OCTOBER 2021:  Great Northern and Northern Pacific team up to haul heavy traffic over Dean Ferris’ N scale proto-freelanced joint line set in Eastern Oregon in 1969. James Kinkaid returns with scale drawings of Pullman-Standard puplwood cars built for KCS, while Marc Simpson shows us how he kitbashed a Belt Railway of Chicago Alco C-424 in HO scale. We ride along with the local crew on Clark Propst’s Minneapolis & St. Louis Story City Branch, while Scott Thornton demonstrates an easy technique for making working EOT flashers for your modern freight cars. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the October issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

October 2021

Vol. 90/No. 10


Oregon Short Line in N Scale

by Dean Ferris — Great Northern and Northern Pacific team up to haul heavy traffic over a proto-freelanced joint line through Eastern Oregon in 1969.

Kansas City Southern Pulpwood Cars

by James Kinkaid — Built by Pullman-Standard between 1967 and 1968, these unique cars were later adapted to haul timber and coiled wire.

Belt Railway of Chicago Alco C-424

by Marc Simpson — Built to haul heavy transfer runs, these former Belt Railway of Chicago units made their way north to Canada’s Hudson Bay Railway in 1999.

M&StL Iowa Branch Operations

by Clark Propst — Based on the prototype Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway Story City Branch, we follow a local crew switching this Iowa branch line.

Boomer Trail Special: St. Louis RPM

by Dan Munson — After a year’s hiatus, the St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modelers meet returned with record attendance for visitors and exhibitors alike.

Make a Flashing EOT

by Scott Thornton — The flashing End of Train (EOT) device is a common sight on modern freight trains across America—here’s how to make your own.


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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