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  • September 22, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,823 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    BY JAMES E. HUMBERT PHOTOGRAPHY FROM COLLECTION OF LOUIS A. MARRE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED TEXT AND ROSTER Left: If railroad rosters can be likened to football teams, then BRC's six Alco C424's must surely be defensive tackles. Here, three of the "Refr...
  • September 22, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 6,360 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    BY MIKE SCHAFER Left: PP&U SW9 No. 606 moves stealthily across the new Illinois River bridge on a very frigid January day in 1985 with a cut of cars destined for Peoria-side interchange. Transfers and local switching keep the P&PU's fleet of ...
  • September 21, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,397 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Left: Belt Railway of Chicago class K-3 0-8-0 No. 141 poses for the Baldwin company photographer in a classic rods-down pose on her birthday at Eddystone in 1928. The husky 0-8-0 was one of five similar units delivered to BRC by BLW and closely resemb...
  • September 20, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,888 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    SP/Caltran's commute fleet offers the modeler variety, diversity and just plain fun BY MIKE SCHAFER AND JAMES E. HUMBERT Left: Two SP commute trains empty themselves of passengers on a cold winter evening in the late 1970's at San Jose, Calif. The s...
  • September 20, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 5,363 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Finishing the all-metal model in Reading dress BY JIM SIX MODEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR Left: Reading Century 424 No. 5203 leads a GP35 and SD45 in March 1975. In a shade more than one year, the little-photographed anthracite road would be absorbe...
  • September 19, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 7,711 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    prototype profile: Can't decide on a favorite prototype? Here's a solution. BY ROGER KUJAWA, PAUL ZACK AND MIKE SCHAFER Left: Peoria & Pekin Union SW9 605 and NW2 mate 603 move a cut of hoppers near 91 yard in Peoria in 1985. Dubbed by some as t...
  • September 19, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,194 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    When the railroad was caught short they modified hundreds of wood cars BY RICHARD H. HENDRICKSONMODEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR Page 14: Santa Fe No. 272566 i s a 1945 rebuilt class Bx-46 boxcar. Extra wartime traffic forced Santa Fe to rebuild abou...
  • September 16, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,225 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    A basic kitbash produces a car not available in kit form BY WILLIAM R. JONES PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR Left: The Central of Georgia purchased 50 2893-cubic-foot three-bay covered hoppers in 1957, representative of which is No. 927 seen here at Macon...
  • September 16, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,624 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    Guidelines for modeling these 1940's-vintage cars operated by a number of roads BY RICHARD H. HENDRICKSONMODEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR Left: Merchant's Despatch No. 9299 was built in September of 1947. It is a steel reefer, one of the MDT's flagsh...
  • September 16, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,086 views - 2 comments - 1 like
    Is scenery necessary to fully operate a layout? BY JOHN SWANSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR Left: This is the town of Midway on the author's Dixon, Wyanet & Lake Superior Railroad. North of this point, the area has finished scenery, and south it i...