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eMag - September 2017

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Modeling passenger trains is a complex topic and it can quickly become a daunting one. However, that does not keep us from exploring it here at the eMag, for we like challenges. So we have provided in this issue a fractional vignette into the world of modeling passenger trains. I personally love what I call the golden age of train travel—a time period that began in the early 1900s and has slowly faded into recent time. Although, there still are many named passenger trains around the world and in the United States, named passenger trains used to be celebrated by both passengers and railroads, which catered luxury to riders during this golden age of train travel.

 

We start this issue with an amazing cover (in my humble opinion), which shows a night scene of a Pioneer Zephyr modeled by Bob Buesking on Central Missouri Rail Road Association’s club layout. I think the cover really says it all, don’t you? We then take your imagination back in time with a presentation of advertising postcards and posters of some famous named trains from the past.

 

In his article “Passenger Service in Illinois,” Tom Klimczak showcases his Blue Island and Western Railway, which depicts the goings-on in and around Rock Island’s Chicago Terminal during what Tom describes as “deepest, darkest” 1974. Harry Haythorn takes us on an amazing ride through his discussion about many of Union Pacific’s named passenger trains. Harry also shows us how he details empty passenger train cars with interior walls, window shades, and figures in his article “Detailing a Passenger Car.”

 

The Track Planner discusses three design elements that he believes are critical in properly designing a track plan for passenger train operations. In his “UP-HUB” column, Harry gives background about and shows us how to build Union Pacific’s lunch counter “Chuck Wagon” diner cars. In his column “Jack’s Junction” Jack Hykaway provides an overview of the life of Canadian Pacific Railway’s trains 1 and 2 collectively known as The Canadian with its famous Park and Skyline dome cars. The column is complemented with some amazing photographs taken by Jack.

 

In this issue of the “Community Collage,” we feature a mashup of photographs from several very talented modelers. Please be sure to check it out. Also be sure to check out the YouTube channels listed in the “Pick 3” section.

 

In the “Food For Thought…” column Blayne Mayfield defines how he sees passenger service, which he argues includes not only the large passenger trains, but also regional and local service, subways, and even modern-day streetcars which are now making a comeback. Blayne also encourages us to take on the challenge of adding some type of passenger service to our venerable layouts so we can get those passengers moving!

 

We hope you enjoy this small glimpse into modeling passenger trains.

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also, keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy Model Railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - July 2017

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We begin this issue with a tribute to Stewart Jim Ross “jiminmichigan” who passed away in May of this year from pancreatic cancer. As a tribute to Jim’s friendship and his commitment to the hobby and this community, we dedicate this issue to him. Many thanks to Phillip Wyman for putting together a personal tribute to “jiminmichigan” (see page 6).

 

There are many challenges we modelers face when building our railroad empires. Some of those challenges are well understood by the model railroading community at large and there are many well-known and commonly available solutions. However, there is a new buzz within this community about using micro control systems such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi and custom-built solutions using these controllers to take our layouts to the next level with the use of animation and automation of lighting, signals, track control, and sound. The challenge of leveraging new technologies and techniques can seem quite daunting and frustrating for many. The key to overcoming these challenges, and for some the fear of the unknown, is to gain and build incremental knowledge on the subject.

 

To help modelers with this challenge, we have focused this issue of the eMag on the topic of micro control systems for model railroading. We have enlisted the help of the community’s technocrats and knowledge mongers to help explain, for example, what is a microcontroller or a Single Board Computer (SBC), what is an Arduino versus a Raspberry Pi, and provide examples of some custom-built solutions being utilized within the model railroading community.

 

The issue is laid out into two main parts. Part one begins with an overview article by Andy Crawford entitled “A Choice is a Good Thing,” covering several micro controllers and SBC boards that are currently most popular. Chris Rood, an engineer by trade, follows with his two-article set introducing the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi boards respectively.

 

Part two showcases two examples of custom-built solutions using the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi boards. Greg and Donna Heinz describe how they are building an automated turntable using an Arduino microcontroller in their article “As the Table Turns…” and Martyn Jenkins discusses how he built a self-packaged plug-and-play throttle solution using the Raspberry Pi 3, JMRI, and SPROG DCC in his article “A SPROG Solution.”

 

The Track Planner in his column discusses several types of prototypical rail yards and how you can implement these on your layout. Harry Haythorn describes the use of truck and freight service by the Union Pacific and Geno Sharp discusses in this installment of “Geno’s Corner” his plans to change his layout ‘One Mo’ Time’ in order to be more capable of operations. Jack Hykaway outlines how an internal combustion diesel engine (the backbone of North American railroad freights) works and Andy Crawford discusses various factors that impact our decision to either build it or buy it in his “Food for Thought…” column entitled “DIY vs. DIBuy.”

 

Everyone within our community knows and loves Barry Rosier and we celebrate his marriage to Dorine Menchhofer in the Community Collage with photographs from their wedding. Please be sure to check it out. Also be sure to check out the YouTube channels listed in the Pick 3 section.

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also, keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy Model Railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - May 2017

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It won’t be too long before schools will free the children to take a well-deserved break for the summer. By then we will have planned our summer vacations and model railroading just might take a hiatus as well. Yes, I know the outdoors beckon. However, this is the perfect time to spend with family and friends, introducing them to our great hobby of model railroading. When friends and family are over for a cookout or a pool party, do take a tour of followers and the curious to the train room or the basement. This is the best time to garner more support for our hobby.

 

Behind every successful model railroader, is a support network of family, friends, and resources. YouTube Model Builders is one of those resources with the monthly Live!Show!, the many weekly topic-driven presentations and community-based hangouts (I have seen many friendships forged on these hangouts), as well as this eMag. When it comes to having support from family and friends, our model railroading start has always included a family member, be it a grandparent, parents, or aunts and uncles, who have introduced us to the hobby.

 

In this issue, we celebrate that support by soliciting the viewpoints of modelers’ family members.

 

Michael Moonan takes us through a pictorial essay describing memories of his grandfather Frank Ellison and his fascination with model trains. Jen Hanson confesses her affinity for model trains and her desire to support her family’s participation in the hobby in her piece entitled “The Wife of a Model Train Enthusiast.” Sam Hanson, (Jen’s husband) writes about his perspective of the hobby and how it has enabled him to build a closer bond with his family.

 

Josh Cohen’s grandmother Kathy Edwards describes Josh’s love of trains and model railroading that was nurtured by her and his other grandmother (Grandma Choo Choo). A.J. Kleipass and his mother Yvonne discuss how AJ’s passion for model trains grew into what AJ calls a “train addiction” in their article “Confessions of a Train Addict’s Mother.” Lynn Terry, who enjoys photographing trains, shares her poem “A Haunted Experience” which describes a ghostly scene of lonely train tracks she captured on a misty day.

 

The Track Planner breaks down the definition of selective compression and how to properly apply it to our model railroad layouts. Jack Hykaway writes about how the London and Northeastern Railway (LNER) was saved with the development of their new streamlined A4 Pacific steam engines and the breaking of the speed record by their A4 Pacific Mallard.

 

Harry Haythorn introduces us to the history and current uses of diamond railroad crossings in his column “UP-Hub.” Andy Crawford describes his frustrations and struggles with finding a balance point between work, family, and model railroading time in his column “Food for Thought…”

 

We hope you enjoy this special “Family Affair” issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag.

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also, keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy Model Railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - March 2017

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Winter seems to be hanging on tight. But that’s alright; we get to work on our layouts or play with our model railroads just a little longer before we are lured outdoors by the warm weather.

 

This issue is the third part of the trilogy of issues that started with the November 2016 issue which explored the topic of craftsmanship. The prior issue (January 2016) explored the topics of rust, dirt, and grime. In this issue, we focus on fine-scale modeling. The definition of fine-scale modeling varies depending on who you ask. Fine-scale modeling, according to Miles Hale, is not necessarily about the level of weathering or how long it took you to finish your model. It really comes down to not only the level of skills and techniques that are above and beyond the basic set of skills necessary for modeling, but down to the meticulous attention to details, your ability to be prototypically accurate, your knowledge of and willingness to research the prototypes, and your understanding of the era and the history of what you are modeling.

 

Ralph Renzetti, a master modeler who specializes in weathering engines and rolling stock, teaches us a unique technique for creating, and applying wall posters and signs to our structures so they have that old weathered look. Jack Hykaway documents our interviews with Ralph Renzetti and Miles Hale and their thoughts on fine-scale modeling and tips from these pros you can apply to your modeling efforts. Bill Graham explores overcoming our fears and the limitations of our preset comfort zone when building a fine-scale model in his whimsical article entitled “You Can Do It!

 

The Track Planner asks that we be honest with ourselves so we can formulate a detailed plan that addresses what we are trying to accomplish with our layout, how much space will be required, what era will work best, what standards we need to follow, and whether we are a freelance modeler, a prototype modeler, or a combination of both.

 

Harry M. Haythorn writes about the history and the features of Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard - the world’s largest classification yard. Geno Sharp, in his column Geno’s Corner, explores the challenges of being prototypically correct and a workaround he employed when full-length passenger cars just wouldn’t look prototypical on his new layout. Jack Hykaway gives a brief history of the San Francisco cable cars in this issue of Jack’s Junction.

 

If you enjoy reading in-depth philosophical explorations, then you will not only be challenged but will also relish reading the Food for Thought… column in which Andy Crawford contemplates the evolution of terms and definitions we use in our modeling language.

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also, keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy Model Railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - January 2017

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Welcome to 2017 everyone! We now begin our third year of the YouTube Model Builders eMag and we have many exciting new themes in the works. Some of the themes include Model Railroad Photography, Electronics and Control Systems for Model Railroading, and Prototypical Operations (please see page 45). We encourage you, our readers, to contribute articles and photographs of any model railroading related topic to the eMag, and to suggest topics we should cover.

 

In this issue we follow in the footsteps of the previous Craftsman issue (November, 2016), with a focus on rust, dirt, and grime. Modeling these as prototypically accurate as possible, representing the various colors and textures, goes a long way in our desire to become more proficient modelers. I encourage you to go out and explore, observe, and feel rust, dirt, and grime. When you physically go and sense these, you automatically get a better understanding of how you are going to model these naturally-occurring elements.

 

To help us better understand the chemistry of rust and oxidization Eddie Bauer of Weathering Solutions writes about the behavior of rust and how the science behind it helped them develop their decals. Edward Traxler does a deeper dive into the various forms of rust and the chemistry behind it. He also details techniques for modeling rust and textures with a great example of using the “Hairspray Technique.”

 

In his column, the Track Planner writes how interaction with a client led to the evolution of his track plan design and about the lessons he learned from the process. Harry Haythorn gives us insight into the history of snow plows deployed by the Union Pacific, and Jack Hykaway presents us with information, along with some wonderful pictures of General Electric’s recent ET44AC and ET44C4 locomotives in his article “A Lean, Green Machine.” Geno Sharp shows us how to model grime on a dime using simple and cost-effective techniques. In his “Food for Thought” column, Andy Crawford discusses the wide gulf between the real world and how we envision rust, dirt, and grime on our models. All-in-all a very interesting read!

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy Model Railroading and a Happy New Year!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

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eMag - November 2016

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As many of you in the YouTube Model Builders community may be aware that our good friend and fellow modeler Terry Tsutsumi recently passed away. As a tribute to Terry's friendship and his commitment to the hobby and this community, we dedicate this issue to him. Many thanks to Harry Haythorn for putting together a wonderful tribute to Terry (see page 6).

 

A topic that always comes up during conversations within the community hangouts is the contemplation of the word craftsmanship. The word craftsmanship also came up in a conversation that Mark Mead and I recently had over the phone when discussing his ideas for an article for the eMag. In fact, his breakdown, definition, and approach to craftsmanship set in motion the theme for this issue.

 

What does craftsmanship mean when it comes to model railroading and in a broader sense within the community? In this special Craftsmanship issue, we explore exactly that; we explore the definition and usage of the word craftsmanship.

 

There is a preponderance of meanings that members of the model railroading community attach to this word. However, I feel that it really comes down to a few simple traits: texture, color tonality, and fidelity. Understanding the varying textures that we observe in the real world allows us to bring a sense of feeling and touch to the scenes that we are modeling on our layout. Is something smooth, grooved, rippled, gritty, or simply rough? Being able to model textures allows us to convey a unique dimension of reality. Color tonality, and not just color, to me are the variations and the many shades a color may take. It is not just about the reds, the blues, the greens, or yellows, and so on. It is, to me, more about the subtle changes of colors, how they blend in, and how they cooperatively work with texture to make a scene look real. Fidelity is a term that Andy Crawford has been defining within the YouTube Model Builders community. My interpretation of fidelity is the level of accuracy reflected in modeling work. How true is the scene being created to real life in terms of not only texture and color tonality, but also in terms of the amount of detail captured, the accuracy of the scale being represented, and yes, even the level of skill being dispensed?

 

Mark Mead, Ron Pare, and Andy Crawford each provide their interpretation and definition of craftsmanship. Edward Traxler takes us through a photo essay journey of his layout that is full of textures, color tonality, and fidelity. The Track Planner discusses common errors and omissions made by newbies to the hobby and Jack Hykaway showcases the Doodlebug engines. Harry Haythorn takes us to the North Platte Canteen in his UP-HUB column and also writes about installing lights and markers on the rear side of the train. Geno reminds us that we can liven up our layouts with decorations representing various seasons throughout the year with some very simple techniques.

 

We hope you enjoy reading this special Craftsmanship issue of the eMag.

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Model Railroading! See you next year.

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - September 2016

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Once again fall is upon us and we are ready to hibernate into our basements for the “model railroading season” until spring next year. Some of the things that always take me back, in my mind, to that nostalgic, golden era of train travel, are the simple things such as the crisper, cooler weather, the smell of burning firewood in the distant air, and those colorful sunsets with a “V” formation of migrating birds in the sky.

 

It is that same nostalgic feeling that inspired us to produce this special issue focused on the Union Pacific railroad. Union Pacific as a railroad, given its size and history, in itself, is a topic of great depth and breadth that could take years and volumes of books to cover – oh, yea, books have already been written. So, in our special YouTube Model Builders eMag style, we chose to focus on a few vignettes of the UP.

 

We begin with a pictorial essay of images that represent UP’s past golden history of passenger service, with all its style, luxury, and opulence.

 

Harry Haythorn, who is our resident Union Pacific expert (in fact this issue could easily have been labeled the “Harry M. Haythorn issue” because of his invaluable contributions), has three articles discussing three distinct aspects of Union Pacific. Harry discusses how he models Union Pacific’s passenger trains 52 and 57 in his article “The Denver to Cheyenne Local.” In his UP-Hub column, Harry introduces us to the standard “Harriman” depots deployed by UP. In his third article “From the Ranch to the Rails,” Harry discusses Union Pacific’s role in the shipment of livestock and the growth of the meat industry. It is a topic close to Harry’s heart and I am confident that you will enjoy reading this wonderful essay.

 

Geno Sharp, in his “Corner” shows us how adding simple roofing details, to an otherwise wasted space, can quickly increase the level of realism on our layouts. Jack Hykaway, in his piece entitled “Rollin’ Coal,” writes about Union Pacific’s experimental, coal-chewing behemoth, number 80 (8080). Darrell Medley shows us step-by-step how he custom-built a display case for his locomotives. Andy Crawford continues his discussion on prototype modeling and the trend in the hobby towards more “prototype fidelity” by asking the question, “Is Prototype Modeling for You?”

 

Also, be sure to check out the Community Collage, featuring Harry Hayhorn’s 1950s era, Union Pacific based layout, and the Pick-3 featuring three YouTube channels you need to check out.

 

Now, before you head down to the basement with your cup of java, grab this copy of the YouTube Model Builders eMag to read on your favorite device in the comfort of your favorite chair.

 

We hope you enjoy reading this special Union Pacific issue of the eMag.

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy Model Railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - July 2016

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They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me, so is art. Art is a very subjective thing. Art in model railroading is a concept that many model railroaders rarely discuss or think about, yet it exists in many forms. Scenery, weathering, drawing up of track plans (architectural art), and of course, the traditional sketching and painting are all forms of art. Come to think of it, and in my opinion, so are graffiti and 3D-printing. Art is built upon basic shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles. We as humans tend to package everything into neat little rectangles and triangle. Just take a look around you! When any curves are involved, we call it artistic.

 

In this special Artist Edition issue of the eMag, we showcase some artwork from the community. We share with you the artists’ experience and sampling of their wonderful work. There are paintings, graffiti work, use of decals to add weathering and graffiti to your models, and 3D-printing!

 

Harry Haythorn, in his UP-HUB column, writes about one of the most prolific painters in railroading: Howard Fogg. Jack Hykaway, in his column, educates us on the Maglev trains, and Geno Sharp gives us tips on using washes and powders for weathering engines, rolling stock, and structures.

 

Now a quick word on graffiti: Although I view graffiti as a form of art, painting on others’ property and on trains is illegal. I and everyone here at YouTube Model Builders, do not condone or support it in any way, except on our model layouts and on our model trains.

 

We hope you enjoy the artwork presented herein and find, explore, and expand upon your artistic side.

 

Happy Model Railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - May 2016

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Happy spring! As the weather turns warmer, many of us naturally focus some of our precious model railroading time on outdoor activities, and to working on our yards, and of course, gardening. We run to the nearest nursery and buy new colorful plants, perhaps plant a tree, and make our winter-stricken landscaping come back to life. This is a perfect time for us as model railroaders to also think about garden railroading. We may not be ready to build one just yet, but we as modelers are always interested in learning new things.

 

Given the above, the theme for this issue of YouTube Model Builders eMag is, you guessed it, garden railroading. However, we first begin this issue with tributes to two great model railroaders from our community who have recently passed away: Mike Jensen and Mark Hoffman. Thanks to Deryk Glass and Harry M. Haythorn for putting together these tributes.

 

Thomas Wyssmann from Switzerland is our featured modeler and on the cover you will find a picture of one of his logging engines on his WY Scenic Model Railroad. In his article he gives us a glimpse into his current layout and his plans for expanding it. You can also view many wonderful pictures of his railroad in the Community Collage section. In his Q&A piece “Thinking Big – ‘G Scale’ Big,” Jack Hykaway interviews Mr. DCC – Bruce Petrarca and Keith Edwards (also featured in the July 2015 issue of the eMag) about their experiences with their G scale garden railroads. We send a big thank you to both Bruce and Keith for their time in answering questions about their railroads.

 

Rick Lynch, from his perspective as a former landscaper, discusses steps necessary in creating a garden railroad and gives us some insight on what types of plants to choose that will be most effective in a garden layout. Rick’s article is a companion article to Bill Beranek’s insightful article on track planning for a garden railroad. Both are very interesting to read.

 

Lloyd Henchey shows us step-by-step how he scratch built his “red” HO scale covered bridge for his layout. These steps can be used to create a similar bridge for outdoor use on a garden layout or any other scale for that matter. Andy Crawford gets us thinking with his “Food For Thought…” article “Vision vs. Version” in which he explains is viewpoint on how well modelers really meet their vision of their layout and how “order of events” can determine the version of outcome for your envisioned layout.

 

In his column “Harry’s UP-Hub” Harry M. Haythorn writes about the Pacific Railway Act of 1862 and the creation of Union Pacific. Harry also writes about a live steam railroad on a farm in McCook, Nebraska. Jack Hykaway details the “Gorgeous” GG1 in his column “Jack’s Junction” and Geno Sharp shows how easy it is to create our own custom-made decals in his column “Geno’s Corner.”

 

Garden railroading is not an easy hobby to get into and nor is it a cheap endeavor by any means. We hope that with this issue we have given you some thoughts to ponder on the subject and a nudge in the right direction!

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Happy model garden railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - March 2016

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As of late, there has been much chatter and many questions regarding railroad signals. This was also the case with the January 2016 edition of the YouTube Model Builders Live!Show, during which many viewers asked about signals, their placement on the layout, signal control, and how they can be used on a model railroad.

 

For this reason, we have chosen to concentrate on this very topic in this issue. On the cover you will notice the words “Simulated Reality” just under the title “SIGNALS.” When the discussion turns to use of signaling on a layout, many are simply looking to create, what I call, a simulated reality. What this means is that modelers are looking to create as much prototypical realism as they can possibly create given their knowledge, their skills, their budget, and their ability to find additional information. We can’t help with the budget part, but we can help in increasing your knowledge, your ability to find additional information, and ergo your skills.

 

This issue begins with a special message from ModelerManMike entitled “Derailed!” We send his son Skyler our heartfelt prayers and wish him a very speedy recovery.

 

Modeling signals can become fairly complex. Therefore, we have created an “Additional Resources” page with many useful links to websites for signals and related hardware manufacturers and websites that provide additional information on signals including terminology, definitions, usage, categorizations, photographs, and diagrams of signals from around the world. Lloyd Henchey tells us about the frustrations someone new to the hobby faces in adding operating signals to a layout. He also lists the steps one should take to evaluate if installing signals is something they would like to implement. Well Lloyd, we hope you and others will find plenty of information in this issue to answer many of your questions and that you take full advantage by exploring the links on the “Additional Resources” page and within the articles.

 

Andy Crawford gives an overview of signals, a bit of history, and some great insight into the operations of signals. Harry’s UP-HUB column provides an in-depth discussion on UP’s use of various signals and even provides us with what signals to buy and where to find them. Muskoka Steve Juranics and Richard F. Piccuilla write about their techniques for installing operational signals on layouts. They get fairly technical, while Bill Beranek—The Track Planner writes about Doug Geiger’s fantastic layout that is fully controlled by operating signals. In addition Bill writes how the era you choose to model impacts track design and planning, in his column “A Perspective on Track Planning.”

 

Yoaman Smith, Shane Mason (in his “The N Scaler” column), and Geno Sharp (in “Geno’s Corner”) describe how they build their own signals for their layouts, without having to spend a lot of time or money in order to use signals to show turnout direction.

 

The community collage features Philippe Moniotte and his HO scale Belgian State Railways circa 1950-55. Jack Hykaway (in his column “Jack’s Junction”), gives us an in-depth look at the Mallet 2-6-6-2T Articulated Logger steam engine. Be sure to check out the statistics sheet. Blayne Mayfield, in the “Food for Thought…” section explores if it is worth adding signals to a layout. What do you think? Let us know.

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

eMag - January 2016

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The new year has already started out with a bang!  In this special one-year anniversary issue we are featuring a special “Community Track Plans” section filled with many track plans from members of the model railroading community.  We hope you enjoy this bonus section!

 

Also, in this issue we are introducing a new column from Jack Hykaway called “Jack’s Junction.”  In his column Jack will provide background stories and statistics on various locomotives (steam, diesel, and electric) that community members have modeled.  He starts off his column with a wonderful article entitled “A SOOper SD40-2.”

 

The inaugural year of the YouTube Model Builders eMag has been very successful!  In-fact YouTube Model Builders eMag would not even exist if it had not been for the leadership and vision of ModelerManMike.  He is the force and inspiration behind this publication.  However, the success of the eMag could not have been achieved without your feedback, support, and certainly not without the article and picture contributions from the members of the community!  So a special thank you to each of those who contributed to the eMag.  

 

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you!  Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

Thank you for making us a success!  And a Happy New Year!  

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

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eMag - November 2015

 

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Wow, fall has kicked in with full vigor!  There are a lot of leaves on the ground that need raking as the trees have shed all they wear in preparation for the winter months— the months to be enjoyed indoors model railroading!


I cannot believe a year has gone by so fast, and here we are with the final issue of this year.  It was only this time last year that we at YouTube Model Builders were buzzing around with flurry of activity, planning the inaugural issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag which was released on January 15 this year.


That level of planning, the diligent commitment, countless hours of selfless volunteer work, and the fervor of activity in putting out each issue of the eMag throughout the year has never waned since that day.   With that, we also know that we could not have done this without you, the model railroading community! 


So, thank you to all those who contributed articles and pictures to the eMag, and thank you to all those in the community for reading and supporting this publication.  And let’s not forget the team members of the YouTube Model Builders and the eMag staff.  They are the ones sweating all the details to bring you, the model railroading community, a quality electronic publication full of wonderful articles and useful information.  And most of all, thank you to the model railroader.  Without you none of this would exist.


Remember, the YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model rail-roaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.


The theme for this year-end issue is about family and sharing our hobby with the ones we love, especially during the holidays.  We hope you enjoy reading this special issue.  Let us know where you stand on your thoughts regarding model railroading. 


Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

 

eMag - September 2015

 

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Summer has quickly passed us by and autumn is now upon us.  For many of us, the kids are back in school, and the chaos of homework and after-school activities has begun.  However, this is also the time for us to spend indoors working on, improving upon, or simply operating our model railroad empires.  With that in mind, we pick up where we left off in May and cover some more weathering and custom building of details for our scenery. 

 

Shane Mason shows us how he weathers N scale steam locomotives—he must have some very nimble hands and great eyesight!  Barry Rosier begins a new column in which he documents a buildout of a G scale LGB based layout, the Strasburg Model Railroad club, of which Barry is a founding member, has undertaken as a favor for a friend of theirs.

 

Carmine Allocca writes about how he took parts from a couple of SD40-2s to build a much smoother running version of what he calls his “Frankenstein” build.  The Track Planner—Bill Beranek defines for us the concept of view-blocking peninsulas and discusses how one can be used to increase the perceived distance our trains travel on the layout.   Harry Haythorn gives us a bit of history about the Union Pacific Harriman Horse Express Cars and show us how he custom built and painted two of these hard-to-find cars.

 

Geno Sharp shows us how to quickly and easily scratch build billboard signs and Ravainell Hunt describes step-by-step how he inexpensively builds chain link fences.  Adding billboards and chain link fences can give your city scene a touch of realism.  In the Food for Thought section, Andy Crawford gives his opinion on the matter of complexity of DC vs. DCC. 

 

The Community Collage features photographs of the Strasburg Model Railroad Club’s layout as displayed at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.  Also, be sure to check out the Pick-3 listings.

Let us know where you stand on your thoughts regarding model railroading. 

 

Remember, the YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model rail-roaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

To find out more about the YouTube Model Builders eMag, you can visit our webpage by clicking Here

 

Happy model railroading!

 

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

 

eMag - July 2015

 

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In this mid-year, Young Modelers Edition of the eMag, we promote and celebrate the talents, the contributions, and the successes of the many young modelers within the YouTube community.  We explore in several articles the various challenges, barriers, and roadblocks faced by the next generation of young modelers as they enter this hobby.

 

In his article Loggin’ Locos explores the widening generational gap between the baby boomers and young modelers in our hobby.  Andrew Gilmour gives us some useful tips on working with young children in model railroading, reminding us to exercise patience, and identifies several barriers to entry.  Blayne Mayfield explores two issues that further widen the generational gap: the lack of model train ads on television and the rising cost of the model railroading hobby.

 

Harry M. Haythorn showcases and promotes 16 young modelers with his article “Calling All Young Modelers!”  Flip through this listing to learn more about each of these talented individuals, and click on the links to check out each modeler’s YouTube channel.  Barry Rosier highlights two exceptional young model railroaders and how their involvement at the Strasburg Model Railroad Club has impacted them and the club members.

 

Bill Beranek -The Track Planner continues his track planning series with discussions about design elements #3 and #4: Long mainline runs and trains traveling through scenes once.  He explains “selective compression” and how this technique can effectively be used in layout design.

Jack Hykaway, a young modeler himself, tells us how he got involved in the hobby and provides us his perspective on model railroading and the challenges he faces in this hobby.  He also interviews Shane Mason (another young modeler) and Johnny of Southeast Rails about his work with two special needs young-adults in this hobby.  In his interviews, Jack asks all the right questions to bring you an interesting, multifaceted article that is a must read.  

 

Chris Heili and Bill Beranek -The Track Planner tell us about two inspirational, special needs youths with Asperger’s Syndrome, who are involved in this hobby.  Dan Duviviers writes a personal story about his two sons’ involvement in the hobby, one with special needs.  He explains why model railroading is a special hobby for them, and why it can be a great hobby for special needs children.

 

Patrick Lynch, an HO/OO scale modeler, tells us how playing with Thomas the Tank Engine at an early age led him to model railroading, and his goal of modeling the Island of Sodor, so he can run his ever-growing collection of Thomas and Friends related trains.  Marcos Huizel describes his love for the Golden Age of Steam and chronicles his entry and growth into model railroading. 

 

In the “Food for Thought” section, Loggin’ Locos provides arguments for why he believes modeling Thomas and Friends is real model railroading.  Also featured are three YouTube channels that are great resources for YouTube modelers in the Pick-3 section and a picture collage of Keith Edwards’ beautiful G scale Thomas and Friends based Sandwell Valley Railway.

 

There are some very inspirational stories within this issue; stories about some exceptional young modelers, some of them with special needs.  Read these articles and discover the challenges they face, successes they have achieved, how the hobby has impacted them, and how this hobby has helped each of them grow.  As you read this issue, I hope you take the time to reflect upon how you can involve children (whether they are your own children, neighborhood kids, or children at your model railroading club), and inspire them to participate in this great hobby! 

 

Remember, the YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model rail-roaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

 

We hope you enjoy reading this special Young Modelers Edition of the eMag as much as we have enjoyed putting it together!

 

To find out more about the YouTube Model Builders eMag, you can visit our webpage by clicking Here


eMag - May 2015


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In this issue we introduce a new feature called “Food for Thought.” We invite members of the model railroading community to write an opinion editorial on a subject relating to the model railroading hobby. Our first “Food for Thought” editorial comes from Sven Frank. In his opinion piece , “To Build or Not to Build? That is the Question!” Sven asks whether we should scratch-build something that may be readily available for purchase. Please let us know your thoughts on Sven’s opinion to this age old question.

William “Big Bill” Graham provides his perspective on the art of weathering and our desire to make our miniature world look as realistic as possible. ModelerManMike provides us with more insight into how he built the New River Mine kit from Walthers, which many have enjoyed watching on his YouTube channel. Geno Sharp encourages us not to be shy about, or afraid of, weathering our new shiny structures, engines, or rolling stock with some very simple and straight-forward weathering techniques and advice.

Bill Beranek -The Track Planner continues his track planning series with discussions about his track design elements #1 and #2: walk-along mainlines and use of narrow shelves. In his discussion he compares and contrasts his design elements against a 6’ x 10’ table-style layout.

Once again we are taken back in time to the late 1800’s in the theme of the Old West with Marcos Huizel’s entertaining story of his customization of his most prized 2-8-0 Consolidation: Silver #7, on the Lepanto Valley Railroad. The very talented Harry M. Haythorn walks us through, in his article, the modifications he has made to his brass model of Union Pacific’s 49er – a streamlined P-77 class 4-6-2 with a consist of 8 IHC streamlined smooth-side coaches.

Also featured are three YouTube channels that are great resources for YouTube modelers in the Pick-3 section and a picture collage of models weathered by Todd Walton in the Community Collage section.

Remember, the YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

eMag - March 2015


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We kick off a new series of articles on track planning from Bill Beranek - The Track Planner, who shares with us his perspective on track planning and the seven elements he uses in his planning and design work. ModelerManMike bestows upon us his thoughts of what is involved in planning a layout or a structure build. In addition "Big Bill" Graham reflects on his journey into model railroading and the evolution of his layout through YouTube videos. Barry Rosier follows up on lighting options for structures using LEDs and SMDs and Todd Walton builds snow fences from Sierra Scale Model kits. The Community Collage features Marcos Huizel's Lepanto Valley Railroad and will take you back in time to the late 1800's in the theme of the Old West. Also featured are three YouTube channels that are great resources for YouTube modelers in the Pick-3 section. Please check it out in the eMag!

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eMag - January 2015


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