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50th Anniversary Operating Session

Bob Hanmer sent details covering a special operating session on his HO scale Great Northern and Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range layout that serves the mining region. We think you will enjoy this.

Taconite is a hard rock found across the northern parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. It contains about 30% iron, so for most of the 20th century it was considered waste. That is until the war efforts of World War II and the Korean conflict severely depleted the existing reserves of high quality iron that could be fed directly (or with a little beneficiation) into a blast furnace.

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2016 RPM Chicagoland update

A variety of N scale freight cars and locomotives were displayed.

The 2016 RPM Chicagoland has wrapped up and many are in recovery mode. A big round of thanks goes out to Mike Skibbe and his crew to coordinate this year’s version of the popular prototype modeler meet. We have a few images to share and hope you jump over to this image gallery for a closer look at many other models.

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New kits at RPM Chicagoland!


The Resin Car Works minions have been working hard in preparation for the upcoming RPM Chicagoland meet October 20-22 in Lisle, IL. Yes, those dates are at the end of this week. Parts have come together, instructions are written, and many boxes have been filled with the goods. We look forward to debuting two new HO scale resin freight car kits!

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