The Derail Archives


Below are past issues of The Derail in .pdf file form. The titles and authors of the articles are listed for each.

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The archive currently goes back to January 2010. More past years of Derails will be added as time allows back to 2002.

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November 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 11
  • Message from the President by Robert Barnett
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 22 by Al Partlow
  • Notes From the Observation Car – Colorado Road Trip by Don Formanek
  • Save the Date for the SJMRC Christmas Party
  • WEB World #5 – Panhandle Logistics Center Website by Kelly Russell
  • Rolling Stock & Structures Handling Guidelines by Mark Couvillion
  • The Hobby Bench – Low Tide in Wiscasset by Pete Leach
  • The Derail Archives – December 1998: UP Gets New Ties for Christmas by Bill Wright submitted by Richard Louvet
  • Video Corner: Norfolk & Western “The Modern Steam Locomotive”
  • October Clinic: Don McClellan with British “New Build” Steam Locomotives

October 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 10
  • Message from the President by Robert Barnett
  • Laying Out Easements with Transition Spiral Templates in HO by Mark Couvillion
  • Notes From the Observation Car – Royal Gorge Route by Don Formanek
  • The Hobby Bench – Developing Research Timelines by Pete Leach
  • The Derail Archives – August 2006: Portable Crude Oil Loading Facility by Tom Cobb submitted by Richard Louvet
  • The Big Cookie Crisis of 2017 by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: Southern Pacific Railroad (1950s Snow)
  • September Clinic: Bob Barnett with Freight Houses, Their Form and Function

September 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 9
  • Message from the President by Robert Barnett
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 21 by Al Partlow
  • In Trouble with the Train Crew by David N. Currey
  • Notes From the Observation Car – Scandinavian Railroad Adventure by Don Formanek
  • The Hobby Bench – Scratch Built Shingles by Pete Leach
  • The Derail Archives – October 2008: Modeling a Tree Limb Pile by David N. Currey submitted by Richard Louvet
  • Video Corner: The Mightly Hudson Steam Locomotive
  • August Clinic: David N. Currey with RPOs and their operation

August 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 8
  • Obituary: Jim Long MMR 180 (1939-2017)
  • Jim Long (Condolences)
  • Jim Long (Bio)
  • A Trip over the Gnaw Bone & Western (Jim Long Tribute) by Bob Barnett
  • From the Plow to Space to Trains and the Love of John Deere (Jim Long Tribute) by Ray Byer
  • Message from the President by Robert Barnett
  • WEB World #4 – LSR Convention Website Findings by Kelly Russell
  • Notes From the Observation Car – Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico by Don Formanek
  • Behind the Bench Work: The Great Great Northern Railway by Don Bozman with Brian Jansky
  • The Derail Archives – December 2003: A Freight Car Mystery by Tom Cobb submitted by Richard Louvet
  • The Hobby Bench – Modeling with Forced Perspective by Pete Leach
  • Video Corner: Building Steam Locomotives – 1930’s Educational Film from Britian
  • July Clinic: Steve Sandifer with Family Photos of Texas & Pacific Steam in northern Louisiana and eastern Texas

July 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 7
  • 2017 Lone Star Region Convention by Robert Ashcraft
  • WEB World #3 – RS Laser Kits Photos by Kelly Russell
  • Notes From the Observation Car – The Car’s Builder’s Dictionary 1879 by Don Formanek
  • Improving Athearn Engine Performance by Mark Couvillion
  • The Derail Archives – December 2003: The Choo-choo Hut is Open by Don Bozman submitted by Richard Louvet
  • The Hobby Bench – A Moose Sighting in Texas by Pete Leach
  • Peter Bryan Investments by Randall Wilson
  • Replacing Knuckles by David N. Currey
  • Realistic Operations on Your Model Railroad 20 by Al Partlow
  • Video Corner: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Double-Header
  • June Clinic: Jacobi Ford with the Texas High Speed Rail Project

June 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 6
  • Message from the President by Robert Barnett
  • The Hobby Bench – Modeling with Real Glass by Pete Leach
  • WEB World #2 – Google Earth – Historical Timeline Photos by Kelly Russell
  • Notes From the Observation Car – French Steam Locomotives by Don Formanek
  • The Derail Archives – September 2007: Fun with Operations by Peter Bryan submitted by Richard Louvet
  • Flying Scotsman Picture Submitted by Don McCusa
  • Behind the Bench Work: Texas & New Orleans Hearne Sub by Al Partlow with Brian Jansky
  • The Best Railroad Photography I Never Took by David N. Currey
  • Hogger’s Luck Adds to Operational Realism by Mark Couvillion
  • Building a DCC Layout – Basic DCC Setup and Wiring by Jim Lemmond
  • Texas Central Program Details by Jacobi Ford
  • Video Corner: Texas State Railroad MAR 7 pulling 15 tank cars!!!
  • May Clinic: Greatest Train-Offs in History – the Texas and New Orleans Houston Hub by David Currey

May 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 5
  • WEB World #1 – Summit-Customcuts by Kelly Russell
  • The Hobby Bench – Making your own “kits” for scratch building by Pete Leach
  • Rewiring 101 by Bob Werre
  • DCC Installation Techniques by Mark Couvillion
  • Building a DCC Layout – Considerations Before and During Construction by Jim Lemmond
  • Tehachapi Loop Update by Jeff Williams
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 19 by Al Partlow
  • Notes From the Observation Car – heritage-railways website by Don Formanek
  • The Derail Archives – Aug / Sept 1996: Jumping Cabooses by David N. Currey submitted by Richard Louvet
  • Rosenberg Railroad Museum’s “Rail Days” by Chuck Clark
  • How to Recognice a Trainman by David N. Currey
  • Message from the President – LSR Convention by Robert Barnett
  • Congratulations, Chuck Lind MMR on being elected LSR President!
  • Video Corner: D&RGW K-27 463 Steams Again – Mudhen Over Cumbres
  • April Clinic: Santa Fe E Units by Steve Sandifer

April 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 4
  • Message from the President by Robert Barnett
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 18 by Al Partlow
  • Notes From the Observation Car – Kinsey’s Locomotives Book Review by Don Formanek
  • The Derail Archives – July 2004: Convention Views photos by Doug Jackson submitted by Richard Louvet
  • Weathering the Weather by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: Denver & Rio Grande Steam Train 315 – Durango and Silverton
  • March Clinic: Weathering with Pan Pastels Demonstration by Chuck Lind

March 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 3
  • Message from the President by Robert Barnett
  • Behind the Bench Work: Tall Pine Lumber Company by Chuck Lind MMR with Brian Jansky
  • Notes From the Observation Car – The Jacobite Steam Train by Don Formanek
  • Member Mention in Model Railroad (Jim Long) by Stephen Sandifer
  • A New Way to Run Your Railroad? By Craig Brantley
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 17 by Al Partlow
  • The Derail Archives – November / December 1994: Staging Variables by Don Bozman submitted by Richard Louvet
  • Amtrak 2016 by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: N&W 611 Stalls on Saluda Grade
  • February Clinic: Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington, a Maine two-foot railway by Peter Leach

February 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 2
  • The Greater Houston Train Show Volunteers
  • Notes From the Observation Car – UK vs US Trains by Don Formanek
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 16 by Al Partlow
  • Railroad Terminology (Part 2 of 2) By David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: Only Known Footage of Union Station Opening (shot by Ward Kimball)
  • January Clinic: Galveston Railroad by Spencer Gaskin

January 2017, Derail Newsletter Volume 48 Issue 1
  • The Derail Archives: Parallax Railroad from the April 1990 Issue By Rick White
  • Message from the President By Robert Barnett
  • Rolling Stock of the Month: Air Dump Cars By J. Stephen Sandifer
  • Notes from the Observation Car By Don Formanek
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 15 by Al Partlow
  • Railroad Terminology (Part 1 of 2) By David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: Southern Railway – Saluda Grade Training Video
  • November Clinic: A Primer on the Cotton Industry by Bob Barnett

2016



December 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 12
  • Special Issue for Gil and Virginia Freitag’s Stony Creek & Western’s 50th Anniversary
  • A Letter from National Model Railroad Association President Charlie Getz
  • The Stony Creek & Western’s Publications
  • Gil Freitag’s Awards and Accolades
  • Stony Creek Recollections by Randall Wilson
  • Behind the Bench Work: Stony Creek & Western by Gilbert Freitag with Brian Jansky Photos by Steve Sandifer
  • Operating on the Stony Creek & Western by Robert Barnett
  • Virginia Freitag as a Role Model by Laurie Lind
  • Rediscovering a Passion by Richard Louvet
  • The Craig Branch of the D&RGW by David N. Currey
  • Virginia’s Fan Club
  • Stony Creek Thoughts by Steve Sandifer
  • History of the Stony Creek & Western by Gil Freitag Contributed by Virginia Freitag
  • Railroading on a Larger Scale by Rick White, Peter Bryan, and Robert Barnett
  • Video Corner: Two Videos Over the Stony Creek & Western made for the National Narrow Gauge Convention in 2015

November 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 11
  • From the President “Train Season” By Robert Barnett
  • 2016 Annual SJMRRC Christmas Party Reminder
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 14 by Al Partlow
  • Aluminum Document Box By David N. Currey
  • Raton & Western’s 100th Session by Robert Ashcraft
  • Congratulations, Bob Werre!
  • Fall Layout Home Tours By Craig Brantley
  • The Bayou City Limited NMRA Converntion by Robert Ashcraft
  • The Derail Archives - February 2000: The Railfan by Bob Dannenbrink
  • Behind the Bench Work: Midnight & Sometimes Later Railroad by Ed Dibble with Brian Jansky
  • Video Corner: Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1940s and 1950s
  • October Clinic: The White Pass and Yukon Railroad in Alaska by Bob Laroe

October 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 10
  • From the President By Robert Barnett
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 13 by Al Partlow
  • Rare Mileage By David N. Currey
  • Fall Layout Home Tours By Craig Brantley
  • The Bayou City Limited NMRA LSR Convection By Robert Ashcraft
  • The Derail Archives: The 1989 Issue By Richard Louvet
  • Letter to the Editor – Common Rail HO and N Scale By Richard Bartlett
  • RIP Shirley Cheeseman
  • Video Corner: 1940s Freight Trains on the Chicago & Northwestern System
  • September Clinic: Railfanning Tehachapi Pass by Jeff Williams

September 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 9
  • Rolling Stock of the Month: Maine 2-ft WW&F Hopper Flatcar No 49 by Pete Leach
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 12 by Al Partlow
  • NMRA National Convention in Indianapolis By Dianne Robinson
  • The Derail Archives: Part of the May 1977 Issue by Richard Louvet
  • Behind the Bench Work: Southern Pacific’s Lufkin Division – “The Rabbit” by Randall Wilson with Brian Jansky
  • RIP Ed Rains
  • Video Corner: Rock Island Line in the 1950s
  • August Clinic: Backdrop Painting by Pete Leach

August 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 8
  • Rolling Stock of the Month: WW&F Boxcar 503 by Pete Leach
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 11 by Al Partlow
  • Hawk vs Pig Part 4 by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: The Nickel Plate Story - 1953
  • July Clinic: Dirt Track Railroad (Texas Western Railroad History) by Tom Palmer

July 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 7
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 10 by Al Partlow
  • A Simple Circuit for a Three State LED by Richard Louvet
  • A Different Approach to Layout Leveling by Scott Maryman
  • Hawk vs Pig Part 3 by David N. Currey
  • Behind the Bench Work: Great Plains Northern Terminal RR by Bob Were with Brian Jansky
  • Video Corner: Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1948 – Desert Empire
  • June Clinic: Grain Elevators and Grain Mills by Bob Barnett

June 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 6
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 9 by Al Partlow
  • Hawk vs Pig Part 2 by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: TI 4-4-4-4 Duplex Steam Locomotive
  • May Clinic: Estate Planning and Protecting Your Investment by Chuck Lind MMR

May 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 5
  • 2016 Greater Houston Train Wrap-Up by Bob Barnett
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 8 by Al Partlow
  • Behind the Bench Work: New York West Shore & Buffalo by Dick Louvet with Brian Jansky
  • Hawk vs Pig by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: The Flying Scotsman Returns Today in Great Britian
  • April Clinic: LED Lighting by Steve Sandifer

April 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 4
  • Behind the Bench Work: Denver & Rio Grande Western – Spring Division by Craig Brantley with Brian Jansky
  • Realistic Operations on Your Model Railroad Part 7 by Al Partlow
  • Prototype Track Problems by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: Brownie March by David N. Currey
  • March Clinic: Life of Railroading by Bruce Blaylock

March 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 3
  • Behind the Bench Work: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Ry by Peter Leach with Brian Jansky
  • Realistic Operations on Your Model Railroad Part 6 by Al Partlow
  • An Anatomy of an “SP Meet” by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: British Railway Engineers at Vulcan Foundry - 1954
  • February Clinic: Digitrax Zephyr by Mike Gulley

February 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 2
  • The Greater Houston Train Show 2016 by Bob Barnett
  • The GHTS Clinics by David N. Currey
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 5 by Al Partlow
  • Classes of Trains by David N. Currey
  • Division 8 by Ray Byer
  • Bob Dannenbrink “Open Loads” Contest by Bob Barnett
  • Video Corner: “Steam Train Maintenance in the 1950’s (British)”
  • January Clinic: Operations on the Brownie 1979 – 1984 by David N. Currey

January 2016, Derail Newsletter Volume 47 Issue 1
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 4 by Al Partlow
  • Hempstead Depot by Don Hand
  • Google-Mapping an Amtrak Train’s Chances of Departing on Time by David N. Currey
  • Behind the Bench Work: Steve Barkley and the Northern Pacific by Steve Barkley with Brian Jansky
  • Video Corner: “The Day After Christmas – Winter Steam on the Durango & Silverton”

2015



December 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 12
  • The Sweeney Traveling Switcher by David N. Currey
  • Realistic Operations on Your Model Railroad Part 4 by Al Partlow
  • San Jacinto Membership News by Rex Ritz
  • Video Corner: “The Steam Locomotive” – 1940’s New York Central Railroad
  • November Clinic: Modeling the Cotton Industry by Bob Barnett

November 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 11
  • How To Be A Good Head Brakeman by David N. Currey
  • Realistic Operations On Your Model Railroad Part 3 by Al Partlow
  • Modeling Idea: RPO Ice Cream by Kelly Russell
  • Behind the Bench Work: Cliff Cheeseman and the Pleasant Valley Division by Cliff Cheeseman with Brian Jansky
  • San Jac Fall Home Tours 2015 by Craig Brantley
  • Congratulations to Bob Were for Being In Great Model Railroads 2016
  • Video Corner: “Progress on the Rails” – Pennsylvania Railroad 1952 Publicity Film
  • October Clinic: Building the Gold Creek Timber Co by Jim Lemmond and Loren Neufeld

October 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 10
  • Dallas Union Station Photo Re-Creation 04-25-15 by David N. Currey
  • Realistic Operations on Your Model Railroad Part 2 by Al Partlow
  • San Jac Fall Tour 2015 by Craig Brantley
  • 2015 National Narrow Gauge Convention by Craig Brantley
  • Division 8 Clinic Handout – Adding a Decoder to a Blue Box Atheran Engine by Ray Byer
  • Video Corner: Katy Railroad Warden Shops Pt 1
  • September Clinic: David Mewes the Curator of the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, Queensland, Austrailia

September 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 9
  • Realistic Operations on Your Model Railroad by Al Partlow
  • DART Trip 4-25-15 by David N. Currey
  • Behind the Bench Work: Steve Sandifer and the ATSF Howard Branch by Steve Sandifer MMR with Brian Jansky
  • Division 8 by Ray Byer
  • SanJac Officer Elections by Rex Ritz
  • September Meeting’s Program Preview
  • Video Corner: Katy Railroad Warden Shops Pt 1
  • August Clinic: “Realistic Layout Operations” DVD by Steve Sandifer

August 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 8
  • Interpreting Railroad Employee Timetables by David N. Currey
  • Wanted: Advertising Coordinator for the Annual Greater Houston Train Show by Steve Sandifer
  • Behind the Bench Work: Robert Ashcraft and Raton & Western Railroad by Robert Ashcraft with Brian Jansky
  • Division 8 Clinic Recap: How to Make a DCC Sound Car by Ray Byer
  • Video Corner: Texas State Railroad – 2015 Photographer’s Special
  • July Clinic: 2015 National Narrow Gauge Convention by Chuck Lind, Don Formanek and Craig Brantley

July 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 7
  • First Run of the Inter-American by David N. Currey
  • LSR Convention by Chuck Clark
  • Division 8 by Ray Byer
  • Jeff Clodfelter’s ‘Knowcents’ Layout by Jeff Clodfelter with Chris Tolley
  • Video Corner: N&W 611 Reborn: The Return to Roanoke
  • June Clinic: A Day in the Life of a Railcar Maintenance Coordinator by Kelly Russell

June 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 6
  • Harlingen By David N. Currey
  • Behind the Bench Work: Barry Bogs MMR and The Colorado and Western Railroad by Barry Bogs MMR with Brian Jansky
  • Summer Camp Opportunities for Young Railroad Enthusiasts
  • Division 8 - DDC Wiring Common Questions by Ray Byer
  • David N. Currey Honored
  • Video Corner: Big Boy 4014 Steam Train: Headin’ Home Tour
  • May Clinic: Model Railroad Clubs and Layouts in Southern California by Rick Jones
  • April Clinic: Virtual Prototype Modeling and Operations on Trainz Software by David Peterson

May 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 5
  • The Tri-Cities by David N. Currey
  • The Rise, Fall & Rise Again of the Tall Pine Lumber Company Railroad by Chuck Lind MMR
  • Division 8 Clinics by Ray Byer
  • Video Corner: Scenic Model Railroad at Smoky Mountain Trains located in Bryson, NC

April 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 4
  • Notes from Rex by Rex Ritz
  • Midnight Rider Film Crew Train Accident Update 3 by David N. Currey
  • The 2015 Greater Houston Train Show (Recap) by Bob Barnett
  • A New Approach to Railroading (An Introduction to April’s Clinic on virtual railroading) by Dick Louvet
  • Video Corner: Have you ever seen a train lay its own tracks?
  • March Clinic: MKT Passenger Train Operations 1946 – 1953 by Tom Palmer

March 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 3
  • Brownsville by David N. Currey
  • Narrow Gauge Convention Deadline
  • More Wooden Pallets
  • Video Corner: Train Snow Removal
  • February Clinic: 9 Years on the Howard Branch by Steve Sandifer

February 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 2
  • Standard Pallets (Part 2) by David N. Currey
  • Puzzle Flashback! By Mike Brignac
  • The Greater Houston Train Show by Bob Barnett
  • Video Corner: A Road Steam Locomotive PC&O Run By with Stack Talk
  • January Clinic: “Whistles Over the Mountains” provided by Don Formanek

January 2015, Derail Newsletter Volume 46 Issue 1
  • Amtrak Notes June 1998 – Sept 2000 by Rex Ritz
  • Derail Article Submission Guidelines
  • Standard Pallets (Part 1) by David N. Currey
  • Layout of the Month: Gordon Bliss – Santa Fe “All the Way” by Chris Tolley
  • From Our Readers… Bill Lane and Jim Kindraka
  • Narrow Gauge Convention Reduced Registration
  • January’s Program Notes by Don Formanek
  • Christmas Party Pictures
  • Video Corner: A Chocolate Train

2014



December 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 12
  • Note from Rex: San Jac Club Banner by Rex Ritz
  • What if? By Mark Couvillion
  • Humble, Texas Train Disaster by Randall Wilson
  • Midnight Rider Film Crew Train Accident Update by David N. Currey
  • 2014 San Jac Christmas Party Reminder
  • Video Corner: A Christmas Train
  • November Clinic: Scratch Building HO Freight Cars by Steve Barclay

November 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 11
  • Note from Rex: Board of Directors by Rex Ritz
  • Fake Wood by David N. Currey
  • Interesting Facts About the Port of Houston Railroads by Cliff Cheeseman
  • New Derail Feature Coming Soon
  • Belgium Firefighters Go Viral
  • Video Corner: Train vs. Hose
  • October Clinic: Simple Trackside Signals & Control Panels 101 to 849 by Gilbert Freitag

October 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 10
  • President’s Message: MRV by Rex Ritz
  • New Officers for 2014 – 2015
  • New Derail Feature Coming Soon!
  • The Official Guide – Unblemished? by David N. Currey
  • Club Member Bob Werre Highlighted in National Magazine
  • Second Website Address Now Usable
  • Video Corner: Train Runs Over Two Women Attempting To Cross Indiana Railroad Bridge; Women Survive
  • September Clinic: Modular Model Railroading by Wil Gage

September 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 9
  • Midnight Rider Film Crew Train Accident by David N. Currey
  • Kiwi Trains by Don Formanek
  • Video Corner: LEGO City Train Crash Compilation
  • August Clinic: Western US Tourist Railroads by Rick Jones

August 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 8
  • President’s Message: Two Edged Sword by Richard Louvet
  • Houston Light Rail Construction by David N. Currey
  • Who Would Believe? By Bob Sabol
  • Video Corner: End of Ramadan Rush-Hour in Bangladesh
  • July’s Clinic: Programing Lok Sound Decoders by Blake Bogs

July 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 7
  • President’s Message: A Few Good Members by Richard Louvet
  • Bluebonnet Limited Contest Results (2014 NMRA Lone Star Region Convention) by Duane Richardson
  • Trains Downunder by Don Formanek
  • Video Corner: German High Speed Bullet Train
  • June’s Clinic: The Cotton Industry and its Modeling on Fred Holland’s Quanah Acme & Pacific Railroad

June 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 6
  • Railroading – The Lone Ranger by Mark Couvillion
  • A Steampunk barbeque grill
  • Video Corner: The Lone Ranger Movie – Behind the Railroad Scene
  • May’s Clinic: MKT Freight Cars by Tom Palmer

May 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 5
  • President’s Message: What it’s All About by Richard Louvet
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work by Abraham Tolbert
  • ‘Unstoppable’ Movie Review by David N. Currey
  • Building a New Layout at Age 94 (Detmar Tom Dieck) by Richard Setterlund
  • Video Corner: Railfanning March 2014
  • April’s Clinic: Heritage Steam Railways of Great Britain by Dave Schafer

April 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 4
  • Old Layout Enters Twenty-First Century by Don Bozman
  • San Jac / Division 8 Contest Room Results by Ray Byer
  • Ohringen Bahnhof by Dick Setterlund
  • Video Corner: Funny Crowded Train in Japan
  • March’s Clinic: Modern Lighting for Model Railroads by Richard Bartlett

March 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 3
  • Presidents Message: Scratch Building for an Old Friend by Richard Louvet
  • The Greater Houston Train Show by Bob Barnett
  • Getting Out of the Yard by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: Interesting mini train in Oregon
  • February’s Clinic: Micro Controllers for Layout Control and Animation by Rick Jones

February 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 2
  • Presidents Message: Intended Consequences (100% NMRA Club) by Richard Louvet
  • History of the Greater Houston Train Show / San Jacinto Model Railroad Club Jamboree by Bob Barnett
  • Work Trains by David N. Currey
  • The Greater Houston Train Show is Here (Again)!! by Bob Barnett
  • Video Corner: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Tracks?
  • January’s Clinic: CASS Scenic RR’s 50th Anniversary Run Days by Chuck Lind, Don Formanek, Craig Brantley, and David Fritsche

January 2014, Derail Newsletter Volume 45 Issue 1
  • Help with Train Show Postcards by Ed Dibble
  • 2013 Christmas Party Pictures provided by Ed Dibble
  • Railroad Personnel by David N. Currey
  • Video Corner: Unique Way to Ride the Rails

2013



December 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 12
  • Presidents Message: Happy Holidays by Richard Louvet
  • Christmas Party Information
  • Not Everything On the Railroad Was Work by David N. Currey
  • Calling All Train Enthusiasts by Bob Sabol
  • Video Corner: Christmas Train Village

November 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 11
  • Presidents Message: A San Jac Thanksgiving by Richard Louvet
  • Safety First by David N. Currey
  • Controls and Wiring Round Table – October Meeting by Kelly Russel
  • The SJMRRC E-Mail List by Rick Jones
  • Video Corner: Train vs Tornado

October 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 10
  • Presidents Message: A Moveable Prototype by Richard Louvet;
  • Louisiana Sugar Cane Railroads by Phil Stewart,
  • Railroad Tunnels by Don Formanek,
  • Beaneries by David N. Currey,
  • Goodbye WVW Photos,
  • Using a Digitrax Aux Decoder to Control Hidden Staging by Richard Louvet,
  • Video Corner: Feynman Explains How Trains Stay on Train Tracks

September 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 9
  • From My Garratt: Air and Rail Travel in 2013 by Henri Morris
  • Weathering by David N. Currey – To weather or not to weather
  • WVW The Last Run by Bob Sabol
  • Division 8 News by Leslie Bodak
  • Video Corner: 2013 Steam Locomotive Parage at Wolsztyn in Poland

August 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 8
  • President’s Message: Too Much Information and Too Much Inertia by Richard Louvet
  • Prestressed Concrete Girder Railroad Bridge by David N. Currey
  • Division 8 News by Leslie Bodak
  • Video Corner: I’m not sure the neighbors would appreciate this

July 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 7
  • Presidents Message: Toxic Chemicals, Wiring and Norm Abrams by Richard Louvet
  • Special Request: Texas Children’s Hospital Needs Plastic Wheels by Don Bozeman
  • From My Garratt: The Secret of Happiness (With Apologies to Zen!) by Henri Morris
  • A Control Panel for Newburgh by Richard Louvet
  • Video Corner: Wobbly Bobbly Turnover and Stop!

June 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 6
  • In Memoriam… Mike Spoor
  • Expansion of the Sunset Line by Steve Sandifer
  • Train Lists by David Currey (Switch List)
  • LMRA Railroad Club News
  • Video Corner: Slide Show of Abandoned Train Stations

May 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 5
  • President’s Message: A Slice of Life by Richard Louvet
  • Special Message: A Thank You from Joyce Dannenbrink
  • Amtrak Characters by David Currey
  • Layout Party by Bob Werre – Photos of Chuck and Lauire Lind’s “Opening Their Layout for a Party”
  • Video Corner: Miniatur Wunderland in Germany

April 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 4
  • Bob Dannenbrink Obituary
  • From My Garrett: The Loneliness Of… by Henri Morris
  • Austin Metrorail by David Currey
  • Video Corner: How Close to a Train Track Can You Set Up a Vegetable Market?

March 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 3
  • President’s Message: Thanks for a Successful Greater Houston Train Show by Richard Louvet
  • The 2013 Greater Houston Train Show Epilogue
  • Deadheading by David Currey

February 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 2
  • President’s Message: Request for Members to Share Technologies that Were Unavailable to Us Just a Few Years Ago by Richard Louvet
  • Don’t Let The 2013 Greater Houston Train Show Sneak Up on You
  • Angleton by David Currey
  • From My Garrett: Annus Horribilis by Henri Morris
  • HALS Ops Day Photos by Rick White

January 2013, Derail Newsletter Volume 44 Issue 1
  • President’s Message: Discipline? In a Hobby? By Richard Louvet
  • High Speed Rail in China Photos
  • Preview of Photo Manipulation Clinic by Blake Bogs

2012



December 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 12
  • President’s Message: Reflection of the Value and Fellowship of the SJMRRC by Richard Louvet
  • In Memoriam: Tom Cobb, Don Threlkeld, and Harvey Jackson
  • From My Garratt: The (Doubtful) Return of Steam by Henri Morris
  • Tools of the Trade by David Currey

November 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 11
  • President’s Message: A Little About Myself by Richard Louvet
  • Hobos North by Richard Day

October 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 10
  • President’s Message: Changing of the Guard at the Club by Bob Werre
  • Tools of the Trade by David Currey

September 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 9
  • President’s Message: Bringing in New Members and Officers by Bob Werre
  • From My Garratt: High Speed Texas Rail by Henri Morris
  • Virginia Freitag Awarded the 2012 Lone Star Region – President’s Award by Bob Barnett
  • Coast to Coast by Coach by Richard Sutterland
  • Lolita by David Currey

August 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 8
  • President’s Message: NMRA Convention in Sacramento, Ca by Bob Werre
  • From My Garratt: Vice and Advice by Henri Morris
  • Fusion: A Software Tool for Merging Photos by David Currey
  • SJMRRC Member Loren Neufeld Receives Special Award by Jim Lemmond
  • Expanding the NYWS&B Using Lightweight Modules Part 3: Installation of Turnouts and Track by Richard Louvet

July 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 7
  • President’s Message: Houston S Gaugers and the Father’s Day Train Show at Memorial City Mall by Bob Werre
  • Nuts / NWCMRRC Swap Meet Information
  • 2012 Freitag Award Winners – Bob Dannenbrink and David Milton by Bob Barbett
  • The Many Life Skills Model Railroading Can Teach by Arthur Limes
  • The Train Inspection by David Currey

June 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 6
  • President’s Message: Up Coming Lone Star Region Convention by Bob Werre
  • Expanding the NYWS&B Using Lightweight Modules Part Two: Module and Benchwork Construction by Dick Louvet
  • From My Garratt: A New Beginning – An Old Story by Henri Morris
  • Brakeman Training on the Missouri Pacific by David Currey

May 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 5
  • President’s Message: Ways the Club and Help the Modeling Community by Bob Werre
  • Train Crew and Staging Spreadsheet by David Currey
  • From My Garratt: Leaves by Henri Morris
  • Passenger Train Consists by Mark Couvillion

April 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 4
  • President’s Message: A Borrowed Story of a Trackman Dealing with a Montana Winter by Bob Werre
  • The Life and Death of a Locomotive Engineer (Part 2) by Richard Setterlund
  • Passenger Trains I’ve Seen (Part 3) by David Currey
  • From My Garratt: The China Syndrome by Henri Morris
  • Expanding the NYWS&B Using Lightweight Modules Part One: Why Lightweight Modules by Dick Louvet
  • Using real Dirt on Your Layout by Mark Couvillion
  • Railroad Tunnels by Don Formanek
  • A Last Look at Chuck Lind’s Layout – Photos
  • Video Corner: Dallas Street Car Line Now Has a Turntable in Operation

March 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 3
  • President’s Message: Thoughts About the Greater Houston Area Train Show by Bob Werre
  • The Life and Death of a Locomotive Engineering (Part 1) by Richard Setterlund
  • Passenger Trains I’ve Seen (Part 2) by David Currey
  • From My Garratt: The MRIE & I by Henri Morris
  • The 2012 Greater Houston Train Show
  • Things I’ve Learned Over the Years by Mark Couvillion
  • Operators Corner: Guest Books by Peter Bryan

February 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 2
  • President’s Message: Looking Forward to the Train Show by Bob Werre
  • Article from the 2011 Visitor’s Guide to Comfort, Texas on the ‘Only’ Railroad Tunnel in Texas
  • Passenger Trains I’ve Seen (Part 1) by David Currey
  • From My Garratt: Model Train Trade Shows by Henri Norris
  • Six Reasons to go to the 2012 Greater Houston Train Show by Bob Barnett
  • 2012 Greater Houston Train Show Clinics Schedule

January 2012, Derail Newsletter Volume 43 Issue 1
  • President’s Message: Looking Forward to the Train Shows
  • A View from the Superintendent’s Office Installment #5: Equipment Issues by Kelly Russel
  • Food and Rest in Train Service by David Currey
  • From My Garratt: New Years Resolutions by Henri Morris
  • Operators’ Corner: Various Ideas to Enhance Your Operating Sessions by Peter Bryan
  • Dibbles’ Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

2011



December 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 12
  • President’s Message: Tour Signs, Christmas Party and the Internet by Bob Werre
  • A View from the Superintendent’s Office Installment #4: Hours of Service by Kelly Russel
  • From My Garratt: Color vs Black and White by Henri Morris
  • Operators’ Corner: Thoughts on Articles Related to Operations by Peter Bryan
  • Peter Bryan Awarded 2011 Leslie Burford Award by Southwest Life Steamers Club

November 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 11
  • President’s Message: Staff Changes, and the Upcoming Fall Layout Tour and Train Show by Bob Werre
  • A View from the Superintendent’s Office Installment #3: Incidents by Kelly Russel
  • From My Garratt: Flatonia by Henri Morris
  • Operators’ Corner: Questionnaires Can Help by Peter Bryan

October 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 10
  • President’s Message: Upcoming Big Texas Train Show and the Layout Tour and Your Layout by Bob Werre
  • In Memory of Arthur Penny by Peter Bryan
  • A View from the Superintendent’s Office Installment #2: Certification by Kelly Russel
  • Upcoming Flatonia Railfan Celebration
  • From My Garratt: Realism by Henri Morris
  • My Origins in Model Railroading by Steve Sandifer
  • Railroady by David Currey
  • Operators’ Corner: Fast Clocks, Introductions and Choosing Jobs by Peter Bryan
  • Operator Etiquette by Norman Beveridge

September 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 9
  • President’s Message: Volunteerism and the Results! By Bob Werre
  • A View from the Superintendent’s Office Installment #1: Realistic Aspects of Railroad Administration that Could Be Applied to the Operation of the Model Railroad
  • Empire by Kelly Russel
  • NMRA Convention Highlights by Bob Sabol
  • From My Garratt: Trains in Movies by Henri Morris
  • How I Got Started by Peter Bryan
  • Free Model RR Magazines – On Your Computer by Steve Sandifer
  • Operators’ Corner: How to Make the Railroad Itself Easier to Operate by Peter Bryan

August 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 8
  • President’s Message: NMRA Convention in Sacramento, Ca by Bob Werre
  • My Helix In a Closet by Dick Setterlund
  • From My Garratt: Modeling Tunnels by Henri Morris
  • Operators’ Corner: Easy to Understand Operating System by Peter Bryan
  • Modeling Tidbits to Spike Your Interest: NMRA Gauge by Tracy Mitchell
  • When Things Go Wrong by David Currey
  • There is A Prototype for Almost Everything by Robert Ellis

July 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 7
  • President’s Message: Upcoming NMRA Convention, Talent Pool, and Competing Train Shows by Bob Werre
  • Modeling Tidbits to Spike Your Interest: Where to Find Information by Tracy Mitchell
  • From My Garratt: Tunnels by Henri Morris
  • Operators Corner: Inviting Railroad Setting by Peter Bryan

June 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 6
  • President’s Message: Regional and National Conventions and Stafford Center Damages by Bob Werre
  • Railfanning with Google Earth by Steve Sandifer
  • GE to Open Locomotive Plant in Texas
  • From My Garratt: The Space Shuttle by Henri Morris
  • Operators’ Corner: The First Time by Peter Bryan
  • Congratulations Tracy and Cora Mitchell by Steve Sandifer
  • The Raritan Valley Line by Bob Sabol

May 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 5
  • President’s Message: Soldering, Club Shirts and Local Events by Bob Werre
  • 2011 Layout Design & Operations Weekend by Chuck Lind
  • From My Garratt: Railwayana by Henri Morris
  • Operators’ Corner: Summary of Operators Information by Peter Bryan
  • Pigs Can’t Fly… by Layouts Can! By Don Bozman

April 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 4
  • President’s Message: Setting Up Layouts at Shows and National Publications by Bob Werre
  • A Testy Situation by David Currey
  • From My Garratt: Siderodromophobia by Henri Morris
  • Houston Railroad Museum’s Music Festval and Trainfair
  • Operators’ Corner: Introduction to Operation by Peter Bryan
  • The 2011 Greater Houston Train Show by Bob Barnett
  • Greater Houston Train Show Contest Results

March 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 3
  • President’s Message: Tribute to those that help with the Train Show and Fall Tour Appreciation by Bob Werre
  • Why I’m so Narrow-Minded by Craig Brantley
  • From My Garratt: Realistic Modeling by Henri Morris
  • Dallas Light Rail Expedition 2011 by David Currey
  • Operators’ Corner How to Get Operators by Peter Bryan

February 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 2
  • President’s Message: Membership Photos, Fall Tour Signage and Clinics by Bob Werre
  • 2011 San Jac Train Show Clinics
  • The Greater Houston Train Show – It’s Here!!!
  • Engineer / Conductor and Mechanic Jobs at Hermann Park
  • From My Garratt: Train Enthusiasts by Henri Morris
  • Bill Linson’s Eulogy for Dean Freytag
  • Nasa’s Aviation Reporting System Improves Railroad Safety

January 2011, Derail Newsletter Volume 42 Issue 1
  • President’s Message: Layout Tour Wrap Up, Up Coming Member Photos and Club Shirts by Bob Werre
  • The Night Before Christmas (Train Version) Author Unknown contributed by Bob Werre
  • Train News from South America
  • Houston Area Live Steamers Collect 14 Bags of Toys In Toys for Tots Drive by John Pape
  • Rails on Reel: Unstoppable by David Currey
  • Model Railroad Operations in Texas (And Other Parts of the Country) by Peter Bryan
  • The Greater Houston Train Show – It’s that Time Again!! By Bob Barnett
  • Trains, Kids, and Christmas by Bob Sabol

2010



October 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 10
  • President’s Message: Thanks for Having Me and Help Needed by Bob Werre
  • September’s Clinic: Decoder-pro Software by Jim Lemmond

September 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 9
  • The Kansas City Southern Railway Station at Port Arthur by David N. Currey
  • Rails in Alaska by Bob Sabol
  • From My Garratt: Change By Henri Morris
  • From the President: Ending of a Tenure and Upcoming Layout Tour by Robert Ashcraft
  • August’s Clinic: Videos of Houston to Bloomington (UP 844) by Robert Pierce

August 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 8
  • Alamo Rails 2010 Lone Star Region NMRA Convention by Ronald Burns
  • 75th Annual NMRA National Convention in Milwaukee by Randall Wilson
  • An Eventful Family Train Trip by Steve Sandifer
  • From my Garratt: Scratch – Building History by Henri Morris
  • July’s Clinic: Operation Life Savor – In The Interest of Safety” by Steve McNeal

July 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 7
  • From the President: Freitag – Loeffler Awarded at 2010 LSR by Robert Ashcraft
  • Fire damages historic train bridge (Cumbres & Toltec Scenic) Submitted by Chris Tolley
  • Progress Rail Services to Acquire Electro-Motive Diesel Submitted by Don Formanek
  • From My Garratt: Cry the Beloved Country by Henri Morris
  • June’s Clinic: “Sawdust, It Is Not Trash Anymore” by Craig Brantley

June 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 6
  • Operation on the Comanche & Indian Gap by Bill Write
  • Art Houston’s Grade Pacific – Houma, La Benchwork Completed Provided by Tom Cobb
  • From the President: Upcoming Conventions and Activities by Robert Ashcraft
  • From My Garratt: DCC Sound #2 by Henri Morris
  • May’s Clinic: Steve Sandifer’s Howard District / Eastern Division of the ATSF

May 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 5
  • Union Pacific 844 Visit to South Texas – Various Photos
  • Static Grass Applicator Parts List with Information Links
  • From My Garratt: DCC Sound #1 by Henri Morris
  • San Jac Texas State Railroad Trip by Ronald Burns
  • Team Track Industry by Steve Sandifer
  • April’s Clinic: Locomotives of the Red River & Gulf RR in Louisiana by Everett Lueck

April 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 4
  • A Ride on the Texas State Railroad by Mark Couvillion
  • Texas State Railroad Trip by David Curry
  • From My Garratt: Mallet vs Garratt by Henri Morris
  • The Adventures of San – Jac or The Great Texas Train Ride by Thomas H Bailey
  • March’s Clinic: Judging Process in a Model Contest Explained by Tracy Mitchell & Jim Long

March 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 3
  • The Greater Houston Train Show is Over!!! By Bob Barnett
  • From the President: Train Show Recap and Upcoming Texas State Railroad Trip by Robert Ashcraft
  • From My Garratt: South African Model Railways by Henri Morris
  • BNSF Derailment – Santa Fe, Tx Photos
  • Electric Dumping Ballast Hopper by Dave Milton
  • Union Pacific 844 Schedule by Rick Braunschweig, Fireman UP Steam Crew
  • February’s Clinic “Signals 101” by Ed Rains

February 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 2
  • The Greater Houston Train Show It’s Here!! By Bob Barnett
  • 2010 Greater Houston Train Show Clinics List
  • From the President: Upcoming Train Show and Texas State Railroad Trip by Robert Ashcraft
  • A few pointers from your friendly neighborhood locomotive engineer Forwarded from Yahoo Railspot Email List
  • Passenger Train Consists Submitted by Mark Couvillion
  • From My Garratt: State of the Rail by Henri Morris
  • January’s Clinic: “The Beer Line” by Tom Bailey

January 2010, Derail Newsletter Volume 41 Issue 1
  • KCS Christmas Train viewing at Wharton by Gil Freitag
  • Hogger’s Luck Adds to Operational Realism Submitted by Mark Couvillion
  • Christmas at the Freitag’s by Robert Ashcraft
  • From My Garratt: Vacation by Henri Morris
  • From the President: Year Recap by Robert Ashcraft