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  • January 7, 2013 - posted by David Lotz - 4,081 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    by Robert Schleicher 16x30 feet of mainline operations with MUed diesels and room-length trains set in a modern era This carbon black plant was built from scratch by Richard Docken using Evergreen sheet and strip styrene and Plastr...
  • January 4, 2013 - posted by David Lotz - 3,645 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 21, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 6,582 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Realism doesn't have to be limited to locomotives and cars... by Tom W. Rimer Mines, a tunnel with doors, a steel trestle, Pennsy 2-8-0s, first generation diesels or 1989-vintage F-units, all sited in the mountains of Pennsylvania - th...
  • December 21, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 4,053 views - 0 comments - 2 likes
    Photos from the collection of Tom W. Rimer The most common coal "industry" on the real railroads was not the mine itself, but small loaders or tipples like these, where coal from nearby mines was delivered by truck to be transferred to ...
  • December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 5,566 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 - 1,620 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    Since it has evolved from a group of predominantly modern freight car and diesel modelers, those two categories account for the overwhelming majority of models entered in Railroad Prototype Modelers contests. These are but a sampling of models at RPM'...
  • December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,545 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
    Additions to your freight car modeling knowledge, and your chance to update, clarify, expand and correct any freight car article we publish...    It would take a major kit-conversion to make a precise duplicate of this GN...
  • December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,667 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 - 2,853 views - 4 comments - 2 likes
      Techniques: 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 - 1,827 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
    Readers' "Better Ideas" Maintaining Control    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...