DECEMBER 2017: Number 4636, a class Q-4d 2-8-2, roars through the control point at the east end of Pennsboro, West Virginia, on Bill Scheerer’s HO scale Monongah Division of the B&O Railroad. Nicholas S. Muff presents an in-depth study of the Rock Island’s TA diesel locomotive, Trevor Marshall takes us into winter with scratchbuilt snow fencing, the award-winning Waterbury Pen Company is detailed by modeler Ron Poidomani, Dick Karnes explores the interesting variety of operations on his S scale “Milk Run,” the Brown 40-foot Dry Van style of piggy-back trailers is examined by Richard Yaremko, and much more in the December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Models on Display at the 2017 SPHTS Convention

Models on Display at the 2017 SPHTS Convention

Associate Editor Harry K. Wong made the trek to attend the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society annual convention in Santa Rosa, Calif., on August 11, 2017. Here’s just a sample of some of the fine scale models that were on display…


Ladies and Gentlemen, This is N Scale

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is N Scale

If your last encounter with N scale train involved crude structures and coarse details, think again! Enjoy this gallery of fine scale modeling by Chris Brimley.


Lionel Trains Pennsylvania Flyer Starter Set

Lionel Trains Pennsylvania Flyer Starter Set

O gauge, in general, is still one of the best size trains with which to introduce a potential rookie to model railroading. Both the size and rugged qualities of these traditional trains and tracks lend themselves well to the youngest of potential rail barons while, admittedly, the tech incorporated into the newest 3-rail starter sets provide an appealing multi-sensory experience to which the latest generation has already become so accustomed.


Rapido’s Pocket Streamliner: Budd RDC in HO Scale

Rapido’s Pocket Streamliner: Budd RDC in HO Scale

Rapido has captured the look of the Phase 1b SP-10 on the day it entered service, complete with pilots (panels to enclose the space beneath the couplers are included along with a bag of other assorted detail parts for modeler installation as desired), the train indicator boards, and even the Nathan 3-chime air horns.


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