My Library - Magazine Articles By Tom Houle

A Simple-to-Build Scratchbuilt On30 Engine Shed

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-07
Page:
28
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Based on the C&NW prototype, the author built this model from plans. Although there is some scale-specific material in the article, there is no reason one can't build one in another scale using this article. Construction photos, scale drawings, and a bill of materials are included.

A Tale of Two Rail & Tie Cars

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
38
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Scale:
O
Description:
This installment of the article describes how the author scratchbuilt the a steam/transition-era rail and tie car. These cars were used to haul ties and rail to the track laying work site. Includes a drawing of the various parts and a parts list.

A Tale of Two Rail & Tie Cars Part Two

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
15
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
O
Description:
In this installment the author describes how he built the car out of styrene. Includes some drawings and construction photos.

Building a Western Scale Models O Scale Machine Shop & Radial Drill Press

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-12
Page:
36
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
O
Description:
The author mostly followed the instructions of Western Scale Models' engine shed, but instead made it a machine shop. The detail parts are by the company. The author discusses how he made the belt-driven machines appear to work. Includes detailed photos, parts list, and tools list.

Restoring a Vintage Tank Car

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
64
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he restored this old tank car.

Scratchbuilding C&NW Narrow Gauge Boxcar No. 10

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-09
Page:
48
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Scale:
On3
Description:
This article includes many prototype photos, scale drawings, construction photos, and a bill of materials for modeling this car.