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  • May 19, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,474 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Ken Edmier Model photos by the author Prototype photos by Tim Frederick Gondola cars are very common, and it is hard to find a manifest freight train without one. Since many gondola designs were railroad specific, finding models tha...
  • May 18, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,838 views - 0 comments - 3 likes
    by Ted York Photos by the author With a little work, an inexpensive model flatcar can be turned into a detailed and realistic TOFC car worthy of any model railroad. I have never wanted to tell my Santa Fe friends that I also model th...
  • May 17, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 5,685 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by V. S. Roseman Photos by the author Here are just a few variations of the same structure that are possible when you do not follow a kits instruction sheet. It surprises me how many hobbies are actually encompassed by model railroad...
  • May 16, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 2,203 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    By Bob Beaty, MMR and Larry Smith, MMR Photos by Frank Smith Western edge of Locust Grove leading into the industrial district. The gas station is a modified City Classics kit with one bay removed. As with all of the structures on the layout, it h...
  • May 13, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 2,752 views - 0 comments - 4 likes
    by Paul Knowles Photos by the author One day I was lucky enough to witness a wheel change-out on a grain car. This occurred near my home in St. Joseph, Missouri, approximately four years ago. Much to my surprise, the railroad was able to perform this ...
  • May 12, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,259 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Sam Swanson Photos by the author A loaded 20-ton G&LR hopper rolls by gravity past a modest board-and-batten home at the edge of Hall Hollow. The residence is built with a basswood frame and styrene boards and battens. As stru...
  • May 11, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 4,082 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Ron Bareham Photos by the author The double-track mainline of the former New York Central passes over a former Pennsylvania branchline. A westbound freight led by a GP40 and GP38 is headed for the CB&Q in Chicago. A rebuilt former New Haven...
  • May 10, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 6,508 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Jeff Scherb Photos by the author US Route 30 in Silver Creek Valley is a scenic place for a Sunday drive. Signs are a great way to add setting and context to a layout - they can help establish the location and time modeled, and th...
  • May 9, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,617 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    by David G. Casdorph Photos courtesy Freight Cars Journal BN 534992 roster view. Shown here in a siding along the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Notice that the tubs, B-end rungs, handrails, brake wheel, etc., are all painted black. ...
  • May 6, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 5,266 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    by Roger D. Kujawa Photos by the author unless otherwise indicated How would you like the perfect industry for your railroad? How about an industry to which any car can go...from passenger to stock car...maintenance-of-way to cabooses?...