DECEMBER 2019: Dan Munson takes us on a tour of Dave Waraxa’s freelanced HO scale model railroad based on the BNSF route between Spokane, Wash., and Sandpoint, Idaho, which also hosts Union Pacific and Montana Rail Link trains as well. Clifton Lifton describes the modern petrochemical industry and how you can easily add butane shipping operations to your layout. Alexander Craghead presents the Guilds Lake Industrial Park, an urban switching district that could be modeled in many eras. Enjoy scenery tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

December 2019

Vol. 88/No. 12


Kitbash a Canadian SWEEP

by Andrew Castle — Modeling a real-life kitbash created by Canadian National merging the frame and cab of an SW1200 with the long hood of a Geep.

Shipping Butane by Rail

by Clifton Linton — No room for a refinery? It wouldn’t take much to add this modern commodity to your model railroad operations.

ACL 40-foot Roof Hatch Boxcars

by James Kinkaid — Pullman-Standard built a fleet of cars for Atlantic Coast Line with outside post construction and rooftop loading hatches.

Guild’s Lake Industrial Park

by Alexander B. Craghead — This urban switching district in Portland, Oregon, is the inspiration for a compact model railroad that fits any era.

BNSF Railway Kootenai River Sub

by Dan Munson — Dave Waraxa’s freelanced HO scale model railroad is based on the BNSF route between Spokane, Wash., and Sandpoint, Idaho.


Safety Valve – Letters from our readers

Receiving Yard – Product and industry news

Test Track – Product Reviews

Railbooks – Book news and reviews

Craftsman Timetable – Scheduled events and notices

Perspective/Don Heimburger

Look Both Ways/Commentary by Bill Navigato and Mike Schafer

Craftsman Workshop

Editor’s Notebook – Commentary by Otto M. Vondrak

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