JULY 2024: This month we learn why Jim Hertzog expanded a key yard facility for more operational enjoyment on his HO scale Reading Shamokin Division layout. James Kinkaid returns with scale drawings of Louisville & Nashville bulkhead flatcars, while Robert Schleicher shows us how he successfully backdated a Walthers wooden water tower kit. John Sethian shares his techniques for stringing Pennsylvania Railroad catenary in O scale, while Andrew Castle weathers a hard-working Canadian National GP38-2W. All this and more in the July issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

ScaleTrains Releases N Scale EMD SD40-2s

ScaleTrains Releases N Scale EMD SD40-2s

Echoing its HO scale release, ScaleTrains is now shipping all-new EMD SD40-2s for N scale as part of its premium Rivet Counter product line.


Expanding St. Nicholas Yard on the HO Reading Shamokin Division

Expanding St. Nicholas Yard on the HO Reading Shamokin Division

Expanding a key yard facility for more operational enjoyment on Jim Hertzog’s busy HO scale Reading layout.


Backdating a Walthers Water Tank in HO Scale

Backdating a Walthers Water Tank in HO Scale

Simple modifications make this Walthers Cornerstone HO scale water tank model fit right into turn-of-the-century layouts.


Bar Mills Scale Model Works’ Downtown Garage

Bar Mills Scale Model Works’ Downtown Garage

The model is based on a scratchbuilt, freelanced structure designed and built by George Sellios for his well-known HO scale Franklin & South Manchester layout.


Tangent Scale Models  Greenville 6,000cf  60’ Double Plug Door Boxcars

Tangent Scale Models Greenville 6,000cf 60’ Double Plug Door Boxcars

Now available from Tangent Scale Models is its first production of highly detailed 60-foot boxcars representing these Greenville-built 6,000 cu. ft. double plug door prototypes in HO scale.


In Praise of Short Lines

In Praise of Short Lines

Consider looking up the short lines in your area, and see railroading as it used to be all across the country.


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