Well, the Conrail fans at TheRailwire will be excited to see Big Blue on the cover of the next issue of N Scale Railroading! Tood Treaster holds the place of honor this issue with his cover story featuring the rebuilt city of Pittsburgh on his home layout. 

The boys of Modutrak seem to contribute monthly, and Keith Kohlmann and Jim Starbuck of that group have articles on Upgrading Atlas Trainman Boxcars and Independent Numberboard Lighting for Atlas Locomotives respectively this month.

On the workbench, Richard Thomason is up with a build of a southeastern style ventilated boxcar and Robert Dipenbrock continues his in depth kitbashing of Kato passenger cars with the Tavern-Coffee Shop for his Daylight. 

In the quick and easy category, John Leaders is showing some simple locomotive weathering techniques by demonstrating on a Kato Dash 9.  And, Grant Eastman shows how to body mount couplers on Intermountain’s Canadian bathtub gondolas.  Luckily, this time Grant’s technique doesn’t involve a massive truck.  We had trouble locating a friendly driver last time Grant told us to use outriggers to crush our riprap…

Structure modelers arn’t forgotten either!  Kim Saign shows another use for the ubiquitous Deluxe Innovations prefab steel building kit by turning it into an oil depot.

Charlie Vlk brings up the markers this month with his Observations column.  Charlie’s been in N scale since the beginning, and always brings insight in bucketloads. 

Kirk says all issues are shipped at this point, start checking your local hobby shop daily!