MARCH 2018: Second-hand power leads a Buffalo & Pittsburgh road freight picking up interchange from the Bessemer & Lake Erie at Butler, Pa., on Jon Percy’s N scale model railroad that follows prototype operations on this modern regional shortline. James Kincaid explores the Pullman-Standard PS-2 covered hopper variations, while Nicholas S. Muff provides drawings and data for the Milwaukee Road electric substation at Taunton, Wash. We dive into Part 3 of our commuter railroad project layout series with structures for our busy suburban junction. All this and more in the March issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!
While the façade of the model building calls for the look of polished brick and neatly painted wood trim, the common bricks of the sides and back need special attention. Here a modeler can draw upon boyhood memories of taking shortcuts down dingy alleys to get to the rail yard and its various late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century brick buildings.
The overall quality of fit and finish displayed by our sample Penn Central X58 boxcar from Tangent Scale Models was outstanding and void of any paint anomalies or lettering errors. The same goes for operation.
If you are a mid 1960s or later era HO scale modeler, your going to quickly fall in love with the new WalthersProto Phase II GP35. No disappointments here to speak of; it’s simply just the model us second generation diesel fans have been waiting for all these years.