Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine 1965 April Wabash 4-6-0 plans L-H Switcher
Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine 1965 April
16 Boomer TrailPhotos From Our Readers
18 New 1965 Railroad ModelsHIAA Trade Show Report
33 Visit To A Small PikeWilliam Baron
48 Lionel Litho Freight CarsToy Trains of Yesteryear
40 Loco Builder PhotosNos. 196-201
PROTOTYPE & PLANS
26 Locos of the Terminal RR AssocHal Carstens
34 Wabash Ten-WheelerEd Gebhardt
44 Lima-Hamilton Diesel SwitcherLarry Jackman
CONSTRUCTION & TECHNIQUE
22 Victorian "Stonybrook"Dan Donnellan
28 Tie Treating Creosote PaintGil Melle'
36 Tonsorial ParlorE. L. Moore
39 Poor Man's ThrottlePaul Mallery
42 How Much TrackLayout Doctor
46 Truck and Coupler AdjustmentBill Schopp
4 Safety Valve54 Trouble Shooting 12 Model Railroad Timetable 56 Test Track
50 Dispatchers Report66 Advertising Index 52 Exchange Place
A Santa Fe Electro-Motive ABBA diesel snakes its way into Chicago's small but busy stub-ended Dearborn Station with a long train. Smallest of Chicago's major rail terminals, the depot also sees trains of other carriers. Yellow striped switcher belongs to Chicago & Western Indiana terminal operating road. For a special photo story of the big hobby industry trade show recently held in Chicago, see page 18. Kodachrome by Hal Carstens.
NOTES ON AN OLD TIMETABLE
WHILE we're not altogether sure which flag to wave in the cause of more Canadian model railroad kits, we must sympathize with our northern neighbors over several problems uniquely Canadian. First, prices on model railroad merchandise in Canada are high, caused not only by high tariffs but also by the fact that the Canadian dollar is, at this writing, pegged at 92.5c of the U.S. dollar. But high prices aren't the only gripe. Most modelers can live with high prices if that is the situation.
At the recent Hobby Show in Chicago, just about every Canadian dealer passing through was bugging us for more freight and passenger cars painted and lettered for Canadian roads. Locos are no great problem thanks to Frew & Gordon and Pacific Fast Mail imports of steam power, plus the standard designs of EMD. Alco. and FM diesels. some of which duplicate models used or actually made in Canada.
Perhaps some of the Canadian problems stem from distribution problems but there is a good sprinkling of Canadian roads in the rosters of the major HO manufacturers. Tyco has streamlined CPR passenger cars. Model Die Casting has a CN ore car. Ulrich offers two CP flat cars. Tyco offers a CN caboose and a TH&B box car. George Taylor of Ontario offers gondola kits.
From Athearn comes a CN rotary snow plow. CN box car, reefer, and caboose. Ambroid has an 8-hatch reefer. Central Valley offers an old time Michigan Central-Canada Southern box car. And from Varney, a CN flat car and CPR ore car. There are other cars also.
The greatest lack appears to be in cars other than box and flat car types. Canadians want hopper cars and stock cars, gondolas and auto cars. Additionally they want road names other than CN and CPR.
One immediate source of help is the decal. Champion and Walthers both offer HO and 0 decals for many other Canadian National and Canadian Pacific cars and locos. Other road names available include Ontario Northland; Central Vermont and Grand Truck; Quebec, North Shore Rr Labrador: Toronto. Hamilton & Buffalo; British American Oil Co.; Quebec Central; Canada Southern; and others.
If more pre-painted road names on specific cars are wanted, the answer is to come up with some volume orders for needed equipment. We think the Canadian model railroad industry can get what it really wants. Canadian modelers deserve no less.
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