My Library - Magazine Articles By Keith Thompson

Adventures in Computer Layout Control

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
106
Category:
Electronics
Description:
This article describes the various components needed to control train movement via a computer. It is not a detailed article, but it provides a nice overview, with a listing of addition research material.

An Easy Tortoise Soup Up

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-11/12
Page:
41
Category:
Track
Scale:
N
Description:
How to install a Tortoise switch machine by first installing a metal plate to it.

Building Believable Bridges

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-10
Page:
116
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
This basic article describes how to install a bridge into a layout that has plain plywood as a temporary placeholder. Diagrams describes the common bridge types.

Bull Session

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-10
Page:
137
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
In a small follow-up to Gil Freitag's article in the August issue, Keith talks about how Gil's wife, Virginia, has a Gn3 layout in the couple's backyard, with a scaled-down version of a common depot where the equipment is stored out of the weather.

Downe & Owite Division

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-03/04
Page:
50
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Scale:
N
Description:
A visit to Ben Pearlman's layout.

East Broad Top Underway

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 29, Number 3, June 2005
Page:
2
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
Some Sn3 track plan ideas.

Pennsylvania RR's ACF 44-seat P85B coaches

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-10
Page:
111
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes this particular passenger. There is a paragraph at the end on how to model it in HO-scale. Includes one prototype photograph and scaled diagrams.

Pennsylvania RR's J Tower

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-07
Page:
92
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
The 110-year old Pennsylvania RR's J Tower was moved from Lemoyne, Pa.to the grounds of the Strasburg RR near Lancaster, Pa.

PRR's P5A Electric Motor in S-Scale

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 75 Autumn 2010
Page:
6
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Scale:
S
Description:
After a brief description of this prototype engine, the article describes how the author scratchbuilt this electric locomotive from various commercial parts and many castings he made himself. Includes prototype and many model photos.

S Scale EMD GP35

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1993-04
Page:
45
Category:
Product Review
Scale:
S
Description:
The author does a product review of the American Model GP35. Although the model uses springs to transmit the motor's rotation to the trucks, the author indicated that it seems to work very well for this particular model.

S Scale Empire with a Narrow Gauge Past

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-02
Page:
106
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos by Bob Werre. Bob Christopherson changed from Sn3 to S standard gauge by simply moving the rail out to the correct gauge. This meant that some equipment couldn't run on the layout, but he solved that by moving the clock forward from the 1940s to 1957. Includes layout photos and a track plan of the Columbia Valley & Western, an 18'x19' "M"-shaped layout.

Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-11
Page:
28
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author covers how to model brake gear, using a typical 40-foot box car as a guide in a diagram. Includes information about how the brake system changed over the years. Also includes a photo of a prototype tank car.

Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-09
Page:
26
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Orientation of eccentric crank in Walschaerts valve gear.