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  • September 29, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,366 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    By Robert Schleicher To upgrade appearance and minimize derailments, replace the couplers on the Con-Cor cars with Micro-Trains body mounted, pivoting couplers, as used on Micro-Trains 89-foot flat cars. Con-Cor offers its N scale au...
  • September 29, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,173 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    By Robert Schleicher Replace the side panels on the Con-Cor auto rack with etched brass parts from N Scale of Nevada to capture the "see through" appearance of the prototype cars. An index of previous articles in this series on upgrad...
  • September 28, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 4,543 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    By Mike Daniels Modify the sides of the basic rack, extend the individual panels, and create a replica of this Rock Island auto rack. This Rock Island auto rack differs from the prototypes for the Walthers HO scale and Con-Cor N scal...
  • September 27, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,950 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    PROTOTYPE INFORMATION BY PAUL ZACK ROSTER BY WARREN CALLOWAY AND WILLIAM E. GRIFFIN JR. Page 32: Richmond, Fredricksburg & Potomac train No. 109 cresting the summit of Franconia Hill at Franconia, Va . The train is led by a GP35/GP40- 21GP35 lash...
  • September 26, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,302 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    WP operated ten of these distinctive locomotives BY JOHN J. RYCZKOWSKI Left: The Western Pacific received their GP20's in 1959 and 1960 dressed in the classic "Zephyr" livery shown above. Number 2008, here at Keddie, Calif., in the 1960's, was one o...
  • September 26, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,546 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    BY JAMES E. HUMBERT Page 25: At St. Paul, Minn., in October 1974, Milwaukee Road's class unit GP30 No. 1000 awaits assignment. The Milwaukee owned 16 GP30's, built by EMD in 1963. When first delivered, this unit was numbered 340. It was scrapped not ...
  • September 26, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,291 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    An overview of a prototype operation which can be adapted to the model railroad. BY BRAM BAILEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR Left: The Central Vermont White River Junction switcher works the lumberyard at Sharon, Vt., in 1983. The engine is a 1955 Alco...
  • September 23, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,336 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    Armour Yellow varnish run in the City train tradition BY PAUL ZACK Left: Noted for their "specials for all occasions," Union Pacific ran this shipper's train on Sept. 6, 1978. Officials of Koppel Industries and Japanese grain buyers rode the train, ...
  • September 23, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,040 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    By John Nehrich PROTOTYPE PHOTOGRAPHS BY JIM SHAUGHNESSY Left top: It's 1954 at Bellows Falls, VT. A southbound Central Vermont freight pounds the Rutland diamond as it steams past the operator's shack with its antique signal overhead. The shanty, t...
  • September 22, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,729 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    New details and weathering create an eye-catching model BY MARK FEDDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR Page 9: Author Fedderson's G-22 gondola model is shown here, after his weathering and detail additions. New are inside wall details-rivets, stake poc...