August 2009

August 2009
August 2009
Item# RMC-Aug2009

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40 Perspective: Timeless portraits by Bob Van Arnem A few old grain elevators along Highway 20 in southern Idaho and some abandoned right-of-way are all that remain of the UP’s Hill City branch, but it is enough to whet the appetite of a modeler.

42 Railfanning on the Yosemite Valley: Aug. 1939 by Jack Burgess Through the magic of modeling we set the clock back 70 years for a day of railfanning on the author’s HO scale Yosemite Valley Railroad.

86 Tough choices by Dan Borque Deciding on a layout design and theme can be a big commitment. Here is a look at how one modeler went about the task.


48 Larder up scenery supplies by Gerry Leone The end of summer is a great time to go out and gather up natural materials for scenery projects.

53 Building a BAR/MEC bulkhead flat car by Michael Millett Modeling these interesting 1960’s-era bulkhead log racks is a challenging, but doable project.

66 DCC sound for a Peter Witt streetcar by Fred Miller A digital recording of a Peter Witt car is downloaded into a Digitrax sound decoder that is installed in the Bachmann model.

70 Wood block buildings by Patricia Maxwell Here is how you can use wood blocks as the basis for modeling tents, sheds and cabins.

78 Scratchbuilder’s Corner: Weekend projects by Bob Walker This month’s column addresses the design and construction of a simple, freelanced structure for the author’s Sn3 logging pike.

80 RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Santa Fe rotary snowplow 199361 in N scale by Randall D. Gustafson This model is a kitbash of a kitbash. Santa Fe 199361 was built by the railroad from a combination of parts from a nineteenth century Cooke rotary snowplow and a retired tender body.


60 Diesel power generating plants by Preston Cook Diesel engines of the size used in railroad locomotives are also useful as power plants and, whether in transit or set up, these units can add visual interest to a layout.

76 Front of the layout vignettes: No. 4, Railroad hotels by David Lambert Located near depots, these facilities were convenient for travelers.