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February 2020

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JohnAllenengine

Miracle in Monterey: The restoration of G-D Line no. 10

Rumors of a missing stash of John Allen's HO scale locomotives turn out to be true

For many, especially long-time readers of Model Railroader, the name John Allen doesn't need an introdution. Considered by some as the greatest model railroader of all time and called "The Wizard of Montery," John, through his seminal model railroad the Gorre & Dahphetid, was innovative, inspiring, and ahead of his time.

Wingatepart2

Building Wingate in O scale

Part 2: Constructing the layout while keeping weight and complexity under control

Wingate is a 1⁄4"-scale railroad. It also happens to have the rails spaced at the prototypically correct 4'-81⁄2". The rails in almost all other scales are also spaced at that distance, but not O scale. I chose to correct this minor error, as I’ll discuss shortly, but please feel free to ignore the slight gauge difference or even build Wingate in another scale or gauge. After all, the rails through the prototype location were originally 3-foot gauge.

ZanePiermont

Going home on the Piermont Division

This 60 x 70-foot HO scale masterpiece gets a major revision and a new Northeastern focus

My HO scale Piermont Division has continuously evolved over the more than 35 years since I began building it. Virtually every scene has been redone at least once. I’ve xpanded the railroad with two major additions to my home. The original 26 x 26-foot basement layout space (section 1)gained 1,200 square feet (section 2) in 1995 and another 800 square feet (section 3) in 2001. Today, the model railroad fills about 2,850 square feet and features a 1,400-foot mainline run, which is 23 HO scale miles.

BigTrainsSouthwest

Big trains through the Southwest

The 20 x 30-foot Four Corners & Five Lakes features contemporary railroading in N scale

The American Southwest and the Great Lakes are two regions seldom associated with each other. But John Tindall’s freelanced Four Corners & Five Lakes (FCFL) serves as a link between Milwaukee and San Diego. The 20 x 30-foot model railroad depicts modern day railroading with long manifest freights, unit trains, and Amtrak trains rolling through the arid landscape of the Four Corners region.

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VideoPlusFeb2020

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From the Editor
FromTheEditorFeb2020

Delivering the hobby world to your door

Railway Post Office
RPOFeb2020

Letters from our readers

Ask MR
TracksideFeb2020

Can I fix a bubble in a cured water feature?

Heritage Fleet
HeritageFeb2020

The completely revolutionary new C-D scale and gauge

Step by Step
StepFeb2020

How to model embedded rails

DCC Corner
DCCFeb2020

More solutions for shorts

On Operation
OperationFeb2020

Make him come get me

Trackside Photos
TracksideFeb2020

Photos from your fellow Model Railroaders

Trains of Thought
TrainsofThoughFeb2020

These are the good new days

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