AUGUST 2022:  We wrap up our 2022 NMRA National Convention preview with a visit to Richard Rands’ beautiful On30 Mineral & Southfork Railway. James Kinkaid returns with scale drawings of the Evans “Side Slider” boxcar, Dave Abeles shows us how he modeled a highway bridge from upstate New York, Jeff Johnston upgrades older brass steam engines with updated DCC and sound circuits, and Wayne Wesolowski scratchbuilds an O scale crossing watchman’s shanty from styrene. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the August issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

August 2022

Vol. 91/No. 8


Mineral & Southfork Railway

by Dan Munson — This freelanced O scale narrow gauge layout is inspired by the mining history of Alaska.

Evans Side Slider

by James Kinkaid — Favored by short lines, these innovative cars were replaced by centerbeam fl ats.

Model a Highway Overhead Bridge

by Dave Abeles — Using various kits to replicate a typical NYSDOT highway crossing of the 1990s.

DCC Sound Upgrade for Brass Steam

by Jeff Johnston — Upgrading old brass imports with improved DCC sound and keep-alive circuits.

Build a Roarin’ Elgin Elevated Shanty

by Wayne Wesolowski — This Chicago, Aurora & Elgin prototype was typical of trackside installations.

Island Inspiration: Canadian National 70-tonner and Caboose in HO

by James Hilton — Inspired by a vintage photo of a bygone scene of railroading on Prince Edward Island.


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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