My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Track

#20 Crossover

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-11/12
Page:
54
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
The author shows and describes how he built a #20 crossover track using code 55 rail and sections of flextrack.

A Beginner Again

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
108
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
Photo of closure and wing rails with manganese-insert frog.

A Model for All Scenes

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2001-09
Page:
60
Author:
Margaret Mansfield
Description:
Studying prototype track to help design your model railroad track. Includes several prototype track photos.

A Practical Rail Inspection Car

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 5, December 1988
Page:
18
Author:
Ernie Horr
Scale:
S
Description:
Building your own track inspection car from a piece of plexiglass and two trucks.

A Primer on Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-06
Page:
119
Author:
Paul Schmidt
Description:
This brief article describes a classification yard, a storage yard, and yard limits. A diagram of a compressed version of a model yard is included, as well as two prototype photos (yard and a tower).

A Simple Dual-Gauge Turnout

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
36
Authors:
Mike Taylor & Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Adding a standard-gauge spur to an existing Sn3 2'x8' diorama allowed the author to show the difference between standard-gauge and narrow-gauge. This article is about how he constructed the turnout for that spur.

A Tortoise Hill Brake

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-11
Page:
109
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using a Tortoise switch machine, the author describes how he simulates a freight car's brake on an angled hill. Includes an installation diagram that shows how it works.

A Tortoise Switch Machine for Crossovers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
64
Author:
Trevor Lloyd-Lee
Description:
This article describes the mechanical parts needed to be able to control the two turnouts of a crossover using only one Tortoise.

A Track-cleaning Car for Your Tinplate Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
Page:
21
Author:
Gene Kelley
Scale:
S
Description:
Using a strip of Masonite hardboard to help clean the rails. Includes a construction diagram and a parts list.

Add a RIP Track For Running Repairs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
74
Author:
Dan Munson
Description:
Covers the repair-in-place track and all the typical details one would find around such a track. There are notes on how to introduce "bad order" cars into an operating session.

An Easy Tortoise Soup Up

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-11/12
Page:
41
Author:
Keith Thompson
Scale:
N
Description:
How to install a Tortoise switch machine by first installing a metal plate to it.

An Easy-to-built, Low-cost HO Turntable

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
80
Author:
Al Turner
Scale:
HO
Description:
This step-by-step article covers how to build a functional turntable, as well as all the details a turntable bridge has. Includes many photos and drawings.

An Operating Hump-Yard Retarder

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-10/11
Page:
34
Author:
Dave Bailey
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he developed a scale working model of the hump yard retarder for his 32-foot hump yard modules. Includes model photos and construction diagrams, as well as a parts list.

Ballast: The Finishing Touch

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
102
Author:
Paul J. Dolkos
Description:
Ballast on Boston & Maine RR prototype. Preparation, ballast, and painting.

Basic Turnout Wiring

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1987
Page:
14
Author:
Stan Stokrocki
Scale:
S
Description:
Turnouts by several manufacturers are described how to hook them up electrically.

Beat The &%$#@ Wheel-Standards Dilemma With A Compromise Track Gage

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
25
Author:
Barney Daehler
Scale:
S
Description:
An effective solution for those who had built their layout to the old NMRA standard, but now the NASG standard (at the time) has come out, so equipment is manufactured to that standard.

Bending the Iron

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
46
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
This article describes some of the ways that people control turnouts. It includes how to model ground throws, various switch machines, and how to install Circuitron's Tortoise machines.

Bending the Iron

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
68
Author:
Trevor Marshall
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.

Bill Pearce on Ballast

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2004-09/10
Page:
42
Author:
Bill Pearce
Scale:
N
Description:
Step-by-step instructions on how the author ballasts his flextrack. There are also lots of prototype photos included with the article.

Build A Car Float

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
15
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Scale:
O
Description:
This article builds on the float bridge from the last issue. Construction details and photos accompany this article of a car float that can hold 10 cars.

Build a Scale Track

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
68
Author:
Bill Darnaby
Description:
Using two set of points to divert the track to a scale. Includes diagram, construction and prototype photos.

Build a Working Track Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-08
Page:
84
Author:
Jim Ferenc
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author wanted to simulate the effort required to weigh each car coming from a mine, so he built this working track scale. After explaining how it works, he describes the mechanism, building the Linear Variable Displacement Transformer, building the electronic circuit, testing the system, building the track and the track approach, and finalizing the details. Includes model photos, mechanical design diagrams, circuit schematic and circuit board layout diagrams, the track work details diagram, and the mechanical, electrical, and track work parts lists.

Build an Improved Inspection Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-05
Page:
101
Author:
Montford Switzer
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author improved the Micro-Mark transparent inspection car by adding couplers, using representative trucks, adding weight, and cementing small line levels (both directions).

Build N-scale Switch Stands

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
53
Author:
Olaf Melhouse
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes how he built tall switch stands to fit the Peco turnouts.

Build Your Own Switch Machines

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
92
Author:
Melvin R. Thacher
Description:
The author shows how he builds his own twin-coil switch machines.

Building a Double Slip-Switch Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-07
Page:
48
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
Laying the outer rails and some of the frogs.

Building a Double Slip-Switch Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-11
Page:
34
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the throw bar design, the inner point design, and the outer frog guard rail design. Includes many close-up photos.

Building a Renewable Air Supply for Airbrush Painting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-12
Page:
112
Author:
Charles Hepperle
Description:
The author describes how he built his own air supply system.

Building Curved Turnouts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-06
Page:
60
Author:
Paul Caparatta
Scale:
HO
Description:
After explaining the benefits of a curved turnout, the author describes the design of a curved turnout, how to build it, how to build a wye, staggered switchpoints, and how curved turnouts are used in the real world. Includes several model photos, and lots of diagrams.

Building Track Bumpers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-10
Page:
90
Author:
Rob Robson
Description:
The author describes how to build various track bumpers, such as a piles of dirt, bolted-tie bumpers, and the V-bumper. Includes both prototype and model photos of examples.

Building Turnouts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-07
Page:
68
Author:
Dick McEvoy
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author takes the reader through the process of building a turnout from scratch. Included are charts with terminology, template layout, how to file the frog, tools and materials used, and some handy homemade jigs.

Bumpers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-02
Page:
50
Author:
David Lustig
Description:
The author describes various bumpers to use at the ends of track, and includes a number of prototype photos.

Bumping Posts and Car Stops

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-04
Page:
100
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
This article covers the many different types of ways cars are stopped. Includes detail drawings of the various types.

Cable Control for Turnouts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-12
Page:
95
Author:
Dennis Brown
Description:
This article describes how to use R/C servo linkages to manually control turnouts using a DPDT slide switch mounted in a finger hole in the fascia.

Clean Track, Clean Wheels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
96
Author:
Martin C. Oetting
Description:
This article is nice review of all the methods we can employ to keep our track and models' wheels clean. It covers the reason for dirty track, using liquid and abrasive track cleaners, and cleaning locomotive and car wheels.

Cleaning Track

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
60
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
Tools and methods.

Click-it Turnout Control

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-05
Page:
67
Author:
David Renard
Description:
Using a ballpoint pen to make a manual turnout control.

Coloring Track for Maximum Effect

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-02
Page:
104
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
The author describes how to paint model railroad track. Several prototype photos are included as examples.

Concrete Bumping Blocks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-06
Page:
40
Author:
Chuck Yungkurth
Description:
Using wooden blocks, these DL&W concrete bumping blocks are easy to model. Prototype and model photos, as well as scale drawings are included.

Crossing Ties

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-06
Page:
111
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
Andy answers the question about how to position ties under various track crossings (30, 60, 75, and 90 degrees).

Curves on Straights

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-04
Page:
66
Author:
Art VanDeWater
Description:
The author decided to use 1"x4" pine board as the sub-roadbed for his layout, and this article describes how he cut those into pieces to allow him to curve the track. Includes construction photos and the math necessary to cut the individual boards.

Curves Without Centers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-08
Page:
73
Author:
Don Cassler
Description:
This article provides the author's answer to the question of what to do when the center of the curve you're laying out is in the furnace or even outside of the train room? Provides the math and various look-up tables.

Cuyahoga Valley's Track Joints for Portable Hi-rail Layout Sections

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 4, Fall 1986
Page:
4
Scale:
S
Description:
Information about how the Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers achieved their smooth track-running on their club layout at the 1986 NASG Convention.

Derails

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-12
Page:
76
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
A description of the purpose of derails, with prototype photos, detailed drawings, and how to model them.

Designing and Modeling PRR Track

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 75 Autumn 2010
Page:
24
Author:
Todd Sullivan
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes PRR tie spacing track standards, track center spacing, and how to model those standards. It is also a good general article on how to lay track (flex track). Also covers ballasting, painting, and detailing the track.

Easy Installation of Tortoise Switch Machines in 2" Foam

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2007-04
Page:
30
Author:
Mike Berger
Description:
Installing a Circuitron Tortoise switch machine in anything thicker than a 3/4" subroadbed for which it was design is a challenge. This how-to tip shows, via a line drawing, how the author installed his using a perf board to be flush with the top of the foam subroadbed. Ties and ballast hide the perf board.

Easy Tracklaying

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 2, June 1988
Page:
6
Author:
Charlie Sandersfeld
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how his group (the S Team) of modelers lay their track quickly.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2008 Fall
Page:
12
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:
This column continues the discussion of how to wire a turnout.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Spring
Page:
9
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Information about how to super-detail your turnout using parts appropriate for S-scale. Includes many close-up photos.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Winter
Page:
11
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers rock-vs-nut ballast types, when to apply ballast, and how to apply rock ballast.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Winter
Page:
9
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he installed the Blue Point and Tortoise switch machines. Includes many tips that make the process go much smoother.

Getting to Know AMI Instant Roadbed

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
61
Author:
Dennis Murphy
Description:
Using this material to lay track.

Grade Crossing

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2009 Fall
Page:
10
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Dick shows how he used two different commercial and one scratchbuilt methods to building grade crossings.

Handlaying High Speed Turnouts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-09
Page:
80
Author:
James R. Barrante
Scale:
HO
Description:
Although not prototypical, closed-frog turnouts to virtually eliminate derailments. The author describes how he builts them.

Hinged Magnetic Uncouplers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
107
Author:
Jim Smith
Scale:
HO

How to Make Self-guarded Frogs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-02
Page:
82
Author:
Paul Caparatta
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he constructs self-guarded frogs, which are used in low-speed turnouts.

Improving Kit Built Switches

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2011 Spring
Page:
19
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers how to correct some issues with the Old Pullman, Inc. turnouts, especially if reuse between layouts is desired.

Improving Scale Shops Switch Machines

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2001-09
Page:
30
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Description:
The author designed a circuit that allows for three electronic switches to be triggered by the changing position of the switch machine. Includes PC design, hook-up diagram, schematic, and parts list.

Installing a Working Three-position Semaphore

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-09
Page:
60
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using Tomar Industries Upper Quadrant semaphores and Tortoise, the author describes how he installed them and had them working, using simple electronics, to detect train presence.

Keep Them Running

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-07
Page:
80
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
This article covers keeping wheels and track cleaning, building a track cleaning car, and preventing dust as best as possible.

Laying Flextrack on Curves

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
129
Author:
Marty McGuirk

Laying Roadbed

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
105
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
Using cork to layout roadbed.

Let's Build a Bumping Post

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-03
Page:
70
Author:
Douglas S. Smith
Scale:
HO
Description:
This short one-page article shows how to build a conventional bumping post for the end of a track using rail pieces and brass sheet and stock.

Locating Uncoupler Magnets in a Yard

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
53
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Where to locate electromagnet and permanent magnets.

Maintenance-free Turnouts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-05
Page:
62
Author:
Ed Stimpson, Jr.
Description:
How to scratchbuild a turnout.

Make Your Track Realistic

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
48
Author:
David Popp
Description:
This step-by-step article covers painting rails and ties, cleaning rail, painting the scenery base, adding ballast, final clean-up and weathering

Making Roadbed Profile Templates

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-07
Page:
80
Author:
Burley Packwood
Description:
The author describes how to form a steel plate to the desired roadbed shape so that the roadbed's spackling compound can be shaped consistently. Various templates for HO-scale are shown.

Making Room for Trains

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-03
Page:
92
Author:
Carl Swanson
Description:
A clear diagram accompanies this article that describes the clearances that must be maintained by any structure around track, including roofs and space for trainmen to walk next to the rail.

Making Switch Locks from Phono Plugs and Jacks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-07
Page:
48
Author:
Bill Denton
Description:
Fascia mounted RCA phono jacks act as switch locks on the club's show layout that the crews carry along with them. Not only does this simulate the prototype but it also prevents the public from throwing the turnouts at train shows. The article shows how to make them, how to wire them to Tortoise switch machines, and how to install the panels into the fascia.

Manual Turntable

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
32
Author:
Thornton Waite
Scale:
N
Description:
Building a safe length of covered board to turn an entire train. The table can also be used as a display case. The article shows how to form plexiglass to be used as the protective cover.

Model a Team Track

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-04
Page:
68
Author:
Philip V. Chiavetta
Scale:
HO
Description:
This construction how-to article not only describes the purpose and history of a team track but also how to build one (including a turnout in mostly covered track. Includes a side bar on how to protect signals and telephone poles on the layout using a counterweight system.

Modeling Track

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1982-03
Page:
72
Author:
George Selios
Scale:
HO
Description:
George shows and describes how he colors flextrack ties and rails, applies ballast, and weathers track. Includes several model and many prototype photos.

More on Large-radius Curve Layout

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-12
Page:
97
Author:
Kenneth Mortimer
Description:
A mathematical approach to creating large-radius curves that go beyond the physical space we may have available for using the chord method.

MR Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-06
Page:
140
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
Bob Opie shares his construction of a track cleaning car that uses two blocks of wooden on trucks, with a block freely sliding vertically in between them, with a rubber band providing the downward pressure, which does the actual track cleaning work. The block can be Homasote or a Bright Boy.

My Perfect Turnout Controller

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-05
Page:
92
Author:
Richard Cooke
Description:
The author describes how he built an O-scale ground throw for realistic operation of his turnouts.

My Turnout Scratchbuilding Journey

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
100
Author:
Timothy Barnum
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shares the mistakes he made and what he did to correct them in building his first hand-made turnout. He consulted both Charlie Comstock's video and the Fast Track turnout templates.

NASG Trackwork and Wheel Standard

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 4, Fall 1985
Page:
4
Author:
Don Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
Information about the current NASG track standard. Includes a listing of track and brass models that comply with that standard.

Newark Wye: A Prototype Planning Seminar

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-07
Page:
88
Author:
Jim Providenza
Description:
By researching the prototype the author came up with a trackplan modeling this wye. Includes many prototype photos, track plan ideas, and the final track plan.

Operational Friendly Turnouts

Magazine:
Model Railroading 1999-05/06
Page:
57
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Description:
The author describes the details in four close-up photos he took of prototype turnout details.

Other Double-Switches

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2006-02
Page:
34
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
Other track configurations that accomplish the same thing as a double-switch, but they do take up more space.

Other Resources Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-05
Page:
76
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses using HO- and O-scale parts for S-scale track, and using techniques covered in other-scales magazine articles that are applicable to S-scale.

Painting Track

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
104
Author:
Lionel Strang

Poor Man's Turnout Control

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-01
Page:
86
Author:
Rich Chrysler
Description:
Using a choke cable to manually control a turnout. Includes a how-to diagram.

Prototype View

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 6, December 1992
Page:
24
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:
Photos of complex prototype track work. Also includes a photo of the author's dummy crossovers on his layout, to give the impression of complex trackwork.

Query Jerry

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 06, Number 3, Summer 1983
Page:
4
Author:
unknown
Scale:
S
Description:
A person only known as "Jerry" answers modeling questions. This installment covers how to keep your track clean, and hand-laying track on a curve.

R/C Servos for Model Railroading

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2009-07
Page:
29
Author:
Duncan McRee
Description:
How to use, install, and control radio-control servos for throwing turnouts. Circuit boards are available to control these servos, and they can be used with DC or DCC controlled layouts. There is a side bar on resources for microprocessors needed to drive the servos, and a side bar on how servos work.

Rail and Flange Lubricators

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-03
Page:
56
Author:
W. Allen McClelland
Description:
An easily but seldom modeled bit of detail, especially where railroads sinuously negotiate hilly and mountainous country, is the "rail greaser" and its oily trail. Includes prototype photos, and detail drawings.

Rail Renewal Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroading 1995-07
Page:
43
Author:
Al Buchan
Description:
This series is about how rail is replaced. This installment covers how rail is manufactured, covers rail height, weight, and length, quality of rail, rail failures, Sperry rail service, determining when rail is to be renewed, how rail is shipped, and prototype and model work trains. Includes prototype photos, a table converting model rail codes to scale rail heights and PRR and AREA rail weight to physical height, and a table on rail classification.

Rail Supports: Modeling from the Prototype

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-09
Page:
58
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
These track-side details provide a good example of mainline repair crew activity. A scale drawing, as well as model and prototype photos are shown for these stands that hold two pieces of rail.

Railroad Line Poles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-10
Page:
92
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Telegraph and signal lines and how to place them. Includes prototype photos and detail drawings.

Rails in the Street

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
36
Author:
Thornton Waite
Description:
The author provides a closer look at what it takes to have track in streets. Several modernday photos are included.

Realistic Telegraph Poles

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-06
Page:
53
Author:
David J. Leider
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using Rix green-tinted plastic crossarms, the author shows how he scratchbuilt telegraph poles. Includes the jig used, construction photos, and a prototype photo.

Right-of-way Detailing: Stock Guards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-09
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Guards to keep cattle from getting on the tracks.

Roque Bluffs, Handlaid Turnouts Part 5

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-02
Page:
86
Author:
Iain Rice
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers how to handlay Proto:87 turnouts. Included are diagrams that describe each part of a turnout, what a check gauge is supposed to check, and how to file points. Lots of photos show tips on handlaying turnouts, verifying your work, and how to lay track for in-street modeling.

Route Control for Slow-motion Turnout Motors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-11
Page:
106
Author:
David K. Smith
Description:
The author describes how he designed and built route control with a single selector knob for yard ladders, but for use with Tortoise (or other slow-motion) switch machines.

S Lore

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 5, October 1992
Page:
25
Author:
various authors
Scale:
S
Description:
Using automotive choke cables to control turnouts.

S Lore

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 6, December 1992
Page:
28
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
What size rail height should S-scale modelers use?

S Track Survey Part Five

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-11/12
Page:
20
Author:
Tom Robinson
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers the American S Gauge track system marketed by Classic Trains of California. This track features solid code 172 nickel-silver rail, and the ties are made of ABS plastic with wood grain pattern.

S Track Survey Part Four

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-05/06
Page:
24
Author:
Tom Robinson
Scale:
S
Description:
This article reviews what is available in S-scale track from S-Helper Service, how to mate it with traditional American Flyer track, some negatives about the track system, and a parts list of the track pieces in their product line.

S Track Survey Part Three

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-03/04
Page:
15
Author:
Tom Robinson
Scale:
S
Description:
The series continues with a review of the American Models track system, how to use their flextrack, limitations of the system, how to make "scale" wheels negotiate the turnouts, and a listing of the currently-available pieces.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 1, February 2009
Page:
12
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
This article describes grade crossings and ideas for how to model them.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 3, June 2011
Page:
18
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
How does one get foreign-road cars on one's layout? Via the Interchange Track. This unique and easy-to-model track is fully discussed in this article, which includes how to integrate it into your layout's operational scheme.

Safetran Highway Crossing Gates

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-11
Page:
79
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
A description of how the modern-day highway crossing gates work. Includes prototype photos and scale drawings.

Scale Ballast

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-09/10
Page:
25
Author:
John Palecki
Scale:
N
Description:
After discussing what he has learned from prototype ballast, the author describes how he sifted and filtered his own using Woodland Scenics fine ballast.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-09/10
Page:
14
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
The author makes the case for scratchbuilding your own turnouts, however, he recommends flextrack for regular track (the cost of handlaying regular track is higher than buying flextrack). He describes how he deals with the different ties, how to make and use track gauges,

Scale Track Systems

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-11/12
Page:
24
Author:
Ken Zieska
Scale:
S
Description:
Using code 70 or 83 in yards and sidings and code 100 on the main line has been a good choice for S-scalers modeling the transition era. The author continues by reviewing American Models flextrack, Customtrax flextrack, Tomalco flextrack, Shinohara flextrack, S-Helper Service flextrack, and sharing tips on how to work with all of them.

Scratchbuild a Semaphore

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
86
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes the basics of a semaphore, how we can build one, and how to make it operational using a Circuitron Tortoise. Both HO- and O-scale are discussed.

Short And Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
Page:
20
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
This column covers John Long's idea for adjusting the Centerline HO-scale Rail Cleaner for use in S-scale.

Short-proofing a Shinohara #8 Turnout

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-09/10
Page:
17
Author:
Robert G. Spaulding
Scale:
S
Description:
The author's article provides step-by-step instructions on removing the possibility of shorting at the point rail contact with the stock rails while eliminating the need for jumpers at the hinge points. Includes a photo of the turnout, and how to replace the throwbar.

Slip Switches

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
49
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Shows and answers the difference between a single and double-slip turnout.

Sn3, HOn2, Nn3: Breaking the Code

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
74
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Description:
Definitions of narrow gauge railroading.

Soldering Rail for Smoother Running

Magazine:
Trackside Model Railroading 2013-08
Author:
Ross Waters
Description:
A photo essay of how to properly solder flextrack with metal railjoiners. Includes a link to a step-by-step video as well.

Soldering Track

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-09/10
Page:
22
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Description:
The basics on what it takes to soldering rail joiners and wire to rail. Includes many step-by-step photos.

Soo Line Standard Switch Stands

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
44
Description:
Prototype drawings of the "star" switch stand and the "banner" switch stand.

Special Track Work on the Lehigh & Western

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 38, Number 2, April 2014
Page:
11
Author:
David Heine
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his reasoning for, and his method of, hand-laying track. Instead of using ready-made components, he designed his layout the way he wanted to, and then built the track accordingly. David's layout uses standard-gauge, and three-foot and two-foot narrow-gauge lines.

Splice Bar Alternatives

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-02/03
Page:
43
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
S
Description:
How to simulate splice bars, rail joiners, and how to create that clickety-clack sound.

Staging Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-10
Page:
124
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
This article covers four different types of staging yards we can add to our layouts.

Standards Gauge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-10
Page:
115
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
This article describes what a standards gauge is, where to get one, and how to use its many features.

Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 2, February 2010
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Scale:
S
Description:
Using N-scale track to model an Sn22 tramway (using banta modelworks' kit T-2121, Sn2 Ore Tram Mine Cars).

Switch Control Linkage

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2006-01
Page:
34
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he constructs his turnout linkage mechanism for both manual and power operations.

Switch Stands and Targets

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-02
Page:
82
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
This article describes the purpose of these two devices and how to model them (either static model or functional).

Switchstands - That Work!

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1989-12/01
Page:
40
Author:
Andy Pierce
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares the ground throws he has designed for three different layouts in his area, that seem to have stood up to the handling.

Symmetrical Tilting Mechanism

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
31
Author:
Tad Daito
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he developed a system by which the car will tilt on bad track, simulating the real-world rocking-and-rolling that equipment does. (related web page)

The Art of Finescale

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
16
Author:
Michael Cougill
Scale:
O
Description:
How to install feeder wires to track without them being visible later on.

The Art of Finescale

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
12
Author:
Michael Cougill
Description:
The author describes how he built secondary track spur which is lower than the main line track.

The Mark 7 Turnout Control

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-12
Page:
123
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
The author describes how he built a mechanism that holds the turnout's points in position, while still allowing the operator to manually flip the turnout directly. No control panel needed.

The Monson Village Turntable in HOn30

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
26
Author:
Ken Lunders
Scale:
HOn30
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this 2-foot gauge, short turntable. It includes prototype photos, scale drawings, and many detail construction photos.

The Scenery Clinic Part X

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-11
Page:
54
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
Paul discusses how he attaches track feeder wires under the rail so that they are no visible when the track is installed on the layout.

The Team Track

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
52
Author:
Jim Boyd
Description:
Observations about the team track.

The Ultimate Uncoupler

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
109
Author:
Billy Wayne Moore
Description:
Build a hidden electromagnetic uncoupler

The Workshop

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
31
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Description:
Turnout machines developed for his layout.

Threading the Needle

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
138
Author:
David Popp
Description:
Using a straw to guide track feeders through layers of insulation foam.

Tortoise Tips

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
104
Author:
Mike Dodd
Description:
Model aircraft push rods make installation quicker and easier.

Towards Reliable Operation

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-09
Page:
72
Author:
John Armstrong
Description:
Tips on what to do to keep trains on the tracks. Topics include flange profiles (prototype vs. model), trucks form a triangle for stability, lateral-to-vertical wheel force ratios, car weighting, and fool-proof wiring.

Track Buyer's Guide Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
92
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
This installment covers what kind of commercial track is available for N-, S-, and Z-scales.

Track Cleaning the Easy Way

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
110
Author:
Mark Gilger
Description:
Using the Woodland Scenics' Dust Monkey, the author describes how he uses it in his N-scale layout.

Track Construction The Rutland Way

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 3, August 1988
Page:
16
Author:
unknown
Scale:
S
Description:
This long article covers track laying from beginning to end. Includes prototype photos of turnouts (close-up), and a turnout detailing diagram.

Track Inspection

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
146
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
The author describes how track is inspected. The article includes several photos of modern-day track inspection vehicles (converted flat-bed or SUVs).

Track Pan Display in Wilmore, Pennsylvania

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 47 No.4
Page:
21
Author:
Dan Davidson
Description:
After a bit of history on track pans near Wilmore, PA, the author introduces the ability for people to visit a preserved small section of the track pans at Dave Wright's home.

Track Planning in S Part VIII

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 1, February 2011
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Using two standard modules with some temporary track to be able to model an L-shaped switching layout.

Track Profiles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-12
Page:
124
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Describes the various track profiles used given a piece of track's purpose.

Trackwork Detailing Part 1

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
38
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
S
Description:
The series starts with an article about how to make Delrin ties of flextrack more realistic-looking. Includes step-by-step instructions with accompanying photos.

Trackwork Detailing Part 2

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-02/03
Page:
38
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers rail lengths, rail and turnout details, turnout dimensions for various frog angles, and lots of close-up prototype photos.

Trade News And Views

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 2, Spring 1986
Page:
9
Author:
Don Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
Since there are now other magazines reporting on S-scale's new products, the author has decided to change his product-announcement column to one that reviews currently-available products, with this column covering S-scale track products.

Trade News And Views

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 4, Fall 1986
Page:
6
Author:
Don Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the current crop of S-scale turnouts that are available.

Train Eater - A Vertical Staging Yard

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-10
Page:
85
Author:
William C. Roberts
Scale:
HO
Description:
The problem of simulating a lot of interchange traffic with connecting railroads within the confines of a relatively small layout was solved by building a vertically-moving rack of staging tracks. Includes construction photos and diagrams.

Turning the Tables

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
130
Author:
Eric Lundberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he retrofitted an Atlas turntable under his upper-level benchwork and built a turntable bridge.

Ultrareliable Handlaid Turnouts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-03
Page:
68
Author:
John Lukesh
Description:
The author describes how he hand-lays turnouts for trouble-free operations. The article includes lots of detail drawings that describe the various steps to follow.

Urban Street Trackage

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-09/10
Page:
26
Author:
Edmund Schultz
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes how he built track that is embedded in streets. Includes lots of model photos.

Using a Double Slip-Switch, or Read All About It!

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-12
Page:
46
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
Lots of photos of the turnout set to various positions.

Variations on a Theme: Modifications to Boone Morrison's Homemade Turnout Control

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
72
Author:
Alan Mende
Description:
The author describes his modifications to Boone Morrison's article in the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette's November/December 1997 issue. Article covers how to make a push-pull system and how he wired up two turnouts for a crossover.

Weathering Track

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-07
Page:
93
Author:
Michael Tylick
Scale:
HO
Description:
George Sellios' techniques for detailing flextrack on the Franklin & South Manchester.

What Does the Siding Do Anyway?

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-07
Page:
31
Author:
John Ostler
Description:
Purpose of a siding. Prototype and modeling photos.

What's Neat

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-01
Page:
41
Author:
Ken Patterson
Description:
The author shows how he cleans track with some homemade tools, his improvements made to his airbrush compressor set-up, shares photos about how Michael Gross does his modeling work in hotels, how he does dust removal from scenery, and some photo/video props.

Wiring a Double-Ended Yard

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
22
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
How to wire double-ended yards for ease of prototypical operation, by using the extra contact points on the switch machines.