My Library - Magazine Articles By Tom Troughton

A Layout Is Never Finished

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-05
Page:
62
Category:
Layout Detailing
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author describes various details he is now adding to his fairly complete layout, such as bottle-brush-style grass clusters, tie piles, rail pieces, pallets, tools, coal bin, tree stumps, and building foundations. He also describes how he built two spools of steel cable, one enclosed and one exposed. A sidebar covers his use of various chemicals to age and weather things on his layout. There are lots of ideas for enhancing your layout in this article.

An Auxiliary Water and Coal Car for OX

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-02
Page:
70
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
To complete his M.O.W. train, the author built a coal and water car from a brass tender. The article covers modifying the car, installing couplers, adding a realistic pile of coal (with debris), and finally painting, applying decals, and weathering the model.

Building a Yardmaster's Office

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-04
Page:
48
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
S
Description:
The author builds a small building to act as the yard office. He discusses how he designed it in a CAD program, and covers all the work he did to build the various parts. He also covers how to integrate the building into the surrounding scenery.

Building the Timberline Miner's Union Hotel

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-02
Page:
66
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt the remote location's hotel next to his recently-completed mine. Includes lots of photos of the project.

Building the Timberline No. 1 Mine Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-02
Page:
74
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author describes building the head house and mine building. Includes lots of construction photos of the model.

Building the Timberline No. 1 Mine Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-03
Page:
64
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author continues with his project by construction the conveyor and ore bins. Includes lots of construction photos.

Creating a Landslide

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-10
Page:
55
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author described how he dealt with the dark shadows formed by the mountain on the layout's backdrop.

NNGC Preview: The Layouts of St. Louis Pt. II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-03
Page:
59
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
multi
Description:
This installment covers Tom Troughton's Sn3 layout, John Waite's Sn3 layout, Richard Severance's On3 layout, Mike Van Hove's HO-scale layout, Roger Duffield's layout, Hal Shaffer's On3 layout, and John Scherr's HOn3 layout.

Photographing Models for Articles

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
76
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
This informative article describes how photograph model railroad models, how to build a stand for creating effective backdrops, using the correct lights and lenses, taking outdoor photos, and the interesting work it takes to take photos while a model is under construction.

Scratchbuilding a Boiler Flue Storage Rack

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-06
Page:
58
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author details how he built this unique storage rack, with tips on how to install it and weather the pipes. Includes prototype and model photos, and detail and scaled drawings.

Swapping Rails

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-01
Page:
10
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
any
Description:
Sometimes the same track and buildings can be used to model in Sn3, On30, and HO.

The Upcoming 23rd Annual Sn3 Symposium

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-02
Page:
89
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Photos of layouts open for the tour accompany the information about the Sn3 convention to be held in St. Louis, Missouri.

Through the Portals and Into the Darkness

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-04
Page:
19
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Modeling the interior of tunnels.

Timber Trestles on the C&TT Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-09
Page:
73
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author revisits the various larger bridges on his layout, using better photographs, and showing the additional work he has done to improve their settings. Includes many overall and close-up photos of the bridges.

Window Glazing for a Tender's Dog House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-01
Page:
54
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author shows how he installed glass (acetate) in his P-B-L K-37 tender's dog house (which is soldered in place). The special technique is how he installed the acetate without removing the dog house from the tender.