My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Scenery - Trackside

1908 Handcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-07
Page:
94
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
One photo and scaled drawings accompany the brief description of a handcar.

A Simple Roundhouse Detail

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-08
Page:
87
Author:
Jack Burgess
Scale:
HO
Description:
Discusses how the author built a turntable track that stores freight car wheel sets. There is a lot of detail in this little project.

A Trio of S Scale Baggage Cart Kits

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-12
Page:
38
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews three different manufacturer's S-scale baggage cart kits.

Adding Overhead Wire to Our Traction Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-02
Page:
82
Author:
Bruce Goehmann
Scale:
HO
Description:
Provides a lot of detail about how to do overhead traction wiring, including the nomenclature. Includes prototype, detail, and model photos.

Along the Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-06
Page:
146
Author:
Art Cominio
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Rio Grande Southern's "Galloping Goose" motor car no. 4, as modeled by Joe Brooke.

Baggage Wagons

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-09
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Hayden
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article has photos and diagrams for a steel-wheeled baggage wagon, two-wheeler with ramp, two-wheeler with rollers, and a "modern" baggage wagon. Includes prototype photos and a description of how to build them.

Build a Steam Shovel

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-02
Page:
70
Author:
Al Boos
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using parts for military tank kits in other scales, the author describes how he make an HO- and an O-scale model of the steam shovels. Includes lots of model photos and drawings.

Build a Train Order Delivery Stand

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-07
Page:
82
Author:
Bruce Petty
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built the train order delivery stand out of brass material. Includes a model and a prototype photo, detail drawings, and a parts list.

Building a Repurposed Boxcar

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-08
Page:
56
Author:
George Dutka
Scale:
HO
Description:
Taking a leftover box car bodies, the author builds a B&M Carman's yard shanty, and a Central Vermont Ry line side tool house. Includes prototype and model photos.

Building Better Abutments

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-11
Page:
120
Author:
Robert Smaus
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using a plywood mold, build 1920s-looking bridge abutments from plaster. Includes how to build the abutment wings and piers using plaster also.

Building Pennsy Stone Walls - With Lego Bricks

Magazine:
The Crossing Gate 2012 Volume 4
Page:
6
Author:
John Sethian
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he uses Lego bricks to build a long Pennsy stone block style retaining wall. The bricks are covered with joint compound to hide their smooth sides.

Building Semaphores in 14 Easy Steps

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
60
Author:
Brian F. Reynolds
Scale:
N
Description:
14 steps to building a working semaphore. Detailed photos accompany the text. Instructions support both upper quadrant and lower quadrant type of semaphores.

By The Tracks

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
26
Author:
John Gerdes
Scale:
N
Description:
Building a small scene that might be used as a play area for city kids.

Canadian Pacific Railway Stand Plan Bridge Warning

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
31
Author:
Patrick Lawson
Description:
Scale drawings of CPR telltales circa 1919.

Cattle Crossing Guards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-07
Page:
68
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
The author describes the purpose of these devices, how they are designed, and how to model them.

Dean Odiorne's Ground Throw / High-level Switchstand

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-06
Page:
100
Author:
Don Mitchell
Scale:
HO
Description:
Build your own ground-throw, high-level switchstand. Includes construction photos and a diagram.

Detailing With Markers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
57
Author:
Ernest H. Robl
Description:
Using magic markers can make some scenery and structure painting jobs easier and quicker.

Diesel Locomotive Servicing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-06
Page:
59
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
This article has many prototype photos and a full design diagram of what can be found at a diesel servicing facility.

Dress Up Those Naked Power Poles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-08
Page:
104
Author:
Carl Cascone
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he uses nylon thread to model power wires, and solder to mimic phone lines. Includes details on how model the various pole details.

Easy Trackside Details

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-10
Page:
107
Author:
Lionel Strang
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how to build rail racks, rail fences, and how to model used ties.

Erie RR Telltales

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-05
Page:
84
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
A brief article with prototype and scale drawings of these telltales.

Fast and Fun Foam Mounds

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
24
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
Model the mounds of coal or ballast using pieces of foam insulation.

Fences on the Rutland

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-09
Page:
73
Author:
Randy LaFramboise
Description:
How to model metal wire "sheep" fences and barbed wire fences.

Flanger Signs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-03
Page:
68
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
The author explains the purpose of a flanger sign (to announce track impediments for snowplow crews), describes what they look like, and how to model them.

George's Old Railroad Ties

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-06
Page:
97
Author:
Michael Tylick
Scale:
HO
Description:
This brief article describes how George Selios models old ties that are thrown or stacked along side the right-of-way.

Manual Crossing Gates

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-04
Page:
77
Author:
Charles Yungkurth
Description:
Prototype photos and scale drawings accompany this article on the manually-operated crossing gates, some of which still exist.

Modeling Junk

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-07
Page:
76
Author:
Carl Caiati
Description:
Various ideas and several photos on how to model junk.

Modeling PRR Mileposts

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 74 Summer 2010
Page:
12
Author:
Frederick Monsimer
Description:
Has lots of example mile posts, most made out of cast iron. Includes scale diagrams.

Modeling PRR Telegraph & Signal Department Relay Cases and Battery Boxes in HO Scale Part 1

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 99 Winter 2017
Page:
12
Author:
Jack Consoli
Scale:
HO
Description:
The series starts off by covering battery boxes, which housed the batteries to power nearby signals, crossing gates, flashers, and other electrical
devices. Includes many model and prototype photos, scaled drawings, and instructions for how to model them in HO-scale.

Modeling the Prairie

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
34
Author:
Horst Meier
Description:
The author describes how he builds North America's Gree Plains scenery from ground cover, to sand, to sparse grasses, high grasses, and bushes, weeds, and flowers.

Modeling Tight Lock Fence Wire

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
64
Author:
John Ostler
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how the author builds HO-scale tight lock fences. Includes prototype photos and photos of the construction of the fence (including a jig).

Modeling Track Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-09
Page:
77
Author:
Ken Pfaff
Description:
After a very detailed description of how weighing a freight car works, the author describes how he built his model. Includes a prototype photo and several model photos, and scaled drawings.

New Haven Rail Fences

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-03
Page:
111
Author:
Michael Tylick
Scale:
O
Description:
This article shows how to model track fences made from old rail, as still found along the Amtrak Northeast Corridor. These were used to keep people from accidentally wandering onto the high-speed track.

Operational Large-scale Switch Stands

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1975-04
Page:
54
Author:
Jack Burgess
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author scratchbuilt a number of large-scale-like switch stands to actually control the turnouts on his layout. They operate like the real thing. The author cautions that these only work on hing-type turnouts, and not on continuous-rail turnouts. Includes many construction diagrams, including jigs.

Period Crossing Signal

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-07
Page:
68
Author:
Irv Schulz
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building a freelanced crossing signal intended for a turn-of-the-century layout.

Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Switch Stands

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-05
Page:
66
Author:
Harry W. Brunk
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilds his turnout stands. Various types are described.

Realistic N Scale Pole Lines

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
93
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Scale:
N
Description:
Using Atlas telephone poles as the basis for a six-arm telegraph pole.

Rock-fill Crib Walls

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-02
Page:
98
Author:
Bill Lorence
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to model crib walls as an alternative to sheer rock faces or brick retaining walls.

Scratchbuild a Water Tank

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-09
Page:
62
Author:
Bill Darnaby
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a water tank from styrene. Includes construction photos, a scale diagram, and a parts list.

Scratchbuilding Tunnel Portals

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-12
Page:
24
Author:
Craig O'Connell
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built a tunnel portal out of air-drying clay.

Short & Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 2, Spring 1985
Page:
7
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Scratchbuilding a hoist and jib crane. Includes drawings.

Short 'n' Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 1, Winter 1985
Page:
7
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Scratchbuilding pallets, and a pallet jack. Includes drawings.

Short 'n' Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 4, Fall 1985
Page:
11
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a capstan-style car puller, used for moving cars on a siding without the use of motive power. Includes drawings.

Signs of Life

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
56
Author:
John Gerdes
Scale:
N
Description:
Photos of completed junk pile, pump-house, and abandoned site.

Slow-action Crossing Gates Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-11
Page:
80
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the design and construction of the modern-day highway crossing gate. Detailed parts drawing, construction photos, and wiring diagrams are included.

Stringing Telephone Wires

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-07
Page:
64
Author:
Dean Foster
Scale:
HO
Description:
The describes how he added telephone wire to his modular diorama using "invisible thread". The article also covers his method for construction the poles and a handy tool for unrolling the thread spool.

Talus Rock for Scenery Detailing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-12
Page:
152
Author:
Ian Roach
Description:
The author describes how he built a small quarry to produce realistic talus.

Telegraph Poles - One Last Time

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
60
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Scale:
O
Description:
This article delves deeply into the design and construction of telegraph poles and how to make detailed scale models.

Tell-tales

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
36
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
How to build tell-tales for single- and double-track. Includes prototype track diagrams.

Temporary Scenery

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-07/10
Page:
60
Author:
Jim Martin
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the tricks he uses to quickly make his modules be show worthy, despite the fact that much work still needs to be done on them.

The Belknap Monument

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

The Charisma of Trivia

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
98
Author:
Carl Caiati
Description:
Adding lots of left-over parts, fully painted and weathered, to the layout adds to the clutter that makes a scene more believable. The author describes how he uses paintbrush bristles for weeds.

The Scenery Clinic Part III

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-01
Page:
85
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
The author describes approaches to modeling ground that is far more common in the real world. The focus is the area under a trestle bridge. Includes are a good number of progress photos.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. VI

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-04
Page:
78
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
In this installment Paul covers how to ballast track. Included is a sidebar on how to model service roads.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. XIV

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-03
Page:
50
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
Using paver sand for ground cover and track ballast.

Through the Portals and Into the Darkness

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-04
Page:
19
Author:
Tom Troughton
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Modeling the interior of tunnels.

Weathering Your Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
62
Author:
Paul J. Dolkos
Description:
Railroad yards are not pretty nor clean, so this article describes some things you can do to mimic the real world.

Wood Highway Crossings

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
86
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
The author followed the prototype information found in the "AT&SF Systems Standards" books for modeling a highway crossing. He used Northeastern stripwood. The articles covers installing wood crossings in curved track and in turnouts. In addition to staining and weathering information, the article also has HO-scale crossing signs. There is a diagram that lays out the locations of the various signs both for the road and the track.