Lights

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
34
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
Battery operated marker lights for the last car in a train.

The Beginnings and Growth of HO Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
87
Category:
Model Railroad History
Scale:
HO
Description:
The first ad showing an HO-scale freight train.

The HO Scale Madison Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
84
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
A 4' by 8' layout built by the Youth Group of the NMRA's South Central Wisconsin Division. The layout has a simple main line, with two spurs for some switching.

The Kansas City Southern Lines

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
70
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
This is a 15' x 30' layout in Wilson Hunt's garage.

The Mark 7 Turnout Control

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-12
Page:
123
Category:
Track
Description:
The author describes how he built a mechanism that holds the turnout's points in position, while still allowing the operator to manually flip the turnout directly. No control panel needed.

Tips for Modeling a Realistic Coal Train

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2014-10
Page:
22
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
Which kinds of hoppers to use for modeling a coal train in the era that you model.

Track Buyer's Guide Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
92
Category:
Track
Description:
This installment covers what kind of commercial track is available for N-, S-, and Z-scales.

Track Inspection

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
146
Category:
Track
Description:
The author describes how track is inspected. The article includes several photos of modern-day track inspection vehicles (converted flat-bed or SUVs).

Track Terminology

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
86
Category:
Model Railroad Terminology
Description:
Covers all parts of track. Includes a nice track model photo, track historical timeline, and tracklaying tips

USRA Steel Boxcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-09
Page:
108
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
A history of the box car that was never actually built, and how that led to many railroads creating their own version of this car after WWI.

Vulcan 45-ton Diesel Switcher

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-08
Page:
80
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
A brief article about the Vulcan Iron Works in Wilkes-Barre,Pa. builder of this engine. Includes photos and scaled drawings.

Walthers HO Caboose Assembly Tricks

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
40
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
HO
Description:
Installing wire grab irons, truck clearance issues, and repositioning the body bolsters.

Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
32
Category:
MRR Tips & Tricks
Description:
Discusses the fact that the prototype does use curved bridges, but tries to avoid them if possible. Covers how to add weights to N-scale cars. Which materials are needed to do cold casting?

Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
38
Category:
MRR Tips & Tricks
Description:
Drilling relatively large holes in thin styrene. Pros and cons of a lathe vs. a vertical mill. Completely removing flanges from middle wheels of long N-scale trucks. Dash 8 handrail sets. Sheet lead weights. Scrap bales using aluminum foil using the end of sockets to shape it. Storing models.

Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
32
Category:
MRR Tips & Tricks
Description:
Tips for kitbashed structure credibility. Using layout "junk" to breathe new life into models. Handy glue applicator. Weathering a PRR GG1. Finding a substitute paint for 410M line of paints.