by Ken Edmier
Photos by Ken Edmier and Tim Frederick
GA-191 brake-end detail. Note horizontal brake beam and low-mounted brake cylinder.
GA-191 End Detail & Assembly
For the GA-191 class, the brake air tank is mounted on the left s...
January 4, 2013 - posted by David Lotz - 3,633 views - 2 comments - 0 likes
The 600-foot tunnel on the Western Allegheny Railroad had some unusual operation features, even for a shortline. The portal doors kept winter winds from blowing through the tunnel and the underground springs inside from freezing, both portals had simi...
December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 5,553 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
Industry, intended for modelers
by Frank Kyper, from his article in the Friends of the East Broad Top
Modeling the Brick Kilns:
Use the molded ceramic bisque brick kilns ($12.95 each), smokestack ($12.95 each) and stacks of brick (S2....
December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,665 views - 2 comments - 0 likes
Some of the cars you might want to model with the decals included i n this issue.
There is no ready-mix paint to match the MKT green, but you can come close with a mixture of about equal parts Scalecoat or Floquil Burl...
December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 2,839 views - 4 comments - 2 likes
by Joe D'Elia & Robert Schleicher
It looks like a "drop-in" job, but adjustments are nearly always necessary to get both car and couplers working properly.
Two words often make the difference be...
December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,818 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
Readers' "Better Ideas"
Want that liquid cement for plastics to flow where you need it? Use less. Cut all but four or five of the bristles from the brush within the cap. That allows you to run a pi...
December 17, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,517 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
The model in the photographs is an undecorated Athearn GP38-2 shell, but the techniques will work on any plastic or metal diesel, Also, you can apply any detail we'll show to a pre-painted diesel body shell and merely touch up the parts with brush-on ...
December 16, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 935 views - 0 comments - 1 like
Diesels, Detail-by-Detail...The specific parts, decals and paint you'll need to recreate this particular locomotive in miniature
by Robert Schleicher
The Real One: The GP38-2 is the most popular of the "Second Gene...
December 10, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 880 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
by Jeff Lemke
There's more to running a train than just cranking-on the throttle. Understand why and how the real thing operates and you can duplicate the subtle pauses and the "time-outs" needed to insure safe operations on any model r...
December 9, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 956 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
A brakeman reaches out to climb aboard BN 6143 as it clunks over the diamonds at NX Tower. When operating model locomotives, we should be aware of our crew members and their job functions so they can be included in our operational state-of-mind. This ...