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  • December 11, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 858 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 - 938 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 ...
  • December 7, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 869 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Jeff H. Lemke, Range Research  Part I, state-of-the-art models and state-of-the-art operations, appeared in the November 1989 issue.Part II, "Model or Prototype" on adapting scale scenes to match scale models, appeared in ...
  • December 5, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 2,981 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Burlington Northern GP35s 2520 and 2521 slowly muscle a unit taconite train through the street trackage in the town of Hamilton on the Midwest Railroad Modelers layout in Batavia, Illinois. During the early 70s, the BN used a handful of these locomoti...
  • December 4, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 914 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    Part 1: The Frontier of Model Railroad Operations. by Jeff Lemke    Let's think about HO model railroading for a few minutes. Think about all the changes and improvements which have transpired in the last ten years or so...
  • November 14, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,155 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Looking northeast towards the Santa Fe depot from Hickox Street. - Photo is by the author. by Monte Perkins    In June of 1879 the Santa Fe began using the newly constructed Raton Tunnel. Beyond lay the important city of S...
  • May 22, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 13,377 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    An unusual glimpse at an unremarked workhorse BY WILLIAM F. STAUSS Photography by John H. Kuehl unless otherwise noted. Exuding all the intrigue and mystery its name implies, the Fast Mail carefully protects its reputation awash in a "sea" of atten...
  • October 10, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,853 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    by Robert A. Clark Illustrations by Steve Andrews This is Chicago's Dearborn Station. In the left rear can be seen the tower at Grand Central Station with the B&O sign and clock. Across the background run tracks leading into La Salle Street Stat...
  • October 10, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 8,856 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Robert A. Clark Amtrak's use of the former Pennsylvania coach yards at Chicago Union Station is shown in this September 1973 photo. Note the servicing platforms between the tracks. On the left is a repair track area. Much equipment is in evidence ...
  • October 5, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 5,459 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Robert A. Clark This is usually what we think of when we think of a big city passenger terminal. We focus on the station building and the related loading platforms. We forget the backstage facilities needed to make the cars ready. Here is the rail...