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    The Utah Midland is a twenty mile shortline that hauls coal from the mines in Spring Canyon. The HO scale occupies 13 by 30 feet of Al Lindop’s basement. The extraordinary three times around dogbone track allows for an excessive amount of track in a dense area. The track plan is unbelievable, and Al continues

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    In part four of the 7-part Utah Midland Railway series, Allen Keller interviews Al Lindop regarding the inspiration behind his railroad and his modeling techniques. A large amount of Al’s inspiration came from problem solving. As Al did not plan out his track or scenery, he had to work through the complications as they arrived.

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    The invention of railroad signaling systems was introduced when automobile traffic became more prevalent in the 1900’s. Signaling systems are a crucial part of the railroad today. Detection and signaling prevent collisions, keep the trains on schedule and support a safer environment. Due to the high importance of signaling systems, they are critical for your

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  • Designing Model Railroad Signal Systems
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    A mistake many modelers make is finishing the scenery before even giving thought to a centralized traffic control machine and model railroad signal systems. Incorporating a CTC machine can cost a bulk of money and time, so it’s not necessarily something you want to toss off to the side and figure out after the entire

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    In the conclusion of the 11-part Chesapeake & Ohio series, Allen Keller and Mike Burgett wrap up the series with a final discussion on model railroading. They begin by talking about the considerable amount of time Mike spends with trains. He works the typical 9 to 5 for a real railroad and then spends his

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  • Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized
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    A model railroad display, by its very nature, is miniature. The N scale is one of the smallest scale measurements with a ratio of 1:160. Small buildings nestle amongst the town, tiny people occupy the sidewalks, pocket-sized trees fill the landscape, and little trains run the tracks in model railroad layouts. Modeling is a work

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    Each store bought model structure kit requires planning, assembly, painting and detailing. For an impressive model railroad display, the goal is to transform the kit to appear as realistic as possible. To avoid the plastic sheen, you can’t simply take it straight out of the box and place it on your layout as is. There

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    Model railroading serves as an opportunity to bring new life to a fading past. Layouts often preserve historically important eras and locations. It’s a hobby that goes far beyond a creative outlet. The time, research, and detailing that goes into model railroads can be very extensive. For example, the Reading Railroad layout takes observers back

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    In part 2 of the 11-part series, Allen Keller gives an overview of the HO-scale Reading model railroad layout built by Jim Hertzog, portraying the Pennsylvania coal mines set in the 1950’s. Nestled in his basement, the layout spans an area of 30 by 40 feet. The Reading’s walk in style layout is built on

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