DECEMBER 2022:  This month we visit two modelers taking different approaches to modeling the same line. Steve Mallery models helper operations over Keating Summit in the late Pennsylvania Railroad era, while Ken McCorry tackles the same subject in the Penn Central Era. Phil Monat takes us on a tour, and then follows up with an analysis of both. Kinzer Hurt shows us how he scratchbuild a compressed model of a modern Florida warehouse in styrene, while Jeff Carlson takes some inexpensive models to build a Burlington wedge snowplow. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

December 2022

Vol. 91/No. 12


Pennsylvania Railroad’s Buffalo Line

by Otto M. Vondrak — This route was home to heavy traffic requiring helpers over Keating Summit.

Steve Mallery’s PRR Buffalo Line

by Phil Monat — This layout captures late-era Pennsy operations from Harrisburg to Buffalo in HO scale.

Ken McCorry’s PC Buffalo Line

by Phil Monat — Penn Central-era operations are represented on this barn-sized HO scale empire.

Buffalo Line: Compare and Contrast

by Phil Monat — Comparing how two Buffalo Line layouts approach the same theme in different ways.

Scratchbuild a Florida Warehouse

by Kinzer Hurt — Simple construction techniques are used to build this model based on an actual location.

Burlington Homebuilt Snowplow in HO

by Jeff Carlson — Kitbashing low-cost parts into a show-stopping model based on a CB&Q prototype.


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


Dremel Kitbashing Award

Craftsman Workshop

Diverging Points – Jason Shron

Editor’s Notebook- Commentary by Otto M. Vondrak

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