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September 2012 Volume 81, Number 4


Departments


5 Safety Valve Letters from our readers


8 Dispatchers Report Product and industry news


24 Railbooks Book news and reviews


32 RMC Timetable Scheduled events and notices


80 Test Track Product reviews


88 Collector Consist Acme model locomotives –1933 —Keith Wills


90 Editors Notebook Commentary—William C. Schaumburg


94 Classified Advertising Commercial listings


94 Exchange Place Non-commercial listings


95 Dealer Directory Recommended hobby dealers


97 Advertising Index


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www.rrmodelcraftsman.com Special features


40 Perspective: Lost in the woods by Christopher P. D’Amato One hundred twenty one years ago the Lehigh Valley built a depot in Pittstown, New Jersey. Although the rail line it served has long been abandoned, the depot still stands.


42 Carl’s Troutateria by Christopher Creighton This interesting large scale layout takes up an area that measures just 24″×32″, but that small space is packed with a lot of modeling. Join us for a look at this intriguing Gn15 layout.


Modeling


48 Pacific Coast Railway bridge No. 5: Insights into making a unique model by Andrew Merriam This model of an 1881 Howe truss bridge that served the PCRy. until it ceased running in 1941 was built as an HO scale museum display.


56 Scratchbuilding stone structures by Greg Condon Using Chooch’s flexible stone walls can make modeling stone buildings a simple project.


58 A towering trace of a prairie town: Modeling the Hill City grain elevator: Pt. II by Bob Van Arnem This month we wrap up our look at this wonderful HO scale model.


63 RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a small freight house by Blair S. Davies The Walthers Cornerstone Series Freight House kit was the starting point for this interesting modeling project.


66 A non-essential freight car: Great Northern GS gondolas by René Gourley A Detail Associates kit gets a re-working to capture the look of a Great Northern gondola.


71 It’s never too late: Adding a small industry to a layout by Dave Messer Even on a scenicked layout that is up and running, there is always the opportunity to make changes.


73 Scratchbuilder’s Corner: Digital cameras and road trips by Bob Walker Working with good photographs of a prototype can really aid a modeler in seeing and correcting flaws in a model.


75 Modeling a Lehigh Valley scale test car by Chuck Davis This unique car adds an interesting aspect to operating sessions.


Cover


Modelers Andrew Merriam and John Marchetti are building an operating diorama for the new San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum in California. One of the highlights of the diorama will be this HO scale model of the Pacific Coast Railway’s bridge No. 5, which spanned San Luis Obispo Creek and allowed the railroad access to ocean going traffic via a pier in Avila Beach. Photograph by Andrew Merriam.


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