My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Locomotives - Electric

Adding Public Transit with Help from PHM

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-11
Page:
31
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the Birney Streetcar kit made by Pennsylvania Heritage Models, and includes photos of the kit parts and the final model.

Amtrak's AEM-7 Electric

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-01/02
Page:
32
Author:
Jerry Poniatowski
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this model. Includes a sidebar on the history of this engine.

Broadway Limited International GG1 Review

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 02 September 2003
Page:
12
Author:
Bruce F. Smith
Scale:
HO
Description:
Although I normally don't list product reviews on these pages, this article covers the history of the prototype, modifications made to the prototype over its long history, and goes into great depth of the electronics in this model.

Building an Interurban Combine

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
290
Author:
Gerald Brothers
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he built a Labelle kit of an interurban combine car, with some construction photos and a parts list.

CSS&CS Line Car No. 1100 Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-02
Page:
62
Author:
William D. Middleton
Description:
This installment shows how the engine was used for line service. It has prototype photographs, including interior ones. There are also scale drawings of the engine.

CSS&SB Line Car No. 1100

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
62
Author:
William D. Middleton
Description:
Chronicles the three "lives" of this interurban. The Chicago, South Shore & South Bend was used for overhead wire inspection, after it served as a commuter train that included a RPO. Includes photos and scale drawings.

Electric Rotary Plow

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1974-02
Page:
36
Author:
Noel Holley
Scale:
HO
Description:
A working rotary plow was made from an Athearn rotary plow kit, with additional parts for the trucks, brake rigging, pantograph, headlight, and motor with gearbox for the working rotating blades. Includes model and prototype photos.

General Electric 25-ton Steeplecab

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-02
Page:
72
Author:
David L. Waddington
Description:
This article describes GE's smallest of these types of engines. It includes many prototype photos, as well as scaled drawings.

H. C. Frick Co. Standard Electric Larry

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-06
Page:
107
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
The H.C. Frick Co. standard electric larry was used to transport coke from coke ovens to a processing plant about 2 miles away, in Scottsdale, Pa. (a community about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh). Includes only scaled drawings.

Heavy Electric Fan

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-10
Page:
36
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
After introducing his roots in areas where heavy electric locomotives were common in his childhood, the author describes his 1955-era layout, which features those types of locomotives. Includes a model and a prototype photo of a New Haven EP-5.

Interurban Classic

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-10
Page:
30
Author:
Bob Hegge
Scale:
O
Description:
The author shows how he built this model of the J.C. Brill Combine 7 owned by the United Railways System. Includes parts list, many construction photos, and scale drawings.

Keokuk's Dam Trolley

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-10
Page:
58
Author:
Nicholas C. D'Amato
Description:
Last working industrial trolley line. Photos and O-scale drawings.

Kitbashing a GN Boxcab Switcher

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
55
Author:
Thomas Jones
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he built this engine using lots of junk parts and an Atlas WDT switcher.

Kitbashing a Logging Industry Critter

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-02
Page:
55
Author:
Bob Whetham
Scale:
HO
Description:
The prototype Crestbook Timber's critter was "kitbashed" from a steam engine's tender. The author built his model using the same method. Detailed description and prototype and model photos accompany the article.

Kitbashing an NJ Transit ALP-46

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
72
Author:
Frank Cicero
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took a Roco German DB Class 101 engine and converted it to look like an New Jersey Transit engine using the plans published by Railroad Model Craftsman magazine in its March 2003 issue. Includes before and after model photos and a prototype photo.

Kitbashing an NYC Class DEf 2-D-2 Locomotive

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-04
Page:
72
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The model, which took Best in Show at the 2000 National Association of S Gaugers Convention, is based on the NYC's first diesel locomotive purchase. The author built it using two spliced-together Precision Scale On3 Forney locomotive frames and brass shapes.

Kitbashing: See It Before You Do It

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 4, Fall 1987
Page:
18
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Using paper copies of locomotive diagrams, the author describes how he "paper-dolled" the engine together by cutting out pieces from the diagrams. Includes the "kitbashed" diagram, and a photo of the finished locomotive.

Laurel Line Electric Locomotives

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-09
Page:
43
Author:
Chuck Yungkurth
Description:
Prototype photos and scale drawings of numbers 401 through 403 of Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley electric freight engines.

Los Angeles' LRV's

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-03
Page:
65
Author:
David Lustig
Description:
One solution to southern California's traffic jams was opening the previously-closed Los Angeles to Long Beach Metro Rail service on July 14, 1990. Includes prototype photos and scale drawings of the Los Angeles RTD Series 100-153 LRV's.

Milwaukee Electric's Snow Sweepers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-02
Page:
97
Author:
Duane Matuszak
Scale:
O
Description:
Prototype photos and scale drawings. Includes notes of the author's model.

Modeling United Electric Railways Flat Motor No. 1534

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
97
Author:
Ken Robbins
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeling this motor car is a challenge since it is basically a flat car with two small cabins on top, with mostly open space. The author accomplished this using a NWSL Sagami motor mounted under the frame. Photos of part close-ups are included.

New Haven Class EP-1 Electric Locomotive

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
122
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Includes prototype photos and scale drawings.

NJ Transit's New ALP-46

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
64
Author:
Frank Cicero
Description:
Describes the new 7,100hp, 100-mph commuter train built in Kassel, Germany. Includes scale diagrams, lots of close-ups detail photos, including the interior cab.

Piedmont & Northern Four-truck Locomotives

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-04
Page:
82
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Scale drawings and prototype photos are included in this article. The railroad had eight of this unique locomotives, which ran on 1,500 volts DC.

Populating the AM Models GG-1

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 30, Number 6, December 2006
Page:
12
Author:
Gerry Evans
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shows how he scratchbuilt the interior, with figures, for the American Models GG-1.

Prototype View

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 2, April 1993
Page:
9
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:
Photos of prototype urban rapid transit rail service.

PRR's P5A Electric Motor in S-Scale

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 75 Autumn 2010
Page:
6
Author:
Keith Thompson
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.

Reflections

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 3, Summer 1987
Page:
20
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:
Having left the East coast in 1964 to move to the West coast, the author's visit to the east has him noticing everything that once was is no more.

Repowering an Alco Models NYC T-motor

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
48
Author:
Ken Lawrence
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to convert a 1974 Alco Models locomotive to run much better using the Hollywood Foundry BullAnt drives. Includes prototype photos, and model construction photos and diagrams.

Repowering and Painting Pennsylvania R.R. MP54 Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-03
Page:
80
Author:
Schuyler Larrabee
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he upgraded a pair of old brass electric multiple-unit coaches. He used the NWSL PDT trucks for improved performance. Half of the article is devoted to accurately painting these models.

Repowering Atlas N Scale Diesels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-02
Page:
134
Author:
Tom Gustafson
Scale:
N
Description:
The author replaced the factory motor with a Sagami motor to reduce its top speed, and added weights to increase its pulling power.

The Jet Age

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 1, February 1993
Page:
14
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built a New Haven EP5 from various parts, including an American Models FP7 chassis.

The New Haven Railroad's EP-5

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 6, December 1991
Page:
10
Author:
Dan Waskes
Description:
In light of Lionel's release of this locomotive, this article covers the prototype history of this engine. Includes a photo of Lionel's model, and a scale drawing of the prototype engine.

Who Says O Scale is Big?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-08
Page:
74
Author:
Allen J. Brewster
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he built a Whitcomb battery-powered 18" gauge electric mining locomotive.