Articles & Presentations

The 4th Division’s members and friends are a talented group of modelers and railfans. Here we are proud to showcase articles and presentations written by them about a wide variety of railroad-related subjects.

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The Articles

Max Maginness, Master Model Railroader #315, is a 4D member well-known for his modeling and engineering skills.

Layout Room Lighting

DCC Decoder Installation

DCC Wiring

Ron Hart was born and raised in Everett, WA, and enjoyed chasing trains from Riverside to Bayside. He’s currently a firefighter-paramedic in Glendale, AZ, living with his family in the Phoenix area. Ron writes about researching and modeling the Milwaukee Road Everett Branch.

HO Milwaukee Road Everett Branch Article

HO Milwaukee Road Everett Branch Pictorial

Dennis Murphy and his wife moved from Girdwood, Alaska to Olympia, WA in late 2008. Dennis worked at both the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad and the Georgetown Loop Railroad in Colorado during the summer of 2008. He has written an eclectic mix of articles on railfanning, railroads, and scale modeling.

Kent Sullivan grew up in Indiana but moved to the Seattle area in 1989. Kent and his two sons, Kyle and Sean, are active members of the 4dNTRAK group, and Kent is a Chevy Corvair enthusiast (he admits with a furtive look all around).

Vancouver Island , Via Rail, RDC—A Recipe for Fun!

Vancouver Island , Via Rail, RDC—A Recipe for Fun! (CAUTION: larger file: 24MB)

MRR Anon is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has been working (and playing) in HO scale since he was twelve. He is an aerospace Electronics Engineer and an active participant, along with his son, in the Seattle-North monthly clinics. (As you may have guessed, MRR Anon is not his real name; he’s leery of the Internet.)

Soldering for Model Railroaders

Naomi Jeffery Petersen is a professor of education at Central Washington University. She helped Jim Murrie assemble this presentation on how to run your model railroad club like a real railroad using the 1951 Northern Pacific as prototype.

Prototype Administration for a Prototype Club

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