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May 2009

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Operating the Beer Line

Preparing and running our HO scale project railroad

>>Online Bonus: Map of the real Milwaukee Road Beer Line

>>Online Bonus: Executive Editor Andy Sperandeo describes the freight house job

Montana Rail Link in N scale

Freelanced industries enhance this layout

Roll your own steel coils

An easy-to-make common steel mill load

A B&O branch line for a garage

This 10 x 18-foot HO plan is our third-place winner

Easy yard ladder control

A "tree" of switch motors simplifies yard routing

Diesel-era grain operations

This industry offers modelers a lot of variety

Building Freytag's foundry

Part 2: Modeling the HO scale plant's craneway

>>Online Bonus: Materials list for Freytag's foundry

An N&W branch on a shelf

A famous railroad photographer inspired this layout


Freight yard design and operation.

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