AUGUST 2017: We take a tour of Dave Acheson’s Joint Line which features Santa Fe, Burlington Northern, and Rio Grande trains on his busy operations-oriented HO scale layout. Bruce Rogers super-details an Illinois Central SD40-2, the building of craftsman kits is explored by Dave Capron, James Kinkaid looks at the Baltimore & Ohio O-66 mill gondola, New York Central’s Harmon electric locomotive inspection shed is masterfully scratch built by Victor Hand, Brad Slone presents a study of a DODX flatcar, and much more in the August issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Easy Masking Tape Scenery

Easy Masking Tape Scenery

Masking tape is easy to source, inexpensive, plus it is fast and simple to use. The result is a strong base that can support any scenic effect you choose to apply. Joseph Kreiss explains his technique step-by-step.


Modeling a Rock Island Commuter Diesel in N Scale

Modeling a Rock Island Commuter Diesel in N Scale

Although the venerable Rock Island railroad was thinly stretched in the late 1970s all the way up to its bankruptcy, it still ran commuter trains between downtown Chicago La Salle and Joliet Union Station until it was taken over by the Regional Transportation Agency (RTA), known today as Metra.


Amtrak’s Siemens Cities Sprinter ACS-64 in N Scale by Kato

Amtrak’s Siemens Cities Sprinter ACS-64 in N Scale by Kato

With the addition of the ACS-64 to Kato’s already impressive list of 1:160 scale Amtrak equipment, the passenger train-oriented N-scaler can easily keep pace with the ever-changing rail industry.


Westerfield Models Union Pacific S-40-1 Stock Car in HO scale

Westerfield Models Union Pacific S-40-1 Stock Car in HO scale

Westerfield kits, by virtue of using molded urethane resin for most of their components, require a bit more experience and patience to complete successfully. The end result is a detailed, properly weighted and free rolling HO-scale model of a widely used, early 20th Century railroad stock car.


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