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December 2021

The December 2021 issue of Model Railroader

Featured

In this Issue

Every figure tells a story

Don’t just place figures on your layout – tell stories with them

How to scratchbuild a semaphore

Use new and old methods to construct this HO scale lineside detail

A tale of two railroads

A bit of modeler’s license lets the Santa Fe cross rails with Colorado narrow gauge

Model half-empty coal hoppers

An old photograph gives a clue to operations during the 1950s

Also in this issue:

ON TRAINS.COM, pg. 6
The latest features on our website

FROM THE EDITOR, pg. 8
Know-how plus imagination equals success

NEWS & PRODUCTS, pg. 12
Hobby industry news

ASK MR, pg. 18
Santa Fe’s NCX: A freight you can model

REHAB MY RAILROAD, pg. 24
Upgrading the MR&T with Walthers’ new turnouts

RAILWAY POST OFFICE, pg. 22
Letters from our readers

REHAB MY RAILROAD, pg.24
Detail a grain elevator

DCC CURRENTS, pg. 50
Resuscitating a lifeless locomotive

ON OPERATION, pg. 54
Is superiority complex?

PRODUCT REVIEWS, pg. 56
EMD FP7/F7B in HO by WalthersProto, Micro-Trains N high-cube boxcar, and more

TRACKSIDE PHOTOS, pg. 62

IT’S PROTOTYPICAL, pg. 66
There’s a prototype for everything!

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS AND CARTOON, pg. 73

TRAINS OF THOUGHT, pg. 74
The magic of trains