MAY 2018: General Electric U30B no. 846 leads southbound Train 62 over the Bull Creek bridge north of Paola, Kansas, on Rick McClellan’s HO scale Frisco Northern Division layout. Joseph Kreiss displays weathering tips to make “soggy” gondolas, Jon H. Fleming and Nick Muff team up to present an in-depth study of Southern Pacific’s 4-6-2 Sunbeam steam locomotive, the fourth installment of George Riley and Otto Vondrak’s “Consider the Commuter” RMC Project Layout examines the production of Bucklin Junction, Joel Priest expertly creates countersunk fascia switches, Trevor Marshall demonstrates the value of building a fully-loaded work desk for your layout, and much more in the May issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!
Like most modelers, I am often asked why I chose the Frisco. The biggest reason is that it’s a great trip back to a simpler time and place. No matter where my family went in Springfield, there was the Frisco, so I associate those great family times with the railroad.
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.
A recent limited release from Moloco Trains provides a pair of highly accurate examples of Santa Fe’s Bx-97 boxcar. Each road number produced by Moloco includes its own road number-specific details and decoration.