Railroad Model Craftsman February 2024


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The HO Scale Galeton & Chestnut Lake • by JERRY LAUCHLE — This freelanced HO layout recalls coal and lumber hauling in central Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Railroad X-54 Boxcar• by JAMES KINKAID — Built at Sam Rea Shops, these 40’ plug door boxcars served into the Conrail era.

Dummy Third Rail for Modern Transit • by MATT BOUCHER — Easy techniques to model an important detail for modern urban transit scenes.

Improved End Details for Covered Hoppers • by DON JANES — Etched brass and nickel silver parts improve the look of these Canadian covered hoppers.

A Simple Operator’s Control Box • by MICHAEL HAUK — Recreating simple controls to remotely set train order signals along the line.

‘Oil Can’ Sides • by BILL YANCEY, MMR — Using styrene strips to simulate warping caused by welding sheet steel.

Kitbash a Central Vermont 2-8-0 • by ARLO CAMPBELL — A Bachmann Consolidation is the base for this detailed steam loco kitbash in HO.


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

Railbooks — Nebraska Central Railroad: Pride of the Prairies/Harry K. Wong

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

Perspective — The Power of Community/Hunter Hughson

Craftsman Workshop — Ice House Kitbash in HO and N/George Dutka

Company Photographer — Simulated Night Photography/William Gill

Diverging Points — Details, Details/Jason Shron

Editor's Notebook — Commentary from your editor/Otto M. Vondrak

Dealer Directory — Listing of recommended hobby dealers

Index of Advertisers


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