My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Railroads

"Cruzing" with Character

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-04
Page:
50
Author:
Elrond Lawrence
Description:
Photos and description of the Union Pacific's Santa Cruz division.

A Broad Gauge Tail on a Narrow Gauge Dog Part 2 of 4

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-04/05
Page:
12
Author:
Erl H. Ellis
Description:
The article continues with history covering 1900 through 1916.

A Broad Gauge Tail on a Narrow Gauge Dog Part 4 of 4

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-10/11
Page:
16
Author:
Erl H. Ellis
Description:
Miscellaneous notes and photos.

A Mule-drawn Tram in Yucatan The "Cenote Railway"

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
54
Author:
Irene Brown
Description:
Thousands of miles of narrow gauge track was once built in Yucatan to support the production of henequen (fiber used for making rope). Nowadays it is used by the people to transport themselves between towns, still using mules pulling flatcars.

A Ride to the Train on the Grand Canyon Railway

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-06
Page:
74
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Description:
Describes the history and current operations of the railroad. Includes several prototype track plans, and several photos. A hypothetical N-scale layout modeling this railroad is described, including a possible trackplan.

A Rural Wood Chip Plant

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
96
Author:
Kyle Lael
Description:
Prototype photos, suggested track plan.

Almost Heaven! Cass, West Virginia

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
17
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
A visit to the Cass Scenic Railroad. Several prototype photos.

Along the Narrow Gauge

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
62
Author:
Mallory Hope Ferrell
Description:
Photos of the Empire City Railway.

Amtrack No. 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-06
Page:
37
Author:
Randy Brown
Description:
When Amtrak took over passenger car service, several railroads had trains "No.1", making it confusing for the passengers.

Amtrak's Red, White, and Blue

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-09
Page:
38
Description:
The new paint scheme appeared on new and old locomotives alike. Prototype photos of Amtrak equipment includes the TurboTrain and a GG-1.

BC Rail from North Vancouver to Squamish

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2003-03
Page:
25
Author:
Andy Barber, John Ostler
Description:
Prototype photos.

Claremont Concord Railroad Part III

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-01
Page:
80
Author:
Scott Whitney
Description:
The last installment covers the decline of the railroad. It includes what can still be seen of the railroad (in 1994, that is), track plans of the Claremont Jct in 1993 and of Claremont, N.H. in 1993, and several prototype photos of preserved equipment used in excursion trains. A brief note about how to model this railroad in HO is described along with a suggested, L-shaped trackplan.

CP Rail's Kimberley Subdivision and Its Narrow Gauge Connection

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
77
Author:
Robert Whetham
Description:
Recently abandoned line and its modeling possibilities

Cumbres Contemporary

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-10
Page:
24
Author:
Don Wallworth
Description:
Several photos of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad with equipment lettered for the Denver & Rio Grande Western for the movie "Showdown" with Dean Martin and Rock Hudson.

Different Time Different Look

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
80
Author:
Paul J. Dolkos
Description:
The author takes a look at what turn-of-the-century modeling might involve (1900, that is).

Durango Roundhouse Update

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1989-12/01
Page:
19
Author:
Mel Medhurst
Description:
This article covers how the Durango Roundhouse is recovering from its fire in February 1989. Includes a couple of photos.

East Broad Top Idyll

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-10/11
Page:
44
Author:
Dave Felmley
Description:
Photos and some history on the EBT.

Electro-Motive's Models

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
80
Author:
Preston Cook
Description:
EMD created various-sized models to communicate within the company and with the general public how the full-sized models operated and were constructed. The also had their own HO-scale layout to help employees train.

From Out of the Past: The Isle Royale Copper Company Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
79
Author:
Cecil Cook
Description:
This railroad served the copper mining industry on the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Old prototype photos, track plan, and locomotive roster are included. A sidebar describes how a layout can be designed to model this railroad.

Getting Started in Prototype Research

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
106
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
Learn more about the railroad your are modeling, using such sources as magazines, NMRA Library, books, video tapes, railroad paper, historical societies, and online research.

Green Mountain's North Walpole Yard

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
136
Author:
Scott Whitney Jr.
Description:
The author describes this Green Mountain RR's former branchline, which now serves as the railroad's operating headquarters. All the track is described, and includes a turntable, roundhouse, storage yard, etc. The article has a full track plan, prototype photos, and two model track plans for compressed applications.

Hampton, NJ: The CNJ's Dual Gauge Railroad Junction

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-12
Page:
91
Author:
William T. Greenberg, Jr.
Description:
This article covers the history, the Lackawanna, the coal traffic of the junction. Many period photograph are included.

Harvesting Salt by Rail

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-09
Page:
64
Author:
Ted Wurm
Description:
Salt harvesting in the San Francisco Bay area involves a unique and movable track system to go where the product is. The complete operation is described, with many photos of the equipment used. Scale drawings of the Leslie Salt wood dump car and Clayton model CD7-25 diesel locomotive are also included.

Horseshoe Curve

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-02
Page:
27
Author:
Rich Newmiller
Description:
A full description of the famous curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania. The article covers the history of the area, shows a number of modern-day photos, and covers the Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona itself. (related web page)

Keokuk Junction Ry

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-07
Page:
69
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Description:
The 38-mile-long Keokuk Junction Ry. is a short line connecting Keokuk, Iowa, with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe at La Harpe, Illinois. The author describes the history of the line and where it stands at the time of this article. Included are lots of prototype photos and an equipment roster.

Lite and Narrow

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-04
Page:
33
Author:
Larry Smith
Description:
This article covers the Birmingham Southern, which is now named the Birmingham Terminal Railroad. The article includes the railroad's history, its motive power, and the industries it serves. Includes lots of prototype photos, as well as photos of Craig Gardner's layout who models that railroad.

Lite and Narrow

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
41
Author:
Larry Smith
Description:
The history of the Twin Mountain and Potomac, a narrow-gauge railroad in Eastern West Virginia. Includes historical photos found about the railroad. Suggestions for how to model this railroad are also included.

Modeling the Monson

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

Modeling the State Belt R.R.

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-04
Page:
81
Author:
Bill Kaufman

Modesto & Empire Traction Pt. 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
67
Author:
Trevor Marshall
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.

Monsoon Today

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
64
Author:
William C. Schaumburg
Description:
What is still visible of a railroad that was torn up in 1943? Includes photos of a furniture factory that was a mill.

New Haven Memories

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-01
Page:
48
Author:
David Messer
Description:
The author's memories of the New Haven Railroad's Valley Branch. Includes prototype photos of NYNH&H locomotives.

Norfolk Southern's Interstate Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
53
Author:
Eric Miller, Dan Bourque
Description:
This article covers the entire railroad, its history, and where it stands today. It includes current-day prototype photos, a map of the railroad, a map of the coal loaders on the railroad, and two track plan designs for how to build a model of this railroad.

Over "The Old Mormon Trail"

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
56
Author:
John S. Midgley
Description:
This article described the Emigration Canyon Railroad, originally built to quarry rock near Salt Lake City.

Pipeline On Rails

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
56
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
The article describes the railroads' role in the oil industry during the 1940s. Includes prototype photo of the Mid-Continental Petroleum Co. refinery in Tulsa, OK, a refinery in Louisiana during WWII, and fencing around refineries. Sidebars on tank car classification, typical daily refinery output, refining in 1940, and storage tank sizes and capabilities are also included. There is also a 3-D graphic of a potential model.

Prototype Info

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
40
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
TTX's new twin-28 articulated spine cars. NYC and PRR reporting marks can still be seen on some equipment that is still in the process of being divided up. What are cab signals?

Prototype Info

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
48
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
What do diesel names and classifications, such as SD60 and U30B, mean? For what were doghouses on top of tenders used? (contains photo of PRR 2-10-0)

Rail Service Available

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
112
Author:
William C. Schaumburg
Description:
Suburban industrial parks

Railgon

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
83
Author:
Jim Panza
Description:
In 1980 Railgon was added to the Trailer Train Company to provide shippers with a fleet of free-running gondola cars. Article includes prototype photos, scale drawings, and historical information about the company, including roster.

Reading and Blue Mountain Northern Railroad

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-01
Page:
23
Author:
Rich Newmiller
Description:
A functional railroad serving nine counties in eastern Pennsylvania, which runs on track once owned by the PRR. Article includes many photos of the area. (related web page)

Short Dreams

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1997-10/11
Page:
14
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
Consider modeling a shortline, if you are short on model railroading resources (time, money, space, etc.).

Southern's Green and Gold

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-09
Page:
54
Description:
Describes the paint scheme used on engines, bringing back the railroad's heritage. Includes prototype photos.

The Beaufort & Morehead "Route of the Jets"

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-01
Page:
96
Author:
Ted Jones
Description:
This railroad measures 3.5 miles and runs between Beaufort and Morehead City, N.C. The railroad serves aviation fuel terminal on Radio Island, and switches the tank cars into the Norfolk Southern trains. Includes lots of photos and a detailed map. A trackplan to model this layout in HO-scale in a 10 x 12 foot room is also included.

The Central Vermont of the 1950's

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
108
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
Prototype photos of locomotives, track, structures, maps, steam servicing facility, and rolling stock.

The Eagle River & Northern Ry.

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
102
Author:
Darryl Muralt
Description:
This article describes the logging railroad in British Columbia. Logging operations is fully covered, with many prototype photos. There are two possible trackplans for modeling this railroad.

The End of Long Island Rail Road Mail Service in 1965

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 38 No.3
Page:
37
Author:
Ron Ziel
Description:
When the author learned that the LIRR was about to terminate its mail by rail service, he spent the last four days taking many photographs in June 1965. Photos show hanging the mail bag, catching the mail bag, and interior and exterior shots of LIRR RPO cars. There is also a track-side view of the LIRR RPO depot in Richmond Hill, N.Y.

The Grainbelt

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1992-05
Page:
64
Author:
Patrick Flynn
Description:
This article describes a short line serving Oklahoma's agricultural southwest. It has many prototype photos (mostly B&W, but some color), and a track diagram of Snyder and Manitou, OK, as well as Frederick, OK. The article concludes with a 14' by 18' HO-scale layout that could be used as a reference for how to model the prototype.

The Green Bay & Western 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-02
Page:
66
Author:
Stanley H. Mailer
Description:
This article describes the 256-mile railroad, including its equipment.

The Green Mountain RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-09
Page:
72
Author:
Scott Whitney
Description:
This shortline handles both freight and tourism. The author works for the railroad. The railroad runs in southern Vermont on old Rutland Ry track. Several trackplans are included of areas of interest, as well as a trackplan for modeling the whole railroad in a 12' x 12' N-scale layout. Includes prototype photos of equipment

The Iowa Terminal

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-03
Page:
102
Author:
Cyril Durrenberger
Description:
This railroad ran between Mason City and Clear Lake. Includes many prototype photos, track maps, 1968 equipment roster, and a track plan for modeling this railroad.

The Lachawaxen & Stourbridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
106
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
A modern shortline in north-eastern Pennsylvania run by the Delaware Otsego System. The article is accompanied by area maps, many prototype photos, historical information, tables listing the industries served, train listings, and a proposed HO-scale track plan for building this railroad.

The Last Steam Shortline

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-03
Page:
30
Author:
Jim Boyd
Description:
The Edgmoor & Manetta shortline in South Carolina is the last operating steam railroad in the 1970s. The author stumbled across the railroad and describes a full days work of the single-engine railroad that serves a mill in Lando, S.C.

The Leighton Buzzard Light Railway

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
51
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Description:
The author tells the history of this United Kingdom railroad. Includes prototype photos and scale drawings of the equipment used by the railroad.

The Little Train That Could

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 1, February 1993
Page:
21
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:
History and information about the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad. Includes many prototype photos, and the Cummins Siding track plan (and car movement diagrams).

The Mississippi River & Bonne Terre

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-05
Page:
73
Author:
Steve Kohler
Description:
This railroad was created in 1888 by the St. Joseph Lead Co. to transport lead from the world's greatest lead mine. Includes historical photos, area map, and a proposed design to model this railroad in HO in a 15 by 24 foot space.

The Reading Railroad's Little Red Caboose

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-07/08
Page:
14
Author:
Carl Byron
Scale:
S
Description:
The author briefly describes the history of the Reading Railroad. He then continues with the history of the all-steel cabooses built by the Reading Shops to allow steam engines to push the train behind those cabooses, rather than to first have to remove the wooden cabooses. The rest of the article is about how A.C. Gilbert produced a model of that caboose, and also the Reading bay window caboose. The article includes a scaled drawing.

The Spokane International RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
104
Author:
Jim B. Davis
Description:
This article describes the railroad that ran between Spokane, WA, through Idaho, up to the Canadian border. Trackplan for several towns are drawn, and many prototype photos are included. The article also includes photos of several of the industries along the line, freight cars, bridges, as well as their steam engine roster. In 1949 they added eleven Alco RS-1s. The U.P. eventually bought the line. Finally, a possible HO two-level trackplan to model the line is also included.

The Western Pacific

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-11
Page:
38
Author:
Jim Boyd
Description:
Numerous prototype photos accompany this article about the Western Pacific, focusing on the Feather River Canyon Route. Has a sidebar on the equipment on the railroad, and its subsidiaries, the Sacramento Northern and Tidewater Southern.

The Wisconsin & Calumet

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-06
Page:
82
Author:
Jim B. Davis
Scale:
HO
Description:
A regional railroad that operated passenger, piggyback, and varied freight service. Include many prototype photos, railroad maps, and suggested track plans.

Thirty-inch Gauge Railroads

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
62
Author:
Mallory Hope Ferrell
Description:
This final installment of this series covers the Hemlock Central Railroad and the Fort Wilderness Railroad. The article includes a scale drawing of the FWRR engine #1 and a listing of the railroads covered in this twenty-on-article series.

Thirty-inch Gauge Railroads Hawaiian Plantation Lines Part 4

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
64
Author:
Mallory Hope Ferrell
Description:
This article tells about how Robert A. Day bought the equipment of the 30-inch gauge Hawaiian line and brought it to California to build his own backyard railroad that preserved the original prototype.

Toledo's Central Union Terminal

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
74
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
Aerial photo of terminal in 1950. Has a layout diagram for suggested HO representation of the terminal.

Union Pacific A Nostalgic Look

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-09
Page:
6
Author:
Loggin' Locos
Description:
Covers the history of the UP. Includes historic maps, posters, brochures, passenger travel photos, and postcards of trains, structures, and stations.

Vermont's Bristol Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
89
Author:
Robert C. Jones
Description:
A thorough story about this 6-mile shortline that lasted from 1902 to 1930 connecting the small town of Bristol to the Rutland mainline. Includes period prototype photos, trackplans for the junction and the end-of-the-line in Bristol. All four sides and a floor plan are included of the Bristol passenger station. Also there is a track plan design for an HO-scale layout fitting in a 10' by 10' room.