News & Reviews News Preview October and November 2023 Model Railroader content

Preview October and November 2023 Model Railroader content

By Eric White | October 1, 2023

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The Grand Strand Western Railroad layout

Tucked away in the northeast corner of South Carolina lies a stretch of coastline known as the Grand Strand. The Strand, as it is locally known, is roughly 90 miles of beaches, high-rise hotels, and condos. About a mile from the beach, you’ll find the Myrtle Beach Mall, home to the Grand Strand Model Railroad Club. Read more about it here.

Meet Andrew Dodge

black model engine on turntable with partially built structure and train cars on track in front
Andrew Dodge is well-known for his scratchbuilding abilities, especially brass steam locomotives. His Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad On3 layout features this 2-8-6T Mason Bogie engines on the turntable inside the under-construction roundhouse. All the equipment and buildings are scratchbuilt as well as all the handlaid code 70 track. Andrew Dodge photo

How to choose a power pack for your model railroad

Model Rectifier Corp. Railpower 1300 DC Power Pack
Though multiple manufacturers offer power packs meant for model railroads, three main companies currently offer the packs as separate-purchase items: Model Rectifier Corp., Kato USA, and Bachmann Trains. If you choose to use direct-current control instead of Digital Command Control (DCC) on your layout, buying a DC power pack (or power supply) that fits your needs is pertinent for the reliable operation of your model railroad.

Coming in November

Basics of N couplers


A hand uses a red plastic pick to uncouple two N scale freight cars
Jim Kelly photo

Cody Grivno gets you started on the ins and outs of N scale couplers.

Basics: Four types of track


Steven Otte discusses the four main types of track modelers use: sectional, roadbed, flex track (shown), and hand-laid.

Basics: What is ground foam?

Photo by Jim Forbes and Kent Johnson

One of the basic scenery supplies is ground foam. We look at what it is and how to use it.

Plus, we look at train sets to get you started, meet modeler Harvey Simon, another Sketch with Steve, new products, reviews, and more!

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