March 2008

March 2008
March 2008
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54 What’s next? by Christopher P. D’Amato What’s in store for railroads and model railroading during the next 25 years? It seems an appropriate question as RMC celebrates its 75th Anniversary this month.

48 Specific date modeling by Jack Burgess What equipment is used and how a model is detailed can help set the time period and tell a story on a layout.

89 Using the National Archives as a modeling resource: Pt. I by David G. Lambert The National Archives has thousands of railroad documents. Here is how you can access the material and what you are likely to find.


56 Modeling a C&NW Alco slug set by Dennis Eggert The C&NW’s Alco C-425’s lacked dynamic brakes, had small fuel tanks and snowplows on the front pilots. Join us for a look at how to modify an Atlas model to reflect the North Western’s units.

76 Scratchbuilder’s corner: Road trip! by Bob Walker Sometimes getting away from your railroad can actually improve your modeling. Trips to conventions and to various locations for field research can often lead to new modeling ideas.

78 Prototype weathering on a CR covered hopper by Mike Rose Mike Rose shows how he tackles building one of Rail Yard Model’s beautiful new HO scale cast resin kits.

74 Scratchbuilding a country depot by Don Spiro This modeling project was inspired by a photo of the Rutland Railway’s South Shaftsbury, Vermont, depot.

95 RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Delivery trucks by Walt Muren HO scale Mini Metal trucks can be kitbashed in a variety of ways.

110 A trackplan for the Woodstock Rwy. by Otto Vondrak This layout design is based on a steam-era Vermont shortline.


66 Motive Power’s MP36 and the MPXpress locomotive family by Preston Cook and Richard M. Stegner, Jr. These modern diesel-electric locomotives are meeting the needs of transit agencies across the country.

100 The Woodstock Railway by Robert C. Jones This long-abandoned Vermont shortline ceased operations just after the first issue of The Model Craftsman hit the newsstands, but with its small engines and big dreams it would make a great modeling subject even today, 75 years after its demise.