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The MZJ&D Railroad is a traveling HO depiction of grain operations in the Midwest, somewhere near Quincy, IL. There’s not much prototypical about the 40-foot layout, except the grit and grime surrounding real-life railroads. For the past 29 years, Dave Scharnhorst has toted the MZJ&D to nearly 100 shows all over the country. It invariably gets long looks from admirers and plenty of comments about its realism.
2022 State of Model Railroading
In the Cowcatcher’s 2022 State of Model Railroading survey, the consensus is that model railroading continues to provide a great experience and is still a good value. Yet respondents from the 725 readers polled were the most vocal in the survey’s four-year run about increasing prices and supply chain issues. In addition to value, readers weigh in on product quality and detail, ease of use and reliability of products and more.
Riding the Fast Flying Virginian
The son of a notable modeler is carrying on the family legacy, and has purchased and relocatd a major G-scale retailer. …
Congestion at West Coast ports is easing, and end-of-year traffic on U.S. railroads paced ahead of 2020. …
Plans are moving forward to reclaim the Rock Island bridge over the Kansas River in Kansas City, MO, and turn it into an entertainment venue. …
The Model Railroad Industry Division of the Hobby Manufacturers Association recently honored three pioneers who made lasting contributions to model railroading. The MRID Hall of Fame resumed with the entry of John Chapper of hobbytown of Boston and Aubrey Olson of Caboose Industries. Former Model Railroader Editor Andy Sperandeo posthumously received the Bobbye Hall Award.
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Rapido HO-Scale SP SW1200 Locomotive
The Cowcatcher reviews Rapido Trains’ dynamic HO-scale Southern Pacific “Bloody Nose” SW1200 switching locomotive in the July/August 2021 issue. The model, designed from original blueprints and field measurements, is full of prototype details and runs effortlessly with lots of pulling power.
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