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  • July 11, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,772 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    IT'S EASY ENOUGH TO MATCH THE APPEARANCE OF A RAILROAD SWITCH BUT FAR MORE FUN TO OPERATE IT BY REMOTE CONTROL. 1. This stubby switch stand is typical of the types the real railroads use to throw their track switches from a mainline route to a sidi...
  • July 7, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,421 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Once a year the best modelers, from the United States and Canada, gather to display their best these are the winners in most of the national contest categories. The very best model, in the National Model Railroad Association's annual model buildi...
  • July 7, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,166 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
    A tale of two clubs; one typical and one not-so typical, to help you decide if "joining" is for you. Model railroading is a most unusual hobby; there's something in it that will arouse almost any hobbyist's interest and it's that rare...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,142 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    The least-expensive plastic building kits can be made to look like wood and/or easily modified into smaller structures. TOP: Paint formulated for use on plastic is best. Pactra's "Flat" enamel is being used, here, to paint the inset door panels. BO...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,494 views - 0 comments - 3 likes
    Even diesels can be detailed... Here's how to add more realism to your E-8 or PA-1 and build an E-8 "B" unit to boot. LEFT: The "before" (right) and "after" versions of the HO Scale Athern PA-1 diesel. "Open" look to louvers and detailed pilot are ...
  • May 4, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,537 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
    By Laurence T. Gieringer This barn from Roadside America can please your onlookers as much as the original pleases the exhibit's viewers. THE traveler who has sped over the Pennsylvania Turnpike to reach Harrisburg, and from there tur...
  • April 11, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,584 views - 4 comments - 0 likes
    by Tom Houle Photos and illustrations by the author Finished mill structure as seen from office end. A recent move forced me to start afresh on my O scale branchline layout. On the new layout I wanted a feed mill to generate grain tr...
  • March 29, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,979 views - 0 comments - 2 likes
    First step in construction of mailing tube culvert is to cut tube to about twice width of roadbed. Tube then can be nailed or glued across table at lowest point of proposed embankment. Culverts and embankments are inseparable devices o...
  • March 28, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 2,023 views - 3 comments - 2 likes
    The fun of model railroading lies in the development of a system which looks real as life. Models of the greatest conceivable variety may be included. Factories, gas stations, signal towers, roundhouses, and other industrial units have t...
  • March 25, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,548 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    The Colorado Midland Railway is one of the oldest if not the oldest two-rail O scale layouts in the United States. While we're waiting to load our railfan train headed up by an A-B-B-A lashup of four bright Armour Yellow Union Pacific E8...