My Library - Magazine Articles for N Scale

#1125 Weathering Technique

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-01/02
Page:
60
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author describes his techniques for applying weathering to an SW9 diesel switcher.

#20 Crossover

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

10 Easy Steps to Simple Trees

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-05/06
Page:
40
Author:
Paul Cassar
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
The author shows how he makes conifer trees using a drill to spin wire around rope fibers.

36-ton Shay

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
25
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Converting the Atlas Shay into a light-weight wood-burning unit. Includes many close-up photos of the cosmetic changes made.

8,000 Gallon Tank Car

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-09/10
Page:
29
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
The author shows how he detailed the Intermountain car and applied some realistic weathering to it.

A Balsa Foam Primer

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-12
Page:
64
Author:
Peter Youngblood
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
American Art & Clay Co.'s Balsa Foam is a dense, rigid plastic foam made from phenolic resin that "carves like butter and paints like wood," as their slogan says. The author shows his use of this material to carve bridge abutments, a concrete underpass, a concrete loading platform, and signaling mast pedestals.

A Beginner's Guide to Weathering

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
36
Author:
Paul J. Downs
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
Weathering freight cars using both dry-brushing and airbrushing.

A Building for a Century

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
80
Author:
Will Jacobs
Category:
Structures
Description:
An unusual article about how to move a building through 100 years of use and disuse, and how to model that.

A Developing Basement Empire

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
56
Author:
Paul J. Dolkos
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
Monroe Stewart's Hooch Junction was covered in an Allen Keller video several years ago. Now it is covered in print. This large layout offers plenty of action.

A Fistful of Details

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
52
Author:
David Popp
Category:
Layout Detailing
Description:
Adding people, business marketing signs, street signs, backyard details, and products of industry.

A Focal Point for the Harbor

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
94
Author:
Roger Baker, Jr.
Category:
Scenery - Waterside
Description:
Creating a convincing model ship for this author's harbor scene.

A logging Train Elevator

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-01/02
Page:
42
Author:
Don N. Jones
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Building a series of switchbacks that feed an elevator, so that the layout can simulate a loads-out/empties-in kind of scenario.

A Module in Memory Of...

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
56
Author:
Michael Sorbo
Category:
Modules
Description:
Taking over a friend's module who has passed away.

A Northern Michigan Sawmill in N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
114
Author:
Will Jacobs
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this imposing structure. There are many diagrams, and special construction steps.

A Small Modular Home Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
31
Author:
Jim Fitzgerald
Category:
Modules
Description:
Two 3' x 3' end caps and a 2' x 6' NTRAK module make for a nice basic home layout. The track is a folded dogbone.

A Trio of N Scale Switchers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
72
Author:
Robert Turner
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author describes how he painted and detailed three Life-Like SW9 models. Includes model and prototype photos, and materials lists.

A View Inside

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-09/10
Page:
62
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Modeling a building such that the front-facing wall is removed, so that the viewer can see inside.

A Visit to Micro-Trains Line

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-07/08
Page:
52
Author:
Kirk Reddie
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:
A pictorial tour of the Micro-Trains Line facilities.

Abingdon Freight House

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
34
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The author's quest to build a replica of the Abingdon area continues with the construction of the freight house. Prototype photos, scale drawings, and many construction photos accompany the article.

Abingdon Freight House

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
49
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Learning how to cast round window treatments using Castolite.

Adventures in Urban Model Railroading

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Bill Denton
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
Modeling the Milwaukee Road's Kingsbury Branch which makes for lots of street-running trains. Includes lots of photos, and track plans.

Alive and Well In Southern California NTrak

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
30
Author:
Wayne Lawson
Category:
Modules
Description:
The article gives a heads-up of the various clubs involved in the N-scale Convention in San Diego, CA in August, 2005. It also includes the proposed module layout plan, and photos of several modules.

Alvard's Landing Part 3

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
32
Author:
Robert D. Bailey
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
This installment covers how the author built and installed his turntable and pit.

Alvard's Landing Freight Depot

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
35
Author:
Robert D. Bailey
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
N-scale drawings of a freelanced freight depot.

An Easy Tortoise Soup Up

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

An N Scale Depressed Center Flatcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-08
Page:
76
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
The author uses the GHQ pewter depressed center flat car to model a C&NW car as built in 1928. A prototype photo and several model photos are included, as well as a materials list. This list is necessary, because this article also describes how he built the large transformer load from scratch.

An N Scale Erie Empire on a Door

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
76
Author:
Clay Deeds
Category:
Layouts - N - Small
Description:
The author describes his 3x7-foot layout that encompasses all the things he had been wanting to model in a layout. Despite its small size, it has a lot of operating possibilities. Track plan is includes, as well as a side-bar on how he controls his turnouts via music wire rods mounted into a the toggle of a switch.

An N Scale Mikado and Consolidation

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
86
Author:
Roger Baker
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author took a Bachmann 2-8-2 and a 2-8-0 and converted them into good models for his Rocky Coast Line layout.

An N Scale Wagontop Covered Hopper

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-11
Page:
102
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
Using a Fine N-scale Products wagontop box car, the author built a B&O class N-34 two-bay hopper. Includes model, construction, and prototype photos, as well as a parts list.

An Operating Windmill

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-09
Page:
66
Author:
Loren Neufeld
Category:
Structures - Homes
Description:
The author describes how he built a working windmill that provided water to railroads or farms. Includes a collection of very detailed drawings for the construction of this model.

Animation Follow-up

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-05/06
Page:
30
Author:
Damian Kostron
Category:
Animated
Description:
This article is a follow-up on the September/October 2000 issue on animating a semaphore. The Basic Stamp has been discontinued so this brief article describes what you need to change to use the Stamp from Parallax instead.

Appalachian Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
96
Author:
Lionel Strang
Category:
Scenery
Description:
Ballasting, scenery, painting the backdrop, tree-covered hillsides, roads, ground cover, rocks, fascia, structures, and weathering.

Aspens

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
20
Author:
Kenneth L. Harstine
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Using insulated wire to simulate the Aspen tree trunk.

Badger-Mid-Western Railroad Co. "The Sawtooth Road"

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2017-01/02
Page:
14
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
A thorough description of Paul Hillmer's layout. Includes over 100 photos(!), and track plans.

Bending Jig for Grabirons

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Tools
Description:
A simple jig for forming grabirons of different widths.

Better-running N Scale Switchers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
96
Author:
Philip H. Mott
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
N-scale 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 steam switchers can be very troublesome to run, especially over insulated frog turnouts. The author describes how he adds wipers to the middle set of drivers on these engines (Model Power, Life-Like, and Atlas). His experience show a dramatic improvement in the running characteristics of these engines.

Bill Pearce on Ballast

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

Bingo's Pool Hall

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Dr. Vance Reed
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
Making a distinctive structure from Design Preservation's Cricket Saloon.

Birth of a Model Railroad

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
25
Author:
Walt Huston
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The author provides a series of photos showing the current progress on his new layout. He talks about the skyboards and the insulation foam used to start the basis of his scenery.

Birth of a Model Railroad Part 5

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
36
Author:
Walt Huston
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This installment covers building, installing, and painting the backdrops.

Black Rock & Marmot

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
120
Author:
Clayton Barry
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
Built into a 14' by 14' room, Ken Lass models both seashore and desert areas set in the 1960s.

Blinking Barricades

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
50
Author:
Bob Kendall
Category:
Electronics
Description:
This article shows, in great detail, how to construct a scale barricade with a blinking LED. Also includes information about making some changes to the circuit to obtain different results.

Boxcars for the Fun of It

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-09
Page:
53
Author:
Will Jacobs
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
The author describes how he built a fleet of boxcars from blocks of wood. Several variations are presented. Includes construction photos, detail drawings, parts list, and completed models photos.

Bridging Teton Gorge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
50
Author:
Dan Lewis
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
This article on how to create concrete piers and erect a deck-girder bridge on top of them has parts lists, detailed drawings, and close-up construction photos.

Build a Better Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
30
Author:
David Popp
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author scratchbuilds a through-girder bridge. The article has step-by-step photos, prototype photo, and diagrams.

Build a Carolina Planing Mill

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-07
Page:
66
Author:
Jim Kelly
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
This group of N-scale structures is patterned closely after a planing mill in Carrboro, N.C. The mill belongs to Fitch Lumber Co., which has a large, modern lumberyard several blocks away. Includes prototype photos, scaled drawings, and some construction photos and diagrams.

Build a Hulett Ore Unloader

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
78
Author:
Garry Lance
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author seems to have accurately modeled this large structure. The article includes a description of a hulett, how he constructed his, several scale diagrams, some construction photos, and a materials list.

Build a Pedestrian Overpass

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-03/04
Page:
52
Author:
John Socha-Leialoha
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Scratchbuild a multi-track pedestrian bridge. Includes scale drawing, parts list, and lost of construction photos.

Build a Working N-scale Crossing Signal

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-07
Page:
70
Author:
Ed Schultz & Brian King
Category:
Electronics
Description:
This article describes the electronics necessary to make a working Bachmann crossing signal, including operating gates.

Build an N Scale Chesapeake & Ohio Alco RSD-5

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-10
Page:
148
Author:
Bernard Kempinski
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author used an Atlas RSD-12 frame and a RS-3 shell to model this engine. Includes a parts list and a prototype photo.

Build N-scale Switch Stands

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

Build the N-scale Appalachian Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
74
Author:
Lionel Strang
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Complete article from benchwork to wiring.

Building a Streetlight Part I

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
28
Author:
Tim Anderson
Category:
Scenery - Lights
Description:
The article describes how to build a replicate of the platform light appearing at the City of Vancouver train station in Washington. Scale diagrams, parts list, and construction photos are included in the article.

Building an LED Streetlight Part 2

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Tim Anderson
Category:
Scenery - Lights
Description:
In this installment the author completes the construction of the street lamp, installs the LED, and paints the unit. Full details are given on how to work with the extremely small LED.

Building Semaphores in 14 Easy Steps

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

Building the IGN Depot

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
28
Author:
Kim Saign
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Detailed, step-by-step instructions for how to build the Micron Art 1888 Capital City Passenger Station.

By The Tracks

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

Canadian Pacific Railway Number 1 Oil House

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
27
Author:
Patrick Lawson
Category:
Structures
Description:
N-scale drawings of an oil house.

Casting Junk

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-02
Page:
92
Author:
Roger Baker, Jr.
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:
The author describes the "damage" he does to his gondolas, and then talks about how he casts loads for them.

Central Montana

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
20
Author:
Dan Lewis
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Photos and a description of the author's layout. No track plan.

Chain Link Fencing

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-05/06
Page:
50
Author:
Clayton Barry
Category:
Scenery - Homes and Lots
Description:
Using wedding veil to make fencing. Include step-by-step photos and construction methods.

Changing 3-Axle Sideframes

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
52
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Converting a 3-axle EMD sideframe to a GE sideframe, as part of placing a Bachmann Spectrum CW40-8 shell on a Kato SD40-2 mechanism.

Circus Trains

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
28
Author:
Robert Lah
Category:
Trains
Description:
Modeling a circus train in N-scale. Includes prototype information, model photos, and a drawing of an elephant car.

Classification Lights

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
53
Author:
Jeff Abbott
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author installs marking lights on an Intermountain SD40T-2 Snoot. Includes materials list, decoder settings, and close-up photos of the installation.

Clay Rock Construction

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
32
Author:
Paul Rising
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Description:
This article shows how to create shallow-profile rock cuts.

Close Coupling Ore Cars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
39
Author:
Joe Valerio
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
Mounting MT 1060/1065 body mounted couplers to the Atlas ore cars for close-coupling, while still allowing the cars to be uncoupled. Shows construction photos.

Coal Train Power

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
68
Author:
Robert D. Turner
Category:
Trains
Description:
Modeling modern Canadian Pacific coal trains.

Colorado & Southern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-06
Page:
136
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
The author describes how he painted and weathering a 40-foot single-sheathed box car.

Come Fly With Me

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-10
Page:
96
Author:
Roger Holmes
Category:
Airplanes
Description:
N-scale airplane. Cut a model airplane in half and glue it to the backboard.

Comme-n-tary: A Mountain from a Cardboard Box

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
142
Author:
John Drye
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Building large mountains using cardboard strips, applying scenery base, and installing trees.

Computer Generated Windows

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-03/04
Page:
44
Author:
Jimi Banks
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
How to create delicate window pane structures for scratchbuilt buildings using transparency film.

Conifer Trees

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
42
Author:
Paul Rising
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Using cedar shingles and caspian branches to make conifer trees.

Constant Directional Lighting for N Scale Steam Engines

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-05
Page:
69
Author:
Philip H. Mott
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author describes how he installed directional lighting in a Model Power 0-6-0. Includes construction photos and drawings.

Covered Hopper Detailing

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
52
Author:
Steve Holtzheimer
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
Bringing older models up to the standard of the new hoppers that are being released.

Craig Goodwin's Commerce City Industrial Loop

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
70
Author:
Charles Stevens, Bruce Nall
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
A group of guys built a layout that features a modern-day, busy industrial scene built into a garage, while still allowing access to the car.

Creating an Urban Scene for a Stub-ended Yard

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
20
Author:
Robert Lah
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This article describes how the author built a removable section of scenery that hides, but yet remains accessible, a set of storage tracks.

Creating Realistic Roads

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2004-03/04
Page:
45
Author:
John Socha-Leialoha
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:
Making scale roads using styrene or joint compound, and then painting and striping them.

Creating Realistic Roads

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
66
Author:
Ken Patterson
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:
Using plexiglass to make realistic-looking roads. Includes tips on how to weather the road surface.

CSX Legacy: Rare Ancestor GP40s

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
35
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author created six different models from the Atlas GP40 to add "color" to his CSX standard roster. Includes photos and descriptions of each.

D&M Brothers Bicycle Factory

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
26
Author:
Phil Scandura
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Shows model, construction, and prototype photos of this rather large building. The author used DPM modular wall system templates and cardboard to mock-up the building first.

Depressed Center Flat Cars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
32
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
This article describes how the author weathered the C&NW # 48567 GHQ depressed center flat car.

Desert Railroading on the Santa Fe

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
72
Author:
Mike Komosinski
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Point-to-point with large hidden staging that serves as continues loop running also.

Designing & Building the Emey Falls Module

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
118
Author:
Robert Klaren
Category:
Modules
Description:
The Swedish author shares how he built the two-meter long set of modules. Includes track plans and many model photos.

Detail a Classic Passenger Train El Captain

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
50
Author:
Buzz Lenander
Category:
Trains
Description:
This article describes how to build the famous El Captain train in N-scale. There are many detail, close-up photos of the changes made to the cars and locomotives, including diaphragms, fiber-optic lenses, and battery installation.

Detail N Scale Santa Fe PAs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-02
Page:
82
Author:
Bill Pearce
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
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.

Detail Your Roundhouse

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2001-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Brian Morgan
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
Adding small details to clutter up the roundhouse area.

Detailing a Milwaukee Road 65-foot Mill Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
46
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:
The author describes how he detailed an Athearn gondola. Includes a prototype photo, and a description of how to adjust the bolsters to support the Micro-Trains or Fox Valley Models trucks.

Detailing Micro-Engineering Trestle Tower

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
43
Author:
Don Ledger
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Adding gussets, lattice bars, and rivets to improve a decent basic structure. Includes a side bar on embossing rivet heads in styrene using a pounce wheel. Article includes prototype photos.

Detailing Rooftops

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
68
Author:
Clayton Barry
Category:
Structures
Description:
Many photos of ideas for rooftop accessories to structures.

Devine Freight Car Loads

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-05/06
Page:
50
Author:
Charles J. Devine
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:
Making loads for flat cars and gondolas, such as pipes, telephone poles, scrap metal, gears, steel plates, storage tanks, plate girders, lumber, structural steel, boxes, and the "flat car load that was there".

Diaphragms Made for Curves

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-03/04
Page:
40
Author:
Scott Mangold
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
How to make passenger car diaphragms that flex as the cars pass through curves.

Diesel Dirt

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
42
Author:
Ted Wyskida
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Weathering diesel locomotives using fingerprint powder.

Dining Table Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
32
Author:
Jake Schultz
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The author describes how he built a dining room table that has a layout built into it, modeled after a prototype scene.

Downe & Owite Division

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-03/04
Page:
50
Author:
Keith Thompson
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
A visit to Ben Pearlman's layout.

Drop-in Street Scenes

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
56
Author:
Edmund Schultz
Category:
Structures
Description:
Creating small street scenes on a piece of styrofoam insulation so that it can be easily dropped into a layout.

Duluth Missabe & Northern Roundhouse

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
56
Author:
Damian Kostron
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
The article includes prototype and model photos of the roundhouse the author built for his NTRAK module. It also includes scale drawings of the various key parts to allow modeling of this large structure.

Eastern Seaboard Models N-Scale PRR G26 Mill Gondola

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 72 Winter 2010
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Losse Jr.
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:
This is a product review of the model. It includes a brief history and prototype photos.

Easy Cedars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
47
Author:
Paul J. Downs
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Using the foxtail grass-like weed to model N-scale cedars.

Easy Ditch Lights

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
50
Author:
Jim Reising
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Installing ditch lights in an Atlas Dash 8.

Easy Fencing for Your Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
56
Author:
Dennis Murphy
Category:
Scenery - Homes and Lots
Description:
Various quick ways to build a fence from scratch.

Easy N Scale Pole Loads

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-04
Page:
86
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:
The author models a load of cedar poles used by power and utility companies for his N-scale gondola and a flat car with stakes. A prototype photo is included, as well as a parts list for the styrene cradle used to hold the poles during transit.

Easy Prairie Grass

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2004-09/10
Page:
16
Author:
Mike Pagano
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Using felt to simulate prairie grass.

Easy Street, Paved with Styrene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
36
Author:
David Popp
Category:
Scenery
Description:
Creating roadways from 0.040" styrene. Article includes step-by-step instructions and photos on cutting and scoring the styrene, installing the streets and shoulders, painting, and finishing the scene.

Easy-to-make Trucks

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
60
Author:
George and Chris Carroll
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Description:
Modeling small trucks in less than an hour. Detailed photos, weathering, and design diagram for painting wheels are included.

Electric Flywheel

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
54
Author:
Jon Ames
Category:
DCC
Description:
Locomotives come to an instant stand-still when they loose connection with the track on DCC. The author shows how he installed an Uninterruptible Signal Processing unit by Lenz to work with their decoder. This provides up to 4 seconds of power to the engine should it loose contact with the rail. He installed it in a Kato Mikado.

Electrifying N Scale Signals

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-04
Page:
94
Author:
David Puthoff
Category:
Electronics
Description:
This article is about an easy and inexpensive way to make working three-aspect signals in N-scale, but the electronics will work for any scale. Includes diagrams for signal construction, a mast drilling jig, the control circuit, and a typical interlocking installation.

EMD GP35 Phase 2

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
39
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Starting with an Atlas GP35 Phase 1, the author built a GP35 Phase 2. Shows model photos, modification diagrams, and close-up detail photos.

EMD SD28

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
32
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author converted an Atlas SD35 and replaced the shell with one from an Atlas GP38. Includes a prototype photo of this rare locomotive.

End-of-train Device

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
38
Author:
Bob Kendall
Category:
Electronics
Description:
This article shows how to install an end-of-train device in a boxcar. An on/off switch and battery power the LED.

End-of-Train Protection Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
42
Author:
Dean Daughenbaugh
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
This article shows how to power the LED in the caboose using the Richmond Controls' EZ-LITE N-scale Caboose Lighting Model EZ41. Included are installation of the axle wipers and the metal wheels.

Enhancing an N-scale Tower

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
106
Author:
David K. Smith
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
The article describes how to upgrade a Dimi Trains kit to make the model look like the prototype tower along the Northeast corridor, which the author photographed. Includes drawings of the changes made to the stock kit. Includes tips on how to create the corbels and how to build scale stairs.

Evolution of an Operational Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-11
Page:
42
Author:
Kent Williams
Category:
Operations
Description:
The author describes how his 9' x 26' N-scale layout is operated, the changes he had to make to improve for operations, and the lessons he had to learn.

Express Reefer from Troop Sleeper in N

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
62
Author:
Bill Pearce
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
The author creates a postwar express car from a Micro-Trains troop sleeper, much like the prototype did. Includes prototype photos and detailed instructions about how to do the conversion.

Federal Grain Limited Fertilizer Shed

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
40
Author:
Patrick Lawson
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Includes N-scale drawings and 3D perspectives, but not much descriptive text.

Fixtures & Molds

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
50
Author:
Clayton Barry
Category:
Tools
Description:
How to use some common household items as forms for that poured-concrete look.

Flat Car Loads

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-01/02
Page:
46
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:
The author describes how he built a log load, and a tarp-covered load.

Flatbed Trailers

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
64
Author:
Roy Cutler
Category:
Model Automobiles and Trucks
Description:
Flatbed trailers as were found in the 1970s

Fooling the Eye on the Royal Gorge

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-09/10
Page:
55
Author:
John Socha-Leialoha
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Using an invisible helix to make the track gain elevation at the end of the peninsula. Also describes how fool the viewer into thinking the train goes somewhere when in reality it goes into a hidden tunnel for staging.

Forest Modeling

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
72
Author:
Don Ledger
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Modeling pine tree forests. Detailed instructions, photos, and diagrams for building foreground sisal pine trees.

Four Corners and Five Lakes

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2016-01/02
Page:
25
Author:
John Tindall
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
The author describes the freelanced layout set in the Four Corners region which he operates with his two sons. It is a large L-shaped layout with hidden returns loops in the staging area, and a hidden helix to allow for two-level running.

Fred Without Limits

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
28
Author:
Dean Daughenbaugh
Category:
Electronics
Description:
Installing Richmond Controls' circuits in a materials handling car, a center beam flat car, and a well car.

From Main Line to Branch Line: Two Locomotives in One

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-01
Page:
128
Author:
Roger Baker, Jr.
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author converts a Bachmann 2-8-2 into a 2-6-2 Prairie.

Front Coupler for an N Scale BLI M1A

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 98 Autumn 2016
Page:
25
Author:
Claus Schlund
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Using close-up photos, the author shows how he replaced the non-functioning front coupler with one from an Intermountain tank car.

Fuel Truck Kitbashing

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
24
Author:
George Carroll
Category:
Automobiles
Description:
The author took a stock Con-Cor Tractor and some additional parts and created a fuel truck. Includes a prototype photo and a parts list.

Going On The Road With N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1993-05
Page:
66
Author:
Mike Hurlburt
Category:
Layouts - N - Small
Description:
The author describes how a built a six-sided portable home layout. Includes construction diagrams for cutting the removable tops and the legs. Includes a track plan.

Gondola Details

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-11/12
Page:
46
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:
The author describes how he built several different loads for gondolas.

Gorre & Daphetid in a French Mirror

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-02
Page:
92
Author:
Jacques Le Plat
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The layout is an N-scale version of John Allen's first table layout. The size is 24" by 40".

Got Milk Cars?

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
92
Author:
Roger Holmes
Category:
Freight Cars - Milk Cars
Description:
Parts list and constructor photos accompany this article on how to scratchbuild three of these cars.

Grab Iron 101

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
42
Author:
Craig Martyn
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Using his company's machine bent grab irons, the author shows how he installs them on a locomotive. (related web page)

Grain Era Authenticity

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-03/04
Page:
12
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
Kevin Domrois builds a grain door for an N-scale Micro Trains Line 40 box car and N-scale laser etched wood box car grain door panels from Great Lakes Models. Includes step-by-step photos and instructions.

Great Northern Sand Cars

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-03/04
Page:
48
Author:
Brian Morgan
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
How to kitbash a hopper into a yard's sand car.

Great Northern's NW5

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
46
Author:
Tim Diez
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
A kitbashing an Atlas RS1, modifying the mechanism, the body, and painting.

Great Western Rail & Mining Part IV

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
55
Author:
Trevor Morris
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Installing the electrical wiring and train control for these modules.

Harrytown, Santa Alicia & Santa Elena

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
64
Author:
Mike Blumensaadt
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Building a small pre-1900s practice layout before building a large layout.

Heavy-Duty Cranes

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
46
Author:
Robert D. Turner
Category:
Model Automobiles and Trucks
Description:
Building a scale crane using parts from various companies. Includes a discussion about properly sizing and using the crane to match the modeled circumstances.

Hollywood Goes N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-09
Author:
Robert Smaus
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
A very large scene built specifically for a key scene in the "Flight of the Intruder" movie.

Holyoke Street Railway Company Trolley Car

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
40
Author:
Kenneth L. Harstine
Category:
Trolley
Description:
After doing much research regarding the Holyoke, Massachusetts trolley, the author scratchbuilt one, which includes DCC. Includes construction and prototype photos.

How To Scratchbuild a Bridge

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
52
Author:
John Gerdes
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Detailed instructions and photos of how to build a deck girder bridge.

Improving Bachmann's Amfleet Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-10
Page:
87
Author:
Roger Holmes & John Evans
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
Replacing Rapido couplers with a close-coupling drawbar.

Improving Electrical Performance

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
62
Author:
Ken Harstine
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Improving the electrical contacts on Con-Cor SW1500 and Kato SD45.

Improving the Con-Cor Auto Rack

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
50
Author:
Pat Sanders
Category:
Freight Cars - Autorack
Description:
Improving the Con-Cor auto rack model because it sits too high above the trucks.

Innovative Diorama

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
44
Author:
Tim Anderson
Category:
Structures
Description:
Shows the incredible detail of a rear-building loading dock, with a single LED lighting the entire area. The author has a company called Ngineering.

Installing an N Scale End-of-train Device

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
89
Author:
Terry Pitts
Category:
Electronics
Description:
Installing a Richmond Controls' EZ-26 kit in a Kato Amtrak MHC.

Installing DCC Decoders

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
49
Author:
Dennis Murphy
Category:
DCC
Description:
The article describes the author's experience installing an HO-scale decoder into the dummy B unit of a set of Life-Like's PA/B units. Shows close-up photos of the actual modifications and installation.

Introducing the N Scale Burlington Northern Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-02
Page:
94
Author:
Ed Hammer
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The first part of this series covers how the decision was made to build this N-scale layout, who was involved, and what was to be modeled. Includes a track plan, many photos of the layout and some prototype photos of the area.

Introducing the Wisconsin Central in N Scale Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
56
Author:
Marc Van Cleven
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The Model Railroader magazine's staff is starting a new project. The article discusses who worked on the project, research information about the prototype (including prototype photos and a map of the modeled area), what key features they wanted in the layout, and a diagram of the 9' by 16' layout.

Iron Mountain Mine

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
60
Author:
Rodger Gredvig
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes how he built his mine structure, based on the O-scale Western Scale Model design that was published in the NGSL Gazette in 1995. Includes dimensioned drawings and model photos.

Jeff Ashby's Chesapeake & Ohio Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
60
Author:
Dan Lewis
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
This second installment covers how Jeff deals with real coal in his coal-hauling layout, and how he hand-lays code 40 rail using glue.

Kato Contest

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2017-01/02
Page:
4
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Category:
Modules
Description:
For winning the Kato contest a Japanese High School team got to travel to the 2016 Trainfest show in the U.S., and show their winning module. Includes several close-up photos of the model of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

Kato EMD SD80MAC and SD90/43MAC

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2001-09
Page:
17
Author:
Kent Charles
Category:
Product Review
Description:
After a bit of history about these engines, the author reviews the Kato N-scale model.

Kitbashing a Erie-Lackawanna Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
72
Author:
Scott Lupia
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
The author takes an Athearn bay-window caboose to create a caboose for the EL.

Kitbashing a Micro-Trains 89' Flat Car

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
26
Author:
David W. Savage
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
Modifying this car into a 75' Pennsy Truc-Train car, including shortening the car, installing wood planking, creating square mounting holes, and modifying the trailers on the car.

Kitbashing a Newsstand

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-01
Page:
88
Author:
Max Magliaro
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
An unused, odd-shaped space on the author's N-scale layout was a perfect spot for a newsstand made from a B&O passenger shelter kit. Includes construction photos and how he made the magazine covers.

Kitbashing an Erie Stillwell Coach in N Scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-02
Page:
75
Author:
Scott Lupia
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
The author took Model Power heavyweight passenger cars and converted them into these uniquely-shaped cars for the Erie. One prototype photo and many model photos are included, as well as a materials list. No scaled drawings.

Kitbashing an Erie-Lackwanna GE U36C

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-03
Page:
53
Author:
Scott Lupia
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author describes how he modeled this engine from a Kato C30-7. Includes a prototype photo, and several construction photos, as well as a parts list.

Kitbashing an NA Cabin Car in N or HO

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 72 Winter 2010
Page:
25
Author:
Claus Schlund
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
Using a Bachmann bobber as a starter, the author built an N-scale model of the PRR NA cabin car. Using the same starter car in HO-scale, this model can be built in that scale too. The article includes step-by-step photos.

Kitbashing for Beginners

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
59
Author:
Phil Scandura
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
This article covers the basics of taking an existing kit and transforming it to a one-of-a-kind structure.

Kitbashing the Walthers N Scale Truss Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
67
Author:
Al Skinner
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Using the Walthers double-track truss bridge, the author built in three different ways, depending on the amount of time one desires to invest in the project. Includes constructions details.

L&N Cumberland Valley Division

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
46
Author:
Chris Broughton
Category:
Layouts
Description:
A 32" by 80" hollow door was the foundation for this beautiful layout. The layout integrates the author's found memories from when he was young.

L&N's H-29

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
48
Author:
Paul J. Downs
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author describes how he converted two Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 locomotives to match the Louisville & Nashville H-29 Consolidation. Includes several prototype photos, many construction photos, and includes DCC conversion. An exploded parts diagram of the model is shown on page 54.

Layouts Should Be Seen and Heard!

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
36
Author:
David Popp
Category:
Electronics
Description:
This article covers self-contained sound systems, sound-effect CDs, interactive sound modules, under-layout sound decoders,

Level Crossing Bell

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
41
Author:
Bob Kendall
Category:
Electronics
Description:
Using a conventional door bell as the ringer for grade crossing warning signal.

Life-Like GP18 Upgrade

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
46
Author:
Keith Lyons
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Putting a GP18 shell on a GP20 mechanism. Shows frame and shell modification needed to complete this project.

Lightweight Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-05/06
Page:
24
Author:
John Palecki
Category:
Modules
Description:
Using only foam board to build a complete module. Include information about how to make a handy straight-line cutter.

Log Cabin

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
44
Author:
Steve Morris
Category:
Scenery - Homes and Lots
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a log cabin. Includes a prototype photo of one.

Louisville Union Station

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
64
Author:
Paul J. Downs
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Constructing the roof and final details.

Louisville Union Station Part 1

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
20
Author:
Paul J. Downs
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
A brief history of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad station in Louisville, Kentucky. The structure was started with cardstock frame, covered with Hogate & Reynolds vinyl sheeting, and includes cast resin windows.

Lowering InterMountain N-scale Boxcars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
83
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars

Made-Rite Shoes

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
28
Author:
John Hawkins
Category:
Structures - Homes
Description:
Using a Fine Scale Miniature's HO-scale model for inspiration, the author scratchbuilt an N-scale replica. Includes scale drawings and several model photos.

Maine Central U25Bs in N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
128
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Using an Atlas U25B as a starting model, the author describes the modifications and painting he did to model two of these engines. Includes model and prototype photos.

Maintenance Road

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
26
Author:
John Gerdes
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:
The author shows how he built a dirt road into existing mountain scenery without doing too much damage to the layout.

Making Brass Railings

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2008-01
Page:
12
Author:
Brian Curry
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author shows how he makes railings (for really any use) using brass wire, a jig, and a soldering iron.

Making the Scene with RTV

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2001-07/08
Page:
46
Author:
Art Fahie
Category:
Casting
Description:
Room Temperature Vulcanizing casting using Micro Mark's products.

Manual Turntable

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
32
Author:
Thornton Waite
Category:
Track
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.

Marker Weathering

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-05/06
Page:
18
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
After building the West End Shack (#0901) by GCLaser, the author used Prismacolor markers (also sold by GCLaser) to apply weathering to the building.

Michael Kuehn's Railroad

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-02
Page:
120
Author:
Michael Kuehn
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
This is a 9-year-old's article on how a 4'x7' layout was transformed into a three-wall, around the wall layout was formed.

Milwaukee-N-Southeastern

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-11/12
Page:
16
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
The Milwaukee-N-Southeastern (MNSE) N-scale layout resides in the basement of a building located in Cudahy, Wisconsin. The article includes many photos, and a rough trackplan of the layout (with photo locations identified).

Mini-Quad Couplers

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
38
Author:
Damian Kostron
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
Modifying Rapido couplers to create I-beam couplers to permanently couple ore cars. The prototype did it that way also. The article shows before, construction, and after photos.

Model Photography with Helicon Focus Depth of Field Software

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 37 August 2006
Page:
13
Author:
Douglas Nelson
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
The author describes the use of the software and includes several photos that compare results, including how to add smoke to a scale steam engine.

Modeling a Low Level Arch Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
89
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Build the bridge on a diorama and install it on the layout afterwards.

Modeling a PRR I1 Class 2-10-0 in N scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-11
Page:
70
Author:
Max Magliaro
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
This N-scale Pennsy I1 was kitbashed from a Kato 2-8-2 and a GHQ L1 conversion kit. Minitrix and Con-Cor parts were used for the tender. In this installment the author discusses the prototype engine, the basics of the construction, the mechanism and drivers, the frame modifications, side rods, making blind drivers, and brake shoe hangers. Includes many prototype, and model construction photos.

Modeling a PRR I1 Class 2-10-0 in N scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
97
Author:
Max Magliaro
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
In this installment the author covers the construction of the boiler and adding details. Includes two prototype photos, and lots of close-up detail photos of the model under construction.

Modeling an H6SB in N-Scale

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 75 Autumn 2010
Page:
37
Author:
Claus Schlund
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
This article is a step-by-step photo documentation of how to take an Atlas 2-8-2 chassis and a Minitrix B6sb shell to build this engine.

Modeling an N-scale Corn Crib

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-09
Page:
56
Author:
Jerry Gunderson
Category:
Scenery - Homes and Lots
Description:
The article describes how to build round metal corn cribs (used to store corn to feed the farm animals).

Modeling for Beginners

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
42
Author:
Dennis Murphy
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author covers building the Walther's Red Wing Milling Company structure, including painting and weathering it.

Modeling Foreground Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
40
Author:
David Popp
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Creating realistic scale trees using a Super Tree starter kit from Scenic Express. The author describes his step-by-step process to preparing, soaking, painting, and adding foliage to these trees.

Modeling the Clinchfield RR. Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
84
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This is the introductory part of a three-part article on how the Model Railroader staff built a portable 6' x 13' N-scale layout, based on a prototype railroad. This introduction talks about how they got started, the prototype research they did, layout design, equipment selection, how the layout is to be operated and controlled, and provides lots of photos of the layout itself. There is a column in the back of the issue to talks about the behind-the-scenes set-up for photographing the layout.

Modeling the People

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-09/10
Page:
46
Category:
Scenery - People & Animals
Description:
Painting tips and tricks for painting N-scale figures.

Modeling the Wilburton Trestle

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
58
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author is attempting to build a full-scale model of this bridge, with correct topography. Prototype photos and scale drawings are included. Trestle bent construction photos are included also.

Modeling Two C&NW Cabooses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
86
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
Includes prototype and model photos and materials list. The cars modeled are numbers 10908 and 10357.

Modeling Water

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
64
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Scenery - Waterside
Description:
The author describes how he models small streams, creeks, rapid water, springs, stagnant sloughs, and small ponds.

Modeling Wilburton Trestle

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
56
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Shows how the author built the bends and starts assembling the bridge. Includes prototype photos.

Modeling Wilburton Trestle

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
49
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author continues to build the 6-foot model of this large bridge. The bents are complete, so he shows how he is putting them together to create the bridge.

Modern Rocky Mountain Railroading - Colorado Style

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
62
Author:
David Rickaby
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The "Colorado & Eastern RR" is a 15' x 14' N-scale layout that features long mainlines set in the modern era.

Modifying a Caboose

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
46
Author:
Damian Kostron
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
Modeling a wood DM&IR caboose. Includes a scale drawing, prototype, and construction and finished model photos.

Modifying the Con-Cor SW1500

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-07
Page:
84
Author:
Brian Morgan
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
How to improve the appearance and the running characteristics of this engine. Includes body shell modifications, end platforms, side handrail stanchions, and painting.

More Scenery Details

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
44
Author:
John Gerdes
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Various topics are covered, including water-worn rock edges, culverts, farm fences, small gates, and tree stumps.

Mountain Division Track Height

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
63
Author:
Jim Fitzgerald
Category:
Modules
Description:
Why the mountain division track is 3-1/8" high.

MOW Hi-Rail Truck

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
60
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Description:
Follow-up supplement to an article by Jake Schultz in the September/October 1999 issue of N-Scale magazine. The article shows how to build a running maintenance-of-way truck.

Mud Bay & Southern Part III

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
20
Author:
Jim Younkins
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Photos and description of the author's layout. The layout features a very nice car ferry, a log dumper, a large lumber company, and other industries.

Multi-Purpose Shed

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
38
Author:
Charles Moslander
Category:
Structures
Description:
Instructions, photo, and drawings of a generic shed building.

N Scale Express Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
84
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
The article kitbashes a Con-Cor 80-foot standard baggage car into a 60-foot NYC express car. Includes cutting diagrams, and construction photos.

N Scale FP45-to-F45 Conversion

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1973-09
Page:
30
Author:
Gerry Doeksen
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author took a AHM FP45 model, shortened the model, added and removed details, and converted it into the first F45 BN unit acquired after the merger with the GN. Includes model and prototype photos, scale drawings, and some construction details.

N Scale Helix Helper

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-05/06
Page:
54
Author:
Mike Pagano
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Shows how to build a helix out of plywood using the slot method.

N Scale Milwaukee Road Ribbed-side Boxcars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-09
Page:
91
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
The author kitbashed some 40-foot boxcars to include the horizontal rib configuration.

N Scale Mountain Action

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
86
Author:
Bernard Kempinski
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
This article describes the D&RGW's climb over Soldier Summit in Utah, and how he modeled it. Scale track plan is included, as well as several prototype photos.

N Scale U30CGs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
127
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Includes prototype and model photos, and covers repainting the Minitrix models.

N Truss Bridge Set

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-09
Page:
34
Category:
Product Review
Description:
In addition to the review, this article contains diagrams for the various bridge pedestals and how to model them.

N-scale Atlas Shay DCC Decoder Installation

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-05
Page:
24
Author:
David Derway
Category:
DCC
Description:
Installing a Lenz LE0511W decoder in the Atlas Shay. The article includes lots of close-up detail photos and drawings of how to do this conversion.

N-Scale Class N6A Cabin Car

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 53 December 2007
Page:
28
Author:
Claus Schlund
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
The author took some old N-scale Minitrix UP cabooses and converted them to PRR class N6 cabin cars. Includes some model construction photos.

Nicole Leach's N Scale Railroad

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
96
Author:
Nicole Leach
Category:
Layouts - N - Small
Description:
A short article written by a 9-year-old who built an N-scale layout with a little help from her Dad.

Northern Pacific #65618

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
28
Author:
Brian F. Reynolds
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
The author built a 89'4" flat car with stake pockets from a cast metal flat car by JnJ Trains. Photos only show the finished product.

Ntrack at Dearborn

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
82
Author:
Jim Hediger
Category:
Modules
Description:
A photo article showing some of the NTrak modules at the recent NMRA show.

NTRAK Airport

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
24
Author:
Henry Ellett
Category:
Modules
Description:
This module shows a 1950s airport, with lights, buildings, mirror, airplanes, and much vertical scenery. Includes a road with bridges that goes under the track.

Ntrak Sets a World's Record

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
90
Author:
Lou Sassi
Category:
Modules
Description:
On November 11, 1990 twelve Ntrak clubs got together and build a 21.3 scale mile H-shaped layout from 176 modules. Shows an overall photo and several modules.

Ntrak Today

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
70
Author:
Jim Kelly
Category:
Modules
Description:
Photos of modules accompany this article where Jim covers the history of NTrak, how it influenced modular layouts in other scales, and why NTrak has been so successful. A sidebar about Jim Fitzgerald honors the man who spearheaded the NTrak movement.

Office Furniture For Just Pennies

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-11/12
Page:
40
Author:
Phil Scandura
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes how to make some common, scaled office furniture pieces from styrene.

Oil Storage Tanks that Cost Next to Nothing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-10
Page:
118
Author:
Roger Baker
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Using the cap from an aerosol can to make an oil storage tank.

Oil Transloading Platform

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-09/10
Page:
48
Author:
Brian Morgan
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Photos, drawings, and a parts list on how to build an oil transloading platform.

Oiler's Ready-Mix & Building Supply

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
64
Author:
John Gerdes
Category:
Structures
Description:
The article describes not so much how to build the buildings, but how to make space for them in already established scenery. Includes many photos.

On the Banks of the Mississippi

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
20
Author:
Wolfgang Glockner
Category:
Modules
Description:
A 6' x 4' module made to show the mainline running on an embankment along the east shoreline of the Mississippi river. It has hidden staging, and can be run automatically. The scenery and water are very realistic looking.

Open House at Fletcher's Field

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
66
Author:
Brian F. Reynolds
Category:
Scenery - People & Animals
Description:
Building a diorama scene of a RC airfield.

Open Loads of Fun

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-05/06
Page:
54
Author:
Verne Niner
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:
Various tips on how to make loads for hoppers, gondolas, and flats cars.

Operating Loader

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-07
Page:
72
Author:
Rick Spano
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes how he built an operating coal loader. Include one small photo of the finished structure and a materials list (no construction photos or diagrams).

Out of the Rubble

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
70
Author:
Bill Pearce
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
This 20 by 22 foot layout is set in 1950 following the Raton Pass of the Santa Fe's New Mexico Division. It has just under 300 feet of mainline running. The layout was started after the owner couldn't one turnout to work on his previous layout. He wound up tearing it all out and starting over again.

Pennsylvania, Allegheny & Western RR

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
24
Author:
Art Fahie
Category:
Layouts
Description:
11' x 14' U-shaped layout features nice mountainous scenery and a curved trestle bridge.

Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
24
Author:
Louis Fols
Category:
Layouts
Description:
A two-level layout in a 12' x 16' area. Close-up photos of various industries.

Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines in N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
82
Author:
Louis Fols
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
A 9x11 room is used for this U-shaped layout. The author describes how he got back into the hobby

Perfectly Prototypical

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
52
Author:
Bill Cawthon
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Description:
The article discusses recent releases of N-scale automobiles, including photos of some.

Pete Laier's N Scale B&M

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1974-02
Page:
38
Author:
Dave Frary
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
A roughly U-shaped layout with continuous running taking up about 13 by 10 feet. Lots of photos of this very busy layout (28 industries).

Petley

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
37
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Category:
Layouts - N - Small
Description:
A 2-foot by 4-foot, two-level layout of a busy downtown area.

Photographic techniques with Helicon Focus

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2006-01/02
Page:
35
Author:
Rich Yourstone
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
Using this software application to compose one image from several images taken at different fields-of-depth, so that the final result is an image where the whole subject is completely in focus.

Pocket Switcher

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
60
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Modifying the typical Japanese-looking electric engine into an Americanized diesel switcher. Includes installing a decoder. They are part of the Kato Pocket line.

Pomona General Store

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-05/06
Page:
26
Author:
Will Jacobs
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
The author describes how he built this general store. Includes drawings, prototype photo, and lots of model photos.

Power to the "B" Unit

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
50
Author:
Terry Pitts
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Installing power into a Life-Like E6/7/8 B unit. The article includes preparations for making the model ready for a DCC decoder, but it is also useful to those who don't use DCC.

Prefabricated Streets

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
26
Author:
Charles Moslander
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:
Using mat board to simulate streets and sidewalks, including manholes, curbs, and parking spots.

Published Photo To Model

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
47
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures
Description:
The author shows how he built a model of the general store at Nella, North Carolina.

Puget Sound Tie Replacement Train

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
61
Author:
Dean Daughenbaugh
Category:
Trains
Description:
Creating a collection of cars needed for tie replacement, including a GHQ Backhoe.

Puget Sound Tie Replacement Train Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
56
Author:
Mike Busch
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
Building models for a tie replacement train.

Putting Together a Station Scene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
44
Author:
David Popp
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The author shows how to build a small passenger station and position it on the layout (on curved track). Includes step-by-step photos.

Realistic Control for Grade Crossing Flashers

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-01/02
Page:
59
Author:
Michael Yakubovsky
Category:
Electronics
Description:
A complete description of an electronic circuit you can build to drive grade-crossing LEDs, triggered by a block occupancy detector.

Realistic N Scale Pole Lines

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

Realistic N Scale Signals Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-07
Page:
62
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Category:
Signaling
Description:
This installment covers how to make the signal targets, how to build the mast, base, platform, and ladder, and how to form and install the LEDs.

Realistic Trees Made Easy Part One

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
44
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Scale drawings of various trees. Preliminary work includes collecting the "leaves" and covering the armatures. Detailed instructions for Sassafras, Gray Poplar, and Eastern Cottonwood trees.

Realistic Weeds

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-03/04
Page:
48
Author:
Ken Patterson
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Making a special tool to easily insert weeds into a foam-based scenery base.

Reefer Roof Revamp

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
56
Author:
Dick Billings
Category:
Freight Cars - Refrigerator Cars
Description:
Scratchbuilding metal roofs and hatch platforms. Includes many detailed photos of the projects.

Repowering Atlas N Scale Diesels

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

Rix Uncoupler Tool

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
58
Author:
John E. Sinclair
Category:
Tools
Description:
Improving the Rix uncoupler tool by making one end into a manual turnout thrower. The article also shows how the tool can be inserted into the layout (where it is needed) as look like a smoke stack.

Rob Carey's Colorado & Southwestern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
112
Author:
Bob Flegal
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
This 13' by 16' basement layout features a lot of scenery and long trains. Under the layout, Rob built his children's O-scale Lionel layout.

Roller Coaster in N Scale

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-11/12
Page:
62
Author:
Don Jones
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
Through experimentation, the author figured out how to build a working N-scale roller coaster.

S2 Gearing Improvement

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
62
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The Arnold/Rivarrossi S2 apparently has problems with their gears breaking. This article covers how these problems can be fixed. This will also reduce the noise of the gears.

Scale Ballast

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-09/10
Page:
25
Author:
John Palecki
Category:
Track
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.

Scenery Layers

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
66
Author:
John Gerdes
Category:
Scenery - Design
Description:
Building scenery in layers to create 3-D effects.

Scratchbuilding a Rotary Car Dumper Part I

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-01/02
Page:
44
Author:
Dave Johnson
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
In this installment the author describes the overall operation, and starts the project.

Scratchbuilding a Rotary Car Dumper Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
52
Author:
Dave Johnson
Category:
Structures - Industrial

Scratchbuilding a Rotary Car Dumper Part III

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-05/06
Page:
58
Author:
Dave Johnson
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
This is the last installment of the article (part II was in the March/April issue of this year). It covers the motor guide system, and installing the contraption in the layout.

Scratchbuilding Midland City Part 2

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
29
Author:
Greg Jones
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
This installment includes completing the structure, including weathering, painting, and adding details.

Scratchbuilding N Scale Passenger Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-04
Page:
24
Author:
Larry Elder
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
The author describes and shows how he built passenger cars using sheet brass stock. Includes construction diagrams, how to form the shapes, interior details, and a scale drawing of the Milwaukee Road Lake Pepin car.

Scratchbuilding the Great Falls Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-03
Page:
37
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The author describes how he modeled the station. A sidebar on how he makes circles with punches is included.

Shay Improvement

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
28
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
This article covers modifying the couplers to look more prototypical, installing the DCC decoder (with lots of close-up photos on the modifications made), and making some minor cosmetic improvements to the engine.

Sierra & Southwestern RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
102
Author:
Gilbert Moreno
Category:
Layouts - N - Small
Description:
A hobby shop display layout in 24 by 58 inches, that features fantastic scenery and several industries.

Signs of Life

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

Simple Beginnings

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-09/10
Page:
46
Author:
Wade Venden
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
How to begin in scratchbuilding structures.

Simple Upgrades for Bowser's PRR Cabin Cars

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Douglas Nelson
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
Upgrading Bowser's N5c cars with grab irons, trainphone antennas, Z-scale couplers, better window glazing, and weathering them.

Small Oil Facility

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-01
Page:
70
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Built from various kit parts, the author describes how he built this structure.

Snow at Condor Pass

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
136
Author:
Roger Baker
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Description:
Creating a scene in a portion of the author's layout separated by a view-block. The author discusses how he created "winter trees".

SP&S 4-6-2 in N Scale Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-03
Page:
62
Author:
Max Magliaro
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
After covering the history of this locomotive, the article discusses the plan-of-attack, the re-motoring, the frame/chassis modifications, and the trailing truck changes.

SP&S 4-6-2 in N Scale Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-04
Page:
62
Author:
Max Magliaro
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
In this installment, the author covers the construction of the cab, the pilot, the basic boiler, the smokebox front, and the walkways.

SP&S 4-6-2 in N Scale Part 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-05
Page:
62
Author:
Max Magliaro
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
This installment covers making the tender body and underframe, installing the light, and building the drawbar.

SP&S 4-6-2 in N Scale Part 4

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-06
Page:
38
Author:
Max Magliaro
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
This installment covers making the boiler and tender detailing.

Special Run Cars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
60
Author:
Robert Hesselgrave
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:
This article is a quick guide to how to create your own custom cars by interacting with model manufacturers. The author talks about his club's experiences so far.

Steel City N Gauge Model Railway Club

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
32
Author:
Pete Moffett
Category:
Layouts
Description:
An office basement layout that was open for the NMRA National Convention in Toronto in July 2003. Article includes a handful of photos.

Storage Shed & Scenery

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
32
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Scratchbuilding a storage shed and a scale house. The author's Abingdon module is also starting to get some scenery.

Stretch Your Main Line With a Virtual Interlocking

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
68
Author:
Rich Weyand
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The article describes how the layout owner built a closet to give the illusion of a great distance travelled by the trains. A wall-mounted photo serves as indicator board for timing the duration of the stay in the closet.

Sub Modules

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
30
Author:
David W. Savage
Category:
Modules
Description:
Shows how to build small 5" x 5" (or multiples thereof) dioramas that can be interchanged on an NTRAK module so that the same module will look differently from time to time.

Super-detailing an Atlas Rio Grande GP35

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
28
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Close-up model photos, prototype photos, parts list, and detailed instructions.

SW1200 Worm Gear Replacement

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
70
Author:
Ron Bearden
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Shows how to replace the plastic worm gear on a Life-Like SW1200 with a brass worm gear from Kato. Includes a drawing of the jig used to remove the worm from the motor shaft.

T-TRAK Modules

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
66
Author:
Lee & Jim FitzGerald
Category:
Modules
Description:
The authors describe the new standard based on the Japanese idea of super-small modules that can be put together to build a large N-scale layout.

Tell-tales

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

The Abingdon Depot

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
44
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Fixing a gable roof mistake and adding many details to the structure.

The Abingdon Depot Part I

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
36
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The project starts with the roof.

The Abingdon Depot Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
36
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
Start of construction: building walls, windows, and casting small details.

The Abingdon Footbridge

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
49
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Full discussion, scaled drawings, prototype photos, and detailed model photographs of the construction of the Abingdon, VA footbridge as it was after WWII.

The Art of Steam

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
36
Author:
Gregory Scott
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Improving an Atlas 2-8-8-2.

The Art of Steam

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
42
Author:
Gregg Scott
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Taking a Kato Pacific Japanese 4-6-2, converted with GHQ's W-3 conversion kit, to build a NP Pacific.

The Art of Steam

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
54
Author:
Gregg Scott
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Converting a NP Q-5.

The Art of Steam

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
32
Author:
Gregg Scott
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
SP 2-10-2 F-4 and F-5

The Art of Steam Part 2

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
32
Author:
Gregg Scott
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Model the tender for the Pennsylvania Railroad I1 Class "Decapod". A styrene model was built and then cast into polyurethane. Details were added, including a water scoop, and the model was painted. Includes how the author created eight-wheel trucks.

The Art of Weathering

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2004-07/08
Page:
40
Author:
Rich Yourstone
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
The author describes his process for weathering equipment, and includes lots of photos of weathered box cars, hoppers, gondolas, and engines.

The Atlas Switch Tower

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
70
Author:
Walt Huston
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
This is an easy-to-build kit. The author did some kitbashing, and added a LED light.

The Belmont Shore Railroad Club

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
58
Author:
Bob Hegge
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
This is a 20' x 30' club layout features large, tall mountain scenery and 200-car trains.

The Big Lift

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-11/12
Page:
24
Author:
Steve Newton
Category:
Modules
Description:
Building a self-supporting lift-up section for a modular layout so that walking through the layout is easier.

The Boats of Foggy Harbor

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
69
Author:
Dr. Vance Reed
Category:
Scenery - Waterside
Description:
Photos of N-scale 1940s and 1950s boats.

The Central Vermont in N-scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
117
Author:
Iain Rice
Category:
Layout Design

The Cumberland Valley System

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-08
Page:
54
Author:
Dave Hadely
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
The Reid brothers' famous N-scale layout is documented in this article. This would be a proto-freelanced layout in today's terms, mixing several railroads including the PRR. The article includes many layout photos, and a track plan.

The Dakota Northern Railroad

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
108
Author:
Olaf Melhouse
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
This around-the-wall with a peninsula layout has lots of space for staging, switching, and continuous loop operations. It fits in a 12 x 13 foot space in Fort Worth, Texas and models the Northern Dakota area set in 1975.

The Essence of Daylight

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
114
Author:
Roger Baker, Jr.
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author converts a Bachmann Northern to model the Southern Pacific's GS Daylight. Model modification drawings and some construction photos are included.

The Expanded Cumberland Valley System

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-07
Page:
60
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
After introducing the Reid brothers' layout, the author describes the layout's track plan, how the various railroads modeled are integrated, how the brothers tune the performance of their equipment and their track, and how trains are operated on the layout. The article includes lots of photos, a track plan, and a train-sequence diagram.

The Fairbanks-Morse "Universal" Cinder Conveyor

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-09/10
Page:
36
Author:
Phil Brooks
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
The curved rails in this model required the author to learn how to make parts using home-made etched-brass pieces. So, even though this article shows how he built this structure, a large part of it describes how he learned how to make etched-metal parts.

The Great Northern in N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-12
Page:
124
Author:
James Bauer
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Scenery dominates this professional artist's rendition of the Montana Rockies in a 11' by 13' room. The photos and the topic of the photos are amazing.

The Idaho Eastern

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
22
Author:
Thornton Waite
Category:
Layouts

The Mohawk & Hudson RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
52
Author:
Jeff Paston
Category:
Layouts - N - Small
Description:
This article is about a layout built into a coffee table. It measures 30" wide and 7' long.

The N Scale Burlington Northern Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-05
Page:
94
Author:
Ed Hammer
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Laying track and building hills. Includes the track wiring diagram, how to lay track and deal with easements, preparing turnouts, and creating bridges

The N Scale Burlington Northern Part 5

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
86
Author:
Ed Hammer
Category:
Structures
Description:
Description of the structures used on this layout, with emphasis paid on a feed mill, modern plant, an Inn, a bar, and a 3M plant.

The N Scale Cumberland Valley System

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2008-01
Page:
79
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Description:
Andy visits this landmark N-scale layout with updated photos and a brief overview of the layout (first covered in the August 1981 issue).

The N Scale Fitchburgh & Southbridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
92
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Description:
This 4'6" by 10'8" layout features a continuous-running mainline and several branches with a main yard for lots of switching. Despite its size, the overall photos show an impressively grand view of the layout, with tall mountains. The photos are all in black&white, but the shots are dramatic.

The N-scale Grand Road

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-06
Page:
64
Author:
Paul Brennecke
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Two-level, small bedroom layout with impressive control panels, representing western Colorado in modern times.

The Onyx Division

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
64
Author:
Pete Thomas & Walt Huston
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Close-up photos of the three of the 14 modules that make up the authors' layout.

The Silver City Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
120
Author:
Jim Kelly
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Jim focuses on building the cookie-cutter benchwork for this 3.5' x 8' layout. Includes benchwork diagrams and trackplan. Looks like a nice design that can later be integrated into a larger layout.

The Virginia & Truckee in N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-04
Page:
92
Author:
Steve Riddlebaugh
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
Model Railroader magazine invited people to submit their track plans for an N-scale layout that was no larger than 5- square feet and fit in a 12' by 16' area. This article is by the person who won the contest. The layout design is set in 1876 and models the shipping of gold and silver found in Nevada.

Tie Down That Load

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-03/04
Page:
25
Author:
Walt Huston
Category:
Freight Car Loads

Track Cleaning

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
54
Author:
James E. Reising
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
Description of an extensive MOW train that includes at least 6 track cleaning cars to maintain a club's layout.

Transfer Caboose

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
36
Author:
Roy Cutler
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
In the real world these cars were usually built by using a cabin from a box car and a flat car with steps. The author built his model from an old MT caboose. Small diagrams and model photos accompany the article.

Transfer Table

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
50
Author:
Robert Lah
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Building a transfer table that can also be flipped down so as to be out of the way. Many construction photos, a diagram, and descriptive text.

Tualatin Valley NTRAK

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
64
Author:
Jerry Green
Category:
Modules
Description:
Building modules with a visual continuity modeled after the Pacific Northwest as part of the club.

Turning the Corner at Kanawha Falls

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
78
Author:
Bernard Kempinski
Category:
Modules
Description:
8' x 8' corner module.

Urban Street Trackage

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

Using DCC on NTRAK Modules

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
55
Author:
Jim Fitzgerald
Category:
DCC
Description:
This one-page article describes how to wire NTRAK modules for DCC and includes a basic diagram. The real purpose of the article is to reference the web site that maintains the NTRAK DCC standard: http://trainweb.org/nrmrc

Vancouver's Diesel Inspection Facility Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
60
Author:
Pete Thomas
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
Building a 225-foot inspection pit, with the overhead structure necessary to support diesels. Includes step-by-step photos, as well as finished model photos.

Vehicle Building

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Mark W. Runyan
Category:
Structures - Automobiles
Description:
This vehicle building is loosely based on the prototype of Consolidated Concrete located on the Canadian Pacific in Calgary, Alberta.

Vic Butterworth's N Scale Railroad

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
94
Author:
Malcolm Furlow
Category:
Layouts
Description:
This U-shaped layout placed inside of a ten-foot square building area features beautiful scenery. The Enport, Rogue River & Thataway has all scratchbuilt structures.

Victoria NTRAK Club Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
26
Author:
Robert D. Turner
Category:
Modules
Description:
The article includes photos of the module, as well as a track plan drawing.

Walthers Coal Mine Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
54
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
This installment shows the converting the mine to a common, transition-era coal mine. Many detailed construction photos.

Walthers' Coal Mine Part 2

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
41
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
This article finishes up the support assembly.

Weathering Figures

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
70
Author:
Scott Seekins
Category:
Scenery - People & Animals
Description:
Painting and weathering people and animals.

Weathering Hoppers

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
45
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
Weathering black hopper cars so that their detail shows up better in photographs.

Weathering with Artist's Acrylic Paints

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-12
Page:
176
Author:
Roger Carlson
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
Acrylic paints are thicker, but the author describes how he uses this on his N-scale models, as well as larger scale models. After covering the basics, he then describes how to weather a box-car red car, a yellow reefer car, weathering over decals, how to weather in layers, and how to simulated spilled lading.

Welcome to Oakville

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
61
Author:
James E. Reising
Category:
Layouts
Description:
A large, three level layout set in the modern times.

Wet Weathering

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-09/10
Page:
64
Author:
David W. Savage
Category:
Freight Cars - Coil
Description:
Airbrushing with paint thinner to manipulate wet paint.

Wheel Cleaning Made Easy

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
42
Author:
Dean Daughenbaugh
Category:
Tools
Description:
Shows how to build a dedicated wheel cleaning station with handy clips to hold the paper towel in place for wheel cleaning, without getting caught by coupler trip pins.

When Boxcars Were Red: Painting and Lettering in N-scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-05
Page:
82
Author:
Robert D. Turner
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
Modeling the variations on the standard 40-foot boxcar. Includes some prototype and many model photos. There are also step-by-step photos on how to letter cars.

Wipe Out Freight Car Wobble

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
108
Author:
David K. Smith
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
Explains how to get rid of wobble in N-scale cars.

Wiring a Peco Electrofrog Crossing for DCC

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
92
Category:
DCC
Description:
The article covers reversing modules to handle the polarity changes encountered in crossings.

Zero 1 for N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
62
Author:
Jim Kelly
Category:
DCC
Description:
The author describes how he managed to get command control into his N-scale engines. He used the Hornsby Zero 1 system.