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December 2013

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Perch birds on your power lines

It’s simple to add this often-overlooked detail to your overhead wires

Kitbash a Canadian Pacific RS-3 in HO scale

Combine a Bowser body and an Atlas chassis to build an Alco workhorse

A sectional railroad on an aluminum frame

Based on two MR designs, this N scale layout depicts the Pacific Northwest

Modeling Miamis Downtown Spur

An urban light-industrial setting provides plenty of switching

The mechanics of train dispatching

How to do timetable-and-train-order dispatching, including what you need

A rail-marine connection in the Pacific Northwest

A remote Milwaukee Road branch inspired this 12 x 16-foot track plan

New life for old boxcars

Following the Chicago & North Western’s example to repurpose 40-foot cars as sheds


How to get started in HO or N scale.

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