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APRIL 2014: Along with our visit to Tom McInerney's wonderful HO scale steam-era, dual-gauge logging line set in the mountains, we've got plenty of modeling features. From building a concrete arched bridge, to kitbashing C&O and Pere Marquette business cars, to modeling a truck to rail coal loader, and making a load of corrugated pipes. Thomas Yorke shows us how to build structures with Balsa Foam, and Dr. William Buss shares his model of the Chicago Union Station concourse. All this and more in the April edition of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Railroad Model Craftsman - April 2014

Volume 82, Number 11

This Month's Features

Special features

38 Perspective: Transporting a heat exchanger by Michael Collins
When it comes to the heat exchangers shipped by Air Products and Chemical, Inc., there is no mistaking that these are oversize loads and with their giant size come some special needs.

40 Visiting the Elk River Logging Railroad by Tom McInerney
Set in the 1920’s, this dual-gauge, HO scale layout features plenty of backwoods, mountain railroading.

62 2014 Nürnberg Toy Fair by John Glaab
Here is a look at some of the new model railroad products introduced at this year’s Toy Fair.


46 Building a concrete arched highway bridge by James Van Bokkelen
This interesting concrete bridge over the former Boston & Maine tracks near Rowley, Massachusetts, is really two bridges. One side features an arch, while the other side, built 24 years later during a road widening project, is made of concrete beams.

51 Modeling business cars for the C&O and Pere Marquette by Walt Muren
With a little repainting and lettering, Kato’s HO scale Baltimore & Ohio business cars can be turned into Chesapeake & Ohio and Pere Marquette models. Interior details and lighting add to the project.

57 Building two Southern Pacific depots by Thomas A. Yorke
These scratchbuilt O scale models were built using a product called Balsa Foam® for the walls.

65 Modeling a truck to rail coal loader by Jim Hertzog
This small coal loader is located along the Reading & Northern near Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania.

57 Scratchbuilder’s Corner: Making joints by Bob Walker
Joints can be a weak spot in models. Here are some techniques for strengthening them.

74 RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing Chicago’s Union Station concourse by Dr. William Buss
This model captures childhood memories of cross-country train travel.

77 Modeling a load of corrugated pipe by David Yadock
Here is how you can make a realistic looking and inexpensive load that will look great in a gondola or riding on a flat car.


72 Pere Marquette octagonal crossing gate tower by Julian Cavalier
This century old design would make for an interesting model.

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Railroad Model CraftsmanHeisler No. 9 has just emerged from a tunnel with a freight on Tom
McInerney’s Elk River Logging Railroad. Crossing on the trestle above it is Shay No. 4 with a short log train. Join us for a tour of his detailed model railroad starting on page 40. PHOTO BY TOM McINERNEY, JR.

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