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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July/August 2020 Issue No. 100
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A Time to Build
The covid-19 pandemic is having an indelible effect on model railroading and rail enthusiasm. And modelers, retailers and event promoters are meeting challenges head-on. Our 100th edition of the Cowcatcher has extensive coverage of how the hobby is managing through historic times. For modelers, staying at home has meant building or working on layouts.
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Adding sound to any train is easy by outfitting boxcars, hoppers and other rolling stock with Digitrax “sound schemes” decoders. Tom Marsh explains how he fitted an N-scale boxcar with the equipment to give DC-powered trains sound.
Project Layout: The N-scale Whitehurst & Pine Ridge Railroad opens up lower-level staging for better functionality, while incorporating train movements to the top of the layout into operations…
Actor Jackie Gleason’s “Bonnie Brook” Budd-built passenger car charts new territory at a South Texas railroad museum…
Special cargo makes a Schnabel car’s last run before retirement memorable…
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