My Library - Model Railroader 2005-02 Articles

Moving Freight and Making Names

Page:
40
Author:
David Popp
Category:
Operations
Description:
The article introduces the concept of operations and how to get started in it. It covers mapping your railroad, industrial analysis, starting with a switch list, car cards and waybills, and boxes and shelves in which to store these car cards and waybills.

Allegheny Summer

Page:
50
Author:
Andy Schnur
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
This large 22 x 24 feet layout models West Virginia in the summer of 1947. The article includes photos and the trackplan (which is quite interesting). A small sidebar is included about how the author scratchbuilt his large roundhouse.

Sound Advice

Page:
58
Author:
Terry Thompson
Category:
Electronics
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author examines how manufacturers tackle the difficult issue of sound reproduction inside our small locomotives. Covers both steam and diesel engines. Includes a sidebar on the history of sound in model railroading.

Big-city Railroading in a Small Apartment Room

Page:
62
Author:
Howard Scodras
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
A small shelf layout can still make big-city railroading possible. Shows the author's arrangement to allow the layout and the workbench to co-exist in the same small room. Includes a sidebar on how to make switching between DC and DCC on the layout a breeze.

Modeler's Guide to Lightweight Passenger Trucks

Page:
66
Author:
Kevin J. Holland
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
Covers in great detail how to identify individual trucks on passenger cars. Includes technical and historical information, and prototype photos. A side bar and modeling trucks only covers HO-scale models. Another side bar covers the Budd disk brake system.

Suburban Station Renovation

Page:
72
Author:
Tom Piccirillo
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Scale:
O
Description:
The author (the general manager of Micro-Mark) takes a simple Atlas O-scale structure and turns it into a DL&W station in Berkeley Heights, N.J. This kit is also available in HO and N-scale.

Tracks and Rocks for Our Branch Line Part 2

Page:
76
Author:
Jim Kelly
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment the author discusses how to lay track, build a bridge, and cast rocks.

Detail N Scale Santa Fe PAs

Page:
82
Author:
Bill Pearce
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
Covers removing molded-on grab irons, installing stirrup steps, adding m.u. receptacles and hoses, installing grab irons, painting, and weathering the Kato PA-1 and PB-1 units. Includes a parts list.

Paint Like an Expert

Page:
86
Author:
Kathleen Renninger
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
The article covers the tools the author uses (such as masking tape, sculpting tools, and a paint bottle holder), painting the truck frames silver, cleaning solution, and tools used for applying decals.applying decals

Locomotive Lighting Effects

Page:
94
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Category:
DCC
Description:
This article discusses, in general, how to install lights in locomotives, and then programming the decoder to perform special lighting functions using Decoder Pro.