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Model Railroad Trains January 2013 Archive


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Bluford Shops Boxcars Reviewed

Wednesday January 30, 2013
The high and long boxcars used in auto parts service are impressive in any scale. And the Bluford Shops models of these big cars are no exception. The Bluford Shops boxcars ... Read More

Landmark Locomotives - The E5

Tuesday January 29, 2013
Although there were only a handful built, and all went to work on the Chicago Burlington and Quincy and its subsidiaries, the E5 certainly ranks as one of the most ... Read More

Inspirational Images - Modeling a Derailment

Monday January 28, 2013
Like the prototype, we spend most of our time trying to keep our trains on the track and in one piece. But accidents do happen. And on the prototype, the ... Read More

Freight Car Friday - NTLX 2301

Friday January 25, 2013
Lots of model railroaders have seen the traditional version of a three-dome tank car. It's one of the classic model train set cars. While the cars no longer have the ... Read More

Landmark Locomotives - The GP39-2

Thursday January 24, 2013
EMD's GP39-2 was the forgotten middle child between the hugely popular GP38-2 and GP40-2 models. The GP39-2 offered a fuel efficient locomotive well suited to light mainline duties. Many of ... Read More

Choosing the Right Decoder

Tuesday January 22, 2013
How do you know which decoder is best? ©2013 Ryan C Kunkle, licensed to About.com, Inc. With so many decoders on the market today, how do you know which one is right ... Read More

Inspirational Images - Impressive Industrial Modeling

Monday January 21, 2013
Chemical refineries and production facilities can be incredibly intimidating prototypes. I've been pondering how to model one on my layout for some time now. The maze of pipes, labyrinth of ... Read More

Freight Car Friday - NS 168802

Friday January 18, 2013
This coil car has an interesting, if short-lived design.©2013 Ryan C Kunkle, licensed to About.com, Inc. Norfolk Southern 168802 is an interesting coil steel car. The well-type car offers a low ... Read More

DCC Glossary

Tuesday January 15, 2013
Sometimes the hardest parts of this hobby aren't the actual modeling and operating projects but just learning the lingo. Nowhere is this more true than with Digital Command Control. Boosters ... Read More

Inspirational Images - Trains in Strange Places

Monday January 14, 2013
A layout in a guitar case? Sounds cool! ©2013 Ryan C Kunkle, licensed to About.com, Inc. Think you don't have any place for an interesting model railroad? Check this out! That's a working ... Read More

Freight Car Friday - TCIZ 400321

Friday January 11, 2013
How did a highway trailer make it into Freight Car Friday? Well this isn't your everyday truck trailer. TCIZ 400321 is still in intermodal service, if not in Roadrailer trains any ... Read More

Remote Operation for Manual Switches

Wednesday January 9, 2013
Reaching over trains or delicate details, or trying to bend your arm around that building in the foreground to throw a switch is bound to cause problems. If you like ... Read More

Better Manual Switches with Ground Throws

Tuesday January 8, 2013
Powered switch machines and motors can certainly add a lot to a model railroad, but they certainly come with a cost in time, labor and money. And there is something ... Read More

Inspirational Images - N Scale Interiors

Monday January 7, 2013
Having added interior details to several of my HO scale buildings, I'm a firm believer that these often overlooked spaces can really add a lot to any layout. Take this ... Read More

Freight Car Friday - CSXT 160192

Friday January 4, 2013
CSX 160192 sports an unconventional paint scheme. ©2013 Ryan C Kunkle, licensed to About.com, Inc. Cars like this big CSX "High Cube" boxcar are often found hauling auto parts and appliances. These are ... Read More

DCC Basics

Thursday January 3, 2013
Is DCC on your 2013 list? ©2013 Ryan C Kunkle, licensed to About.com, Inc. Learning, or installing a DCC system is a common modeler's resolution for the new year. Although ... Read More

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