DECEMBER 2017: Number 4636, a class Q-4d 2-8-2, roars through the control point at the east end of Pennsboro, West Virginia, on Bill Scheerer’s HO scale Monongah Division of the B&O Railroad. Nicholas S. Muff presents an in-depth study of the Rock Island’s TA diesel locomotive, Trevor Marshall takes us into winter with scratchbuilt snow fencing, the award-winning Waterbury Pen Company is detailed by modeler Ron Poidomani, Dick Karnes explores the interesting variety of operations on his S scale “Milk Run,” the Brown 40-foot Dry Van style of piggy-back trailers is examined by Richard Yaremko, and much more in the December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!
Associate Editor Harry K. Wong made the trek to attend the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society annual convention in Santa Rosa, Calif., on August 11, 2017. Here’s just a sample of some of the fine scale models that were on display…
While not the first rendering of the venerable EMD SD40-2 in HO, this attempt by ScaleTrains promises to be the last word on the prototype, eventually encompassing all the major and minor production phase changes of this popular diesel, as well as road-specific details.
O gauge, in general, is still one of the best size trains with which to introduce a potential rookie to model railroading. Both the size and rugged qualities of these traditional trains and tracks lend themselves well to the youngest of potential rail barons while, admittedly, the tech incorporated into the newest 3-rail starter sets provide an appealing multi-sensory experience to which the latest generation has already become so accustomed.