September 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 574 views - 2 comments - 0 likes
by Richard Waite - sketches by Ralph Mazzeo
B&M's SW8 in HO as modeled by the author. - Photo by John Longo.
During the early years of diesel power almost all locomotives built were intended for switching service;...
September 13, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 798 views - 0 comments - 2 likes
Santa Fe's RPO Number 75 as it appeared in the middle sixties. - Joe Shine collection. Walther's model of the ATSF RPO No. 75 built by Peter Singher. - Bill Messecar photo.
by Joseph Shine
Santa Fe 's RPO No. 75 in "shadow striping" in...
August 28, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 567 views - 1 comment - 3 likes
Western Maryland's 7436 now a member of the Chessie System. - William Oertly, Jr. photo.
by William Oertly, Jr.
The Western Maryland, before the Chessie takeover, used their own class system on their diesels for identif...
August 24, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 365 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
by Tom Balzen Model by Darwin Steger
The load carried by any true "Schnabel" car is attached to each end of the car by a pinning arrangement at the bottom of the load. The light toned objects under the load are adapters to permit the load to be attac...
August 21, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 429 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
Ga-55 Class 65' mill gondola was built for the Santa Fe in 1941 in the 170926-170974 series by General American Transport. Though a reasonable recent photo (exact date unknown) it is in excellent condition. - Larry Occhiello photo.This is an excellent...
June 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 653 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
Chicago & North Western owned a large group of both 40- and 50-foot boxcars with several lettering styles. In this article, the author shows how he prepared a small fleet of C&NW boxcars for his layout. Most of his cars are seen in the view ab...
June 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 854 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie No. 42276 is a special gondola designed and used for hauling large coils of sheet steel. P&LE owned 49 such cars (Nos. 42250-42299), built in 1966 and 1967. This article shows how the author kitbashed one of these intere...
March 13, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 649 views - 0 comments - 1 like
By reducing the car height and modifying the end bracing, a 100-ton McKean model becomes a close match to its 77-ton predecessor.
by JIM SIX AND TERRY STUART
Backdating McKean hoppers
A diet plan for the modern high-capacity models
February 29, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 711 views - 0 comments - 2 likes
Top: The homosote has been removed. Note the edges of the future channel culvert under the crossover. Bottom: The basic flat top area of the arailroad before ditching.
by ALEX WALKER
Many model railroads have long...
February 29, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,688 views - 0 comments - 1 like
19075 showing end detail.
by STEVE HILE
In the early 1950's, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad coverted forty of their older boxcars into transfer cabooses. A few of these cars were still in use as late as 1...