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Pre-Estate Sales

 (for what it’s worth) By Rick Henderson   At some point, we ALL pass on, there simply is no getting around that fact. Also the saying that “He who dies with the most toys wins”, is often quite the opposite. When we pass on either expectedly or unexpectedly, if we leave behind our trains and other toys, we usually just burden our heirs with our collections and often they wind up

Tender brakes on the 2-4-0

Written by Jeff Frost   In the early 2000’s Dad and I looked into putting brakes on the tenders to increase the braking capacity. When pulling long trains at the White Creek Railroad, we would choose our routes so we didn’t have a long, straight downhill, but wanted curves to add resistance and help keep the train from going too fast. Due to the Mikado being heavier, it had better braking capabilities

Blind Tires and Flanged Tires

Written by Jeff Frost   Myth: to make an engine take sharper curves, install blind tires.   Blind locomotive tires are tires that do not have flanges. The sketch shows a flanged tire and a blind tire. On the outside the tires have a lip that will bear against the wheel center for its proper placement on the wheel center. The flanged tire has a 1:20 taper from the outside edge to

Building the 1940 Soo Line Russell Snow Plow

Written by R Grosser An Overland brass O scale model of a 1940 Soo Line Russell snow plow #183 (not shown), was 3d scanned by Jay Gross of JG Conversions  jgconversions@yahoo.com and DWG drawings to 1.6 scale created from that. These were made so the main body parts could be laser or water jet cut out including the rivet holes. My dad was a Soo Line freight brakeman but I do not recall him

Realistic Caboose Door Knob on the Cheap

Article by Don Pearson While I am not always adverse to buying detail parts, sometimes I get a little bit OCD about a project being home-built in its entirety. I started a caboose project and the door knobs were simply not available, at least not with the appearance I wanted them to have, so I decided to try making my own. I purchased a box of ¼”-20 machine screws ¾” long. I

Hopper Car Build

Article by Ray Grosser The kit for this magnificent 1934 AAR offset side hopper car designated as HM is being offered by Kevin Sprayberry Models of Canton GA   (as of this date, Kevin is still working on a web site). These cars were owned by a number of railroads. We have some photos of the cars we are interested in building from various books. The L&N Color Guide for the Louisville & Nashville by

Weed Garden Sprayer

My wife and I bought a weed garden sprayer several years ago to try to get ahead of the weeds that invariably grow up in the Right of Way (ROW) of our railroad. I have not seen anyone else’s sprayer in action so building one would have to be done one piece at a time. I have been told that necessity is the mother of invention, but my ability to think

Constructing a Diamond Junction

Written by Laurence Johnson “In U.S. railroad practice, a level junction (or in the United Kingdom a flat crossing) is a railway junction that has a track configuration in which merging or crossing railroad lines provide track connections with each other that require trains to cross over in front of opposing traffic at grade (i.e. on the level). The cross-over structure is sometimes called a diamond junction or diamond crossing in

A Riveting Article

(or how to set rivets without going crazy) Written by Adam C. Madlinger One of the more common techniques required when building models of the steam and early diesel era is riveting, or “setting” rivets. The railroads loved rivets, and for good reason: rivets are stronger than bolts in applications where high shear forces exist; that is, forces perpendicular to the shaft that tend to cut, or shear, the fastener in

What we need is a BIG Diesel

Written by Martyn Redfearn and Brian Biggs It all started when we ran the first Santa Special at Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers. It was my idea to run the Santa Specials and I did all the planning, which included a 10 minute timetable. No problem, the two largest locos should easily cope, but what would happen if we lost a loco? “What we need is a big diesel!” We started