My Library - Magazine Articles By Paul Schmidt

A Primer on Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-06
Page:
119
Category:
Track
Description:
This brief article describes a classification yard, a storage yard, and yard limits. A diagram of a compressed version of a model yard is included, as well as two prototype photos (yard and a tower).

Adding Weight to Tank Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
33
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
How to insert sand to add invisible weight to tank cars.

And the Winners Are...

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
58
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:
The 2001 Readers' Choice Awards includes S-scale's American Models' Budd streamlined passenger car set, and S-Helper Service's A and B set of EMD Phase II F3s.

Buying Your First Train Set

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
85
Category:
Model Railroad Terminology

Comfortable File Handles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-06
Page:
30
Category:
Tools
Description:
This Workshop column covers using wire nuts at the end of files that have no handle, and using paper clip containers (those with a magnetic lip near their opening) for holding spikes.

Diesel Air and Electrical M.U. Connections

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
120
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Multiple-unit electrical cables and hoses, brake lines. Includes prototype photo of an F3.

Easy Decal Alignment Jig

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
30
Category:
Tools
Description:
An easy-to-make jig that helps accurately align decals, especially individual letters and striping. The secret is in the parallel lines scribed onto a Plexiglass panel.

Getting Started in Traction

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
74
Category:
Locomotives - Traction
Description:
Prototype and model photos. Definitions, media resources for research.

How Many Locomotives in a Train?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
112
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
What parameters are used in the real world to determine the number of required locomotives.

Prototype Info

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-07
Page:
116
Category:
Pennsylvania Railroad
Description:
When Norfolk Southern and CSX divided Conrail, they established two holding companies: NS set up Pennsylvania Lines LLC (hence the initials "PRR" on newer engines), while CSX set up New York Central Lines LLC (NYC).

Sharpies Work Best After a Flat Finish

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
30
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Using Sharpies pens.

Simple Drill Holder for Layout Construction

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
30
Category:
Tools
Description:
Using a 45-degree PVC pipe to hold a second drill.