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Railroad Model Craftsman
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014: We take a tour of Jim Providenza's large scale outdoor rendition of the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes junction at Strong, Maine, an amazing recreation in Proto 20.3 scale! We also take a visit to John Diamond's free-lanced transition era HO scale layout inspired by the New York Central's lines through the Adirondack Mountains. Jim Homoki shows us how he modeled Jersey Central's leaser fleet of the 1960s and 1970s, Stephen Priest takes a closer look at bridge and pier design, while Bill Schaumburg reviews the 2014 Collinsville RPM Meet. All this and more in the November-December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Railroad Model Craftsman - Nov.-Dec. 2014

Volume 83, Number 3

This Month's Features

Special features

38 Perspective: Salute to the Chinese SY by Robert D. Turner
The Chinese class SY 2-8-2 locomotives were the last mass-produced steam locomotives in the world. China turned out more than 1,800 of them from the 1960s until 1999, and two of them have found a home in the United States.

48 A visit to the Tupper Lake & South Junction by John Diamond
Built in Australia, this freelanced, New York Central-inspired, HO-scale layout is set in the Adirondacks during the steam-to-diesel transition era.

56 Collinsville 2014 RPM meet by William C. Schaumburg
Join us for a look at some of the fine modeling that was on display in Connecticut at this year’s Collinsville Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet.

62 A Maine two-footer modeled in a California backyard by Jim Providenza
The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes junction at Stong, Maine, is recreated outdoors in Proto 20.3 scale.


40 Modeling CNJ leased diesels by Jim Homoki
Athearn’s Genesis locomotives are an excellent starting point for modeling the F7s and GP9s the financially troubled Central Railroad of New Jersey leased from Baltimore & Ohio in the 1960s and 1970s.

53 Roll your own boxcar door battens by Don Valentine
In the steam-era, large, heavy sheets of paper were sometimes nailed over boxcar door openings to help protect the cargo from damage by the weather, dust, and cinders. Here is how you can recreate that detail in miniature.

60 RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: The Whopper® Building
by Dr. Frank Heynick
This unique, six-story O-scale building is part of a much larger New York City-inspired diorama.

70 Three bridges; One scene by Stephen M. Priest, MMR
A look at the philosophy, design, and installation of three distinctly different bridges and their supporting piers and bents.

78 Scratchbuilder’s Corner: More on research and travel by Bob Walker
When it comes to gathering a feel for an locale, nothing beats an actual visit to the area you want to model.


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Dispatchers Report - Product and industry news

Railbooks - Book news and reviews

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Test Track - Product reviews

Collector Consist/Keith Wills

Editors Notebook - Commentary by Chris D'Amato

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Railroad Model CraftsmanSandy River & Rangeley Lakes No. 24 takes a ride on the turntable on Jim Providenza’s Proto 20.3 scale outdoor layout. Jim models the SR&RL’s junction at Stong, Maine, in its final years.

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