My Library - Magazine Articles By Trevor Marshall

"S" is for Scarecrow

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-09
Page:
73
Category:
Scenery - People & Animals
Description:
Using an S-scale figure, the author makes a scarecrow for his O-scale field. After surgery, the figure receives wig hair to simulate straw.

A Flatcar Full of Tractors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-07
Page:
64
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he installed six Farmall tractors on a Life-Like Proto 2000 53-foot flatcar.

Bending the Iron

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
68
Category:
Track
Description:
To simulate the action of throwing a turnout, the author uses keys and switch locks to throw his layout's turnouts. Some modification of the switch lock is required and fully described.

Boxed Benchwork

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
73
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
On2
Description:
Building a light-weight plywood shadow-box style modular layout for easy transportation.

Dots and Dashes

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-06
Page:
58
Category:
Signaling
Scale:
S
Description:
Building an actual telegraph for a model railroad to enhance operations of the layout.

Enhancing Maine Two-foot Trucks in On2/On30

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
69
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
On2
Description:
How to add brake beams to the trucks to make them prototypically accurate.

From Bathurst to Bayview

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-04
Page:
67
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
Three friends build this large layout in an office space to represent the Bayview Junction near Lake Ontario, Canada, including its wye. The article describes how they built it and includes many close-up and several overhead photos.

Mike Culham's Great Central Railway

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
86
Category:
Layouts - O
Scale:
O
Description:
This is an L-shaped 32-foot long layout that measures only 30 inches wide. It offers lots of switching.

Modeling a Water Crane

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
62
Category:
Structures
Scale:
On2
Description:
A simple project of a watering crane used on the two-foot gauge Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes in Kingsfield, Maine. Period prototype photos are included, as well as scale drawings, and completed model photos.

Modeling Green Mountain Rwy. Caboose No. 50

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
64
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
HO
Description:
Reworking a brass caboose.

Modeling the Monson

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-10
Page:
86
Category:
Railroads
Description:
Prototype description of the 2-foot Maine gauge line. Includes diagram for possible track design. Sidebar on the slate industry on the Monson.

Modesto & Empire Traction Pt. 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
67
Category:
Railroads
Description:
This article covers the history of this railroad which can be found in Modesto, California (85 miles east of San Francisco). Many prototype photos accompany the text which also covers the GE 70-ton engines used by the railroad. The M&ET's route map is included as well as diagrams for a potential scale model of this railroad.

Port Rowan in 1:64

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-02/03
Page:
8
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the history of Port Rowan, Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Erie, and proceeds to describe his layout, which is a small S-scale switching layout, built to Proto:64 standards. Included are lots of layout photos, a track plan, and a description of the operational scheme. (related web page)

Salt Weathering a Tin Roof

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-10
Page:
51
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he was able to simulate a tin roof on a boxcar. The trick is to use sea salt for the effect.

Scratchbuilding a Quarry Turntable

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-04
Page:
66
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
On2
Description:
The author's friend, Chris Abbott (the article includes a sidebar by Chris about the mechanism) designed and built the turntable mechanism, while the author built the two-foot gauge turntable based on the Bridgton & Saco River Railroad, found in Bridgton, Maine. Includes prototype and completed-model photos, as well as construction photos.

The Advantages of Glass

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-01
Page:
84
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The article describes how to use microscope glass to model real glass in structures and equipment.

The Belknap Monument

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
88
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Scale:
HO
Description:
This model was inspired by the discovery of a cannon beside the Boston & Maine Hillsboro branch.

The Cheltenham Granary

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-01
Page:
55
Category:
Structures
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he modeled a granary that used stone walls for the lower half and exposed cribbed wood walls for the upper half. Includes a sidebar on crib joints are made. Includes many construction photos.

The Markham Railroad Modellers Club

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-08
Page:
74
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
A large club layout built in 1,500 square foot of space overlooking Toronto's CNR.

The Quarry Powerhouse: A Model with Sound & Lights

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-06
Page:
66
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
O
Description:
The author scratchbuilt the structure and installed DCC-controlled sound and lighting. The construction of the building isn't the main focus of the article, but the electronics installation is. All items are neatly laid out and attached to the roof of the structure, including the speakers.

What's the Rush?

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-12
Page:
70
Category:
Operations
Description:
The article covers ideas the author has implemented on his layout to make operating sessions last longer and be more fun, even though the layout may be small. He discusses two-person crews, having operators create their switch lists, developing traffic and schedules, implementing switch locks, manual uncoupling, slowing down the fast clock, enforcing top speeds via DCC decoders, and adding sound.