JULY 2018: Iowa Interstate GP38 600 leads an eastbound grain extra over Highway 59 at Hancock, Iowa, on Joe Atkinson’s HO scale model railroad. Nick Muff returns with a detailed look at an Frisco railroad depot, the sixth installment of George Riley and Otto Vondrak’s “Consider the Commuter” RMC Project Layout focuses on its overhead electrical wire system, Bill Deen presents a step-by-step improvement of brass steam locomotive operation, Michael Collins discusses a vintage material car kit by Ambroid, and much more in the July issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!
The Iowa Interstate took over operation of the old Rock Island main line between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Bureau, Ill., in 1984. Joe Atkinson models the railroad in May 2005, reflecting a time he spent on the prototype line railfanning and documenting its operations.
In this installment, we’re going to focus on the key rail-served structures in this scene. When we began this series, we tried to select building kits that would be readily available and easy to customize.
Michael Abraham’s latest travelogue, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow, does not follow the normal course of a book about railroads. Abraham approaches his subject from the viewpoint of presenting an economic geographic assessment of the region between Norfolk, Va., and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Southern Pacific modelers are in for a real treat with this locomotive. With its road-specifc features, Athearn’s rendition of the SP EMD SD39 really captures all the subtle nuances of this signature Espee locomotive.