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Pennsylvania & Western Hats off to Bob Bartizek and

his Pennsylvania & Western. I was so busy enjoying the scenes and modeling in the photographs, I didn’t even notice it was a 3-rail layout until I read the story! “What? 3-rail?” I said to myself as I went back to check the photos. He certainly achieved his goal of demonstrating that “Today’s 3-rail trains can go well beyond their toy train stereotype.” Great job! JIM MOLLOY

I just wanted to let you know

I appreciated your excellent cover story on the Pennsylva- nia & Western “hi-rail” layout. I hope this is a first step in help- ing mainstream modelers in HO or N understand that there are many O-scale modelers who have fully scenicked and detailed 1:48 scale layouts, but who happen to use three-rail track. I’d love to see an article on Norm Char- bonneau and his three-rail lay- out; I believe his is one of the best model railroads in any scale. WILLIAM STIXRUD

Thank you for publishing the

feature on Bob Bartizek’s Penn- sylvania & Western, a three-rail yet fully O-scale (except for the rails and wheels) railroad. It was good to see the level of realism that can be achieved while using “traditional” 3-rail track. In the 45 years I’ve been reading Rail- road Model Craftsman, I believe this is the first time I’ve seen an article on a 3-rail model railroad. Keep up the good work. BYRON P. CONNELL

Growing Up in a Different World and Perspectives

Please pass my thanks and congratulations to Dale Ridge- way for his excellent railroad memories and story of his career and life “Growing up in a Differ-

ent World” in the May Railroad Model Craftsman. This story is one of the best I have ever read! It could easily have been a lead ar- ticle for Railfan & Railroad also. The modeling pictures of the Bal- timore & Ohio in his hometown and area will be an inspiration for other modelers/railroad em- ployees/prototype modelers to follow his lead. I felt like I could just walk into the picture of the Lake Cottage and sit on the dock and visit with Dale and Beth. My son Peter and I try to pro-

totype model the Canadian Pacif- ic Railway in the Schreiber and White River area even though we do not have a railroad career background ourselves. We model the 1950s and 1970s based on information and pictures provid- ed by railroad families who live north of Lake Superior. We get a great deal of satisfaction when our railroad friends comment on our efforts to recreate their childhood and adult memories. I also have to express my

thanks to Nick Muff for his ex- cellent story about growing up in Siloan Springs, Arkansas, in the same issue. It is the per- fect companion article to Dale Ridgeway’s “Growing Up in a Dif- ferent World.” Well done, Nick! As an editor, having these two

stories to publish together must have been a real treat. My son, Peter, is the Editor of the Ca- nadian Pacific Historical Asso- ciation CP Tracks, and he often discusses with me his choices for inclusion in his magazine. The first article I always read in RMC is Perspective and then the lead model railroad story, even though I am also an avid proto- type modeler. The above two sto- ries further reinforce my choice. Best wishes to Beth and Dale, BOB WINTERTON

Useful again! When I first got started in the hobby in the early 1980s, I would

pick up new (as well as some used) model railroad magazines and read them cover to cover. I could practically memorize the articles and photos. I would read every- thing, regardless of scale and top- ic. It was all of great interest and fed my quest for train knowledge. Over the years, that kind of hobby reading has dropped off for me with RMC and other magazines. Now, many times I simply thumb past articles and just read what seems interesting, quickly moving the magazine to the storage shelf. That has certainly changed

with the last three issues of RMC. I am again reading every page, and am eagerly looking forward to turning those pages to see what is next. I am sure it is a combina- tion of many things, but RMC is now vibrant, more interesting and quite inspiring. I may not plan to model a Soo diesel, or build an N-scale Milwaukee train station, but these articles just jump out at you and demand to be read. And the payoff is getting some great tips and techniques you can ap- ply to other projects. Most likely this type of info existed in articles prior to the redesign, but now it is much more interesting to read the articles and get to this informa- tion. This certainly points to the editorial work done to put togeth- er the pages in the magazine. I es- pecially like the use of colors, the graphics and drawings, and the sidebars with interesting informa- tion and tips. Combined with an overall new look and nicer paper it makes a very enjoyable read. I now eagerly await each new issue! Thanks for all your work to not

only keep RMC going, but also to make it my favorite magazine again! MIKE MCNAMARA

Correction James Kinkaid’s drawing in

the August issue had a dimension for the underframe missing. That dimension should have said 8’-8”. Our apologies for the confusion.



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