Railroad Model Craftsman December 2023


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Modeling Prototype Scenes • by Joe Green — Consider these simple concepts to create realistic scenes for your model railroad.

Baltimore & Ohio Canstock Boxcar • by James Kinkaid — These Pullman-Standard 50 ft. boxcars were designed for hauling tinplate coils.

Green Mountain Division • by Don Janes — This beautiful HO scale layout depicts scenes of New England railroading of the 1950s.

Hacks, Shacks, Cabins, and Crummies • by Tyler Whitcomb — Building a modern caboose fleet for the freelanced Tenino Western Railroad.

Model a Steam Era Cinder Pit in HO • by Robert Schleichher — Cinder pits were used to collect waste from steam engines as part of servicing.

Scratchbuilding Mom and Dad’s House • by Wayne Wesolowski — An easy scratchbuilding project to create a typical small mid-century home.


Safety Valve • Letters from our readers

Receiving Yard • New product reports and industry news/compiled — by Harry K. Wong

Test Track • In-depth reviews of new hobby products

Rail Books • Buffalo Creek Railroad, Vol. 1: 1868-1950 — review by Otto M. Vondrak

Craftsman Timetable • Listings of railroad-related events contributed by our readers

Perspective • Suspension of Disbelief — by Paul Boehlert

Craftsman Workshop •  Leftovers Again! by George Dutka

Collector Consist • Invasion of the Wide-Visions ! — by Tony Cook

Diverging Points • Playing With The Kids  by Jason Shron

Editor's Notebook • by Otto M. Vondrak

Dealer Directory • Recommended hobby dealers

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