From Publisher Tim Blackwell Along a passenger rail journey, the conductor is usually good about giving updates and info on travel times, accommodations and station stops. You might even get a plug for the special in the dining car. We at the Cowcatcher Magazine liken our regional model railroad and rail enthusiast coverage as a means to a destination – your home, office or clubhouse. And we’re happy to periodically talk about the ride. We see a lot of misinformation on the chat boards, blogs, websites and social media outlets about modeling, preservation and railroad operations. We believe it’s our duty to provide credible coverage of topics pertinent to our readers. That’s why we are committed to bring to you timely, accurate information about the community of model railroading and rail enthusiasm in the Midwest and Southwest. Someone once said that you can’t please all of the people all of the…
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As the U.S. energy market focuses more on natural gas and regulations related to environmental issues remain stiff on coal, fewer rail cars filled with lump, black coal are running on the nation’s rail network. In Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, the number of unit coal trains being loaded gets a little lower each year, yet the Black Thunder and Peabody operations see a steady stream of unit trains file in for loading. At those locations near Gillette and Wright, WY, loading crews work through rain, sleet, snow, frigid temperatures and blistering heat around the clock.
Overcoming the Challenge
The eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is the largest conifer in the eastern U.S. But the tree that grows throughout New England isn’t typically commercially produced for model railroads. Modeling these unique trees on the On30 Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway presented a challenge because the eastern white pine tends to be wide at the top and tapered toward the bottom. The branches are open to expose more of the trunk. But there is an easy way to replicate these big beauties, as author Pete Leach describes.
The Colorado Model Railroad Museum plans to expand and realize its vision of a campus-like setting for education…
In our Cowcatcher Model Railroad Preferences survey, readers say that when it comes to building layouts old-school techniques still apply but detail and technology are a must-have…
New locomotives and announcements highlight the 48th rendition of Trainfest in Milwaukee…
The George Bush 4141 lcomotive has been retired and will go on display in College Station, TX…
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BONUS WEB COVERAGE: Adding a little clutter to right of ways adds realism without overdoing it on the Cowcatcher’s project layout, the Northwest Tarrant & Pacific Railroad…
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