Railroad Model Craftsman February 2021


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Pulpwood and Iron Ore: C&NW Ashland Districtby Dave Rickaby — Childhood memories of Chicago & North Western green-and-gold freight and passenger trains inspired this detailed HO scale model railroad.

NATX Liquid Phosphate Tank Carby James Kincaid — These unusual tank cars spent their short service life hauling liquid phosphate used in production of phosphorus-based fertilizers.

Remotor a PFM Shayby Jeff Johnston — Upgrading an old Pacific Fast Mail brass Shay with a new motor and drivetrain results in reliable, smooth operation at slow speeds.

Easy-to-Model Tank Head Loadsby M.R. Snell — Using simple styrene shapes and cast detail parts, you can create this unusual and eye-catching load for your modern gondolas.

Satisfying Operations on a Smaller Layoutby Brooks Stover — Small layouts can still be challenging to operate, especially if you plan out your train operations alongside your track plan.


Boomer Trail

Company Photographer

Craftsman Timetable

Craftsman Workshop

Dealer Directory • Recommended hobby dealers

Diverging Pointsby Jason Shron

Editor's Notebookby Otto M. Vondrak

Index of Advertisers

Painting & Weathering

Perspectiveby Joel Goldberg

Rail Books • Book news and reviews

Receiving Yard

Safety Valve

Test Track • by Harry K. Wong — Kato's New York Central 1948 20th Century Limited product review

Test Trackby Harry K. Wong — Rapido Trains' General Electric DASH8-40CM Locomotive product review

Test Trackby Harry K. Wong — Woodland Scenics Modern Era Vehicles product review

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