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BTO 116, Summer 2005 Feature Articles

In this issue...

RhB Freight Cars
Big Train Operator - RhB freight cars from LGB and Kiss - ©2005 BTOC Inc.

A review of RhB boxcars by Kiss® and LGB®. HJ Mueller covers specifications of the RhB prototypes as well as detailed comparisons of the models. Plus a bonus feature titled "Off the Beaten Path" about getting around in Switzerland.


Build an Automated Switching Layout
Big Train Operator - Build an automated switching layout - ©2005 BTOC Inc.

Circles or ovals are fine for a while, but would you like a little more “action”?
Here is a simple point-to-point switching layout that will shuttle two or three 
cars off of and onto a siding. No need for decoders, loco addresses, or remotes.


Collector: The Primus Line
Big Train Operator - The Primus Line - ©2005 BTOC Inc.

Some of LGB's rarest collectables are from the limited Primus Line. Larry Cromwell details the entire Primus collection from the '70's and '80's in words and pictures.


Lou Goes to Steam School
Big Train Operator - Steam School at Boothbay, Maine - ©2005 BTOC Inc.

All Aboard for Lou's recounting of his weekend as a student at Steam School.
Weekend courses in the basics of operating a steam locomotive are becoming popular among excursion railroads across the U.S., and Lou tells of his experience.


Eureka & Palisades Loco #4
Big Train Operator - Eureka & Palisades Loco #4 - ©2005 BTOC Inc.

When you think about restoration, preservation and operation of a steam locomotive, you think of railroad historical societies and state railroad museums. Nothing can prepare you for the sight of a steamer in somebody’s backyard! Welcome to the home of the Eureka & Palisades locomotive #4. - By Kathy Nassif.


Lost Roads: "The Narrow Gauge"
Big Train Operator - Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn RR - ©2005 BTOC Inc.

The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad (known by its initials as the BRB&L), was a famous New England three-foot-gauge line that ran from the industrial city of Lynn, Massachusetts along the shore through Revere to the company’s ferry connection at East Boston. Very little remains of the “Narrow Gauge”, as the BRB&L was unofficially known, but two of it's coaches survive today in Pennsylvania. 


I was one man and I tackled a big railroad. I did the best I could. - O. Winston Link


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