Model Railroader Magazine 1937 August Right of way and scenery
Model Railroader Magazine 1937 August Right of way and scenery

Model Railroader Magazine 1937 August Right of way and scenery

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Model Railroader 1937 August
CONTENTS
THE LITTLE NEW YORK CENTRAL happy valley division, started in 1934 now rapidly nearing completion
A WORKABLE LAYOUT PROTOTYPE your right of way will be realistic if modeled brom a real railroad; Norfolk & Western presents ideal layout
ADVENTURES IN OO GAUGE
RIGHT OF WAY AND SCENERY the Milwaukee road has variety to model; most typical features found between Chicago  and the twin cities
FUNNEL TO RERAIL CARS gadget puts cars on track as fast as you can push them through it
CONTACTOR SIGNALING contact on caboose minimizes danger of clear board for occupied track
TRAIN ORDERS TAKEN ON THE RUN how railroads work
BUILDING A LOCOMOTIVE part 8 mounting the motor on the frame; shaping side and main rods
MINIATURE AIR HOSES
BULK PLANTS - NOT REFINERIES proper dimensions given for storage tanks at fuel distributing stations


Blame It on the Heat.
AQUESTION which has always vexed the public mind is, "Why do railroads which perform all right for the home team always go on the blink when visitors are around?" We'd like to answer this, but never have gotten any further than the vague explanation that maybe some nervous tension has something to do with it. The only occasion we can recall when a model pike properly showed its stuff to a visitor was when Eric LaNal came to see our Gulch Route. The road not only ran, but ran beautifully. Eric was surprised and pleased to see a model railroad perform so smoothly. So were we!
All of which reminds us that the corner near which our office is located was renamed "Eric's Folly" after LaNal went through the stop sign that same evening.
One reason the old Gulch Route ran smoothly (when it did) was the overhead trolley. There were absolutely no troubles with jerky power distribution or with collector shoes off the third rail at switches. But trolley does now and then have its troubles. For instance, when we were stringing wire and it was not yet perfectly alined, we can remember that the pantograph of our 511 ran off the wire at high speed, got caught in the wiring at a switch, and stopped so suddenly that it lifted the locomotive right off the rails and landed it upside down. Our present No. 1 is so heavy (12 pounds) that a dewirement does not lift the loco, but woe be to the pantograph!
Harry Bondurant is at present leasing our No. 511 on his Bay Line. It's a fast little loco, with a works rebuilt from a tinplate job without regearing. The other day it made a quick stop, something like the emergency on one of those new Pittsburgh street cars. A piece of lumber had fallen down overhanging the road and the front of the cab had run right into it at full speed. We're glad we weren't hogger on that run.




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