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  • September 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 5,824 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 - 1,679 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 - 1,153 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 - 960 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 - 1,021 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 - 1,327 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 - 1,623 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 - 1,330 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 In ...
  • February 29, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,261 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 - 5,522 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...