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Repairing older N scale handrails

Read the N Scale Insight column from the November 2015 Model Railroader
Jim built replacement handrails for this InterMountain SD40T-2 from Detail Associates brass wire.

Back in the early days of N scale – the 1970s and ’80s – most N scale diesel locomotives had oversized handrails. In fact, they were often so outlandish we called them stovepipes.

N-scalers have always been a clever bunch, and this was just one of the colorful and humorous terms that emerged to describe the scale’s early cosmetic flaws: oversized rivets were grapefruits, humongous molded-on grab irons were slippery ridges, and Kadee’s wheels with ultra deep flanges were pizza cutters. These were funny terms, but we weren’t laughing all that hard because they were altogether too accurate.

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