MARCH 2017: Crossing a short bridge over the mainline that runs below, Kaw Valley SW9 910 uses an idler car to spot and pull Paulsell’s Pallet Company near Muncie, Kansas. Explore Mike Fyten’s S-scale Kaw Valley Railroad, “built for operations” as seen in eastern Kansas. Dr. Geoff Bunza adds animation to Bob’s Barber Shop, a Rock Island commuter F7 is modeled in N scale by Alvin Ho, Harry K. Wong upgrades Athearn 86-foot boxcars, Bob Losse presents a study of Alco FA-1 and FA-2 cab units, and much more in the March issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

March 2017

Vol. 86/No. 3


Bob’s Barber Shop

by Dr. Geoff Bunza

Geoff demonstrates how to add animation and lighting to a barber shop.

Kaw Valley Line

by Mike Fyten and Dan Munson

A beautiful S-scale prairie layout built for operations.

Rock Island Commuter

by Alvin Ho

Building a Rock Island commuter train in N scale using available models.

Athearn 86-foot Boxcars

by Harry K. Wong

Reworking Athearn 86-foot auto parts cars for enhanced appearance and operation.

The Alco FA-1 and FA-2

by Bob Losse

A look at the other cab four-axle cab unit: the Alco FAs.


Editors Notebook – Commentary by Stephen M. Priest

Postmarks – Letters from our readers

Receiving Yard – Product and industry news

Railbooks – Book news and reviews

Craftsman Timetable – Scheduled events and notices

Perspectives/Peter Youngblood

Look Both Ways/Commentary by Bill Navigato and Mike Schafer

Test Track – Product reviews by Tony Cook

Scratchbuilder’s Corner/Bob Walker

RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award/Dick Karnes

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