Trains.com

June 2021

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In this Issue

Add a wood deck to a flatcar

Use stained stripwood to enhance ­injection-molded plastic models

Modeling a switch heater

This lineside detail is a common sight in snowy climes

A Michigan mining road in On30

A chance reunion with a fellow ­modeler led to the freelanced Ashland & Iron Mountain RR

Taking a journey on the Stone Canyon RR

The HO scale layout helped develop skills and friendships

Secrets of staging yards

Hidden vs. visible. Fiddle yards or passive. Which is right for you?

Also in this issue:

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

FROM THE EDITOR, pg. 8
Even better than the real thing

NEWS & PRODUCTS, pg. 12
Hobby industry news

RAILWAY POST OFFICE, pg. 18
Letters from our readers

ASK MR, pg. 20
Why were so many hoppers parked in the middle of nowhere?

REHAB MY RAILROAD, pg. 24
New life for an old covered hopper

DCC CURRENTS, pg. 54
Resistance soldering for track feeders

PRODUCT REVIEWS, pg. 56
ScaleTrains.com HO ES44ACs, Athearn ­Genesis 2.0 HO scale SD80MAC, and more

ON OPERATION, pg. 62
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

TRACKSIDE PHOTOS, pg. 64

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS AND CARTOON, pg. 73

TRAINS OF THOUGHT, pg. 74
Coping with truncated structures