The author took an American Flyer depressed-center flat car and kitbashed it into a four-truck depressed-center flat car designed for carrying heavy loads. He describes how he built the special trucks for this project. For the load he is using a SouthWind Models Type A large transformer.
The author built this MOW building from a spare body made by Smoky Mountain Model Works. Includes a couple of photos.
The author builds a super-structure (a B&O U-2 Unloader) on top of a Centerline Products track cleaner, so that it can remain on the layout without being so obvious.
A simple structure that holds the fire hose for keeping the wooden structures of an engine servicing facility safe. Model is based on the B&O design.
This article covers Ed Sauers' B&O Mountaintop branch line layout that fits in his 17'x31' basement. The article covers the track's design (a plan is included), layout construction methods, and motive power. Includes photos of the layout and its owner.
Author shares how he built the Lehigh Valley Models Palace Poultry Car kit #LVM45. Includes several final-model photos.
Converting two O-27 gondolas to 46-foot, close-enough, S-scale gondolas, one for the Pennsylvania Railroad and one for the B&O. Includes a couple of paragraphs on how the author built two different pipe loads (with photos).
The author uses an A.C. Gilbert AF depressed-center flat car to model a car after the Erie railroad that had a large transformer load on it. He describes the changes he made to the car to make it more accurate, and how he built the load.
The author describes the mask he made so that he could paint the freight car wheels and not everything else.
The author admits to not knowing what the prototype for the American Models' 40-foot box car is, but he does describe how he added some more details to the model to enhance its appearance. Several close-up photos are included.
The author describes the purpose behind this car, and then shows how he modeled it. Includes prototype photo and a scaled drawing, and several construction photos.
The drawing and photo is of the barber shop in Fountain, Michigan. The author then describes how he built his in S-scale. Has one model photo, one prototype photo, scaled drawings, and scale colored signs. More photos are available on page 33 of the online PDF version of this magazine.
The author takes an A.C. Gilbert American Flyer flat car, and shows how to add parts to it to make it be a composite (steel frame, wooden sides/ends) gondola. Includes construction photos. The model uses 3D-printed parts.
In the 1880s you bought a good-quality watch at a train station!
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale for the local coal retailer. Includes photos and scale drawings.
The author describes how he converted a Lionel O-scale UP 9020 yellow flat car to S-scale.
One of the two types of gondolas designed by the USRA during WWI was modeled by the author using two damaged A.F. gondolas. Includes several model photos.
The author describes his building this small, unpowered industrial switcher, with a battery powering the LED headlights. It would be great in a train or as a scenic element.
The author examines the prototype devices that keep roundhouse doors open while engines go in and out of the facility. Prototype and model photos are included, as well as some design diagrams.
The author took two A.F. gondolas and modified them to build this one car. Includes construction, prototype, and final photos.
The author converts a Lionel O-27 short gondola to one that is usable in S-scale. Includes detailed instructions to do the conversion, with several supplemental photos. Also includes prototype reference material.
Reusing parts of a medicine bottle as gondola loads.
The author shows and describes loads for a flat car and a gondola.
Starting with an O-scale gondola, the author describes how he built one of these cars, accompanied by a handful of photos.
Using soda straws to make pipe loads. Includes photos and several diagrams of how pipes might have been loaded.
The author takes a Lionel American Flyer Maintenance-of-way crane and kit-bashes it into a very nice model.
Inspired by a prototype photo, the author describes how he built the 100-ton load for a flat car. Includes model photos and design diagrams.
A Rex flat car with a box and a GM engine as its load. A converted AF flat car with a large lumber load.
Two photos, one of a Rex Engineering Lowside gondola loaded with a Building & Structure Co. wooden container kit. The other is an American Models flat car with a load of seven John Deere tractors.
A small industrial switching area with a turntable can be easily built to hand-switch cars in an industrial complex. Includes two photos.
This article describes how the author converted an HO-scale Bachmann starter set's bridge for S-scale use as a steel truss country road bridge.
The author describes how he super-detailed an S-Helper Service PS-2 hopper. Includes photos of the finished model.
The author describes how he used an old A.C. Gilbert tank car body to build a freelanced, trackside re-fueling station.
How to add car tags to freight cars. A sample set of tags is provided on the page, as well as some photos of models.
The author describes how he detailed two American Models 4-bay offset-side hoppers, including removable loads. One was modeled after a B&O and another after a C&O hopper. Includes several photos of the completed models.
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