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Preview Model Railroader March and April content

By | March 17, 2023

Take a look at recent stories and preview some for the month of April

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Preview Model Railroader March and April content

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Five finds from model railroad swap meets

Photo of timetables and railroad publications on white background
Public and employee timetables, The Official Railway Equipment Register, and The Official Railway Guide are just some of the railroad publications you can find at model railroad swap meets. Cody Grivno photo

Swap meets are a great way to find all sorts of items. Cody Grivno shares five things he looks for when he attends a show or swap meet.


Choosing model rail sizes for your HO and N scale layout

Image shows early rail cross sections from 1808 to 1865
Many styles of iron rail were tried before modern steel T-rail appeared in the mid-1860s. Bethlehem Steel Co.

Choosing model rail sizes is one of the things modelers often spend time on when building their second layout. We often start with whatever came in the train set we began with, but then we start to hear about rail “codes,” and how they can differ. These charts will help you with choosing model rail sizes.

Weekly product news roundups have returned

News & Products for the week of March 13th 2023: an image of a model freight car

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Coming in the month of April:


Ethanol plant track plan

A pencil drawing on track paper of a 3 x 8-foot shelf ethanol plant track plan
Ethanol plants can receive and ship dozens of tank cars and covered hoppers a week. An ethanol plant track plan like the one in my sketch would make an impressive part of a larger model railroad, or even a standalone single-industry layout. Steven Otte photo

“Sketching with Steve” discusses another single-industry track plan, this time an ethanol plant.


Uses for cabooses

Color photo of blue, red, and yellow cabooses used as apartments.
Charles Buccola photo

Cody Grivno shares seven uses for cabooses on your layout.


Meet Jim Providenza

Several skeleton log car models on a workbench
Jim recently upgraded and detailed some skeleton log cars in the empty log train for Beroldingen Lumber on his Santa Cruz Northern. Photo by Jim Providenza

A new Meet the modeler article: Meet Jim Providenza and see what projects he’s been working on!

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