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Welding Know-How
Tips & Techniques of Master Welders

Welding Know-how" contains years of welding knowledge all in one easy-to-understand book. Filled with insights you won't find anywhere else. Welding Know-How has step-by-step instructions for dozens of projects, plans for welding jigs and fixtures, and ideas to modify existing tools so they really work.

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Measured Plans
Multi-Use Car
Like 3 cars in 1

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Building the New Shay

The 1920s geared locomotive. Step by step "How To" build a 1920s prototype locomotive engineered in 3/4" scale with instructions for scaling up to 1-1/2" scale. This is the fifth in a fabulous series. 275 pages. hardbound.

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Rudy's Model Steam Tractor

Rudy's Case-style traction engine. The drawings in this book were hand drawn by Rudy himself, and have been only gently enhanced using a modern CAD program, allowing them to retain their original craftsman's touch. Spiralbound. 80 pages.

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Falk No. 1 Locomotive

Build your own steam locomotive. At 65 pounds, the Falk Logging Locomotive is a small, simple engine that's easy to lift and transport.


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Gondola Plans

Build your own "riding scales" railroad car in 1/8 (1-1/2") scale using these easy-to-follow plans. 

Step by step photos and drawings are especially designed for modelers who are not equipped to do welding

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A "Must-Have" in the Machine Shop
Machine Shop Know-How
Tips and techniques of master machinists.  f you’ve ever wished you could take all of the knowledge of a master machinist and pour it directly into your brain, here is your chance.
by Frank M. Marlow, PE.
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Price is $15 (includes all six pages of drawings)

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Building the New Shay

The 1920s geared locomotive. Step by step "How To" build a 1920s prototype locomotive engineered in 3/4" scale with instructions for scaling up to 1-1/2" scale. This is the fifth in a fabulous series. 275 pages. hardbound.

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Gondola Plans

Build your own "riding scales" railroad car in 1/8 (1-1/2") scale using these easy-to-follow plans. 

Step by step photos and drawings are especially designed for modelers who are not equipped to do welding

Welding Know-How
Tips & Techniques of Master Welders

Welding Know-how" contains years of welding knowledge all in one easy-to-understand book. Filled with insights you won't find anywhere else. Welding Know-How has step-by-step instructions for dozens of projects, plans for welding jigs and fixtures, and ideas to modify existing tools so they really work.

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A "Must-Have" in the Machine Shop
Machine Shop Essentials: Q&A
Learn the ins and outs of lathes, milling machines & lots more. Don't power up your lathe or mill without this reference guide.
by Frank M. Marlow, PE.
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Welding Know-How
Tips & Techniques of Master Welders

Welding Know-how" contains years of welding knowledge all in one easy-to-understand book. Filled with insights you won't find anywhere else. Welding Know-How has step-by-step instructions for dozens of projects, plans for welding jigs and fixtures, and ideas to modify existing tools so they really work.

Issue 206

A Riveting Article or how to set rivets without going crazy

Adam C. Madlinger

Issue 205

What we need is a BIG Diesel

Redfearn & Biggs

Issue 204

Building the Precision Steel Car Boxcar Kit

Jim O'Connor

Issue 203

Crossing the Border

Richard Glueck

Issue 202

Using a "Screed" to Help Prepare a Roadbed

Don Pearson

Issue 201

What to do with a "Clapped-Out" Rusted Out Locomotive?

Martyn Redfearn
& Brian Biggs

Issue 200

My Transfer Table

Laurence Johnson

Issue 199

Baby Grand on the Bountyland

Bob Springs

Issue 198

The Grand Canyon Railway

Jim O'Connor

Issue 197

Make a Groovy Center Wiggle Switch

Laurence Johnson

Issue 196

Tie Spacing and Significant Digits

Douglas van Veelen

Issue 195

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Philip Schram

Issue 194

The "Gumz" Turret Valve part 2

Charles Reiter

Issue 193

The "Gumz" Turret Valve part 1

Charles Reiter

Issue 192

Building a Replica Park Train

Todd Swan

Issue 191

Expanding Mandrel

Dave August

Issue 190

Your Mom wants you to Wash Your Boiler

Jeff Badger

Issue 189

Re-building a Spicer Transmission in a Cannonball ‘Lil Gasser

David Herzog

Issue 188

Better than Ice Cream, It's "Steam Cream"

Terry D Spahr

Issue 187

The 411 on the Boiler Hydro Test

Chris Welvang

Issue 186

Building Marty Burners

Dave August

Issue 185

From the Rubble, A Phoenix Rises!

Rob Wilson

Issue 184

Classification of Diesel Locomotives

Dan Foltz

Issue 183

Trailering Your Trains

Tony Windsor

Issue 182

Building a Railroad "Grade" Crossing

Darrin Warren

Issue 181

The Social Side of the Live Steam Hobby

Philip Schram

Issue 180

Gettin’ Them There My "Swing Up" Rack System

Berne Ketchum

Issue 179

"The Company Notch" The Johnson Bar Explained

Ted Rita

Issue 178

I Can Do That (Building the Velocipede)

Gary Sharp

Issue 177

Southern Pacific Project in 1.5" Scale (part 2)

Gordon Payne

Issue 176

Southern Pacific Project in 1.5" Scale (part 1)

Gordon Payne

Issue 175

Running a Live Steam Locomotive

Tony Windsor

Issue 174

The Story of the Feather River, UP's Private Business Car

Jim O'Connor
Issue 173 My Brother's the Conductor, I'm Just the Brakeman Mike and Jim O'Connor
Issue 172 My Railcar Project Terry D Spahr
Issue 171 The Bill Conner Advantage Bob Winkel
Issue 170 New Life for an Old Caboose Allen Crowley
Issue 169 Provence Railway Philip Schram
Issue 168 A "No Weld" Groovy Track Switch Darrin Warren
Issue 167 The Ligonier Valley Railroad Randy Ross
Issue 166 How I Built My Backyard (very) Shortline Railroad Steve Gross
Issue 165 Union Pacific Strikes "Pay-Dirt" Jim O'Connor
Issue 164 Building a Freelance Electric Locomotive Al Crowley
Issue 163 Track Extension - My five year project Laurence Johnson
Issue 162 Live Steam - My Lifelong Hobby Philip Schram
Issue 161 What’s Happening to the Riverside Live Steamers? David Parrott
Issue 160 New Siding for Eureka Stamp Mill Rick Henderson
Issue 159 15 Minutes of Fame Phillip Cohen
Issue 158 How I make Switches for Groovy Track Laurence Johnson
Issue 157 Building Pulpwood Cars Richard Day
Issue 156 MOW Rolling Track Level Warren Schroeder

Special Issue

The Journey Begins The First of the Traveling Regional-Conventions

Rick Henderson
Issue 155 Operations by Card-Order Something More Than Just Riding Around Rick Henderson
Issue 154 Shellrock Shortline Switching Operations Bob Drenth
Issue 153 Wyatt's Big Run Alex O'Donnell
Issue 152 Choosing Your Backyard Train Tom O'Connor
Issue 151 My Low Sided Gon Car Laurence Johnson
Issue 150 From Zero to Steam In 124-¾ Hours (part II) Terry D. Spahr
Issue 149 Show Me That Profile (Some Whys Behind the Wheel) Carlyle (Carl) Rossow
Issue 148 From Zero to Steam In 124-¾ Hours Terry D. Spahr
Issue 147 Live Steam Boiler Treatment Kevin O'Neill
Issue 146 You still play with trains? Charlie Giordano
Issue 145 The Last Miniature Railroad The story of Chicago's Final Fallen Flag Jim O'Connor
Issue 144 The House of David Railroad – Part II Dave Schoeffler
Issue 143 Off To Play Trains In The Arizona Sand Tom Downing
Issue 142 Surry-Parker Log Loader in 1:8 scale Rick Henderson
Issue 141 The House of David Railroad – Part I Dave Schoeffler
Issue 140 Story and a half Farm House Laurence Johnson
Issue 139 Automate your Safety Announcement Justin Binns
Issue 138 Multi-Use Cars Tom & Steve Waterfall
Issue 137 National Train Day in Portland, Oregon Mark Adelblue
Special Issue Excerpts from the new book: Peter's Railway and the Moonlight Express Christopher Vine
Issue 136 Golden Spike Ceremony, Then and Now Phillip Cohen
Issue 135 Pacific Coast Railroad Round Up - 2009 Tom Downing
Issue 134 Riding Scales & Gauges Rick Henderson
Issue 133 Have some Fun with internet “Scammers” Blake Wunderlich
Issue 132 Railroads vs. Local Government How to Get Along With “Little” Brother Rick Henderson
Issue 131 How to make your own Large Scale Backyard Railroad, part 2 Tom O'Connor
Issue 130 Pattern Making Jerry Braun
Issue 129 Building the 2nd Generation Wedge Snow Plow Laurence Johnson
Issue 128 How to make your own Large Scale Backyard Railroad Tom O'Connor
Issue 127 Foundry 101 - Casting Simple Objects In Aluminum Steve Hoerner
Issue 126 Side Dump Gravel Car Laurence Johnson
Issue 125 A Decker Style Log Loader Gerd Ziller
Issue 124 Miniature Steam Engine in a TV Advert Robert Cox
Issue 123 Wheel Chocks Laurence Johnson
Issue 122 Economic Impact on Riding-Scale Railroading Rick Henderson
Issue 121 Make a Set of Switch Points from Angle Iron for $10 Warren Schroeder
Issue 120 Does a Riding Scale Railroad make a good Neighbor? Rick Henderson
Issue 119 A Visit to a Grand Scale Railroad Tom O'Connor
Issue 118 A Teenager's Live Steam Story Matt Phalon
Issue 117 Build a Good Sounding Horn for Cheap Roy Stevens
Issue 116 Your Favorite Riding Scale Railroads Rick Henderson
Issue 115 The “Educated” Whistle Post "Dick" Glueck
Issue 114 Steam Locomotives of Roaring Camp & Big Trees (part 2) Jim Kliment
Issue 113 Steam Locomotives of Roaring Camp & Big Trees (part 1) Jim Kliment
Issue 112 Wheel Stop, Keeping on the Track Laurence Johnson
Issue 111 A Simple Signal System Kenny Linton
Issue 110 The Pennsy GG1 Brian Long
Issue 109 Rideable Scale Railroading Lawsuit Survey Results John Beck
Issue 108 May 10, 1869 - A Golden Spike Rick Henderson
Issue 107 A Primitive Signal Laurence Johnson
Issue 106 Signal Track Circuit For Live Steam Robbie Diehl
Issue 105 Building a Whistle Sign Laurence Johnson
Issue 104 Galloping Goose Number 5 Don Cain
Issue 103 Building an Air Powered Ballast Tamper Carl Schmidt
Issue 102 Signal Bridge for 1:8 Scale Railroads Rick Henderson
Issue 101 Building Search Light Signals Robbie Diehl
Issue 100 Riding Scale Railroading, Two Views  Part III, Your Impressions Rick Henderson
& our web visitors
Issue 99 Riding Scale Railroading, Two Views Part II, Today and Beyond Rick Henderson
Issue 98 Riding Scale Railroading, Two Views Part I, A Half Century of Change Andy Morrison
Issue 97 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning What Every Live Steamer Needs To Know Jim O'Connor
Issue 96 How to make MoW Wheels Laurence Johnson
Issue 95 My Chicago Tunnel Company Train Bruce G. Moffat
Issue 94 10 Tips from the Wright Locomotive & Car Shop for the serious builder Lee Wright
Issue 93 Easy Spring Switch Throw Mechanism Paul Karczewski
Issue 92 The Automation of Adobe City Jim Brown
Issue 91 Building a MoW Tie Setter Laurence Johnson
Issue 90 Switch Machines at Maricopa Live Steamers Al Ford
Issue 89 Our Tunnel is open… at both ends! Phil Ashworth
Issue 88 Timber Culvert Construction Ken Stanfield
Issue 87 A free lance 2-4-0 for the beginner Bill Oberpriller
Issue 86 Building a Battery Powered Loco on a Budget Joe Powell
Issue 85 #308 for the MSRy  from "Toy Box" to Caboose Rick Henderson
Issue 84 Never Derailed Steven Sosa-Marcon
Issue 83 Building a "Personal Rail Vehicle" Jim O'Connor
Issue 82 MOW Group Saves Historic Rail Corridors John Perry
Issue 81 Bridge and Trestle Construction Ken Stanfield
Issue 80 Switch Building at Maricopa Live Steamers Bill Lowe
Issue 79 My Full Head of Steam, a live steamer's story Craig Pendergrast
Issue 78 Building Dakota 4, a riding car in 7.5" gauge Stephen Wassell
Issue 77 Derailments, Staying on track Tom Bee
Issue 76 Everything a Live Steamer needs to know about Steam Cylinder Oil Bill Petitjean
Issue 75 Live Steam Lawsuits, Part III Running A Safe Railroad Jim O'Connor
Issue 74 Live Steam Lawsuits, Part II: more on using a "liability release"   our web visitors
Issue 73 Live Steam Lawsuits, using a "liability release" Jim O'Connor
Issue 72 Long Island Live Steamers' 40th Anniversary Meet John C. Mehrling
Issue 71 The Return of the Shay Jim O'Connor
Ted Rita
Issue 70 A Steam Blast from the Past, Welcome aboard the original Disneyland Railroad! Todd James Pierce
Issue 69 Railroads Ties, What Real Railroads Do. William Gardei
Issue 68 Live Steam Railroads on Public Land (part I) Richard Dute
Issue 67 Building an Electric Switching Locomotive William Gardei
Issue 66 Depression Days in 1933 Don Morgan
Issue 65 A First Timer’s Railroad Weekend Bob O'Connor
Issue 64 Painting Steel: Tips and Tricks Lee Wright
Issue 63 How To Build A Good Looking Car Quickly and Inexpensively Paul Karczewski,
Jim Manley
Issue 62 A Grand Occasion: The 2005 Grand Scales Convention Ed Kelley
Issue 61 Entry Level Live Steam on an Extreme Budget Ed Kelley
Issue 60 Volunteers Restore Steam Locomotive in Railyard Judy Campbell Karpis
Issue 59 Shake'n Bake Crossing Signals Jerry Warner
Issue 58 Railroad Technology and the Oil Shortage Gunnar Henrioulle
Issue 57 Traction Modeling in 1:8 Scale Eric Bronsky
Issue 56 Cabooses are not a Memory at Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Todd Flanigan
Issue 55 We're On The Ground! Mark C. Gregor
Issue 54 Snow Arrives at Joshua Tree Brian Ratliff
Issue 53 Back to Steam part 3 Ted Rita and Jim O'Connor
Issue 52 Coal and Air Vital pairing that makes steamers go Gary M. Madlinger
Issue 51 Building Kozo’s New Shay John Caldwell
Issue 50 Steam Locomotive Builders; You Can Do This Larry Simoneau & Daniel Kautz
Issue 49 New Challenge in Locomotive Building
The Electronic Steam Locomotive (part 1)
Jeff Badger
Issue 48 Building a Back Yard Railroad (part3) William Gardei
Issue 47 New Challenge in Locomotive Building
The Electronic Steam Locomotive (part 1)
Jeff Badger
Issue 46 Building a Back Yard Railroad (part2) William Gardei
Issue 45 Building a Back Yard Railroad (part1) William Gardei
Issue 44 Manitou & Pike's Peak "Cog" Railway Jim O'Connor
Issue 43 Steam Along the Perkiomen River Dave Haring
Issue 42 Steam on the Alley “L” Bruce G. Moffat
Issue 41 Back to Steam part 2 (the story of the Brookfield Zoo train) Jim O'Connor
Issue 40 The Search For A Standard In Australia John Osmon
Issue 39 Designing the Rio Grande Southern #20 (part 2) Tom Artzberger
Issue 38 Designing the Rio Grande Southern #20 (part 1) Tom Artzberger
Issue 37 UK's RAILFEST 2004 Jim O'Connor
Issue 36 Back to Steam part 1 Mike Decker
Issue 35 Steam in the Juniata Valley (RAILFEST 2003) Jack W. Miller Sr.,
Theresa Wilt
Issue 34 Railroad Gauge, the Evolution of Railroad Standard Gauge D. Gabe Gabriel
Issue 33 Designers, Publishers & Builders
Form a Successful and Historic Partnership
Gary Madlinger,
Keith Taylor
Issue 32 The Bee Hopper William Gardei
Issue 31 GM’s “Dream Train": The Aerotrain Toby Roan
Issue 30 Turnout Construction (part 2) Carl Baskin
Issue 29 Turnout Construction (part 1) Carl Baskin
Issue 28 Twelve Hours 'til Hilton John Hill
Issue 27 Live Steaming in Japan Hiroyuki Watanabe
Issue 26 Scissors Lift Table Jim O'Connor
Issue 25 Making a Louver Punch Kap Pullen
Issue 24 Riverside & Great Northern Railway Karen Taylor
Issue 23 A Father and Son Start Live Steaming John Pappas
Issue 22 National Railroad Museum, Green Bay Wisconsin Thomas Bloomquist
Issue 21

Tracer Lathes, Set up and Uses

Kap Pullen
Issue 20 Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 Restoration Bob Farquhar
Issue 19 We Remember Ward Kimball Ed Kelley
Issue 18 North East and Pacific Coast Tramway Bob Farquhar

 Issue 17

How do you like your OMLET?

G.H.L.S.

Issue 16 Valve Gear Conversion  Phil Heath
 Issue 15 AMES in a tight spot, the Gov. shuts 'em down Lawrence Howard
 Issue 14

Cabin Fever: The Place to Be

Don Orr

 Issue 13

Arrow Dynamics and The Amusement Park Train Ed Kelley

 Issue 12

Train Trouble on the D&RGW  Don Morgan

 Issue 11

The GSQ Convention Jim O'Connor

 Issue10

Loading and Damage Control Lee Wright
 Issue 9
The Great Train Robber or 
Don't let overheating and vapor lock spoil your fun
Greg Hill
 Issue 8
Finding Locomotive "Dead Centers"  part 2 Jeffrey Hook
 Issue 7
Finding Locomotive "Dead Centers"  part 1  Jeffrey Hook
 Issue 6
Recycled Plastic for Railroad Ties Bruce Mowbray
 Issue 5
Fabricating and Installing Concrete Ties Gerald Braun
 Issue 4
Volunteering at the Golden Spike  part 2 Jim O'Connor 
 Issue 3
Volunteering at the Golden Spike  part 1 Jim O'Connor 
 Issue 2
The Adobe & Western Railroad John Draftz 
and Cliff Fought
 Issue 1
Large Scale vs. Small Scale   Ed Kelley
Early Articles Track Construction Projects
Site Preparation
Backyard Railroad
Track Radius Calculations

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