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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Folks, I am happy to announce that Paul donated $500 yesterday for the Frisco Archive. This is an extremely generous donation and will aid this project greatly! If this spurs others to donate then it will serve a dual purpose. I know most people can't donate that kind of money but even if we can raise another couple of hundred dollars on the short term, it will help us a lot! Thanks again Paul and I think all of us owe Paul a big thank you...
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    I'm just glad somebody​ bought Carstens, I just subscribed to RMC in May and it was like pulling a tooth just to get one (The June) issue! I'm tired of financing defunct entities (like the Frisco Museum, Rock Island Tech. Society and Oddballs decals, etc.). Tom G.
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  • Oldguy's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Charlie - I can scan the negatives. I did some old family photos and they came out great. Since it was my first time doing negatives, it saved them as a TIFF and took forever to load on Facebook. I think I can make them jpgs. I would like to thank everyone who added information on Frisco diesels over the years. Frankly, I am not a modern diesel fan and I have relied heavily on the posted information to identify engines.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    11 Hours Ago
    I don't mind Charlie, I just love this site with a passion and I'm grateful to have you guys doing this work !
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    11 Hours Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1209 in 1200-1229
    Thanks Mark, I cant take credit for going to Minnesnowta (that was funny) and getting this image, I knew from your research that it was at the Kanabec History Center so I searched the internet with those key words and finally found a reasonable image after an hour or so of searching. I saved the image to my computer and then posted it here. I would love to go see it someday. The image reveals that 1209 still has her Pyle lantern brackets on...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    11 Hours Ago
    Paul, Thank you for the donation that you made this evening. May I have your permission to announce the amount of the donation? Charlie
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    11 Hours Ago
    I always want to comment on some of the images posted, but its been difficult to remember another user id and password. I have them saved now so it automatically logs me in when I click the site. I will be commenting more frequently and I hope others will follow suit......its fun reading peoples comments.
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  • Bradley A. Scott's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    With any luck, White River and the next-generation version of R&R and RMC will give some attention on Missouri railroads in the same way that Kalmbach gives attention to the railroads of its locale in Wisconsin. Bradley A. Scott
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  • mark's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    mark replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1209 in 1200-1229
    Paul, Thank you so much for posting an updated photo on this caboose. It is a shame the growth is encroaching on the car. Although not property painted, it is comforting to see her in relatively fresh paint. The great thing about this one is she still has all her windows. Hopefully the museum kept the end step assemblies. Too bad she is stuck in Minnesnowta! We do appreciate your travels and sharing photographs with all of us. We...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    Fellow Frisco Fanatics, Here is the monthly report for August: We will finish August with 81 posts, one more than the month before. Now, good news/bad news time. Good news first: I can assure you that September will be a good month on the Frisco Archive as we will be posting an extra image each day (beginning September 1). It's not that we are just upping the post count; one of our good friends is adding images to his Frisco...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    Welcome aboard. Charlie
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    Wow! I really admire what Kevin and his people have done with White River. They do excellent work and I wish them much success in the Carstens investment. Ken
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I'm glad. I hated to think that it was going to be gone forever.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    FYI: http://www.modelrailroadnews.com/PDF/WRP-Press_Release_140829.pdf Tom G.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I found a Rock Levee Rd. Just north of Scott City and it is in the right area to be near the old Houck line. I need to take the Jeep out that way and "investigate".
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Welcome aboard! Do you do any railroad modeling?
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Not a clue, Chris. "Boyer" is approximately where Blomeyer is mileage wise. I think I've read somewhere about Rock Levee in a book about the history of Cape. I'll double check. I never know when a clue of history might turn up. Cousinville would have probably been near the switch at Nash. There's a few more names on that list that I'm not familiar with.
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Fascinating...looks like the "Hunter Branch" only went as far as Williamsville. Any thoughts on where Cousinville, Rock Levee and Buyer's were located between Cape and Delta? Best Regards,
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Welcome to the group, I wish you all the best in realizing your goals , that would be awesome. I saw the 1522 here in Tulsa back in 02, and one of our members here was at the throttle !
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  • ShadowSteel18's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Hello everyone, my name is ShadowSteel18 and I'm 21 years old as of 2014. I've grown up watching steam locomotives like the Frisco 1522 and have always wanted to ride a true Frisco Steam Locomotive (Mainly the Frisco 1522). My dad rode the final excursion of the 1522 in 2002 and every year I make a habit of going to the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis to take a picture of myself next to the burly Baldwin. I hope to raise enough...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thanks Old Guy. Sherrel, this thing could probably eat itself alive. I bet their mileage wasn't very impressive. Good news today. I met Keith Robinson and Greg Stout for lunch (good times) and Keith actually bestowed upon me a Tsunami Light Steam logging decoder and that sucker plugged right into my Shay's circuit board and runs and sounds like a champ. Big shout out to Keith and he also brought me plenty of sagebrush for tons of tree making. It...
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1209 in 1200-1229
    Here is another image.
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Hey, if the crew runs low of wood, all they have to do is peel off a few boards!
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  • Oldguy's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Looks crazy good. (As always)
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Things are starting to take shape. The roof is just a cardboard mock-up.
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  • WindsorSpring's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    A gray, two-bay hopper covered hopper car lettered FRISCO was part of an eastbound freight through Kirkwood at 4:30 PM Friday, August 29, 2014. George "at least that's sure what it looked like, but left the camera inside again" Nelson
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1249 in 1230-1259
    1249 is headed south, wish I had some pics from when they loaded her up today, but I was not there due to other circumstances. Interesting to note that the trucks and tracks were lifted all in one piece, due to the fact that the tracks were laid on a cement slab. The other Frisco cabooses we moved were on soil so the ties were sunk in the ground and deteriorated.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Thanks! I just might do that.
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  • murphy millican's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    That Shay is isn't even finished and I can tell it will look great. Just an idea, and I'm not 100% sure it if fits the era you're modeling, but a early corrugated tin roof on the engine would look great. Another idea I had was a small wooden keg for use as the Injunear's seat.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Me too! I need to make the base from styrene so that I can use the self tapping screws provided in the kit. To be continued.
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Looking very good! you may have already thought of this and I am not able to draw a plan on here, but I am thinking of a post in the corners of the bunker and screws from underneath?
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  • neuefruhling's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    A few years ago I was lucky enough to purchase the 12 issues of MRC from 1982 at the Greater St. Louis book fair. Even though they are almost as old as I am, the how to stuff is still useful to me. Maybe I'm odd but I do so much prefer reading paper than a computer screen. Also, I often pick up a decades old Trains, OGR, or MRC off the self and read it again. Nathan
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I've added the whistle and pop valve and mounted the body to the mechanism with two screws. I think it's starting to take shape now. Just thought I would share a quick pic. I need to engineer the wood bunker and roof structure. Still thinking of a good way to mount them but keep the bunker removable to access the decoder area. I think this little Shay will be my favorite logging tram loco.
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  • tmfrisco's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    tmfrisco replied to a thread Model Flex Frisco Orange in General
    Thanks, guys. After I posted my question, I went on line and did some research on this paint, and the experience of those I found parallels what you have said here. Terry
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Great find! You have reason for being excited.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    More progress. I finished the backhead details and got some painting done. Those danged valve handles have to be cut out of a sheet of resin. Tedious work on some of these detail parts but I like the results. Next I'll scratchbuild the fuel bunker and long roof. I'll be using a Tsunami light logging decoder in this eventually.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    And the Cape Girardeau and Southwestern in 1889.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Woo Hoo! I was googling around the net and found this 1889 Time Table for the Brownwood and Northwestern RY. This is the Zalma Branch when it was only 2 years old! Its interesting (to me) that it shows Greenbrier as two separate words. It even mentions Mississippi River steamboat connections. I've never seen this Time Table before so I feel as if I've discovered a treasure. Pardon my excitement.
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  • slsfrr's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    slsfrr replied to a thread Looking for decals in General
    Don, I have a model I bought (painted) about a year ago and have yet to find any decals for it, so you might have to make them. If you do find any lets us know. Jerome
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  • nvrr49's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    nvrr49 replied to a thread Lake Junction Models Fire in General
    Point me to plans for a small depot, for reference, but possibly a kit.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Agree with Don - Bill is a good fellow. I remember talking with him often at Tinkertown. Hope he recovers quickly, and his business does as well. Bill is a Mopac guy. I seem to remember for a while he was the editor for the MPHS "The Eagle". Ken
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    To All: I have visited the Lake Junction Models site many times and will probably find a place for the Ozark Café on my layout. Of course no layout of the correct era can have enough privy's! I also had the opportunity to see many of the buildings recently on Charlie Duckworth's beautiful Missouri Pacific layout. Having said that, I have often wondered why Bill hasn't produced at least one Frisco building, possibly a small frame depot. I do...
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Great information Keith! Thanks for the detailed post!
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  • kdedgin's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    kdedgin replied to a thread Model Flex Frisco Orange in General
    I have used quite a lot of Model Flex including the Frisco Orange. Here are a few of the things I have learned: 1. It normally does not need to be thinned, even for air brushing. 2. If you do thin, use distilled water. 3. Air brushing requires 25-30 psig pressure. 4. The paint dries so fast that you may need to add extender if airbrushing. Use the Badger Model Flex extender for this. 5. When air brushing keep the air brush fairly close...
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Terry: I would try Testors/Aztek Universal Acrylic Thinner. Although I haven't specifically tried using it to thin Model Flex paint, I see no reason why it wouldn't work. It comes in a 4 oz. bottle and is available at stores like Hobby Lobby. Be sure and have your 40% off coupon in hand if you go that route. :)
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    That's awful! Bill is a good guy and a meticulous modeler and manufacturer and I hope he's OK and back up soon.
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Keep posting, Jim, has been pretty slow. i just don't really have anything of interest going.
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    To All: The following is a post from another forum about a fire at Lake Junction Models. Although they don't produce any models specific to the Frisco some of their products like their Ozark Café, Boxcar Storage Shed, and Privy's would look at home on any layout. I plan to keep all of you posted on when they are back up and running and as the message says, if anyone has an outstanding order with them, please be patient. "Bill Hoss called...
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  • tmfrisco's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    tmfrisco replied to a thread Model Flex Frisco Orange in General
    It has been over four years since this thread last had a post (my how time flies when you're having fun), but I have a question and a comment. Question: What should be used to thin this paint? Comment: I have found a great source for model flex paint on ebay, but you can visit him at www.hobbypaint.net for your paint needs. He charges a very reasonable shipping fee and gives a discount code after buying so much from him. Terry ps....
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    I'm also interested in some more early era decals. I need some foreign road decals. I'll PM you.
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  • Mountain William's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Late to this thread, but are there any decals available for the M&NA? I am very interested in some. Freight and passenger. Also, does anyone have a floor plan of the #99 Business Car? Thanks much! Alan Garner Harrisburg, PA (formerly Searcy, AR and Ft. Smith)
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Slow day on the forum so I'll post a pic of the log tram Shay. It's beginning to take shape.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1249 in 1230-1259
    Our Thursday move has been changed to Friday 8-26. Unfortunately I had an uncle pass away early this week and the funeral is Friday so I will not be in Leon while they load the caboose. A friend of mine will be there to take pics and coordinate the trucker with the crane.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread Looking for decals in General
    Photo, photo, photo. Don't tease us like that.
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    frisco1522 started a thread Looking for decals in General
    I picked up a new Hallmark Midland Valley 601-602 series 2-8-2 and want to paint and letter it. Has anyone ever seen Midland Valley steam decals? If not, I'll have to make them.
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  • Ronnie Gracy's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    The name of the depot agent in Claremore was Ronnie Gracy - the motorcycle was a 1985 Motoguzzi 850T which was mine - I started working in Claremore Depot in 1973 when depot agent George Picket retired - I worked there until it closed & can't remember for sure when that was
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    So here's the progress on the Boulder Valley Models Sidewinder Shay kit. I started by modifying the 3 truck set up into a 2 truck setup. This first phase includes removing the HO scale cab, boiler and tender body. The rear 3rd truck tender is also removed and not used but the truck is used to replace the rear locomotive truck. Now the fun of assembling the resin kit parts is beginning. I'm not going to use the kit's cab or tender because I'm...
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    That is one good looking photo! I count 14 cars .. Even the smoke cooperated with you in that photo. Sounds as if you really had a railfans delight with all the trimmings? also remembered eating at the Bar D several times in the past.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Outstanding story and photo. The nuances of these decoders are amazing. It is a nice photo. I haven't used a regular camera since I got an iphone.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    What's crazy is that I was driving up 550 and saw the last train of the day coming south in the distance and I was watching the scenery through the windshield, looking for a good spot to take a picture. When I thought the spot was right I pulled over to the shoulder and told Mike to get ready to take a picture. He just leaned out the window and caught that with his iPhone!
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Thats a great photo! Outstanding light, color and composition, just doesn't get better than that. Unless someone could Photoshop a Frisco locomotive on that train :) Looks like he had a lot of train too.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Two weeks ago this coming Monday, I headed west for a Soundtraxx Dealer Training Seminar in Durango. Nancy Workman and her folks were great hosts and taught the group about the company, decoder installations and programming. They also hosted us on a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Here's a link to their Facebook page and photos of the event:...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Very nice, now we know what you have been doing. Good to see you on the site.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    That's some mighty fine modeling! I highly doubt that anything "right out of the box" would even come close. You have great patience.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Lookin' good Tom! I know the new Athearn RTR SW1500 is well done, but these Blue Box units still look good to me. The SW1500 might be the best "BB" model that Athearn made. I still haven't picked up a RTR one. I like the two SD38-2's on the hump. Where did you get those, or how did you make them? I really enjoyed watching them do their thing the times I visited Tennessee Yard (twice) and Cherokee Yard (once). I enjoyed hearing the two...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Many thanks to Keith Edgington, Ken Wulfert, and others for parts and information. These are BB Athearn SW1500 #'s 318 and 341, these are my first SL-SF SW1500's After adding AAR pin lifters, grab irons, MU stands and hoses, new bells, speed recorders, antennas, visors, Smokey valley side frames, and modifying a set of Athearn side frames. The hardest thing to install were all those flush fitting AMB windows, man there are a bunch of them....
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1249 in 1230-1259
    Thanks for that comment William. I enjoy knowing that other people can appreciate and enjoy our efforts to restore these things. I have always loved Frisco's 1200 class cabooses with the spaced apart windows in the cupola. I remember them from my childhood and they stood out to me. I liked the orange and white painted ones , but my favorites were the bright "Caboose red" versions with the "ship it" logo. When the BN invasion took place...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Good. I hope it inspires you and others to do some kind of modeling project. I also have the Boulder Valley Models Shay kit to convert my HO Bachmann 3 truck shay into a small On30 2 truck shay. I will modify it to look very "backwoodsy".
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  • murphy millican's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Wow that looks great!!! Makes me almost ashamed of my Bachman log cars. Link & Pin couplers are great for On30. Only thing though is they have to be uncoupled by the magic floating hand in the sky. I use L&Ps to couple my set of V-skips, because they stay as a unit train. Seeing your post makes me want to tinker more with my trains. I have a unopened SR&RL caboose at the house that might get painted at Frisco & Cherokee #59
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Agreed, very sad to see something so iconic fall by the wayside. During the Koester years, RMC became my favorite model railroading hobby mag and RMC was, frankly, way ahead of MR in regards to new concepts and such. In my case, over the past 10 or more years, magazine purchases of any sort have dwindled to almost nothing. Once read, there they are: In the way and cumbersome. True, it's nice to be able to take a magazine to the throne...
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  • Kevin Blair's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Some years ago I culled my rather substantial collection of Model Railroaders for interesting articles and deposited the remains on the give-away cart at our local library. They went fast. An equally large collection of Craftsmen were rather lovingly sorted and stored in four inch notebooks on sturdy shelving in my outdoor hobby room. In my mind the 1977 to 1979 issues of RMC were some of the best modeling magazines ever produced. Kevin Blair...
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  • friscobob's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Well, it's official, the patient is dead: It is with regret that Carstens Publicatons, Inc. will be closing permanently at close of business on Friday, August 22, 2014. Carstens Publications, Inc. has been a leading publisher of leading hobby magazines for over 50 years. Unfortunately the current economic climate has placed us in this position. Discussion is continuing with several parties who expressed desire to take on the continuance of...
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Sign of the times or not, digital or print, there is at least ONE good model railroading magazine "out there." I've been a subscriber to N Scale Railroading since it's beginnings (They just put out a 14th Anniversary issue) and it seems to be getting better all the time. I especially appreciate NSRRing since there is only token treatment of N scale by MR and RMC. Tom G.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    i have been watching this thread, haven't commented, but it is nice that you want to restore these cabooses. Thanks for your effort.
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