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Celebrating

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Celebrating

the art of

1:48 modeling

Issue #29

Nov/Dec 2006

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Cover: A NYC Mohawk makes its way past an old bar in the city,

although the patrons of said establishment on Norm Charbonneau’s

layout could’nt seem to care less. The locomotive is by

Lionel, the bar is a modified Downtown Deco kit.

Centerspread: A Lionel JLC Allegheny charges into the city in this

view overlooking part of the village of Greenbrook on Norm

Charbonneau’s layout. The mainlines along this section of the

layout were grade separated to add more visual interest.

Features

4 The Latest Stop on My O Gauge Journey

A spectacular HiRail layout by Norm Charbonneau.

14 A Turntable for the Cincinnati & West Virginia

Need a way to turn your locomotives? Ron Gribler shows how he did it.

31 Build a Small O Scale Layout — Part 12

Mike Culham continues construction of the building he started in Part 11.

42 Scratchbuild a Gas Station

A small structure to fit any size layout designed and built by Tom Houle.

63 OST 2K6 Digital Photo Contest Winners

A fine selection of photos won this year’s contest prizes.

Departments

9 Easements for the Learning Curve – Brian Scace

12 Modern Image – Gene Clemens

23 Confessions of a HiRailer – Hobo D. Hirailer

27 Reader Feedback – Letters to the Editor

35 The Art of Finescale – Mike Cougill

41 Narrow Minded – Bobber Gibbs

53 Product News & Reviews

60 Traction Action – Roger C. Parker

63 Powering Up – Ted Byrne

68 Buy-Sell-Trade Ads

68 Events Listing

69 Advertiser Index

70 Observations – Joe Giannovario

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eginnings

For Christmas 1975, I received my very first train, an O-27

Marx “Yardmaster” complete with a searchlight car, crane,

a flatcar with stakes, and a neat little work caboose. I spent

many hours on the floor running it past Lego houses and

lines of Hot Wheels waiting patiently at imaginary crossings.

Not long after the initial charm wore off, I took the shell off

the engine and became fascinated with its inner workings.

A few years later I received my first Lionel set, the “Wabash

Cannonball”, at the time considered a major upgrade since

it was my first die-cast steamer. Soon after receiving this set,

I started to work on my first layout. I named it “Greensville”,

and it was nothing more than a chunk of plywood covered in

Life-Like grass paper with a train station made out of a shoebox.

This was replaced in time by the Wabash Short Line, a

4’ x 5’ layout sitting atop a set of sawhorses built by an uncle.

since then…

Throughout my teen years, I would pursue the hobby in

fits and starts, even experimenting with HO and N Scale for

a brief time. It was not until 1994 that I began to pursue O

Gauge again, after living in Pittsburgh for a few years. Being

around Pittsburgh’s awesome railroad and industrial heritage

got me hooked once again, as I was able to do some memorable

railfanning and train collecting. Years later, after a series

of moves around the country and having built my fair share

of apartment-sized layouts, my wife and I settled in Michigan.

While house shopping in late 2002, quite a few basements

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were scoped out for what was to be my latest layout. After

settling in to our new home, work began in earnest to prepare

the space that my newest and largest layout would occupy.

initial Layout Concept and Construction

Once I had the space prepared for construction, I began

to work on a trackplan and a concept for the layout. Initially,

I just wanted to run a lot of trains, both scale and semi-scale

at the same time, in a mostly scale environment. Wide curves

were a must for some of the larger scale steamers I managed

to acquire in the past few years, and long straight shots were

desired to show off long lines of freight cars. After assessing

the space I had available, I decided on four separate loops,

with two separate yards for storing engines and cars. Scenery

would consist of mountains at one end and a large industrial

city at the other. An attempt was made, early on, to achieve

a flowing, natural look without too much clutter. Mountain

cuts were envisioned, as opposed to tunnels, to give more

train viewing opportunities. Larger engines and cars would

be run on the outer loops, with semi-scale and smaller

equipment occupying the innermost loop. A wide aisle in the

center would allow unfettered access to all the trackage.

technical Layout Aspects

Benchwork for the new pike started in February, 2003.

The layout would measure out at 9.5’ x 22.5’, a size I consider

to be just right for conveying a feel of expansiveness, yet

still being manageable. An average height of 36” was chosen

to balance the needs of tall scenery and relatively low ceil-


Photo 1: In my home town, one of the lingering ghosts of the NH's railyard

was a cool old derrick crane rusting away in the weeds. This model by Model

Tech Studios reminded me of it, although this one is a bit more gainfully

employed on the Wilfred Gage siding.

Photo 2: A pair of Lionel J's by the Greenbrook engine facility.

Photo 3: Another visitor to the Greenbrook engine facility, this time an Empire

State Express Hudson, getting looked over before heading out.

ings. The layout was built modularly, then bolted together in

sections.

The trackwork is all Atlas O, chosen for its realistic looks,

ease of assembly, and curve geometry. Steel track was used

on the innermost loop for my Magne-Traction locomotives.

Standard 4.5” spacing was used along the two outermost

lines. The switches are all Atlas O-72, controlled by TMCC

SC-2s in strategic locations. The trackage is finished with

Woodland Scenics medium ballast of varying shades. I used

locally obtained sand as initial fill between the ties. By doing

so, I was able to apply a thin layer of ballast over the sand,

which helped to extend the amount of track that could be

covered for a given amount of ballast.

Wiring was run out with 14-2 Romex cable, with 16AWG

feeders in four main locations, soldered to the rail joiners.

Auxiliary power jumpers were added where needed. This

was a very cost-effective way to provide power to my track

and handle the high current required by multiple unit locomotives

and long lighted passenger trains. Switch wiring

was run with Belden 22AWG cable scraps. The color-coded

wires aided in keeping track of switch wiring. The power

is supplied by a modern Lionel ZW, with a combination of

Powerhouse 135’s and 180’s.

Control is handled by Lionel’s TMCC system. I run command

control exclusively, although the ZW can provide

conventional control as well. I keep a few CAB-1 handheld

throttles on hand for visitors, and up to three people can run

the layout simultaneously. I have been using TMCC since

1997 and find it to be easy to use and reliable.

The layout scenery is influenced by the places I’ve lived,

namely New England, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. I am a big fan

of Eastern US scenery, both industrial and rural. Mountain

scenery consists of plaster-soaked shop towels over screen,

with forms made of plywood scraps and MDF. Because the

trackage comes so close to the walls in places, some of the

hills are nothing more than 1/8” masonite hardboard cutouts.

The background is made of 1/8” masonite hardboard, painted

a very light gray, then lightly painted over with a sky blue

in an attempt to give it a hazy appearance. Ground cover

is mostly Woodland Scenics’ products along with common

backyard dirt. Trees are Scenic Express Super Trees, spray

painted black, dipped in diluted carpenter’s glue, then sprinkled

with fine turf.

After the mountains were roughed in, I began experimenting

with my urban industrial section of the layout. I envisioned large

concrete and brick factories looming authoritatively over the

mainlines. Interspersed with these structures would be smaller

buildings of different styles. I soon realized that to make anything

of the size needed to convey a sense of imposing presence, I

would have to scratchbuild. The building designs were freelanced,

based on structures photographed around Detroit and

Pittsburgh. I used foamcore, 1/8” and 1/4” masonite hardboard,

1/2” MDF, Plastruct rough brick sheet, and various scrapbox

materials to make up the bulk of the buildings. Windows and

details are from a few different manufacturers. Some windows

are nothing more than 1/4” hardware cloth held in place with

Gallery Glass (picked up at Michael’s Craft Stores). Most of the

structures are named for friends and family. Scratchbuilding also

helped fulfill another desire, to make the layout look as unique as

possible. A few kitbashed structures are present, but the desire to

make a unique setting for my trains led to creating and building

my own designs.

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Photo 4: While the residents of Greenbrook were kind to him, the undeniable

pull of that distant lonely whistle keeps our hobo moving along.

Photo 5: A small hunter's shack on the road out of Greenbrook.

Photo 6: Depot Street, Greenbrook.

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Photo 7: Back alley view of Greenbrook, behind Shirley's Diner.

Photo 8: The Machesky Filter complex, named for an influential train buddy.

This building was kitbashed from some Lionel kits I had laying around and

was designed to fit this curved siding.

Photo 9: A C&O wooden caboose built from an old Quality Craft kit to bring

up the rear of my Allegheny-powered coal drags.


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Layout Info

Size: 9.5’ by 22.5’

Benchwork: Semi-modular Tabletop

Track: Atlas O Nickel-Silver and Steel

Curves: O-90, O-81, O-72, O-54 (diameter)

Switches: O-72, #5’s

Power: Lionel ZW, Two 135W Bricks, Two 180W

Bricks

Control: Lionel TMCC w/SC-2s for Switch

Control

Motive Power: Lionel Steam and Diesel, TMCC,

Railsounds, and Odyssey-equipped

Rolling Stock: Lionel, Atlas, K-Line, Quality

Craft, Pecos River

Timeframe: ‘Flexible’ - Steam/Diesel Transition

Era, Some Elements of 1930s and ‘40s

Scenery: Freelanced Eastern US; Industrial

Urban, Appalachian/Berkshire Influenced

Mountain, New England Small Town

Changing roster, Evolving Layout

Motive power and rolling stock started off as

a mix of Lionel TMCC-equipped semi-scale and

scale equipment that I had acquired in the years

prior to the construction of this layout. As the

layout progressed though, I found myself drawn

more and more toward Lionel’s full-scale offerings.

This led to the selling off of many of the

semi-scale items. During this time, I came up

with the cash necessary to purchase a slightly

used JLC UP Challenger. Its maiden run across

my layout immediately showed me some of the

problems my original plans created, namely

clearance issues. It turned out that the biggest

problem area was the mountain cut. I set out to

correct this problem by carving the section up

with my trusty Sawzall and installing a concrete

retaining wall made up of masonite. This gave

me enough clearance to allow the Challenger to

charge through the cut, free of obstruction. This

locomotive acquisition and the accompanying

clearance project changed the outlook on both

my motive power choices and my layout’s construction.

The mountain cut project allowed me the

opportunity to freshen up a part of the layout I

had considered finished. Along with the retaining

wall, I decided to add a bunch of rock castings

and more foliage, to add more depth to the

mountain cut scene. Completion of this project

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led to the idea that it may be time to rethink my original concept

for the layout.

renovations, Fall 2004

In the fall of 2004, I started to renovate the whole back

section of the layout. This project lasted six months, adding

more operational interest to the layout and providing more

interesting scenery opportunities. The innermost loop was

combined with the third loop, creating a sort of ‘back road’

through the hills. The original four-track dead-end yard was

removed and replaced with a few industrial sidings, whose

approaches crossed over each other, serving some small

industries. About this time I added Wilfred Gage, an oddshaped

free-standing industry that would be the inspiration

for future projects. The addition of this structure and the

Machesky Filter complex helped add depth to the layout. A

small wooden station was added along with a dilapidated old

hotel and bar. A rocky hill helped transition the mountainto-city

scene with another cut comprised of more concrete

retaining walls and hand-carved plaster rocks. A couple of

small street scenes were added, along with figures, vehicles,

and other details.

Further observations on Layout and roster Evolution

As the scenery gravitated toward more realism and detail,

so too did my tendencies toward motive power and rolling

stock purchases. I have found myself attracted to big steam

in a major way. Lionel’s efforts of late have been very accurate

representations of their prototypes and their sounds,

especially the newest RailSounds 5.0 versions. These latest

versions of on-board sound add much to the experience of

running these machines. I’ve gravitated toward Eastern steam,

lately, and my current favorites are the Pennsy T1, the JLC

C&O Allegheny, the N&W #611 J Class, and the PRR Y3. I

still find time to run my JLC Challenger and a UP “veranda”

turbine on hotshot freights though, and will maintain their

trackage rights for quite some time to come.

Older power is getting the Train America Studios EOB

treatment on a case-by-case basis, my latest conversion

being the T1. Along with EOB conversions, I have taken to

modifying some of my smoke units for increased and more

reliable production, and adding TAS’ Puff-n-Chuff boards

where that feature is desired.

The rolling stock on my layout has become a mix of

Lionel’s newest scale cars, such as the PS-1 boxcars, PS-5

gondolas, steel PFE reefers, 50-ton hoppers, and milk cars.

A TMCC crane with matching sound car has added some

interesting action. A small but growing collection of Atlas

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wooden reefers can be seen on the rails too. An interesting

side project was the construction of an almost 30-year-old

Quality Craft C&O caboose to properly bring up the rear of

my C&O Allegheny’s consists. This little project was very satisfying

to complete, and added an interesting new dimension

to my scratchbuilding activities.

Yet More Changes

As anyone with a permanent layout will tell you, a layout

is never truly complete. Feeling the urge to build again, I

thought of a new opportunity to add depth and believability

to the layout. A new village section was added across

the center aisle, started in September of 2005. This section

would allow me to try my hand at some small- and mediumsize

wooden structures with a sort of old New England feel.

Thus, the Village of Greenbrook was born, the name being

an homage to my first little Greensville layout and the Greenfield

Village of the Henry Ford, one of my favorite sources

of inspiration. A short siding enters one end of the village,

which will provide a perfect location for another small industry

to help justify the small settlement just outside the big

city.

the Future and a note of thanks

Future and ongoing projects include signaling for the

mainlines, completion of the new village area, and more

details and vehicles. As time allows, some of my larger buildings

may have more details added to them to freshen them

up a bit. Expansion of the layout is considered from time to

time, and many staging yard schemes have been pondered.

Weathered rolling stock is on the list too.

Many lessons were learned during the building of this layout, and

I’m sure many more are to come. With that being said, it is probably

time to thank those who I feel have provided much needed inspiration

and encouragement. First off, I’d like to thank my wonderful

wife, Deborah, for being so understanding of my sometimes strange

obsession. Dan Machesky, who not only has provided server space

for my own little train website [http://norm.beesky.com/], but has

shown me what an effective tool scratchbuilding can be for creating

a unique layout experience. Thanks to Bob Bubeck, Mike Sheedy,

and the whole Glancy Trains crew for putting up with me. And most

importantly, thanks to my dad for getting that first Marx set, which

started me down the track toward a hobby that has provided me a

never-ending outlet for creativity and learning.

(For more photos of Norm’s layout visit his website listed above.

Norm also has a blog at [http://normstrains.blogspot.com/] where

you can see videos of Norm’s layout. — Joe G.) u


My railroad (Ready for a big surprise?) violates most, if not

all, of the accepted rules for successful trackplanning. There’s

no hidden staging, no big yard. It’s actually two railroads, not

interchanging with each other at all. A point-to-point switching

railroad is woven in with a double-track mainline parade

route for the big impressive stuff, both through plenty of

gritty New England urban scenery. If I, or my few remaining

friends, want to switch cars all night, or if we just want to sit

and gasbag about the latest O Scale behavioral issues while

watching the Minuteman gliding past a manifest freight, we

have that choice. Visually, this rather flagrant flouting of the

enSIGlicals of layout design works best by establishing two

different recognizable identities for the two different lines.

This issue required some thought, which is fortunate for me

(evolving into this edition of Scace’s Snappy Patter as it did)

and perhaps useful to you because you may also want to reenforce

that idea of visual identity if you’re modeling, say, an

interchange on your road. More important to most of you,

however, may be to consider these thoughts to help you replicate

(or create, for you freelance types) a visual identity for

your railroad as a single entity.

As I’ve opened up the myriad moving boxes full of stuff

I forgot I had, I’ve been consolidating all the structures I’ve

accumulated into various categories. One of these is (strangely

enough) railroad structures, such as towers, watertanks,

stations, and section houses. What a huge collection of nice

stuff, if I say so myself, but not all of it is going to be useful.

Many railroads used a common style of architecture that

defines locale and company to the public eye. Mission-style

stations key off the Spanish heritage of the Southwest, as an

example, and fairly scream, “Santa Fe”. In O Scale, one of

the first companies to make prototype-based building kits

was the Model Structures Corporation, whose railroad buildings

followed Espee practice. In my case, I wanted to define

one line as Boston and Maine, and the other as Boston and

Albany. B&M influence is defined using those nifty pagodastyle

towers (also common on New Haven), combined with

their later wooden stations and lineside structures. The

B&A identity is re-enforced with fortress-like stone stations

of Richardson design, mixed with their standardized large

squared hip-roof towers. The trick here is to use common

architectures to visually define each railroad. A careful cull,

and my remaining lineside structures that don’t architecturally

fit are up the road.

Much like locomotives and rolling stock, standardized

paint schemes on everything from sheds to stations add to

that family feeling we’re seeking; in my case, the grey and

green of B&A contrasts nicely with the ochre and brown of

B&M. Paint everything your railroad owns in a common

scheme (even if the architecture is, shall we say, undefined),

and you’ll get a long way down the road to that visual company

definition we’re looking for. Next, take a gander at the

signage. Standardized fonts, color schemes and sizes actually

help even more than spelling out the owner’s name on everything.

Red and yellow keystones are the Pennsy, as much as

K4s and GG1s. Station signs with “targets” on either side of

the name were the public’s first (and lasting) image of the

Santa Fe. I grew up with the black and gold cast station signs

of the New York Central.

The whole company standard thing even gets down into

the little stuff, such as whistleposts, crossbucks, signals, and

paint color on mechanical things such as bridges and relay

boxes. Mileposts are really worthwhile, as they establish

place very handily. The B&A’s granite tombstone mileposts,

carved with whatever number of miles you are from “B” for

Boston, are a good example. Cut granite retaining walls are

a hallmark of the Northeast, covered bridges speak to New

England, and spindly wooden trestling has that Northwestern

three-foot logging flavor. Even a single lone lineside detail

can convey identity, loud and clear. John Armstrong’s Canandaigua

Southern featured an interchange with PRR. In reality,

all that was there was a single piece of track crossing the CS

mainline. What defined it was a Pennsy position-light signal

(contrasting with the CS standard searchlight signals) permanently

lit at “stop”, protecting the diamond.

So where does all this wisdom come from? Check photos

of your favorite railroad or locale. The Trainshed Cyclopedias,

Simmons-Boardman Engineering & Maintenance Cyclopedias,

drawings from historical societies and some of the early

architectural periodicals are loaded with info on everything

from shop buildings to spike barrels. Better yet, go look at the

stuff in the flesh! In my case, several of the B&A Richardson

stations are still standing, and some are being restored to

their past splendor. (We just got back from a very pleasant

visit with Phil and Brenda Opielowski; we went to the newly

restored Palmer station. It is now a very nice restaurant, and

the owners were most kind in showing me a lot of the details

of the restoration. The food was very good, too!)

If someone can pick up on the separate identities of the

two companies represented in my basement with nary a

train in sight, I’ve pulled it off. Give this a little thought (reenforced

by stiff drink, perchance?) Perhaps this might help

to make your efforts feel more like a single property rather

than a visual stew of well-built, yet disassociated, models.

Let’s go Exploring! u

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Work trains – storm Cleanup

To start, an introduction would be in

order. I became involved with two-rail

O Scale model trains in the early 1970s.

In 1977 I went to work for the Frisco

Railroad as a Brakeman – Switchman out

of Birmingham, Alabama. In 1990, after

the Frisco merger into the Burlington

Northern, I qualified as a Locomotive

Engineer and have worked continuously

as an engineer ever since. Currently I

am assigned to Inter-Division Service,

working between Memphis, Tennessee,

and Birmingham, Alabama. We operate

empty unit coal trains northbound

to Memphis, and loaded unit coal trains

southbound to the Miller Steam Plant outside

of Birmingham.

Construction of my second two-rail O

Scale layout is well underway. I do model

the Frisco, as well as the BN and BNSF,

and consider myself a Modern-Era modeler.

More on this later; now, on to this

column’s subject matter.

Work trains are a class of service that

handles construction, maintenance, repair

and other railroad projects that involve

the movement of company materials and

equipment. Let’s look at August 2005

(Hurricane Katrina), when BNSF managers

activated a response plan to deal with

storm damage prior to the hurricane coming

onshore.

August 29, 2005: Work train crews

are called and transported to multiple

locations where equipment and materi-

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als have been pre-staged. As the storm

rolls across the Birmingham Subdivision,

the main line is closed down. Trains are

stopped and tied down on line of road.

The crews are removed and transported

to their home terminals. All we can do

now is wait, and hope for the best.

August 30, 2005, 5:00 AM: Reporting

for duty at Winfield, Alabama, our assignment

is to clear a thirty-mile section of

main line. Maintenance crews have been

out for several hours monitoring the storm

and listing milepost locations where the

track is blocked. For our use are two

50’ flats. One has a Komatsu excavator

chained to the deck, while the other is

loaded with a trailer mounted electric

generator and telescoping construction

lights. Gons loaded with panel rail,

loaded ballast hoppers, and air-dumps

with rip-rap are also available. Today, we

will only need our locomotive, a BNSF

SD40-2 #6716 and the 50’ flatcar with

the excavator to perform our work. Track

and Time issued, and a work and safety

briefing behind us, we get started.

Encountering our first obstacle, several

large trees blocking the main line, the

excavator operator flags us in to a spot

(Photo 1). He then goes to work breaking

up the trees, moving the debris into the

clear on the side of the mainline. Clearing

this area, we move to the next location,

clear this obstruction, and then move on.

Reversing direction is simple; the operator

relocates the excavator to the opposite

end of the car, and we run around the car

with the locomotive. After completing

our day’s work, we return to the location

where we began, report the mainline

clear and release our Track and Time.

After all other crews report clear, revenue

traffic begins moving; it’s now 6:00 p.m.

The other photograph that illustrates

this column was taken on my layout

(Photo 2), with models on hand. Here,

you’ll see an Atlas GP-60, Weaver 50’

flatcar and 1:50 scale Joal excavator, various

Lifelike figures and scenery materials.

Loading a flatcar or gon with straight

track sections creates a track panel car.

Prototype panels are usually 39’ long.

If you have model ballast hoppers, load

them with the same ballast that you are

using on your track. If not, use some two-

or three-bay open-top hopper cars. In

years past, I have unloaded ballast by this

method on the prototype. Load a side airdump

or gondola with a grade of gravel

that simulates rip-rap. Revenue equipment

is often used when specialty cars

are not available.

Work trains are an everyday part of

railroad operations. Adding one to your

layout will create new and different operating

possibilities, regardless of what era

you may model. Using older equipment

for the era you model is also acceptable,

and a common practice on the prototype.

Have fun with these modern prototype

operations.

Until next time, “All-aboard!” u

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A Turntable for the Cincinnati &

West Virginia

The engine servicing facility under

construction on the Cincinnati Model

Railway Club’s O Scale layout required a

110’ turntable. The prototype is a Bethlehem

twin-span turntable. One of these

was the 115’ table at the Cincinnati Union

Terminal, and another was located on the

C&O at Hinton, West Virginia. This selection

of a prototype seemed appropriate

for the C&WV, a C&O-theme coal hauler.

Prototype plans for the turntable were

published in the March 1973, Model Railroader.

The roundhouse area is located

on an upper deck over the staging yard

at the “other” end of the line. This location

required the turntable pit depth and

drive system to be no more than four

inches deep. Due to the limited working

room above and below the deck, it was

designed as a modular unit and was built

off-site.

The turntable is equipped with several

lights and an operator in the control

cabin. It utilizes prototypical “jog-itby-eye”

indexing. The entire project

included the pit & drive mechanism, a

control panel, and power supply. Here’s

an overview of it.

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The cross-section schematic of the

turntable and drive box (Figure 1, page

18) shows the relationship of the major

components. The drive box has a base,

four sides, and a mounting post at each

corner. The top of the drive box also

serves as the support for the turntable

pit. A “Lazy Susan” bearing is mounted

at the center of the base and supports

the circular drive disc. A square driving

post is mounted at the center of the disc.

The turntable fits over the driving post.

Around the lower edge of the disc is a

driving ring that is friction-driven by the

motor.

Construction started with the drive box

base using a 30” square of 3/4” plywood.

The four 3/4” plywood sides are 1.25” high.

The six-inch Lazy Susan bearing was

purchased from the local home improvement

store. It is mounted at the center of

the base plate. Due to the minor lateral

movement within the bearing, a 1/8” center

hole was drilled in the base for a steel pin

that centers the drive disc and post to the

base. A 3/4” hole is located for screwdriver

access when mounting the drive disc to the

bearing.

Ron Gribler

Four triangular openings were cut into

the base plate to reduce the weight and

to allow access to the drive disc. There’s a

cutout for the motor and three others for

electrical pickups.

The drive disc (Figure 2, page 19)

provides rotation, electrical connections,

and support for the turntable. It is a 24”

diameter pre-cut MDF disc, also purchased

from the local home improvement

store. A 1/8” hole was drilled through

the centerpoint. Using the bearing as a

guide, four pilot holes were drilled for the

bearing mounting screws. Four triangular

lightening holes were cut out of the disc.

The friction drive ring is a length of

HO gauge cork roadbed mounted at the

outer edge of the bottom side of the disc.

It is held with yellow glue and brads.

A circle of HO flex-track is mounted

inboard of the cork drive ring to provide


the track power to the turntable. It has

two short insulated sections that allow the

polarity of the turntable to be switched at

each 180 degrees of rotation. The circle

of N Scale track provides power to the

lights on the turntable.

The square driving post also has a 1/8”

center hole for the center alignment pin.

It is attached to the drive disc with two

woodscrews. The sides of the post were

carefully sanded to allow a close fit into

the turntable. We’ll see more on that

later.

The disc has routed slots that hold

the wires feeding the two track circles.

The wires exit the top of the disc against

opposing flat sides of the drive post. This

insures that they will clear the center hole

of the pit as the post rotates. Miniature

connectors provide quick electrical connections

to the turntable.

Three-rail locomotive pickups provide

the voltage transfer to the power tracks.

The voltage pickups for the N Scale track

are installed 180 degrees apart. They are

mounted on brass strips.

The two pickups for the turntable

power are mounted in one cutout. This

is due to the short length of the two insulated

sections of the track circle. Their

mounting brackets were made from 3/8”

square styrene tubing.

The motor is a Pittman gear-head

motor with a 19.5:1 speed reduction. The

motor mounting bracket is a piece of 3/4”

plywood drilled to fit the body of the

motor. The bracket was then cut down so

the hole was open on one side. A metal

strip is used as the motor clamp. A rubber

bushing on the motor shaft provides

the friction-drive transfer to the cork drive

ring on the disc. Since the output shaft

of the motor is off-center, rotating the

motor in the mounting bracket adjusts the

load of the bushing on the drive ring. The

weight of the drive disc helps maintain

this friction coupling.

The photo above shows the drive disc

installed into the drive box. Masking tape

was added over the wire slots on the disc

to hold the wires in place. The drive disc

is shown rotated with the insulated sec-

tions of the HO power track positioned

over the power pickups. Positioning the

drive block at this location will orient the

turntable at approximately 90 degrees to

the inbound track. This will be the point

of rotation at which the turntable track

polarity will be reversed. The drywall

screws located around the drive disc add

extra support to the top panel of the drive

box,

The photo above shows a bottom

view of the assembled drive box. The

motor mounting clamp is accessible for

adjusting the drive bushing load on the

drive ring. The power pickups can also

be adjusted, if necessary, from under the

layout. The track and lighting wires are

secured with nylon cable clamps.

The top panel of the drive box is 1/4”

plywood, and is attached to the sidewalls

with drywall screws. The center hole is

two inches in diameter. The corners were

cut out to clear the corner posts. The

cutout sections were glued to the lower

side of the corners of the base. These feet

allow clearance for the wiring, when the

drive box is sitting on the workbench.

The 2” x 2”corner posts are 2-3/8” high.

A 5/16” diameter hole was drilled through

the posts, base, and corner feet. The drive

box is mounted to the layout by four 1/4”

diameter bolts through these holes. A sixscrew

barrier terminal strip provides connections

to the power supply and control

panel.

A 28” diameter circle was drawn on

the top panel of the drive box, which

established the location of the outer side

of the pit wall. A 1-7/8” wide strip was

cut from a large sheet of 1/8” styrene

on a tablesaw. This strip was then cut to

a 90” length. The cut edges were then

sanded. A heavy bead of adhesive chalk

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was placed on the marked circle on the

top panel. The pit wall was rolled in place

on this circle and secured using a number

of C-clamps. The ends overlapped about

two inches, and were trimmed flush. A

splice plate, made from 0.020” styrene,

was glued onto the outer side of the wall.

Another bead of adhesive chalk was then

added around the entire outer edge of

the wall. A cure time of 24 hours was

allowed before removing the clamps.

Styrene strips 0.250” x 0.040” (Figure

3, page 19) were glued around the top

inner side of the pit wall. A single layer

of half-sections of HO cork roadbed was

glued around the inner edge of the pit. A

2” ID x 1/8” cross-section rubber plumbing

washer was glued around the center

hole of the pit floor. Then I drew an eightinch

diameter circle in the center of the

pit floor.

Spackling compound was then placed

between the cork circle and the center

washer. I smoothed and tapered it down

close to the pit floor at the drawn circle,

to simulate the prototype pit floor’s

drainage slope. A short section of open

roofwalk was then embedded into the

spackling, at the lowest point, to simulate

a storm drain.

After the spackling set up, another

layer of cork roadbed was glued on top of

the first, to make the pit rail ledge. The pit

and wall were then painted a light concrete

color. The pit rail and ties are cut

from HO flextrack, using a brand that has

one rail tightly molded into the tie strip.

The flextrack was cut in two on a table

jigsaw, so the ties were equal in length on

both sides of the fixed rail. The single rail

and tie strips were spiked and glued in

place. A short length of cork roadbed, on

edge, was used as a template to space the

track from the pit wall. Rail joints were

connected with rail joiners and soldered.

The turntable structure (Figure 4,

page 20) was built from wood. The two

sides are 1/4” x 1-1/2” white pine lath

stock. The two end-blocks and the center

blocks were cut from 2 x 2 white pine

(which is actually 1-3/8” square). The two

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center blocks are centered, spaced 1-3/8”

apart, to create the square slot for the

drive block to engage into the turntable.

Yellow carpenter’s glue was used for

assembly.

The side detailing started with a lamination

of 0.040” styrene onto the wood

sides using contact cement, followed by

flowing a bead of thin CA along the edge

of the wood and styrene interface edges.

The upper chord and the vertical stiffeners

are 0.040” x 0.125” styrene, and the

lower chords are 0.040” x 0.250” styrene

strip. The riveted flanges are from 0.010”

styrene sheet using the riveting technique

from an article in OST (Issue #23).

The lower flange stiffeners are 0.020” x

0.250” styrene strips. On the inner sides

of the main girders, vertical stiffeners

were installed with horizontal diagonal

braces added between them. I used 1/16”

square wood strips for these parts.

Athearn archbar sideframes were

used for the end trucks. The bolsters

were made from 3/8” square pine strips

that were sanded for a press-fit into the

sideframes. The wheels are from threerail

trucks, selected for their width, with

the flanges removed using a mini-lathe.

The axles are from the Athearn trucks,

shortened and re-pointed on the lathe.

The completed trucks were then installed

onto a 0.020” brass plate with a single

2-56 screw and nut. The plate has two

slotted holes for the mounting screws to

the turntable end block. Using these two

screws and each truck mounting screw,

the trucks were then carefully set to the

pit-rail radius.

The truck’s support structure was fab-

ricated from various sizes of styrene strips

and channels, using the prototype plans

as a guide. Since much of this can’t be

seen, a lot was left out. The motor casting

is a Plastruct part. The turntable was

painted flat black.

Scale 7” x 9” tie stock was used for the

six different lengths of ties used on the

turntable. The ties were cut as follows:

Qty type Length used for:

20 Short 2-1/2” Standard tie

length

28 Long 3-1/8” Extend out

on one side

to support

walkway

18 Long+ 3-1/4” Extend 1/8”

for post for

railing

2 Tower 4” For extended

walkway at

tower

2 Cab 4-3/8” Support

platform

under cab

They were painted flat black, then

glued directly to the top edge of the

1/4” wood sides with yellow glue. The

repetitive tie locations can be seen in the

photo above. Code 125 rails were spiked

down using four spikes per tie. Additional

beams under the control cabin were

made from the tie stock. The diagonal


support for the cabin platform was built

up from styrene strips.

The deck was fabricated from 1/16”

x 1/4” balsa wood strip. The strips were

brush-painted with a mixture of black

and burnt umber acrylic paint and wiped

before the paint dried. They were then

cut to several lengths to create a random

pattern. Five rows were glued to the ties

on each side of the track. Simulated nail

holes were added at each tie location.

The cabin sides and ends were assembled

using 0.020” scribed sheet and strip

styrene. The windows are 0.015” clear

styrene. Before assembly, the interior

walls were painted light green and the

exterior was painted a darker green. The

curved roof is a piece of 0.020” scribed

styrene covered with paper labels painted

silver. An interior light was mounted in

the ceiling. An operator figure and control

console completed the interior. The

exterior light fixtures are made up of a

Minatronics micro-bulb and lampshade.

The bracket is a 0.020” diameter brass

rod. The bulb wires were routed through

shrink-tubing and slid over the bracket.

The tubing was then heated to conform to

the bracket.

The railing posts are 0.060” square

brass tubing. Each is 3/4” high, drilled

for the 0.032” diameter brass railings. A

0.032” brass rod was soldered into the

lower end of the posts for mounting. The

knobs on top of the posts are the heads

of straight pins (the kind used in new

shirts). After located the posts and railings

onto the deck, they were soldered and

painted.

The lower tower sideposts were

assembled using Plastruct Pratt-truss

stock and Evergreen 1/4” styrene channel.

The upper sections used the truss

stock with 0.040” x 0.125” styrene strips.

The platform was assembled with 1/16”

x 1/4” balsa strips. The top was finished

off with various bits of styrene to simulate

the electrical pickup of the prototype.

I formed the railings using 0.020” brass

rod. The light assemblies were built up

similarly to those on the cabin. I cut Plastruct

KL-8 ladder stock to fabricate the

ladders. The tower supports were built

up using styrene, following the prototype

plans. These can also be seen in the

photo below.

The turntable is driven by the driving

post, which fits into the center between

the sides and the center blocks. The

blocks were positioned very carefully

during construction to assure that the

turntable would be centered and level.

The drive post was also squared and

sanded, followed by wood sealer and

additional sanding to provide a close, but

“slip” fit. Most of the weight of the turntable

is carried on the drive post. However,

due to the clearances at the drive

post, some of the load rests on the trucks.

Each of the male connectors is located

on a center block. I connected each of

the track wires to a short length of solid

wire that was soldered to each rail. The

lighting wires are connected to the light

power supply that’s located between the

main girders of the turntable.

The lighting power supply (Figure 5,

page 20) converts 16 volts AC to 1.5 volts

DC for the six micro-bulbs. The circuit

was developed using the schematic on

the back of the LM317 regulator’s package.

The heatsink is a thick brass washer.

The circuit board was installed in the

turntable, after discovering that feeding

the 1.5 volts through the roller pickups

and N Scale track resulted in a lot of

flickering of the lamps. The output of the

supply is connected to two 24 AWG bus

wires installed along the bottom of the

side girders. These wires are soldered

onto the heads of brass nails. The leads

from the bulbs are soldered to these bus

wires at various locations along the turntable.

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The control panel box was constructed

of 3/4” plywood. The front is

1/8” woodgrain-decorated hardboard. A

pair of hinges is used to mount the unit to

the layout fascia, allowing it to be tipped

up for wiring access. I created the front

panel diagram with a CAD program, then

printed it on cardstock. The result was

covered with a piece of clear styrene, and

mounted with four screws. The “direction”

switch is a center-off DPDT telephone

switch. The lever can be locked

in either position, or just be held slightly

off-center to easily jog the turntable to

align the tracks. The “lights” switch is a

simple SPDT toggle switch. The center

three-position rotary switch will control

track power to the turntable, the turntable

and radial tracks 1 through 11, or the

turntable and tracks 12 through 22. With

this switch set to OFF, the desired radial

track can be selected without sequentially

energizing any of the other tracks.

The six-stall roundhouse tracks will be

connected to positions 1 through 6.

The power supply is housed in an

aluminum box. Its major components are

a 16-volt AC doorbell transformer and

1 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

a kit-built DC power supply board. The

DC output can be varied, and is set at 3.5

volts for the turntable motor. The 16 volt

supply powers the DC board and is fed to

the terminal strip for the turntable lighting

power supply. A line power switch, a fuse

& holder, power cord and strain relief are

the other components of the unit.

The power supply kit was purchased

from the Hobbytron.com website. It has

a 1.2 through 35 volt DC output, and is

rated at 1.5 amperes. It includes a 2” x

2” printed circuit board and the components.

The completed board was mounted

in the box with four screws on short

spacers. A heatsink was improvised using

two brass strips and two thick brass washers.

The original one-turn 47K potentiometer

was replaced with a ten-turn 2K

pot to achieve finer voltage adjustment.

The installation of the turntable

requires a 28” diameter hole cut through

the layout base. This was accomplished

with a router mounted on a radius arm.

The four mounting bolt hole locations

were transferred from the turntable.

When the six stall Atlas roundhouse

and the other tracks and wiring are

installed, the turntable will be ready for

use. We’ll send some photos of the completed

engine terminal to OST.

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Figure 1

rotating parts shown in red


HO FLEX TRACK

INSULATED

TRACK

SECTION

PINK

GREEN

TURNTABLE TRACK

Figure 2

Figure 6

TURNTABLE TRACK WIRING

Figure 3

CONNECTOR

PINK

GREEN

DRIVE DISC

INSULATED

TRACK

SECTION

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1.5

.04375

.25

1.375

2.5000

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All dimensions in inches

Figure 5

27.5

1.375

1.375 1.375

Figure 4

1.2500

0.3750

Figure 1

Qty Drive Box & Pit Parts Description Supplier/Part Number

1 Base & Four Sides 30” x 30” x 3/4” Plywood Lumber Yard

1 Pit Floor (4’ x 4’ x 1/4” Plywood) 1-1/4” x 29-1/4” x 3/4” Plywood Lumber Yard

1 Drive Disc 24” Diam. x 3/4” MDF Lumber Yard

1 Lazy-Susan Bearing 6” x 1/4” Home Depot UPC#95485

1 Center Pin 1/8” Diameter Steel Rod Hardware Store

1 Motor - Gearbox 19.5:1 Ratio, 24 VDC Pittman # GM8714R640

1 Rubber Drive Bushing 5/16” OD x 1/8” ID Hardware Store

1 Motor Mounting Block 3/4” Plywood Lumber Yard

1 Motor Mounting Clamp 0.040” x 5/16” Strip Hardware Store

1 Turntable Bridge Power Track HO Code 100 Flex Track Atlas 168

6 Rail Joiners HO Rail Joiners Atlas 170

1 Turntable Lighting Power Track N Code 80 Flextrack Atlas 2500

6 Rail Joiners N Rail Joiners Atlas 2535

4 Cork Roadbed HO 5mm x 36” Midwest 3013

4 Three-rail Roller Pickups Spring Loaded Lionel, Weaver, &c

2 Pickup Mounting Plates 0.030” Brass K&S

2 Pickup Mounting Plates Styrene Square Tubing Plastruct # ST-10

1 Barrier Terminal Strip 6 Terminal All-Electronics #TS740

1 Pit Wall 1/8” x 90” Styrene Plastic Distributor

3 Pit Wall Edge Strip 0.040” x 0.25” Evergreen 149

1 Drive Post 2 x 2 White Pine Lumber Yard

4 Base Mounting Post 2 x 2 White Pine Lumber Yard

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2 Connectors Two-pin Female Electronics Surplus Store

Qty Turntable Parts Description Supplier/Part Number

2 Sides 1/4” x 1.5” White Pine Lumber Yard

2 Center Blocks 2” x 2” x 1.5” White Pine Lumber Yard

2 End Blocks 2” x 2” x 3/4” White Pine Lumber Yard

2 Truck Mounting Plates 0.030” Brass Sheet K&S

2 Pair Arch Bar Trucks Plastic Sideframes & Axles Athearn 90804

8 Wheels Steel, Three-rail Type, Turned Down Lionel, Weaver, etc

4 Truck Bolsters 3/8” x 3/8” Basswood Midwest 4088

4 Side Panels 0.040” Styrene Evergreen 9040

2 Side Ribs 0.040” x 0.125” Styrene Evergreen 146

2 Girder Plates 0.020” x 0.25” Styrene Evergreen 129

1 Riveted Flanges 0.020” Styrene Evergreen 9020

2 Truck Support Structure Styrene Strips & Channels Evergreen Misc.

- Internal details 1/16” x 1/16” Basswood Midwest 4022

2 Rail Code 125 Nickel Silver Old Pullman

70 Ties (6 lengths) 7’ x 9” (scale) x 24” Bulk Kapler # KP-1413-B24

280 Spikes 5/16” Old Pullman # 195

12 Deck Boards 1/16” x 3/16” Balsa Wood Midwest 6025

2 Railing Supports 1/16” x 1/16” Square Brass Tubing Special Shapes # 1497

2 Railing 0.032” Brass Rod Special Shapes # 1268

2 Drive Motors 1/2” Diameter x 5/8” Plastruct M-7

8 Tower Sides 7/16” Pratt-truss Stock Plastruct 90923

2 Tower Ladders 13/32” x 1/4” Plastruct KL-8

4 Tower Sides 0.25” Styrene Channel Evergreen 267

4 Tower Sides 0.040” x 0.125” Styrene Evergreen 146

1 Cabin Styrene Sheet, Strip & Clear Evergreen Misc.

1 Cabin Roof Self-adhesive Labels Avery

6 Lights 1.5 V Micro-bulbs Minatronics 18-C03

5 Lamp Shades HO Scale Shades Minatronics 72-110

1 Figure (Operator) Track Worker Model Power

2 Connectors Two-pin Male Electronics Surplus Store

Qty Turntable Light Pwr Supply Description Supplier/Part Number

1 Circuit (“Perf-”) Board (one-sided) 1/16” x 3” x 3” Radio Shack 276-148

1 Bridge Rectifier 1.5 amp, 100 WPIV Radio Shack 276-1152

1 Voltage Regulator LM 317T Radio Shack 276-1778

2 Resister 100-ohm, 1/4 watt Radio Shack 271-1108

1 Resister 47 ohm, 1/4 watt Radio Shack 271-1105

1 Capacitor 220 uf, 35 V Radio Shack 272-1029

1 Capacitor 1000 uf, 351000uf, 35 Radio Shack 272-1019

1 Heatsink Brass Washer Hardware Store

Qty Power Supply Parts Description Supplier/Part Number

1 Enclosure (Power Supply) 3” x 4” x 5” Electronics Surplus Store

1 Power Supply 1.5 Amp, 1.5 - 35 Volt Vellerman V-K1823

1 Ten-turn Trim Pot 2000 ohms Radio Shack 271-343 1

Transformer 110/16 VAC Doorbell XFMR Hardware Store

1 Toggle Switch SPST Electronics Surplus Store

1 Fuse Holder Panel Mount Electronics Surplus Store

1 Fuse 1 amp Electronics Surplus Store

1 Power Cord Six-foot, Three-wire Electronics Surplus Store

1 Barrier Terminal Strip Four-terminal All-Electronics #TS740

1 Heat Sink Bracket 0.040” Brass K&S

2 Heat Sink Brass Washers Hardware Store

Qty Control Panel Parts Description Supplier/Part Number

1 Control Panel Box 3/4” Plywood Hardware Store

2 Hinges 1-1/2” x 3/4” Lumber Yard

1 Panel (1/8” Styrene) 1/8” Woodgrain Hardboard Lumber Yard

1 Toggle Switch SPST Electronics Surplus Store

1 Toggle Switch DPDT Center-Off Electronics Surplus Store

1 Rotary Switch Two-pole, Four-position Electronics Surplus Store

1 Four-Pole Rotary Switch Two-pole, 11-position Electronics Surplus Store

1 0.040” Clear Panel Cover 0.040 Styrene Evergreen 9006

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ack on track...

In my last column this hobo mentioned his frustration with

laying two-rail flex track. It was easy to decide to switch over

to scale track: the tough part was actually doing it. Try as

hard as I could, the track would just not come out right. Either

slight kinks raised their ugly heads, some little gaps showed

up, or the track would not install the way I wanted. A few

authorities on the subject wrote in to the editor and submitted

their suggestions, tips, and encouraging words. This was

much appreciated. Suggestions were offered that varied with

everything from keeping the three-rail track and adding an

outside pick-up rail; to soldering all of the rail ends together

for 25 to 30 sections of “welded” rail. The latter suggestion

seemed the best, but I was not sure about the permanent idea

of soldering at this point in my track laying experience. Hobo

believes in flexibility.

Flexibility is still needed for I am not yet ready to be called

Hobo D. Tracklayer! All of the suggestions did get me thinking

and, after a lot of reading and re-reading of the notes, talking

to “those who have gone before”, and searching ideas on the

Internet, I at least did the next best thing. I got started. Work

is now progressing on the layout: at least track is being laid.

Trains are running, but not on schedule and only in a point

to point arrangement (from the point of where the track work

starts to where the track work ends).

This is an individualist hobby and everybody does it his

way. You have to experiment and adapt methods and ideas

to fit your own pattern. Hobo is no different. What I found

works best for me is to choose a starting track. Lay that starting

track out on the roadbed and tack it in. Place a mark on

the inside rail at the halfway point. Then cut the track and pull

it out of the ties and spikes. File the cut end smooth, line up

the track connector, and use a Dremel tool to burnish a slight

depression in the plastic tie where the track connector will fit.

Next, line up the next complete section of flex track and

pull out the inside rail and insert it into the section that you

just laid. Line up the rail at the junction where the joiner is.

The next step is to line up the outside rail at its junction. Check

for a smooth transition and tack into place. The key word here

is “tack”, as I find it best not to nail the track into permanence

at this time. Tack the nails in so that they are just below the

top of the rails, but not nailed into the ties. This clearance is

important for the track testing that is soon to come.

Check everything at least three times. Like my old, wise

carpenter friend says, “Measure twice, cut once.” Continue

laying sections in this manner, being careful to line up the

ends at the midway point and slide the next half section of

track into each connector.

After I get 10-12 sections of track laid at this point I like to

stop, check, and re-check everything in preparation for the

testing.

The true test is actually running a locomotive through the

track, for that is the whole purpose of this task. The track might

look beautiful at this point, but it has to support the trains.

Test #1 is to take a small loco like a 2-8-0, for example. Put

it on the track, put some power to it, and see if it goes through

the curves. Is everything smooth? Are there any kinks? Is the

gauge true? Run forward, and then in reverse. Watch out for

old D. Railer. If D. Railer shows up and the locomotive jumps

the track, note the sections and realign, re-tack, re-check and

re-test. Repeat this until everything is smooth.

Test #2 is to choose the biggest and heaviest locomotive in

your roundhouse. Take this beast out and onto this new track

work and take it for a run. My loco of choice for this is a big

2-10-4. If something is not right with the track, that loco will

find it! Proceed slowly at first. Let the drive wheels find the

rail. Since the track is still not nailed tightly at this point, you

will notice that the big loco will help smooth out the track.

Run again in forward and then in reverse. Again, look out for

D. Railer. Realign, re-tack, re-check, and re-test until you are

pleased with the results.

At this point it is perfectly normal to add some freight cars

to the train. Try five or six cars behind the loco. When you are

satisfied with the results, go ahead and let the train pull some

passenger equipment on the new track as well. Now you can

tighten the track nails. Don’t get carried away, however; you

still have a lot more track to lay.

Although there are many ways to lay track, I have learned

that it just works better to lay the track in groups or sections

like the real “section crews” and this method allows for quality

control for a smooth running railroad.

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nMrA & o scale Convention

I just finished reading your thoughts on

the O Scale National Convention being

absorbed into future NMRA annual conventions.

I have just returned from Parsippany

and this year’s convention (where I

purchased Issue #27) and, as in previous

years, have found it to be well organized,

to the credit of the NYSME. Your editorial

makes very good points pro and con, many

the same I thought of as I was reading.

If the folks at the NMRA can make

a convincing argument that the close,

friendly atmosphere of a typical O Scale

Convention can be maintained, and not

get lost in the huge sea of combined scales

at the NMRA convention, then at the very

least it is worth pursuing a dialog.

On the other hand, a partnership with

the NMRA may bring more attention to

increased use of standards in O Scale,

which to me surely needs improvement.

I think the NMRA has stayed away from

encouraging its own increased participation

in O Scale because of the fractured

nature of O Gauge in general.

I am aware it has been difficult at times

to garner support and effectively run an O

National. In fact, the thought of asking my

cohorts at Cherry Valley whether we want

to step up has crossed my mind. Though,

upon further examination, we may just be

too small a group to effectively manage a

National.

In closing, the answer to your request

would be the NMRA needs to assure that

the integration would not drown O Scale

in a sea of HO and N, but rather broaden

its exposure and appeal. For that, substantitive

proposals need to be presented.

Chris Crane (via email)

Keep on truckin’

Hi. I am not only enjoying O Scale Trains,

I am becoming a better modeler. [You have]

good articles that “get me moving.” I have

two O Scale layouts. One is O Scale switching,

40’ x 2’, and the other is On30, 2’ x 17’.

The On30 uses all LaBelle old-time cars. It

all keeps me busy at age 72!

Milt Johnson, Calif.

Help for Hobo

I received the Sept/Oct issue of O Scale

Trains yesterday and read [Hobo’s] column

with interest. I detect a high level of frustration

with two-rail flextrack and, as one

who has laid over 3,000 feet of the stuff

on my layout, I want to help relieve your

frustration. The items you need are simple:

flextrack of your choice (but NOT weathered

rail), metal rail joiners, a bottle of

liquid rosin flux, rosin core solder, a heavy

soldering iron or gun, preferably 100-200

watts, a piece of wood about 1” by 2-3”

and the same thickness as the ties on your

flextrack, and two alligator clips. The rosin

flux is available at electronic supply stores

and weathered rail will require cleaning

off the weathering chemical in order to

get a good solder joint. You will eventually

paint the track anyway.

As you’ve learned, rail joiners will not

hold a smooth curve with O Scale rail,

a kink is inevitable. Here’s the routine.

Remove a tie from each end of the track

sections by clipping the plastic connector

and sliding the tie off. If the track is going

to be on a curve, remove about 1/8 to 1/4

inch from the inside rail. The easiest way

is a cutoff disc in a motor tool. After a few

pieces you’ll get a feel for the amount to

cut off. We want the rail ends to be opposite

each other after the track is curved.

Slide the ties away from the rail ends 2-3”

and hold with an alligator clip on the rail.

Align the two pieces of track in rail

joiners with the track straight. Brush a

liberal amount of Rosin flux on both sides

of the joiner and rail. Place the block of

wood under the joint to prevent a vertical

kink when soldering. Apply enough

heat and solder to the joiner to flow solder

through the joiner to both sides of the rail

and both ends of the joiner. Ties are clear

of the joint so the heat will not damage

them.

Now remove the alligator clips and

slide the ties to the ends of the joiner. The

flextrack can now be curved as necessary

and the soldered joint will maintain

a smooth curve with no vertical or lateral

kinks. After the track is fastened down,

shave the plastic spikes from a tie and

deepen the rail slot to clear the rail joiner

and slide the tie under the joiner to fill in

the missing tie(s).

I was a little paranoid about long sections

of track with soldered connections,

so in about the middle of every stretch

of tangent track I made a “slip-joint” by

soldering the joiner on only one rail end.

I used a flat toothpick to maintain a little

space between the rail ends until the track

was fastened down. I have several areas

where 25 or 30 feet of track is soldered

into one long rail and I have never had a

problem with kinks developing or changes

in the gauge.

I hope this routine makes your tracklaying

enjoyable instead of frustrating.

Regards, Jim EuDaly (via email)

“Hobo” needs to be specific

This is in response to the “Hobo” column

in the September/October issue. This

paints a pretty grim picture of conversion

from 3-Rail to 2-Rail scale. I am currently

involved in doing just this, but it has been

a staged process over several iterations of

my rather small layout. The older Walthers

catalogs from the ’70s described several

routes for moving from 3-Rail to 2-Rail

scale in steps. This included a step using

scale track with a separately installed

inside or outside third rail. What I had

done in the last iteration of my layout (my

layout is in sections and forced to iterate

due to relocations for work) was use a

combination of Gargraves track and handlaid

code 172 rail. For the handlaid code

172 rail, I installed a third rail of code 70

rail soldered to the tops of brass flathead

screws at about four inch spacings. The

code 172 rail clears Lionel flanges and the

flanges of all of the “scale-plate” locomotives

when I used a combination of small

spikes and Pliobond cement. This time I

was going to use outside third rail since I

had managed to acquire a few more scale

locomotives of small size.

However, I am taking the plunge into

2-Rail, as these locos are 2-Rail. I think that

the Gargraves should be temporarily useable,

except the switches, since the outer

rails are isolated from one another by wood

ties. The handlaid track should be useable

since the outer rails are isolated from each

other. Now I don’t know if this approach

would work with the code 148 rail which is

currently available. That is just one example

of the particular importance of information

on transitional use of the use of the modern

materials that are available.

For example I found that the Gargraves

switches with the plastic frogs had flangeways

that were wide, even for Lionel, so

it was pretty easy to get a truck sideways

when backing a cut of cars through them.

The older “frogless” design worked better

with scale cars and I “improved” the modern

switches by epoxying in shim stock to

narrow the flangeways to the minimum

that Lionel flanges would tolerate. However

such issues as how scale wheels

perform on “Atlas O” three-rail tracks, and

what rail code does that track correspond

to anyway, probably should be addressed.

I would like to see the exploration of specific

transition steps in a positive, technical

‘how-to” article or articles about what

actually can work and test results with

various approaches.

This might be a useful service for the

Nov/Dec ’06 - O Scale Trains • 2


magazine or the next “practical guide”

revision to perform. I think it would

facilitate the growth of the 2-Rail/full scale

hobby in a positive way, as does the manufacturer

who provides the technology for

3-Rail/2-Rail inter-convertibility. (This latter

feature on RTR locomotives, by the way,

is deserving of an engineering innovation

award of some kind.) It is, of course, too

late for me because I am going on down

that road. I think it might be helpful to

others who have been “scale-plating” and

would like to see practical ideas on taking

the next step, other than selling off everything

on Ebay and starting over.

Over the years I have built scale rolling

stock kits, some of which are “universal

cars” with a tinplate style coupler on one

end and a scale MDC or Weaver coupler

on the other end. Some of these are wood

and metal, some are nicely detailed plastic.

This was also suggested in the Walthers

catalog article.

If my attempt at 2-Rail doesn’t work, I

will install an outside third rail, and operate

my O Gauge as my grandfather insisted

was the way it should be done.

By the way, all of the acrimony about

non-prototypical outside third rail should

be tempered a bit. In addition to outside

third rail power distribution on electric

lines, some steam lines used outside third

rail shoes on their locomotives to actuate

a signal system. Now, I will readily admit

that a third rail shoe on a tender truck

sideframe is not a bunch of “cat whiskers”

extending from every corner of the locomotive,

and these signal actuating third

rails were unlikely to be other than short

lengths located strategically to actuate

block signals, but still there were outside

third rail shoes on some steam locomotives.

Von Richards (via email)

reality Check

Having just returned from the O Scale

National Convention in Parsippany, New

Jersey, I have come away with lots of new

modeling ideas and plenty of inspiration.

Certainly the New York Society of Model

Railroad Engineers did a fantastic job of

organizing and hosting this great event.

The seminars, tours, and trading halls were

very well attended. Everyone came away

with the idea that O Scale is certainly alive

and well.

One central theme at the convention

centered on the future of O Scale. This I

found to be very interesting. An evening

panel consisting of all of the traditional

manufacturers attempted to tackle the

topic. Even though each of them had various

views and opinions, all of them agreed

on one principle: IT IS NECESSARY to

get more young people into O Scale in

2 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

order to grow the hobby. But the question

remained, “How do we do it?” Most

expressed nervousness, fears, and concerns

about competition from new manufacturers;

and the question at hand was

never really answered. It seems as though

O Scale traditionally has operated like a

private country club where brass was king

and only those with means could belong.

Competition, in my way of thinking, is

what drives the American dream.

Well-traveled throughout this hobby, I

conclude that if O Scale is to grow it will

require competition. That competition will

come not only from the traditional builders

of the past, but from new manufacturers,

some of whom we may not yet have

heard. Certainly, a young person entering

the O Scale hobby cannot afford the cost

of most brass models. The private country

club marketing strategies of the past seem

to be geared towards a closed and limited

clientele. The EXCLUSIVE ways of the past

must now be INCLUSIVE to attract more

people into O Scale.

What we need are scale models for

the common man. The future of O Scale

depends upon it. I think that we will soon

see several manufacturers who are new

to O Scale entering the market which

will offer us other choices. This is a good

thing. As a scale model railroader, I welcome

new ideas. More choices with scale

track and turnouts, two-rail diecast locos,

two-rail starter sets, entry level locos and

rolling stock, exciting operating features,

control systems, details, and realistic

sounds will soon be announced.

Going into O Scale sometimes creates

a whirlwind of backwards marketing for

the newcomer... a juggling act of selling

off another collection very low and buying

new scale pieces very high. New manufacturers

will bring choices. A lot of us

have financial limitations. We may never

get to the point of being able to afford certain

brass pieces. THAT IS OK. What we

do look forward to is high-quality models

that are loaded with details, look like the

prototype, operate well, and are available

at an affordable price. That is truly a REAL-

ITY CHECK.

So far the traditional manufacturers

haven’t met those needs. Maybe they will.

I suggest that the new manufacturers will

definitely listen. There is a whole new

market out here in O Scale. The beauty

of this is that no one has to re-invent the

wheel. It is just a matter of balance. In

order to attract new people to O Scale it

is going to have to be a cost-effective proposal.

Making a transition is an expensive

decision. Starting out in O Scale is also

very costly. That is where the competition

comes in. Great models at affordable

prices will provide lots of model railroaders

the opportunity to enjoy O Scale. Old

rules of supply and demand no longer

work, for by controlling supply, some have

traditionally controlled demand. The modeling

monopoly is ending.

I applaud all of the traditional manufacturers

for making the very best possible O

Scale models. There will always be a market

for brass and those who can afford the

very, very best. But I also encourage the

new manufacturers to make some locomotives

for the common man types like me.

After all, I am just a model railroader who

happens to love scale model trains.

K. Jeb Kriigel, Charlottesville, Va.


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Building a Small O Scale Layout

Part Twelve

Michael Culham

In Part Eleven of this series, I talked

about designing and getting together all

the Design Preservation Models (DPM)

wall modules required to build my new

factory. In this issue, I will show you how

easy it is to assemble these into wall sections.

When I construct my buildings I

like to leave the walls as individual units,

as it is a lot easier to paint and detail

them when they are lying flat on the

table. After they’re finished, I assemble

them into the building.

The items you will need before you

get started, besides the wall modules, are

as follows:

1) A flat surface to work on.

2) A bottle of liquid plastic cement

3) A sprue cutter

4) A 3/4” wide flat file

With all these items at hand, we’re ready

to start the wall modules.

Assembling the Walls

When you first get the wall modules,

you’ll see that there’s flash and casting

sprue ends on them that will have to be

1

2

cleaned off (Photo 1). I use a pair of sprue

cutters and a file to clean up each section

before I start. In Photo 2, you can see the

wall sections are all cleaned up and ready

to assemble. With this done, I line up the

sections on a flat surface in the position

that they will be assembled, butting them

together and doing any last minute filing

to ensure a good fit at the joints (Photos

3 & 4). Once the sections are all ready,

I take some liquid plastic cement (I use

3

4

Testors brand) and run it along the joints

to bond all the parts together (Photo 5).

The liquid plastic cement will run along

the joint and soften the plastic on the

two sides. This joins together like a weld

and, when it hardens, you will have one

solid piece. Don’t forget, you should only

use plastic cements in a ventilated area.

While the glue is still soft, you can make

any final adjustments to the alignment of

the sections. Once you’re satisfied with

the alignment, allow the glue to set up

and dry (about five minutes). While you

are letting one wall dry, go onto the next

one and so on.

Once the walls have dried, the next

step will be to glue on the pilasters (Pho-

5

6

tos 6 & 7). Glue these on using the same

technique as the wall sections. When

doing the long wall (Wall 3), I built each

section by itself, then glued them together

to make the full wall (Photos 8 & 9). Once

the walls are assembled, the last thing to

do is to glue on the cornices on the tops

of the walls (Photo 10). Now the walls are

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complete (Photo 11).

Adding to a Wall

The one wall that had to have some

extra work done to it was Wall 1, as I

mentioned in Part Eleven. This wall had

to be made to a width of 5-3/4”, and the

wall modules are only 4-1/2” in width.

There are two ways of doing this. The

first would be to take a couple of wall

sections and cut them down to 1-1/4” in

width. I have done this on a couple of

buildings in the past. The second would

be to make this extension from some styrene

sheet and brick material. This is the

option that I decided on for this building.

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laid them along the side edge of the module

section, where the pilaster would go,

to find out which one would match to the

thickness of the wall. I found that 0.060”

thick styrene would be perfect. I then

found a piece, at least 7-1/2” in length

and 1-1/4” wide, in my scrap box (a good

reason to save leftover pieces from earlier

projects).

Next I dug out a sheet of brick material

that I had found at a train show, (no

manufacturer’s name on it). This had the

right sized bricks to work in O Scale and

matched closely to the brick on the DPM

modules. A piece of this was cut to the

same size as the styrene sheet and glued

on. This was then glued to the wall section

for Wall 1. Once the glue dried, I found

some scrap strips of styrene that matched

closely in size to the brick rows that run

along the joints in the wall sections and

glued them on to match the rows. I then

cut a piece of cornice to the same width,

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and glued it in place. In Photo 12 you can

see the finished product.

the Finished Walls

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ished and ready for painting (Photo 13).

Before I started painting, I temporarily

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see if there were any last minute changes

to be made before I went any further. It

fit like a glove, and I was already to start

painting. This will be the topic of the next

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standards- Part 2

Modeling in HO for over thirty years,

I took certain things for granted. Upon

switching to P48, I found life to be very

different in some ways.

One thing I took for granted was how

trucks were mounted. The body and truck

bolsters were pretty much standardized,

no matter whose name was on the box.

Not so in P48. When I inquired about the

subject to my mentor, Warner Clark, he

simply replied, “Washers and shims, all

thicknesses, in pairs. Lots of them.”

Warner further observed, “The one

overriding truth in all rolling stock from all

manufacturers, and even from the same

manufacturer, is not to assume the cars

are at a proper height, be it trucks, truck

bolster, body bolster or draftgear box/car

floor.”

Well, I’ve certainly found this to be true

in my experience of fitting P48 trucks to

my freight cars. I model the modern era,

therefore my selection of rolling stock is

already limited to a few manufacturers,

most of whom primarily cater to the threerail

market. Two-rail merchandise is hard

to find in my area, while 3-Rail is plentiful.

What’s more, Lionel or Atlas are the only

sources (short of scratchbuilding) for some

The Art of Finescale

Michael Cougill

of the car types I want and need.

Somebody will tell me I could save

myself a lot of grief if I’d just see the light

and model the steam-era. That may be

true, but I’m modeling the modern-era by

choice, just as those who model the earlier

eras do.

Regardless of what we choose to

model, wouldn’t life be a lot easier if

the various manufacturers could just get

together and agree on some standards of

design and dimensions? The prototype has

already done all the hard head-scratching

for us. Why can’t we just follow their

guidelines as we’ve already done with

wheel and track dimensions?

The practice of everybody doing their

own thing is a holdover from the past,

and is slowing the advance of P48 and O

Scale in a real way. One thing the smaller

scales have shown beyond a shadow of

doubt is that interchangeability is the way

to go. Manufacturer X’s trucks fit Manufacturer

A, B, Y and Z’s rolling stock without

a hitch.

Here’s my challenge to the P48 community

as a whole. If we could demonstrate

to one of the major players in the

O Scale arena (Atlas O, for example) that

we want, and would support with our

dollars, properly designed and detailed

rolling stock that could be retrofitted with

San Juan, Protocraft, or whomever’s trucks

and wheels, do you think they would

listen? My hunch is they would, if we did

it in a spirit of cooperation to advance

the hobby for everyone and showed that

there could be a real payoff for them by

doing so.

Think about this. If we really emphasized

how important fidelity to the prototype

is in P48, how complicated would

it be for Atlas O to get their feet wet by

supplying prototypically accurate P48

replacement trucks as an option for their

own equipment? Such trucks could be

included with the cars or sold separately.

With a standardized bolster design, such

a product could be off to a roaring start

and represent a real advance for finescale

modeling. If Athearn can offer accurately

detailed cars with semi-scale wheels in

HO, what is holding O Scale manufacturers

back?

It’s the 21st century, folks, and standardization

is the way to go for the future

of the hobby. The time to take O Scale out

of the dim past is long overdue. Wouldn’t

it be grand if P48 led the way?

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SS NYC K-5 Pacific 4-6-2 UP L/N ..................................................................................................$750

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USH USRA 0-8-0 Switcher FP L/N, Unlettered .............................................................................$675

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Oriental B&O EMD NW-2 Phase IV CP Ex, Fair Paint ..............................................................$525

OMI DL&W EMD FT A-B UP New ............................................................................................$1,295

SS EMD GP-7 Phase I UP Ex ..........................................................................................................$495

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RYM GE 44 Ton Diesel Switcher UP New, Phase IV ....................................................................$295

NJCB LIRR B1 Electric Switchers, Pair CP Ex, No Box, LIRR Version, Nos, 334-335 ...........$595

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Key PRR ALCO PA-PB FP New, Tuscan 5 Stripe .....................................................................$2,450

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Key SP ALCO PA-PB FP New, Daylight .....................................................................................$2,495

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Fine Arts PRR Sleeper - Harbour Springs FP Mint, Full Underbody, Interior .........................$695

SSIDE PRR P85br Streamline Coach FP Dulux Gold ..................................................................$495

PSC Railway Express 50’ Express Reefer UP New, PSC No. 16123 ............................................$275

PSC NYC 30 Ft. Wood Caboose UP Mint, PSC. No. 15437 .........................................................$325

W&R NP 24 Ft. Wood Caboose FP New, Full Interior, Version 5 ...............................................$375

Kohs PRR N5c Cabin Car FP New, Interior, Several Versions Available ...................................$625

Grabowski PRR N5c Cabin Car UP New, w/Antenna ..................................................................$250

PSC PRR N6b Cabin Car FP New, Center Cupola, Shadow Keystone ......................................$295

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PSC Erie 50 Ton Covered Hopper UP New ...................................................................................$295

DVP GS Steel Drop Bottom Gondola UP New ..............................................................................$295

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OMI PRR F39 Truc Train Flat Car UP New .................................................................................$250

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PLTD PRR H21a Quad Hopper UP Mint, PL-850 .......................................................................$195

PSC PRR 4 Track Watering Bridge UP New .................................................................................$225

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Narrow Minded

Bobber Gibbs

Congratulations to the winners of the O Scale Trains

Magazine Digital Photo Contest. Results should be

posted elsewhere in this issue. I was the judge for the

Narrow-Gauge Category and, in my opinion, the winning

photo in the Narrow-Gauge Category was the best

overall photo in the contest.

Once again, I urge readers to contribute to OST and

to this column if you have a good photo that you care to

share. If it’s narrow-gauge, I’ll work it into my column.

If it’s steam, Diesel or traction, I’m sure that our Editor,

Brian, would like to see it.

The National Narrow Gauge Convention was held

in Durango, CO, a few weeks ago and, from what I’ve

heard, it was another resounding success. Now, it’s

time to start planning to attend the 27th annual Narrow

Gauge Convention, to be held in Portland, Maine, next

August 29 to September 1, 2007. See [http://www.27th

narrowgaugeconvention.com/]. I will be presenting an

On30 clinic and I hope to meet a lot of old and new

narrow-gauge modelers. We’re going to have a howling

good time.

A few days ago, we celebrated the 10th anniversary

of the founding of the On30 Conspiracy on the Internet.

We recently soared past 1,000 members and the On30

Conspiracy is, once again, the largest, busiest and funnest

O Scale narrow-gauge forum on the Internet. If

you are not a member yet, just go to the following URL

and check it out at [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/

On30conspiracy/].

Because of the huge influence that Bachmann Trains

has had on the model railroading community with their

extensive line of On30 models, I still maintain that there

are currently more On30 modelers than all the other O

Scale gauges combined, including On2, On3, Proto48

and O Scale.

If you model O Scale standard-gauge and read this

column when no one is watching, you will appreciate

that Bachmann Trains has finally made their five-amp

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up at the Mid-Atlantic On30 Meet in Gardner, New

York, in October and I’ll install it on my standard-gauge

Northway Railroad at home. Watch for a full report in

my next OST column.

Readers should remember that I am a standard-gauge

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working in On3 for about 25 years and in On30 for

about 15 years. I can feel the tremendous effect that

On30 has had on our hobby and I believe that this must

truly be the golden age of O Scale. There are more

choices of equipment available, prices are reasonable

and DCC is having a major impact on all model railroaders.

My O Scale Northway Railroad is still progressing.

Construction has extended into Rockwood District

where the standard-gauge and narrow-gauge interchange,

so there should be a Golden Spike Celebration

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How about you? Do you have a narrow-gauge project

underway or in mind? I’d love to hear about it.

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Scratchbuild a Gas Station

Tom Houle

As I neared the end of a structures-building marathon for my

layout, I suddenly realized I didn’t have a single gas station on

site to support my growing fleet of cars and trucks. Well, that

most definitely had to be addressed. After thinking it over for

awhile, I settled on a smallish, yet believable, free-lanced station

design that would fit into my mid-1950s-era setting, without

taking up a whole lot of space. It would be located on Railroad

Street, just south of Main Street and its row of brick stores and

shops.

I checked out the Walthers and Berkshire Valley kits. They

were very nice, though I thought them to be a bit too large and

perhaps too modern to suit my tastes. I cast about for other kits

and ultimately didn’t find anything in plan or kit form that really

caught my eye. Since I’m an incurable scratchbuilder, I finally

gave up the kit search and headed for the drafting table where

I sketched several elevation ideas onto white poster stock. I

cut out the sketches and taped the designs together to try them

out on the layout. One of my sketches was a small wood-sided

1930s-era station with drop-siding, which I thought might work.

When I tried the mock-up on the layout, it looked too small and

just didn’t seem to work with those brick structures on Main

Street. So I tried a larger footprint, with a relatively tall and

steeply pitched roof. It was a style reminiscent of the pagodaroof

gas stations we used to see here in Milwaukee. When all

was said and done, I decided the latest mock-up looked just

right in the desired location on the layout. It has a minimal footprint

but, due to its height, it doesn’t get lost among the Main

Street brick structures.

After completing the final elevation and part pattern drawings

(See pages 46 & 47), I kneed it on down to Walthers’ Terminal

Hobbies to stock up on basswood and styrene supplies.

As much of that material as I try to keep on hand, I still never

seem to have the right sheet and strip sizes I need to launch a

new structure. Don’t get me wrong. I like going to Walthers. It’s

always fun to jaw a bit and trade a few war stories with the guys

behind the Terminal Hobbies counter. They are great guys. They

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know their stuff and the Walthers crew has collectively built

several nifty well-scenicked layouts that are on rotating display.

It’s never an uninspiring moment when I go there.

Once back from Walthers, I began construction by laying out

the four wall elevations on 1/16” thick six-inch wide basswood

scribed siding. For those who haven’t scratchbuilt with basswood

before, I suggest you use a 0.5mm lead drafting pencil and a

cork-backed stainless steel straightedge to lay out the parts to be

cut. To cut out the wall outlines, door, and window openings,

I always use my old standby, an X-Acto handle and lots of #11

blades. The steel straightedge ensures I make straight clean cuts.

Keep lots of blades on hand to ensure you’re always working

with a fresh blade. Save the old ones for scraping and chiseling.

I like to make several light cutting passes through the basswood.

Don’t try to cut even 1/32” basswood in one cut. It can crunch

the wood edges. I always cut out the door and window openings

before I cut the wall outlines. This saves you from breaking walls

later, resulting from trying to cut out door or window openings

that are too close to the edge of a wall (Photo 1).

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Whenever I can, I use Grandt Line

products for my windows, doors and

other architectural details. I like the quality

of the line and the broad selection.

For this station, being the chief cook,

bottle washer, and architect, I selected

Grandt Line #3720 double-hung windows

(nine are required) for my large windows.

These windows require 3/4” x 1-15/32”

openings. For me, cutting window openings

is a pain, but it’s part of the scratchbuilding

mystique and well worth the

effort when you get those walls up and

the windows are crisply displayed. Cutting

out the walls and windows is when I

like to slip a CD into my shop player. For

me, there’s nothing like the Harvard Glee

Club singing a Thomas Tallis mass to slow

down the X-Acto blade and improve the

quality of my work. It keeps my head into

the work at hand. Hey, some people like

rock. Others gotta have a TV going at the

bench. I like listening to the long-haired

choral groups.

I used Grandt Line #3602 service

doors, which require 23/32” x 1-11/16”

openings. The auto bay opening is 2” high

x 2-1/8” wide. These double doors are

scratchbuilt, though you might be able to

find something suitable in molded plastic

or white metal. A five-section roll-up

door could also be used. The eave end

small upper windows are a pair of Grandt

Line #2 windows I had on hand. They

are meant to ventilate the cavernous attic

space and require 15/32” x 5/8” openings.

Other windows would work as well.

When the walls were done (but before

I installed the service bay door and

Grandt Line windows and doors), I laid

the walls face up on a sheet of newspaper

and lightly sprayed them with a spraycan

of Testors Flat White paint. I lightly

covered the basswood to impart a faded

weathered look and to ensure the scribed

board lines were readily visible. You can

crank up the airbrush for this operation,

but it’s not necessary as long you don’t

get too close with that spraycan nozzle.

If you’re not comfortable working with

spraycans, practice on some old newspapers

before you spray the walls. The wall

trim is done next (Photo 2).

Pre-painting lengths of uncut trim

boards makes life easier if you’re doing

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the trim in a second color. I sprayed

lengths of 1/32” x 1/16”, 1/32” x 3/32”,

1/32 x 3/8”, and 1/8” square basswood

strips with a can of Testors #13080 Zinc

Chromate primer. Why they call this paint

“Zinc Chromate” is beyond me. True Zinc

Chromate has a yellowish-green hue and

this paint is a nice deep red. In any case,

I liked the color, so I used it. At this same

time, while I had the spraycan out, I shot

the Grandt Line windows and doors with

the same paint.

I glued pre-painted 1/8” square corner

trim strips to the front and rear (longer)

walls with the trim faces set flush with the

face of the siding. The other pre-painted

strips were used to trim the front triangular

dormer face, the auto bay doors and

door frame. The trim patterns are shown

on the drawings. With the walls still in the

flat, I installed the Grandt line windows

and doors. Don’t do the glazing yet, as

you’ll want to decal the walls and spray

them with Testors Dull Cote before you

add the window glazing.

The two auto service doors are simple

affairs, cut from 1/16” thick 1/16” scribed

basswood sheet per the drawings and

then framed with pre-painted stripwood.

You could leave one or both doors ajar

to offer a peek into the auto bay interior.

I added 1/8” square basswood reinforcing

strips to the inside faces of the eave

ends, as they had a tendency to bow in

after they were painted. No doubt, being

painted only on the outside caused this

problem. These basswood strips also

increase the gluing surface for the roofing

yet to come (Photo 3).

3

I decaled my walls and service bay

doors with Microscale HO and O Scale

Sinclair Gas decals. I soaked them into

the scribed-board siding using Walthers

decal solvent. After the decals were nicely

incorporated into the board siding, I

over-sprayed them with Testors Dull Cote.

Now you can add the windows glazing.

It’s much easier to glaze the windows

with the walls still unassembled. I use

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to attach

my glazing. It dries clear and won’t cloud

the acetate.

The floor in my structure is 1/8” balsa

sheet butt-glued with CA glue to the requisite

width. I notched out the floor to

accommodate the auto service and service

door frames and the 1/8” square corner

trim strips. That done, we can throw

up the walls.

I began with an end wall. I used CA

slow-setting glue here, along with a small

square to ensure the end wall was square

to the floor when the glue kicked. Make

sure that end wall is centered between

the front and back edges of the balsa

floor. The end walls fit between the front

and back walls.

I find using CA kicker really speeds

up assembly. When the first wall was

in place and trued up, I simply hit the

floor-to-wall joint with a small shot of

kicker and I had an instantly cured glue

joint. The back wall went up next. When

making these wall-to-floor glue joints, I

always apply the CA glue from the inside

of the structure. That way, no glue can

seep through the joint to the finished wall

exterior face. I reinforce the corner joints

with a second application of CA glue,

and then sprinkle baking soda onto the

still-wet CA glue. This combination creates

rock-hard corner fillets (Photo 4).

When all four walls were up, I added a

4

ridgepole to further stiffen the end walls.

The end walls are tall, and the basswood

grain runs horizontally, so the end walls

are prone to warping. You’ll also note,

at this juncture, that the top edges of the

front and rear walls need to be beveled

to accommodate the steep pitch of the

roof. You’ll need to cut pretty deep bevels

where the two roof panels meet at the

ridge. I drew pencil lines to indicate the

bevel depth and then simply carved away

the basswood with an X-Acto knife to the

pencil lines. Work slowly and don’t try to

remove all of the wood in one cut. A bit

of waviness or gaps in the bevels won’t

really matter as the ridge will be covered

with basswood sheet and will be completely

hidden. That done, I added a

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couple of 1/8” thick basswood strips

between the end walls, flush with the

beveled front and rear walls, to create

additional gluing surface for the two roof

panels.

The 1/8” thick 4-13/16” x 7-1/2” roof

panels are glued up from three-inch wide

basswood sheets. 1/8” sheet may seem

too thick for an O Scale roof, but what

it actually does is mimic boxed six-inch

eaves. If you like exposed rafters, use

1/16” x 18” strips and go to it. On this

structure, I preferred the easier-to-do

boxed eaves look. You can butt-glue

sheets of basswood together easily and

quickly, if you first tightly join the two

sheets and hold them together with a

strip of masking tape that runs with the

joint. Then, open the joint on the opposite

side of the masking tape just enough

to run a bead of slow-setting CA glue the

length of the joint. Lay the joined sheets

on a flat surface and hit the glue joint

with CA kicker. Presto! You have sixinch

wide basswood sheets. Need wider

sheets? Repeat the process to achieve

nine-inch wide sheets. Only a light block-

sanding is required to smooth out these

joints.

After block-sanding the bevels, I

glued the two roof panels in place with

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. You could

also use Elmer’s white glue or carpenter’s

yellow glue. I would not use CA glue, as

you’ll need time to position the panels as

you apply them. Hold the panels in place

overnight with masking tape. Since the

glue is only on one side of the basswood,

the basswood may try to curl away from

the walls. Retaining the roof panels with

masking tape eliminates that problem

(Photo 5).

5

The dormer triangular roof pieces

above the front door of the station are cut

from 1/8” sheet. The triangular face of the

dormer is 1/16” thick 1/16” scribed basswood.

It’s a good idea to pre-paint this

dormer face with your station color, then

add pre-painted trim boards before you

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attach the dormer to the roof. I painted

my dormer face the same white as the

walls and trimmed it with 1/32” x 1/16”

basswood strips. The dormer roof panels

require deep bevels, just like the larger

roof panels. It will take a bit of cutting,

sanding, and trial-fitting to get the dormer

roof beveled and sitting plumb on the

front roof. Too many angles! To make life

easier, I included a pattern on the drawings

(Photo 6).

6

I used Plastruct #91631 shingle sheet

on my roof. Asphalt tabbed shingles,

cedar shakes, or even a ribbed steel roof

would also work for a building of this era.

I’m not sure if the Plastruct shingles are

supposed to be tabbed asphalt or slate.

Given the deep relief, they sure looked

like slate tiles to me, so that’s how I treated

them. I began by roofing the dormer. I

glued the plastic roofing to the basswood

with Elmer’s Brush-On Contact Cement.

Elmer’s recommends coating both gluing

surfaces with the cement, then waiting

two minutes before the pieces are

applied. I followed their directions and

had good results. The thing to remember

here is, once you have touched the

underside of the roofing to the basswood

(even lightly), it’s going to be hard to

reposition the roofing, so get it right the

first time. Some people like to slide a

sheet of wax paper between the roof and

basswood so that only a small bit of the

roof is initially contacted as you position

it. This allows some movement to correct

for error.

When the dormer was done, I taped

two sheets of paper together on the roof

so that the sheets straddled the dormer.

I taped the two sheets together over the

dormer to define the angle I had to cut

away from the roofing to clear the dormer.

When the two main roof panels

were in place and the contact cement

had cured, I brush-coated the shingles

with a dark gray shade of Floquil, followed

by brushing on an acrylic wash

of black. My intent was to highlight the

grooves in the shingles. With an old Tshirt

in hand, I wiped away some of the

black wash from the shingle faces to get

that effect of 20- to 30-year-old slate roofing.

A bit of moss on the north side of the

roof would be a nice touch (Photo 7).

7

The chimney is a length of 3/8” x 1/2”

balsa, covered with Holgate and Reynolds

brick sheet and topped with 1/8”

basswood sheet to simulate a concrete

cap. I painted my brick dark red, then

over-washed the brick with Delta Ceramcoat

acrylic Mudstone, which I wiped off

with the same old T-shirt I used on the

slate shingles. Delta Ceramcoat Mudstone

is the closest thing I’ve ever found to a

true aged concrete and mortar color. To

attach the chimney, I cut a suitable rectangle

through the Plastruct shingling and

glued the chimney in place (Photo 8).

This completes the structure itself.

8

Now we need to build some gas

pumps. I found my pumps and a matching

poured-concrete pump platform in

the leftover residue of a Walthers gas

station kit. You can also get neat and

well detailed gas pumps from Berkshire

Valley. I made up the gas hoses from 22gauge

black wire. The glass domes above

the pumps are 1/8” thick disks carefully

Zona-sawed from Plastruct 3/8” diameter

acrylic rod. Use a miter box to make sure

you get clean right angle cuts. I sanded

the disks smooth, then glued them with

liquid plastic cement to the tops of the


pumps. I painted them red and green

to indicate premium and regular. The

Microscale O Scale Sinclair decal set

has correctly sized logos for the globes.

I shortened the Walthers pump platform

to accommodate just two pumps (Regular

and Premium). The pump decals are from

Walthers and Microscale (Photo 9).

9

My station sign is 6-11/16” tall. Of

course, it could be raised or lowered in

height to suit your own requirements. The

sign doesn’t have to be round. Depending

on your oil company, it could be oval or

even rectangular. My sign is scratchbuilt.

I began by cutting a one-inch diameter

disk from 0.040” styrene sheet. I sanded

and then trimmed the circumference of

the disk with a strip of 0.030” x 0.100”

styrene, gluing the strip in place with

Weld Bond plastic glue as I went along. I

used a fine brush to flow the glue into the

joint. Next, I added two additional shorter

staggered lengths of 0.030” x 0.100”

styrene strip to the bottom of the sign disk

where the post would connect. The sign

light reflectors are from Grandt Line, and

connected to formed 0.030” brass wire.

I drilled a 0.062” hole into the bottom of

the sign to accept the post.

The signpost itself is made up of 1/8”

diameter styrene tubing and a length of

0.072” diameter brass rod. The brass rod

runs through the tubing to both stiffen

the soft styrene post and afford a way to

attach the post to the sign disk and to the

pump platform. The brass rod extends

3/32” above the styrene tubing at the

top of the post. The exposed brass rod is

glued into the hole at the bottom of the

sign with slow setting CA glue. At the

bottom end of the post, the rod extends

to whatever length you need at the base

to securely anchor the brass rod to the

pump platform. The styrene tubing is

accordingly trimmed away. I added a 3/4”

sleeve of 3/16” tubing to the bottom end

of the post to give it a heftier look (Photo

10).

10

I cut a base for my station from 1/8”

thick Masonite, which I painted concrete

with that ubiquitous Delta Ceramcoat

Mudstone acrylic. Adding some tires, oil

drums and other clutter around the station,

plus a figure or two, completed the

project. Now where in the heck are those

customers I expected? Geez, maybe I

need to do some advertising! u

(Tom, call Jeb -Ed.)

bill of Materials

northeastern Lumber basswood

1/8” Scribed 1/16” Thick Sheet

1/32” Sheet

1/8” Square Strip

132” x 1/16” Strip

1/32” x 1/8” Strip

Plastruct

Brick sheet

91631 Shingle Sheet

AR12 3/8” Diameter Acrylic Rod

Evergreen styrene

1/8” Diameter Styrene Tube

0.030” x 0.100 Styrene Strip

3/16” Styrene Tube

0.040” Styrene Sheet

Grandt Line

3602 Five-panel Door (2)

3720 Windows (10)

2 Windows (2)

3510 Outdoor Lights (2)

Miscellaneous

0.072” K & S Brass Rod

0.030” K & S Brass Wire

Walthers or Berkshire Valley Gas

Pumps

Microscale 87-969 Sinclair Decal Set

Microscale 48-552 Sinclair Decal Set

Irish Tracklayer

COMING SOON!

Etched rail anchors: Price TBA

Searchlight Signal Kit: $80

Signal assembled: Price TBA

Semaphore Signal to follow

Check our website for many brass

steam and Diesel castings.

WWW.IRISHTRACKLAYER.COM

2682 West Palo Alto Ave

Fresno, CA 93711

Stevenson Preservation Lines

O Gauge Kits and Parts from past

Master Modelers

Catalog 2005 Price: $3.00

Baldwin Model Locomotive Works

Lobaugh

Adams & Sons

Lenoir

Kansas City Kit

Hines Lines

Alexander

Pearce Tool Co.

Bob Stevenson, 2326 230th St. Boone, IA 50036

Nov/Dec ’06 - O Scale Trains


3 1 /4

4 13 /16

6 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

7 1 /2

ROOF - MAKE 2

1/8 BASS SHT.

SIDES 1/16 SCRIBED BASSWOOD

3720 GRANDT WINDOW OPENINGS

3/4 x 1 15 /32

1/32 x 1/8 TRIM

1/32 x 1/8 TRIM

6 3 /4

5/16 BEVEL

BEVEL

1/8

BASSWOOD

ALL DIMENSIONS ARE IN INCHES

u

NOT TO SCALE

3602 GRANDT DOOR

OPENING 23/32 x 1 11 /16

1/8 SQR.

CORNER

TRIM


GAS STATION

u

DRAWING

BY

TOM HOULE

1/32 x 1/16 TRIM

CORNER

DETAIL

1/16 SCRIBED

BASSWOOD

1/32 SHT.

TRIM

DOOR

OPENING

2 GRANDT

LINE WINDOW

15/32 x 5/8

OPENING

NOTE

BEVEL

3 3 /4

Nov/Dec ’06 - O Scale Trains

1/16

SCRIBED

BASS

3 3 /4

2 1 /4


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Railroad Collectibles

2-rAiL stEAM

MtH 2-rAiL LoCoMotivEs

ATSF Northern $1150

CNJ Blue Comet $1200

CNW Streamlined Hudson $900

C&O Greenbrier $975

C&O Steam Turbine $1100

NKP Berkshire $1100

PRR T-1 #6110 $1200

N&W Class A 2-6-6-4 $1150

SP AC-6 Cab Fwd $975

SP 4-8-4 Daylight $1250

UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 $1350

UP Gas Turbine 3 units $850

WEAvEr 2-rAiL brAss

PRR K4 F/P Early $1100

PRR K4 C/P ’35-’41 scheme $1400

PRR K4 C/P ’42-’57 scheme $1400

PRR L1 F/P $950

RDG G1sas Crusader #117 or #118 $1200

RDG Crusader 5-car passenger set as-built $750

RDG Crusader 5-car set with corrected glazing

and shades $950

otHEr 2-rAiL brAss

USH PRR K4 C/P Full Striping $1650

USH NYC Dreyfus Hudson

custom ptd first scheme $1850

OMI MILW 4-4-2 Hiawatha C/P #1 $1750

PSC SOU Ps4 F/P Cresc Ltd. #1393 $2500

WMS L5 Rdg Camelback C/P $750

WMS SP Daylight 4-8-4 F/P $1100

2-rAiL DiEsEL

Atlas GN SW8 Grn/Orng $350

MTH PRR Centipedes $1250

MTH ATSF F3 Warbonnet paint $500

MTH C&O F3 A-B-A $550

MTH Alaska F3 A-B-A $550

MTH T&P GP9 $325

3-rAiL sCALE stEAM

LionEL

NH Custom R1 4-8-2 w/Elesco Final Paint $1250

Sou Ts-1 4-8-2 detailed $1000

N&W Class A 2-6-6-4 NIB $1000

NYC Custom J1e Scullin disc PT Tndr $1400

WEAvEr

PRR Std K-4 F/P $950

PRR K-4 C/P Early Low Tdr Striping $1450

PRR K-4 C/P 36-41 Condensed Ltr $1250

PRR K-4 C/P 41-47 Expanded Ltr $1250

PRR K-4 C/P 47-57 Modern Solid Pilot $1350

PRR A-5 0-4-0 F/P $800

RDG G-1 4-6-2 $850

RDG G-1sas Crusader $1100

RDG Matching Crusader Cars $600

SAL C/P USRA 0-6-0 Sound $750

SOU C/P 4-8-2 Grn Stripes $1500

B&O C/P T-3 W/Vandy Sound Smoke $1750

WM H-7 C/P Dull Alt # $750

C&O 2-8-0 C/P Dull $750

UP ’49er S/L 4-6-2 $1100

WiLLiAMs

RDG L5 Camelback C/P $750

PRR E-6 C/P Late #6513 $950

PRR E-6 C/P PRSL $950

PRR B-6 C/P Dull #5244 $750

PRR L-1 C/P Dull Dg’ Tdr #714 $950

PRR L-1 C/P West Tdr #7345 $1100

PRR K-4 Custom Modern #646

Sound Smoke $1250

SOU Ps-4 Custom w/Elesco system

Green w/Stripes #6689 $1250

N&W Class A 2-6-6-4 Detailed $1350

N&W J 4-8-4 C/P #600 “dull” $650

B&A Custom 4-6-4, brass, upgraded $750

WEstsiDE brAss

RF&P Custom Governor 3-Rail Conversion

Sound Smoke Stripes Logo Etc. $2750

sunsEt/3rD rAiL

PRR H-6 C/P Late Scheme $975

PRR H-6 C/P PRSL #6016 $1075

PRR E-6 F/P Sound $1150

PRR P5a Mod Electric $950

SP 4-4-2 Std $1000

SP 4-4-2 F/P Daylight $1150

UP 4-4-2 F/P $1050

PRR Turbine – Upgraded $1000

UP Big Boy W/ Sound $1950

ATSF Northern $1200

GN S-2 4-8-4 Glacier $1200

Sou Custom 4-8-2 Grn w/stripes, Weaver

motor and chassis, #6693 $1650

MtH

RF&P 2-8-4 Custom Modified W/Striping $1450

ACL 4-8-4 Custom Mod 8-Wheel

Tender #1801 $1650

C&O 4-8-4 Greenbrier $975

C&O Custom Greenbrier Early #605 $1250

DM&IR Yellowstone $1650

N&W Class A Custom #1216 Correct

& Detailed $1500

N&W Streamlined J 4-8-4 $1100

NYC Dreyfus Hudson $975

UP Northern #8444 $1250

PRR T-1 Duplex #6110 $1250

CNW S/L Hudson $800

ACL Custom 4-6-2 $750

ERIE Custom Superdetailed K-5

w/Vandy Tdr $1650

RDG I-10 2-8-0 $975

PRR Custom G-5 #5720 W/Brass Tdr $1100

PRR K-4 Modified As K-3 C/P #9999 $1000

AtLAs

3-rAiL sCALE ELECtriC

SEPTA AEM-7 $299

WEAvEr

PRR GG1-Tuscan 1 Stripe $850

PRR GG1-Silver $850

WiLLiAMs

PRR GG1-Bruns 5 C/P dull $475

PRR GG1-Tuscan 5 C/P dull $475

PRR GG1- Tuscan dummy $200

sunsEt

PRR P5A modified-sound $800

LionEL

DL&W MU pwd & dummey $650

DL&W MU combine/coach dum $550

L.I.R.R. custom pwd dum-Tuscan $900

MtH

MILW Bipolar $775

NH E3B $700

NH EP-3-M’Ginnis $875

PRR GG1-Tuscan 5 $675

ConRl GG1 Blue $700

K-LinE

NH EP5 $350

RDG MU 70' TT green pwr/dum $375

RDG MU 70' Blue/Wht pwr/dum $425

PRSL MU 60' Tuscan w/poles $400

3-rAiL sCALE DiEsEL

AtLAs

GN SW8 Green/Orange $325

AMTK DASH 8 #509 $395

C&O RS-1 $375

N&W SD-35 $375

UP SW-9 $350

MtH

Alaska F-3 A-B-A $550

ATSF F-3 A-B-A $700

C&O F-3 A-B-A $650

RI F-3 A-B-B-A $800

B&O E-6 A-B custom fixed closed pilot $750

B&O E-8 A-B-A $650

NYC E-8 A-A custom l/s $700

PRR E-8 A-A custom Bruns 5 Stripe $700

PRR E-8 A-A custom Tuscan 5 Stripe $700

SAL E-8 A-B-A Citrus Scheme $650

ATSF DL-109A/B custom fixed closed pilot $650

MILW DL-109 $300

NH DL-109/110-Custom pilot scale cplr $650

SOU DL109/110-cust. ptd fixed pilot $700

PRR Centipedes-5 Stripe $1000

RDG GP7 cust pt 1st scheme #600 $475

RDG GP7 cust. pt no dynam. #660 $525

RDG Trainmaster 1st scheme #860 $550

RDG S-2 1st scheme $325

PRSL AS-616 custom #6000 $475

C&NW DASH 9 $275

GM&O GP-38 $300

FEC BL-2 $350

RI E-8 A-B-A $695

WEAvEr

B&O VO 1000 $199

B&O E8 AA $375

C&O RS-3 $250

C&O RSD5 $250

C&O GP-38 $275

UP E-8 AA $375

WiLLiAMs

Custom E7 Diesels - All with fixed pilots, scale

lead couplers and diaphragms.

ACL AB $550

B&M A unit $300

CB&Q AB $550

L&N AA $450

Sou AA Custom Painted $650

Railroad Collectibles, 86 W. Johnson St., Philadelphia, PA 19144

Voice: 215-438-4330 • Fax: 215-438-7322 • Email:oguage.railroad@verizon.net


Buy⁄Sell⁄Trade

WSM PRR Q2, 4-4-6-4, N/P, OB, Excellent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,950.00

WSM PRR J1a, 2-10-4, C/P, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,650.00

USH NKP 2-8-4, C/P or N/P OB, ea.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,250.00

Weaver Brass WP GS64 4-8-4, F/P, LN, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $795.00

USH C&O 2-8-4, C/P, Runs good, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,275.00

MG NYC J1e, 4-6-4, Nice, N/P, NOB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,175.00

PSC #16145 PRR B6sb 0-6-0, C/P, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,250.00

USH PRR M1a, 4-8-2, C/P, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,275.00

PSC #17107-1 Crown Heisler, New OB (#4 of 11). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,795.00

MG B&O 2-8-8-4, C/P, NOB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,250.00

MG PRR N1 2-10-2, N/P, OB, Mint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,550.00

MG PRR E6 4-4-2, N/P, NOB, Can Motor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,075.00

Weaver Streamlined PRR K4, F/P, LN, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $895.00

USH NYC H10, 2-8-2, Mint, N/P, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,375.00

USH PRR K4 4-6-2, C/P, NOB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $750.00

CB PRR T1 4-4-4-4, C/P LN OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,995.00

USH NYC L4b, 4-8-2, Mint, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,250.00

OM BNSF C44-9W, F/P LN OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,875.00

OM BNSF SD70MAC, F/P, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,875.00

MG NYC J3a, can motor, C/P, NOB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,395.00

GEM Rdg 0-6-0 Camelback, Ptd, not ltd, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $700.00

IHM 42T Climax TCW Tks, F/P NOB, test run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $800.00

Layaway Available

Eagle’s Nest Miniatures

Paint Work — 2 week

delivery possible*

Jim Hackworth

MODEL TRAINS

(and Subsidiary JH Consulting)

2631 Edgevale Road, Columbus OH 43221-1113

Phone: 614-4514517 Fax: 6144514557

Email: jhmtrains@msn.com • Web: www.jhmtrains.com

LSASE for Complete List

Shipping 6% - $6.00 Min., $12.00 Max

Ohio Residents Add 6.75% Sales Tax

Brass Work — 4 week

delivery possible*

• Custom Painting • Brass Detail Upgrading •

• DCC Installation • Repowering •

• Sound Systems •

Japanese Quality by an American Craftsman

Eagle’s Nest Minatures

Harry A. Hieke, Jr.

harrys_trains@comcast.net

856-625-5506

*Ask about our premium payment plan!

Consignments

USH ATSF 4-8-4, C/P, Wtd, NOB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,595.00

OM PRR PAPBPA Set, Late Run, F/P, New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,990.00

MG PRR N5 Caboose, N/P, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250.00

GEM PRR A5 0-4-0, runs good, C/P, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $625.00

SS N&W J 4-8-4 Rebuilt w/Sound, C/P, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,500.00

Yoder GE 44T, F/P, Not Ltd, New OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $299.00

OM #0133 Gilpin Shay, F/P, New, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,200.00

OM ATSF Erie Built “B” Unit, F/P, New. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $899.00

OM UP Alco PAPB F/P, LN, NOB, late run. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,395.00

PSC C&O 50’ Express Car, F/P Tri-color, New, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $339.00

PRB 50' Airslide F/P BN, New, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295.00

PRB 40' Airslide F/P BN, New, OB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295.00

PSC #16145 PRR B6sb, C/P, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,250.00

PSC PRR N6b, OS Cupola, N/P, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295.00

PRB Sealand Gunderson D. Stack, set, LN, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,495.00

PRB Thrall TTX D. Stack, set, F/P, LN. OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,495.00

PRB BN Gunderson D. Stack, set, LN, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,495.00

PRB #4712D CRR Caboose (ATSF Style), LN, OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $295.00

MG PRR N8 Caboose, N/P, NOB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250.00

Alco PRR N6a, C/P or N/P, each. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $225.00

SEND LSASE FOR LARGE LIST OF MG/USH KTM ITEMS

Estates⁄Liquidations

Collection Reductions

Nov/Dec ’06 - O Scale Trains


The latest M.T.H. catalog has now

arrived at your local M.T.H. Authorized

Retailer, filled with an array of choices

sure to appeal to any O scale model

railroader. Featuring, among other

things, an all-new Western Maryland

Challenger steam locomotive and new

releases of past favorites, this may be

one of our greatest catalogs ever.

If you haven't taken a look at M.T.H. in a

while, you might be surprised to learn

that our many of our products are now

designed to operate on 2-rail track.

Unlike traditional 2-rail models though,

our locomotives include digital sound

and an array of features unmatched by

other 2-rail manufacturers including …

•Superior operating smoke

•Superior patented locomotive speed

control that really works in

conventional or command mode

•Operating remotely controlled

Proto-Couplers that really work in

conventional or command mode

•Unique digital sound features

including squeaking brakes, Doppler,

train wreck, clickty-clack and

much more

•Unsurpassed value in conventional or

command operation

0 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

Nos. 16001-18500

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O SCALE/PROTO 48 • Kit #124/124-P … $49.95

See The Latest

Offerings In

M.T.H.'s Newest

Catalog

•Based on 1917 prototype built

by Mt. Vernon Car Co.

•Double sheath with Dreadnought ends

•Steel underframe

•Andrews trucks

•Kit includes couplers and decals

Also available –

SACRAMENTO NORTHERN

Boxcar Nos. 2301-2350

Kit #125/125-P … $49.95

� Coming soon – SP Sugar Beet Gondola

more CHOICES, more FEATURES, more VALUE.

Find your Nearest Dealer at

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PULLMAN HEAVYWEIGHT SLEEPERS

Pullman made hundreds of 12-1 sleepers that

were on virtually every railroad.

Golden Gate Depot is producing These 12-1

Sleepers in ABS Plastic, in Pullman Green and a

Variety of other roads for your enjoyment. These

Sleepers have the best interior detail of any car

in this class. The underbody detail is only

matched by brass models. The trucks are tried

and true, sprung with machined metal wheels

that are nickel plated. Other companies use

cheap powdered metal wheels and plastic

underbody. This baby has a metal chassis and

sprung die cast trucks. Look no further for a the

best Sleeper money can buy.

Available in January 2007 for $99.95 per Car.

Full Interiors with many figures per car.

Overhead constant voltage lighting. Sprung

Detailed Trucks, machined, nickel plated wheel.

Golden Gate Depot

“Little People” Seated Figures for O Scale

Highly Detailed, Variety of Painted Men and Women

Package of 40 Seated Figures for only $29.95

Coming November 2006

www.goldengatedepot.com / FAX: (408) 904-5849

Full 81’ 10” Length. ALL NEW TOOLING

Designed to match color and style of

GGD Heavyweight Coaches and P70s.

For the perfect consist.

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shingles, signs, and basic interior components

including counter, wood shelving, pumpkins, watermelons,

grocer, and assorted boxes and barrels. The tabbed, well-engineered

construction provides easy assembly. The footprint is

about 18’ x 34’.

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LCL ramp, #17509, MsrP: $22.95

Many small industries need rail service, yet cannot afford

to have their own spur, or do not receive enough for a full car

load. LCL (Less-Car-Load) shipments are common, and a loading

dock is often needed to help with material handling. This

kit consists of laser-cut basswood and plywood, detail castings,

and very easy assembly. The footprint of the ramp is 12’

x 31’.

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Steve Brenneisen announces that Ross Custom Switches

has begun shipping their lastest product: a fully automatic

and indexed transfer table. Currently available with an 18”

bridge it is available with 5, 10 and 15 stops. Future plans call

for a 27” bridge and a 33” bridge which will also give customers

the option of having 5, 10, or 15 stops.

Ross Custom Switches is famous for its high-quality Ogauge

turnouts which it has been producing since 1972.

Today RCS produces over 45 different turnouts, crossings,

and 18 different sizes of track. Primarily a manufacturer for

the 3-Rail and HiRail customer, Ross is happy to announce

that these new transfer tables can be easily converted to

2-Rail. Watch for more exciting new products soon to be

released for HiRailers and O Scalers alike.

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machined to rigid specifications and are precision-crafted to

last a lifetime. The tables feature twin bridge-mounted drive

motors that move the bridge at a slow, smooth speed and

AAA’s EZ DEX indexing system which utilizes an infra-red

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Product News & Reviews

rEviEW: Alco Century 628 Diesel, MsrP $439.95 (2-rail DCC

ready), $479.95 (3-rail tMCC), or $229.95 (unpowered, both

2- and 3-rail).

Atlas-o, 378 Florence Avenue, Hillside, nJ 07205

www.atlaso.com

reviewed by Brian Scace

Oh, I remember these things! Back when I was going to

school in Upstate New York, the Alco C628s were not the

most common units to see, but there were four groups of them

that weren’t too hard to find. Of course, the Delaware & Hudson

roster of handsome grey, blue, and yellow units could be

found just by heading south to Binghamton, or east toward

Albany. Lehigh Valley had two groups, the original “Snowbirds”

and the ex-Monon units painted in Cornell Red. They

could be seen from time to time on the line through Geneva.

Finally, the ex-Pennsy units would get out on the main from

time to time, passing through Syracuse paired up with the later

C630s and C636s. They made the more common SD40s and

SD45s look small; these were long units for their day. I was a

confirmed Alco-phile then, learned to respect them when I

worked with ‘em, and I still like them today.

The C628 was one of the early players in the mid-60s

horsepower race between Alco, GE, and EMD. This was the

era that saw horsepower jump from a pretty standard 450HP/

axle up to 600HP/axle, and is usually associated with the

coming of the second generation of Diesel locomotives in the

US. It was a highly competitive period; no sooner than GE

introduced a 2500HP catalog model, then EMD would match

it, Alco would best it, and GE would top that. In an interval

of two years, it wasn’t uncommon for a builder to completely

junk its catalog and issue an entirely new line, just to do it

again two years after that. This was also the time when the sixaxle

unit became accepted as true road power, rather than the

specialized drag engine it had been.

Atlas has a nice model, here. The model scales out nicely

(Don’t use Alco general arrangement drawings as a reference;

they are notorious!) using class book dimensions. By the way,

although not really detailed enough to build models from,

railroad classification books are a great reference for checking

basic dimensions. The various dimensions given, because the

operating and engineering folks depended on the class book

for their work, are pretty reliable for units as they actually

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existed on the property.

Anyway, fit, finish, and detailing level are all up to Atlas’

standards, with one exception. We received one of the LV

“Snowbirds” for review. This is a difficult scheme to pad-print.

The black lettering has to be thick enough to go on the white

carbody in one swat and come out opaque. On the other

hand, thick isn’t very forgiving about flow into crevasses and

reliefs. Such is the case here. The printing doesn’t fill into all

the contours on the hood sides, such as in the door post areas.

Spend a few minutes with a good brush and some Scalecoat to

fix it up.

In operation, the performance of our 2-Rail DC version

was, again, as expected from Atlas. The unit MU’s well with

it’s older brethren, pulls nicely, and behaves like any other of

the recent Atlas twin-motor vertical drive power. Behavior is

best using a relatively sophisticated throttle, such as an MRC

Controlmaster. Marno-stats or Variacs won’t control these guys

very well.

And what’s this?! The Scace-switch is finally a reality? For

those of you recently joining the faithful followers of Scace’s

tiltings-at-windmills, one of my all time pet peeves about the

modern crop of “cross-cultural” (meaning intended for both

the three- and two-rail marketplace) offerings are the class

lights. Everyone loves those pretty green class lights. I’ve been

pushing for a switch somewhere on the two-rail DC versions of

Diesel models, such that the green (Green classification lights

showing indicate that another section of this scheduled train

is following this one.) can be switched to white (White class

lights indicate that the train is an “extra”, not a scheduled train.)

Finally, someone has listened and delivered. All you do is pop

off the radiator louvers, flip the switch, and the class lights

change color. No more green for us non-carrier control Ludite

neurotics! Now, who is going to be the first to have a Scaceswitch

that turns off the class lights on steam power? Atlas has

thrown down the gauntlet! Thanks, Jim. I needed that.

All in all, a nice model of an impressive prototype. This

time ‘round, they’re in Phase 1 configuration lettered in SP,

Atlantic Coast Line, Lehigh Valley, Delaware & Hudson, and

Louisville & Nashville. It’s also very nice to see that someone is

listening to suggestions (I didn’t whine. They were just, well...

suggestions.) and putting them to good use.

Atlas has also announced a new model of the C-630 similarly

equipped and priced. Roadnames include Conrail, PRR,

Reading and UP, all with two road number choices, and an

undecorated unit as well.


EviEW: “ trainman” EMD GP15-1 & t

2-rail/3-rail MsrP $ 239.95

3-rail tMCC MsrP $ 389.95

“Master” Coalveyor bathtub Gondola

2-rail MsrP $ 64.95

3-rail MsrP $ 59.95

new “ Double rotary End version”

2-rail MsrP $ 69.95

3-rail MsrP $ 64.95

Atlas o, LLC, 378 Florence Avenue, Hillside, nJ 07205

www.atlaso.com

Reviewed by Gene Clemens

This being my first review, let’s start with a little history on

this locomotive and transition to a modeler’s evaluation.

the Prototype

Produced by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division

(EMD) during the latter part of the 1970s, the GP15 is actually

a road unit version of the MP15, having a larger fuel tank and

the typical road body and cab configuration. Most railroads,

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including the Frisco, ordered these units to replace older GP7s

and GP9s that were being retired. I remember the last of these

locomotives being delivered to the Frisco painted in Frisco

colors with black BN initials and numbers under the cab windows.

Working these engines in times past, they were usually

assigned to road-switchers, local freight service, and sometimes

yard transfer service.

the Model

The GP15-1 model being reviewed is Atlas O item # 0355-

1, painted for the Norfolk Southern with road number 1409.

Other roadnames available include Conrail and Union Pacific,

as well as a Chessie System GP15-T. The main difference

between the two versions is that the GP15-T is equipped with

dynamic brakes, while the GP15-1 is not. Produced as a conventional

DC locomotive, the unit can be upgraded to DCC

operation by using the included NMRA decoder plug and

instruction sheet supplied. The owner provides the decoder of

choice and performs the installation. Since this unit is available

in 3-Rail TMCC from the factory, installation of 2-Rail TMCC

by the owner should not be a problem.

This loco being the first Trainman engine on the property,

I was not sure of what to expect. Some, not all, of the factory

added details we have come to expect from the (now) Master

line were in place. Installed details include grabirons, pilot

plows, horn, bell, lift-levers, and brake cylinders with air lines

on the nicely done truck sideframes.

The detail cast into the molded body is clean and well

done, especially the see-through radiator grills. The paintwork

and lettering is as sharp as anything previously released by

Atlas. The unit comes equipped with the Atlas brand of scale

couplers, which check out at the correct height on the Kadee

coupler gage.

Performance

The GP15 was ran in multiple unit sets with various other

DC engines on the layout including Atlas, Weaver, U.S. Hobbies,

C.L.W. and a converted Williams unit. I observed no

problems with m.u. operations. On it’s own, the GP-15 was a

bit “jerky” at crawl speed. In all fairness, this engine was run

straight out of the box. Once it has

a chance to break-in, this should

improve. Medium range speed was

smooth and quiet. Top end speed

is high, but this is common with

other engines with similar drive

systems. This engine is lighter than

the Master line units, weighing in

at approximately four pounds, one

reason being the use of a stamped

sheet metal frame instead of a cast

metal deck. The twin vertical motors

and truck assemblies appear to be

the same as used in previous models.

The engine produced a traction

effort of 1-1/2 pounds prior to wheel

slip which, on my layout, translates

into 18 weighted cars on level track,

and ten cars on the 2% plus grades.

Headlights on this engine are

single yellowish-tint LED’s. They

illuminate at the starting voltage

and remain constant throughout the

operating range. Also included are

Red LED classification lights that

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Product News & Reviews

illuminate to the rear according to direction of travel.

The minimum radius rating of this engine, according to

Atlas, is 36 inches. The tightest I could do here are 42-inch

radius curves and #5 turnouts in the industrial areas. Negotiating

60” mainline curves with #6 and #8 turnouts presented no

problem for the GP15.

summary

Straight out of the box, a good rating and price for a 1980s

through the current era general purpose locomotive. I would

consider one for my layout, with the intent of adding aftermarket

detail parts, a command and sound system, custom

paint and lettering for one of my favorite prototypes. My only

negatives with this engine were the cast on details, such as the

lift rings on the long hood, the pilot’s m.u.hoses and the windshield

wipers cast into the window glass. My preference would

be an unobstructed area to add aftermarket parts to bring the

unit up to the detail level of the Master line engines.

the Latest Coalveyor

The Coalveyor was originally reviewed in OST #20, May/

June 2005, so we will not repeat the technical data. The

review: track and signal Components, Contact for Pricing,

irish tracklayer, 2682 W. Palo Alto Avenue, Fresno, CA 93771,

559-435-2814 • www.irishtracklayer.com

Reviewed by Brian Scace

John Houlihan, at Irish Tracklayer, sent us all kinds of neat

castings and etchings to peruse. First, let’s look at some of

the signal kits he’s working on. The photo of the brass castings

and etchings shows the components of one of the signal

kits he offers, in this case a Union Switch and Signal H-series

target signal. Components consist of several clean lost-wax

brass castings, tubing for the mast, and etchings for the flat

components such as the target and ladders. The etchings are

undercut for easy part removal, and the assembly is pretty

straightforward, with extra parts for your choice of ladder, target,

and platform configurations. These signals are engineered

for LED’s, and can be ordered as a kit or pre-assembled.

He’s working on an upper-quadrant semaphore as you read

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Coalveyor model being reviewed is Atlas O # 9611. This is the

new version for the double rotary-coupler car painted and lettered

for Iowa Southern Utilities # 1. This car is also offered as

Nebraska Public Power, with two road numbers available for

each company.

A very impressive ready-to-run model, the Atlas quality of

detail, paintwork and lettering is evident on this car. The difference

in this model and the standard Coalveyor is that both

the A and B ends of the car are painted and designated to have

rotary couplers as does the prototype. Complimenting the car

are 36” wheels in roller-bearing trucks with rotating bearing

caps, a nice detail. Standard Atlas scale couplers are mounted

which DO NOT rotate. The three-rail version is shown to have

one rotating coupler.

Couple a string of these cars behind a multiple engine

consist, add a caboose or F.R.E.D. (depending on the era you

model from the 1980s until present time), to model of one

of the unit coal trains that service the coal fired steam plants

located across this country. Removing the simulated load creates

an empty unit train headed back to the mine for loading.

this, with an operating mechanism. Currently, the signal kits

will run in the $80 range, and assembled signals will run in the

$120-150 range. Contact

Irish Tracklayer for specific

pricing.

Also shown in the photo

(the one with all the parts)

is a sheet of rail anchors.

These are very clever,

as they slide under the

rail for solid installation.

Also included in the sheet

are several rail anchors

designed to leave lying

around in little piles of unneatness

next to your trackage

to trip up the railfans.

By the way, rail anchors

aren’t as modern as you

might think. I looked in the

Railway Engineering and

Maintenance Cyclopedia

for 1939 and, sure enough,

you steam guys can use

these, too. They were

called “anti-creepers” then,

but they’re the same critter.

It’s good to see more

choices available for the

track modeler (O Scale

tends to attract them!),

and these components are

worth a look.


ProDuCt rEviEW- radio Control/battery Control system,

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reviewed by George Eschbach

How’d you like to have a railroad with NO control wiring?

Now it’s possible. All it takes are locomotives equipped with

Remore Control Systems’ (RCS) components consisting of a

Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, a control unit and a

small hand-held controller. No wires to the track and no power

supplies.

Battery chargers (that either come with the units or can be

purchased separately) plug into any wall socket in the house.

The NiMH batteries will last throughout most operating sessions.

I ran Weaver FA dummy and FB powered units, pulling

30 freight cars of various origins and weights, around my railroad

with its 1-1/2 percent grades for 2 hours and 15 minutes

before it would no longer move. I use a Weaver RS3 equipped

with the RCS unit. It’s great for operating on the same track

and in the same electrical block as conventionally powered

units. I recharge the batteries about once a month.

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The NiMH batteries do not develop a memory and come

in various sizes and shapes depending on the space available.

The manufacturer states that the batteries can be recharged at

least 500 times. The batteries in my RS3 fit in the short hood

and the control unit fits in the cab.

The system can include both sound and direction control

Unfortunately, the sound is quite loud and not adjustable, thus

it can be heard 40’ away. I, like our esteemed Editor, would

like to have a Doppler effect so that it arrives just prior to the

locomotive and fades as the loco passes. The sound is a good

representation of EMD (GM) locomotives. Sound for steam

locomotives is also available, although I have not heard it.

The controller (TX8) is small, has four buttons, and is easy

to use. There is one button for forward and one for reverse,

as well as a button for emergency stop (but not so quick so as

to break couplers or cause derailments). There is a button for

use with magnetic couplers, allowing stops directly over the

uncoupling magnet.

Were I starting anew or had a small layout with a half dozen

locomotives instead of nearly two dozen, this is the way I’d

wire the railroad- NO WIRES!

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Modelers Shelf

Erie Lackawanna train NY-99 creeps down the yard lead as it eases its merchandise under the Lehigh Valley’s National Docks branch and out of the

EL’s Croxton, NJ, departure yard. Soon, the train will be heading west to Marion, OH, where it will pick up some more loads and depart for its final

destination, St. Paul, MN, and the CB&Q. This shot was provided by Don Smith and taken on his Port Newark Terminal Railroad.

Don McFall was building log flats and, he

says, they cried out for a log loader. So,

he built one and sent us this photo. We’re

expecting articles on both the flats and this

loader.

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Traction Action

Cultivating the next Generation of traction Modelers

Three recent events made me want to step back from my

series of traction terminal columns and address the future of

O Scale trolley modeling.

One was a great photo on the website of the East Penn

Traction Club [www.eastpenn.org]. The photograph, taken

during the 2002 Railroad Days at Cold Spring Village,

showed a youngster enjoying a training session on a simple

loop on Ed Torpey’s Port-a-Pike. The youngster’s obvious joy

while operating the trolley will probably pay big dividends in

coming years, and perhaps spark a lifelong interest in trolley

modeling.

The second was a brief mention in Monday’s USA Today

describing how an O Scale layout that had been on display

at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport was being dismantled.

Both of the above are worthy of note because both events

have the potential of introducing the new blood which is desperately

needed to continue the hobby we all enjoy so much.

We all benefit when more people are exposed to model railroading

while passing through high-traffic areas in airports.

Seeing the trains in action can spark a memory which will be

recalled, say at Christmas time, giving birth to a new generation

of models down the road.

Likewise, who knows what thoughts were going through

the young trolley operator’s mind at the Cold Spring Village

Railroad Days? Perhaps the youngster has already purchased

his first kit, or started picking up model railroading magazines

(perhaps this one) at a local hobby shop.

Learning From the Web

Perhaps there is a message in the techniques that Internet

marketers use to measure website effectiveness. Internet marketers

strive to increase “conversions” (for example, encouraging

casual website visitors to sign up for a free newsletter),

which can lead to the future purchases of the firm’s products

and services.

Successful web marketers realize that the vast majority of

visitors to their website are not going to purchase on the first

visit. Rather, they try to obtain the visitor’s e-mail address in

order to build up a relationship with them in the future.

That’s what Internet marketers do, but what do we do, as

participants, manufacturers, club members, or journalists, in

our area of the great model railroading hobby? Are we doing

our part to attract younger blood hobbyists to the hobby? Do

we make visitors to our public events feel welcome? Do we

attempt to re-contact our younger visitors in the future? Do

we send them postcard invitations to future events? Do publications

in our field offer special “welcome to the hobby”

subscription offers? Do we treat those asking “stupid” questions

with the respect they deserve?

Roger C. Parker

What not to Do

The final event came to me as I was writing the above

words. I remembered witnessing an awful incident at a large

public model railroading event in the Northeast. An exhibitor

had placed an extremely large, intricately detailed brass

steam locomotive right next to the front edge of his table.

The engine was located about three-quarters of an inch from

the edge of the table, leading to a three-foot drop to the concrete

floor.

As I watched, a curious youngster came along and

attempted to touch the engine. The modeler, justifiably concerned

about the safety of his engine, impatiently reacted

with a shout not to touch the engine. This was such a traumatic

event because the potential tragedy was everybody’s

fault, or nobody’s fault. The child, rightfully, should not have

attempted to touch the engine. Where was his father? Why

wasn’t he better supervised?

But, why did the modeler place the engine in such obvious

jeopardy? Where was the modeler’s common sense?

Didn’t he expect a shiny brass engine at near eye-level would

attract curious fingers? Didn’t the group sponsoring the event

describe the importance of keeping valuable engines from

the edge of the table? Most important, however, where was

the “petting zoo” section of the event? Why was the child

walking through the “advanced models” area, instead of

gaining hands-on experience with Brio wooden train models

or getting to know some rugged tinplate models?

And, finally, what role did the “rareness” of model railroad

public events play in encouraging a near-capacity crowd at

the event? Why is there only one yearly model railroad event

in one of the most highly-populated areas of the country,

which creates an atmosphere conductive to inappropriate

behavior on the part of both exhibitors and visitors?

Conclusion

So, here are three examples; one really good, one really

bad, and one that potentially planted seeds of model railroading

in the minds of travelers. How are we, as trolley

modeling fans, doing our part to cultivate future modelers?

How are we converting first-time encounters into a nurturing

relationship that will grow tomorrow’s contest-winning traction

modelers? As O Scale traction modelers, we have the

ability to display a lot in a limited amount of space. Portable

O Scale loop layouts can be created in very small areas. Are

we taking full advantage of our ability to take our hobby on

the road and introduce it to newcomers? If we don’t cultivate

the next generation, we may be the last generation of traction

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unning o-scale 2-rail trains from a 3-rail Controller

In the Nov/Dec 2005 (#23) and Jan/Feb 2006 (#24) issues

of O Scale Trains, I described the construction of an AC power

supply to use with various command control systems. Basically

it was just a transformer, but in a form safer and sturdier than

the naked transformer that command control systems vendors

sometimes recommend. In the Mar/Apr 2006 (#25) issue, reader

Gordon Hall correctly pointed out that a three-rail power unit,

the Lionel Powerhouse 180, could be used instead. The current

Lionel catalog lists it as 6-22983, for $99.99.

Now, I would like to put the shoe on the other foot. Any 3-

Rail modelers, who want to convert to 2-Rail (or just try it out)

without also jumping into command control, have a simple job

of providing power for their two-rail layout. Your present variable

voltage train controller, such as a Lionel ZW, is plenty powerful;

it ran three-rail trains with those smoke units and lighted

passenger cars. However, it generates alternating current (AC),

so it will not work for two-rail direct current (DC) applications

without modification.

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to add a rectifier to turn the

AC into DC, and a reversal switch to exchange the two output

wires (thus reversing the DC polarity and the locomotive direction).

When you’re done, the old controller speed lever is still

used to control speed, while the new switch is used to select

direction.

A few additional parts would also be nice. You’ll need a

metal box to protect the wiring and present a neat appearance.

This box will also be a heat sink for the rectifier, and house a

capacitor (to smooth the DC and so reduce the chance of the

locomotive motor buzzing), a circuit breaker to protect against

a short circuit, and input and output connectors or terminal

blocks to ease the hookup. The rectifier will use up about 1.8

volts, which generates nine watts of heat at five amperes of current,

about the same heat as an old-style Christmas tree bulb.

The input wires connect to a ZW track output and the output

wires actually connect to the track.

Of course, you also need a two-rail locomotive with insulated

wheels and no center rail electrical pickup or E-unit. This is

the standard locomotive arrangement in 2-Rail so you can purchase

one from any of several vendors. You could also get one

of the new MTH 2-Rail/3-Rail convertible locomotives, or you

can convert or have converted one of your three-rail locomotives.

Joe Foehrkolb, trading as Baldwin Forge and Machine (see

Joe’s ad on page 30), specializes in 3-Rail to 2-Rail conversions.

By the way, your three-rail cars will also need to be changed

to insulated wheels. That’s not so bad, because you want to

change out the oversize three-rail wheels anyway.

The power conversion unit is quite simple and, while I show

one implementation in Photo 1, you should feel free to do it

your way. A rectifier (more properly a bridge rectifier) has four

leads. One is marked “+” for the positive output wire. The one

opposite to this is for the negative output wire and sometimes

marked “– ”. The other two, in between, are leads for the AC

62 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

input wires, connected either way. A double-pole/double-throw

toggle switch is used to reverse the output. It has six terminals

for connecting wires, four at the corners and two in the middle.

When the switch is actuated, each middle terminal is connected

to the end (corner) terminal at one end or the other. In this application,

the diagonally opposite terminals are connected together

and then to the track outputs. The input wires (from the rectifier

output) are connected to the two middle terminals (Photo 2).

An optional capacitor can be added to smooth out the DC

voltage. It should be sized to withstand a voltage greater than

the maximum that could be applied. A 50V rating is sufficient.

The capacitance value is not critical. 30 microfarads is sufficient.

Remember that a capacitor is polarized; the wire marked

“+” should go to the positive lead and the “– ” wire to the negative

lead.

typical Parts List:

1 Ten-ampere Bridge Rectifier (Radio Shack # 276-1185)

1 Ten-ampere Double-pole/Double-throw Toggle Switch

(Radio Shack # 275-709)

1 Box with Metal Top (Radio Shack # 270-1805)

Optional: 30-microfarad (50V or more) Filter Capacitor.

You’ll find circuit breaker and terminal options discussed in

the previous series of articles (in OST #23 and #24).

We’ll close with a final thought. If you used TMCC for your

three-rail layout, you might want to convert directly to two-rail

TMCC. Train America Studios (4137 Boardman-Canfield Road,

Suite LL02, Canfield, Ohio, 44406, (330) 533-7181 [www.scalecommand.com]

can provide this conversion for you. u

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3rd Annual Digital Photo Contest

Steam - 1st Place

Robert Meyer of Ridgway, CO, took this photo on a 3' x 5.5' module built for photo purposes and to test a few

techniques for his future basement layout. The loco is D&RGW C-48 2-8-0 No.1176 (an upgraded PFM model) with a very

short local freight. Robert won an MTH two-rail WM H9 2-8-0 in IC paint.

Steam Honorable

Mention

Ted Doyle,

Humble, TX

Nov/Dec ’06 - O Scale Trains • 6


2K6 O Scale Trains

3rd Annual Digital Photo Contest

Diesel - 1st Place

Dan Rowsell, up in Victoria, B.C., took this photo on a module that is part of a larger layout, the “Cascade Pacific.” Dan

says his group is working on an article about the modular layout. Dan won a Weaver two-rail VO1000 Diesel.

6 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

Mike Culham, Toronto, Ontario

Diesel Honorable Mention

Wade Schlinger, Frankfort, IL


2K6 O Scale Trains

3rd Annual Digital Photo Contest

Paul Staley, Buffalo, NY

Narrow Gauge Honorable Mention

Mark Gardner, Edmond, OK

Narrow Gauge

1st Place

Bill Davis. Bill

hails from Viola,

AR. He sent this

description of the

scene: “As the sun

sets on Tuphar, the

crew of switcher

#11 complete their

assigned chores

before dinner and a

night’s rest.” Bill won

a Bachmann On30

2-8-0.

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WM, MEC, GTW, CN, NH

Diesel Locomotive 2R 239 Cmd 309

EOB Add $50

RS-3:Undec, Rdg, PC, PRR, 2xD&H, LV

Am, B&M, Erie, L&N, Susq, Rut,

NPR, CN, 2xArmy, CPR, C&O, MR,

WM, LI, Lack, RI, VR, C&NW

GP38-2: Undec, CR, LV, SCL, MP, NS,

ICG, MM, 2xCSX, L&N, B&M, GTW,

MR, MEC, SS, MKT, PRR, DT&I

Troop Pullman, Kitchen, Hospital 85

Kitchen WM (2), US Army Trans, Und

Troop MOW Cars 4# no interiors 75

Kitchen Monon, CBQ,

Sleeper WM (4) , PRR, L&N, Lack

Troop Express Cars 4# REA, PRR 62

B60b Baggage/ Mail Car 4# 75

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N&W(2), PRR (2), CN, B&M, NH

Pullman-Bradley 4/ 415 6/ 615

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CN, MEC, NW/MP, BN, UP, BAR, PFE,

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Northeastern Caboose 37 DC 46

RoadRailers 35 DC 39 Triple Crown

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DZ-1030 Wigwag Signal Set 79

DZ-1040 UQ or LQ Semaphore 49

DZ-1050 3-Light Trackside Signal 36

DZ-1060 7-Light Trackside Signal 39

DZ-1200 Station Announcement 85

DZ-1220 Trolley Stop & Control 79

DZ-1240 Auto Stop & Reverse 38

DZ-1260 Water Tower Animator 36

DZ-1265 Fuel Station Animator 38

DZ-2500 TMCC Switch Machine 25


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FOR SALE: Sunset C&O 2-10-4, new in box; Sunset UP early

Challenger, coal version, new in box. Call 410-488-4259 between 6 and

9 pm Eastern time.

WANTED: Joe Fischer cars. American Standard hvywt baggage and

Pullmans. PSC 10 sect. Pullmans w/AC. Mail only, please. Jim Seacrest,

PO Box 6397, Lincoln, NE 68506-0397

WANTED: Lobaugh WWII era. Westbrook boxcars only. Ortl Ltd/AN

CB&Q waycars, 3 or 4 window RTR. Mail only, please. Jim Seacrest, PO

Box 6397, Lincoln, NE 68506-0397

WANTED: PSC PRR X29 boxcar #15467 and similar #15453, Pac Ltd 32

ARA boxcar #5000A, CN cabooses, Crown B&M ob boxcar, Reynolds

(Athearn) 50’ PRR and NKP 50’ boxcars. Mail only, please. Jim Seacrest,

PO Box 6397, Lincoln, NE 68506-0397

INTERMOUNTAIN, Key, Keystone, Max Gray, NJ Custom Brass,

Overland, Pacific Limited, PRB, Precision Scale, Sunset, US Hobbies...

now stocking Intermountain HO. The BrassRoundhouse.com. Phone:

727-391-3135. John Clemens, 5273 97 Way N, St. Petersburg, FL

33708-3752

FREE O SCALE LIST: List of O Scale shows for 2006. Send LSSAE to Bob

Retallack, Dept OST06, 2224 Adner Ct, Columbus, OH 43220.

WANTED: Central Loco Works C&O T1 2-10-4 kit in any condition. Call

or write. Ph: 540-672-5270, Charles H Berterman, 18241 Beech Tree Dr,

Orange, VA 22960-2767

VAN BUREN, ARKANSAS. Area’s neatest hobby store from Z to O, new

and used. Visit Dave’s Hobby Shop at 600 Main St in the Anhauser

Busch Building or online at www.daveswebshop.com, 479-471-0750.

INTERMOUNTAIN built-up box cars, reefers, gondolas, hoppers,

tankers... $39. Keystone, Max Gray, NJ Brass, Overland, Pacific Limited,

November 2006

4: Kirtland, ohio

2-Rail Train Meet of the Western Reserve. Dedicated to the memory of

Gil Stovicek. Two-Rail only meet (no tinplate, Hi-Rail or other scales

allowed). Admission $5, under 12 free. Show hours from 9:30 AM to

2:30 PM. Six foot vendor tables are $35. Vendor entry Friday 1:00 PM

and Saturday 7:00 AM. Not affiliated with the former Western Reserve

O Scale Committee. Contact Bob Frieden, 440-256-8141. NO PASSES

ACCEPTED AT THIS MEET. Note: Out of towners call for special room

rates!

4: Phoenix, AZ. usA

“In The Heat” Swap Meet. Open 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Admission $5

at the door. Located at the Fellowship Center, North Phoenix Baptist

Church, 5757 North Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ. All gauges, books, tapes,

train railmemorabilia and accessories. New and used items, modelers,

collectors, dealers. Ample parking, handicap accessible, easy to unload,

good food on premises. Tables $20 each (8 foot tables). Sellers admitted

at 7:00 AM. EVERYONE WELCOME! Contact: David Jerry 602-336-0973

(Please leave message), Email: grmarcin@hotmail.com

11-12: Ft Worth, texas

22nd Annual Ft. Worth Train Show. Sat. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sun.

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission: $7 per person, children under 12 free.

Featuring O Scale modular layouts, Lionel, MTH, and other O Scale and

Hi-Rail vendors, literature, tools, modeling supplies and more. Held in

the Amon G Carter Exhibits building, Will Rogers Memorial Center, 1

Amon Sqr., Ft. Worth, TX 76107. Contact Bart Bartholomew, 972-733-

4998. Email: bbbart@sbcglobal.net

6 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

Precision Scale, SASE. The Brassroundhouse.com. Now stocking HO.

Phone: 727-391-3135 John Clemens, 5273 97 Way N, St. Petersburg, FL

33708-3752

FOR SALE: Special Shapes inventory: Angles, Zees, Tees, Hex, Cchannel,

Square-channel, Square bars, I-beams, H-columns, flat strip

stock. 30% discount. Email [peabody@core.com] or SASE for a complete

list. Rick Kolenc, 7468 Princeton Ct, Mentor, OH 44060-5232

WANTED: International, Toby, USH/KTM, PSC, etc., brass (only) PRR

round roof boxcars, X-29, 40’; X-32, 50’; single or double doors. No

wood or plastic considered. No Pullman Standard Stanray roof either.

No trucks, couplers, paint or lettering OK. Minor nicks or dents OK.

Write Phil, 34075 Mt Pleasant Rd, Lebanon OR 97355 or call 541-258-

7055. All answered.

FOR SALE OR TRADE: O Scale traction, HO brass traction, Fairfield,

CSL, Suydam, CNS&M. SASE John Lesniak, 3852 N Sayre Ave, Chicago

IL 60634, kainsel@juno.com

FOR SALE: Kohs PRR K4, solid pilot w/antenna, $3100. Fine Art PRR

passenger car $500. All new in box. Bob Lowery 215-887-7049.

WANTED: Pacific Ltd SP B-50-14 boxcars, PSC #15561, #15557 and

#15745 automobile boxcars; Division Point SP GS/DB gondolas, Pacific

Electric Railway cars in classes 800, 1000, 1200, 1221, 1406, 1430,

1451; B-W Class D steeplecabs. H. Wolfgang Hohenner, 4053 St Johns

Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21042-5338

WANTED: MTH DL-109 A-Unit body shell. Any road name. Not a

problem if the chassis is toast. (913) 226-4476 evenings after 7:00 PM

CST. Jack Ferris, 10334 Ash St, Overland Park KS 66207, jackferris@

earthlink.net.

FOR SALE: Weaver Pennsy M1A w/longhaul tender. Like new in box, test

run only. $700 plus shipping. Call Chuck at 717-352-3453

March 2007

18: Pullman, Washington, u.s.A.

11th Annual Palouse Empire Railroad Show & Swap. Adult admission:

$3, under 12 free with paid adult. Eight foot dealer tables $10 each

(no limit). Free parking on site, food service available. Held at the Beasley

Performing Arts Coliseum, Washington State University Campus,

Pullman, WA. Buy sell or swap anything railroad related, including:

Railroadiana, Scale Model Trains, Vintage Toy Trains, Railroad Antiques

and Collectibles, Vintage Post Cards, Art, Videos, Photographs, Books

(a group of authors will be selling and autographing their latest railroad

books) Operating Model Railroads, Historical Displays and much more.

Contact: Ken Vogel, NW 237 Sunrise Dr., Pullman, WA 99163 PHONE:

(509)332-4916. Or contact: Noel Randall, 805 Panorama, Moscow, ID

83843 PHONE: (208)882-3773. Email: busdriver399163@yahoo.com

September 2007

20-22: indianapolis, indiana

2007 O Scale National Convention Sponsored by the Indy “O” Scale

Meet and O Scale Trains Magazine. Held at the Indianapolis Marriott

East, 7202 East 21st St, Indianapolis. Rooms are $59 to $79 per night

with FREE parking. Three-day admission is $30. Tables are $40. We will

have 20,000 sq. ft of selling and display space for nothing but O Scale

trains! For more details contact Jim Canter, 317-782-3322. Held at the

Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219, Ph:

317-322-3716. Email: jcanternkp@sbcglobal.com


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Allegheny Scale Models 38

Amer. O Scale Prof. Services 40

AM Hobbies 24

Armstrong Tool & Supply 32

Arttista 35

Atlas O IBC

Auel Industries 59

Bachmann Trains 11

Baldwin Forge & Machine 30

Banta Modelworks 26

Big 4 Jct 59

Brummy's Ballast 26

BTS 13

Buffalo Creek Graphics 8

Central Locomotive Works 59

Clever Bros. 24

Clever Bros. 30

Crusader Rail Services 59

Custom Signals 38

Deichman's Depot 59

DM&M Railroad Co. 59

Eagles Nest Miniatures 49

East Gary Car Co. 24

Get Real Productions 69

Golden Gate Depot 51

Gorilla Glue 29

Great Scale Model Train Show 10

Hackworth Model Trains 49

House of Duddy 40

Irish Tracklayer 45

JD's Trains 34

Just Trains 66,67

Keil-Line Products 24

Key Imports 39

Korber 10

LaBelle Woodworking Co. 24

Mesa Models 33

Model Building Services 59

Model Crafters 32

Model Tech 39

MRC 33

M.T.H. Electric Trains 50

Mullett River 10

NCE Corp 40

Norm’s O Scale 59

O Scale Realty 39

Old & Weary Car Shops 41

Old Pullman 39

Overland Models 52

PA Heritage Models 34

P&D Hobby Shop 25

Precision Scale Co. IFC

Proto-Switch 38

Public Delivery Track 29

Raggs to Riches 34

Railroad Collectibles 48

RCS of NE 26

Red Caboose 26

Ron's Books 29

Ross Custom Switches 22

San Juan Car Co. 50

Scenic Express 30

Stevenson Preservation Lines 45

Sumpter Valley Depot 24

Suncoast Models 49

Sunset⁄3rd Rail BC

T Bone Models 59

TrainAmerica 59

Turner Model Works 30

Twin Whistle Sign & Kit 23

Valley Model Trains 30

Vinylbed/Hobby Innovations 26

Weaver 61

Western Reserve O Scale Meet 61

Woodland Scenics 28

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turn, turn, turn

We are ever evolving. This issue we say “see you soon” to

two of our regular contributors, Neville Rossiter and Carey

Hinch. Neville is taking a much needed break from writing his

“Workshop” series and Carey has started grad school, giving up

the “Modern Image” helm. Not to worry, however. Carey will

still be doing his superb drawings for the mag, as well as some

writing, and Neville promises feature length articles about Bay

Ridge Harbor RR projects.

Replacing Carey as the ”Modern Image“ columnist is one of

Carey’s good friends, Gene Clemens. We don’t think we could

have found a better replacement for Carey, as Gene is a real-life

locomotive engineer and an O Scale modeler! Who better to

write a column about modeling modern-day railroading. Gene

debuts this issue with a great piece about creating an MoW

scene. Welcome to the OST family, Gene.

2K6 Digital Photo Contest Winners

For a while, I wasn’t sure we were going to have any submissions

to the photo contest and then, wham! We were flooded at

the eleventh hour with 23 submissions from 12 photographers.

The winning photos and Honorable Mentions are in this issue.

Congratulations to Robert Meyer (Steam), Dan Rowsell (Diesel)

and Bill Davis (Narrow Gauge). Your photos were judged as the

best of the bunch.

I was very disappointed there were no entries in the new

Traction category this year. Roger was all set to do his best judging

and no one showed up! Maybe next year. C’mon, I know

there are traction modelers who read OST. Let’s see some of

your best work.

serious Hirail

Maybe HiRailers have finally earned some measure of

respect from 2-Rail modelers. OST featured Gary Patterson’s

Cheryl Valley three-rail layout (Sept ’04) and no one asked for

my head. So, when I first saw Norm Charbonneau’s layout I

knew it should be shared with all O Scalers. We ran a sneakpeek

last issue and, again, no one asked for my head. I am

confident that you will enjoy Norm’s modeling. In fact, I am so

confident that I have asked him to do a couple articles for us.

Based on what I’ve seen, we could all learn a few tricks from

this excellent modeler. Best of all, Norm is a younger guy who

can inspire other younger guys.

industry tidbits

One reader called and asked me to give more industry news

in this space. I’ll try to do that on occasion, like now.

Scott Mann is well known as the president of Sunset/3rd Rail

which produces some fine brass in O Scale, but he is also the

owner of Golden Gate Depot. GGD is producing a line of ABS

plastic heavyweight passenger cars in O Scale. This is one of the

“missing links” in modern O Scale. I think GGD has a sell-out

product there.

DCC continues to make inroads into O Scale and I think

it will become the “de facto” standard as it has in HO and N

Scales. Why? Because the entry price-point has dropped to

within every modeler’s reach.

Bachmann’s E-Z DCC basic system lists retail for $106, probably

around $75 at discount. Bachmann has also announced a 5

amp power booster, price TBA.

0 • O Scale Trains - Nov/Dec ’06

Another entry DCC system is the MRC Prodigy Advance, listing

at $330 but selling at discount for about $250. MRC has also

announced a 3.5 amp booster and there is a rumored 8 amp

booster, both in the $150-$175 range.

What is nice about both Bachmann’s and MRC’s systems

is there is nothing else to buy (assuming you have a DCCequipped

locomotive on hand). All of Bachmann’s On30 offerings

now come DCC-equipped.

If and when you need more power or more sophisticated

controls, there is always the front-line DCC manufacturers like

North Coast Engineering.

signal-to-noise

In any communication system where information is to be

transferred, designers must always be concerned with the Signal-to-Noise

ratio (SNR). The more noise in a system, the harder

it is to distinguish the information from the background.

The Internet is a communication system designed to transfer

information. Back in the early days of the Net (early 90s), the

SNR was high. If you were connected to the Net back then, you

were often charged by the byte transferred. My first website

on the Net in 1994 cost $650 a month! The downside of being

“wired” then was that it was costly. The upside was that most of

what you sent and/or received was useful information.

Not so these days. My email inbox is about 98% junk mail.

I spend about an hour every day deleting SPAM and that’s after

my SPAM filter has done its job. (Maybe I need a better filter.)

But it is not just SPAM that has my hackles up. I monitor several

“boards” that serve the O Scale community, and I would

say the SNR on these boards is very, very low. In fact, it is so

bad that I don’t really read anything; I just skim. Here’s an example.

Someone posted a query on a software issue. The very first

responder suggested abandoning the software in favor of paper

and pencil. This is akin to me asking a question about the software

I use to create this magazine and being told to go back to

layout boards and wax, a step backwards about 20 years. The

response is just not useful information. It neither answers the

question nor suggests a meaningful alternative.

I see examples of this every day. That is why OST does not

host a traditional bulletin board system. Instead, we have the

OST Interactive Forum, our blog. Here you can talk-back directly

to OST authors in a structured way that, hopefully, keeps on

topic. Many people have signed up but I would really like to see

more comments posted on the blog. There are two letters in

this issue directed at Hobo D. HiRailer that were emailed to us.

They could have been posted at the blog where they could have

started a dialogue.

In the coming months, I am going to start a new blog page

called “Projects”. I’ll start by creating project pages for myself

and Brian. We can discuss our projects in a lot more detail

online than in print. If this garners some interest, I will encourage

all the OST contributors to start a Projects page as well. It

will be an interesting experiment.

One last item. If you would be interested in the Guide to

Modern O Scale in PDF format, say for $10, let me know. If

enough of you are interested, ’ll make it happen.

Keep highballin’ u


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CB&Q - DM&IR AND B&LE 2-10-4

Bessemer and Lake Erie saw how

wonderful the CB&Q M4s turned out.

Soon the B&LE had a fleet of 47 of

them. 18 of these were transferred to

the DM&IR and reclassified as E4.

Sunset Models is making the CB&Q

M4a with the Worthington BL type FWH

and Elesco FWH. Also available are

the B&LE H1 and DM&IR E4.

Featuring:

- Super Detail in Brass

- Ball Bearing Gearbox and "Quiet

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- Huge 9000 Series Pittman Motor with

Coasting Flywheel

- Working Mars Light (CB&Q)

- Directional Lighting, With Lighted

Markers and Classification Lights

- Kadee Coupler Pre-Installed

- Operating Hatches and Vents with Cab

Apron

- Fully Detailed Cab Interior with With

Crew Figures, Painted Handles and

Dials and window glazing.

Only a few of each model are to be

produced so please reserve what you

wish to buy now so we can plan for the

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Thank you for your support on these

and other projects.

CB&Q - Elesco FWH

COMING 2007

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