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Introducing the CNWHS Modeler!
The CNWHS Modeler is a PDF magazine which may be enjoyed digitally or in print. The magazine will be produced several times a year, modeling stories are welcome. Please send questions, comments, corrections, and additions to cnwhs_modeler@cnwhs.org.


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In Vol. 7 Issue 3:
  • Remaking the Walthers Doodlebug
  • Building a 1970s Grain Boxcar Fleet – Part 4
  • Grain Doors
  • Detailing a M&StL RS-1 and Adding Sound
  • Lettering Variations On Chicago Great Western Steam
  • Locomotives - Part 3




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In Vol. 7 Issue 2:
  • Scratchbuilding M&StL (GATC leased) Stock Cars
  • Building a 1970s Grain Boxcar Fleet – Part 3
  • Modeling a Chicago & North Western Class J-S Part 4
  • Installing DCC and Sound in a CNW Alco S-1
  • Some Lettering Variations On Chicago Great Western Steam Locomotives




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In Vol. 7 Issue 1:
  • Wausau Junction
  • Building a 1970s Grain Boxcar Fleet
  • C&NW Themed Layout
  • My N Scale Models
  • Layout Operations
  • Lettering Variations On Chicago Great Western




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In Vol. 6 Issue 3:
  • Building a 1970s Grain Boxcar Fleet - Part 1
  • Modeling a Chicago & North Western Class J-S, Part 3
  • Modeling the Depot in Hedrick, Iowa
  • Layouts and Operation
  • Angle Cock and Air Brake Hose




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In Vol. 6 Issue 2:
  • Modeling Minneapolis & St Louis Double-Sheathed Box Cars
  • Modeling a Chicago & North Western Class J-S, Part 2
  • Making Cut Stone Bridge and Tunnel Portals
  • The C&NW Stock Car Rebuilds
  • Piggy Back Tie Downs




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In Vol. 6 Issue 1:
  • Modifying a Class J-A Brass Engine into a Class J-S Locomotive
  • Custom Decals For A Minneapolis & St. Louis PS2-CD Covered Hopper
  • Modeling Minneapolis & St Louis Covered Hoppers
  • Ex Penn Central Gondola CNW 131337




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In Vol. 5 Issue 3:
  • Modeling M&StL F Units
  • Kenilworth Station
  • Patched ex BN SD45
  • Modeling CNW 612756
  • The Colorful CGW NW2s




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In Vol. 5 Issue 2:
  • E7 of the Chicago & North Western Railroad
  • PS-0?
  • Modeling Mars Lights On CGW F-Units: Pt. 2
  • Superior Hand Brakes




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In Vol. 5 Issue 1:
  • Scratchbuilding an M&StL Side Door Caboose in HO Scale
  • “Challenger” Coach
  • The Caboose Bandit Strikes!
  • C&NW JA 2-8-2 #2507 Model




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In Vol. 4 Issue 3:
  • Chicago Great Western General Purpose Gondolas
  • Modeling Minneapolis & St. Louis Open Hopper Cars
  • Ice Service Cars on the Chicago Great Western




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In Vol. 4 Issue 2:
  • Mullet River Bay Window C&NW Waycar
  • C&NW Caboose Ladder
  • N-Scale FRED in a Bay-Window Caboose
  • Peoria Convention Models




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In Vol. 4 Issue 1:
  • Atkinson
  • Scratch Building CNW H-1 #3016
  • Measuring Drawings
  • Prototype to Model
  • The Francis Creek Bridge




Volumes 1, 2, & 3 are available through the CNWHS online store.






Modeling News
  • Moloco 12/2 - Moloco has announced the release of a 50' RBL CGW boxcar 12/2

  • HRM Laser Models - HRM Laser Models maker of laser cut wood buildings

  • Yarmouth Model Works - Yarmouth Model Works, they have some very nice detail parts

  • CNW Model Railroad Plan Set by Vilas County Lumber Company - CNW Model Railroad Plan Set by Vilas County Lumber Company

  • Union Station HO passenger car sides - Passenger cars sides in HO by Union station

  • Sunset Models O scale H-1 - Sunset Models O scale H-1 in stock.

  • Scale model works, a new modeling company making loads 8/4/13 - Scale model works, a new modeling company making loads 8/4/13

  • Accurail home page, maker of many CNWHS cars - Accurail home page, maker of many CNWHS cars

  • ExactRail - HO cars in the C&NW family

  • Trainworx. - N scale CGW trailers by Trainworx.


  • Blueford Shops - Blueford Shops new CGW transfer caboose

  • M&StL Diesel decals - a new, revised set of Microscale decals for the MINNEAPOLIS & St LOUIS RED DIESELS. The new set has been totally revised to include appropriate numbers (including numberboard numbers) for the F units, GP's, RS-1's and SD-7's all in the appropriate sizes. We also eliminated the overlay required in the old set and now have the "MINNIAPOLIS & St LOUIS" as see thru within the white stripes. I believe you can now do 2 units of all locomotive types out of one set. The pilot safety stripes on the GP's can be a pain so there is now 6 in the set in case you mess one up. The sets can be ordered from John Harker, PO Box 703, Ames, Iowa 50010 at $7 per set with $1.25 shipping. Combined shipping is available for multiple orders. Dealer inquiries are welcome. Call John with questions at 515-520-7400.
    we are planning a revised run of the FtDDM&S decals in HO scale which will include more freight car possibilities and a reefer. There will be lettering to do 2 additional DMCI boxcars, 1 additional FtDDM&S boxcar and a FtDDM&S wood reefer. They will be available in about a month from John Harler and myself. Still a double sheet set with a new colored insert page at $12 plus shipping. Inquiries can be directed to my email glgroat@q.com, or John's, j.harker@att.net .

  • Railflyer Model Prototypes Inc. - CNW SD40-2's EMD Pilot -DP 6070

  • RINDT'S RELICS - Custom Built Buildings The Section house is a model of the section house at Saxon WI built by Rindt's Relics.
    Messages can be sent to Rindt at jamestrindt@charter.net

  • Engine House Services - CNW #2 depot, laser cut kit

  • Mullet River Model Works - Mullet River has a line of CNW/CMO buildings and car kits.

  • Lake Junction Models - Lake Junction Models feature laser cut wood C&NW structures

  • Marks Model Railroadservices - C&NW Griswold crossing signals

  • Tomar Industries - Passenger car drumheads

  • Depots by John - C&NW buildings and parts

  • Scale Reproductions - Ballast Ground Cover Details Decals Trees

  • FDDM&S decals - Fort Dodge Des Moines and Southern decals can still be purchased from Bluff Creek Trains
    The sets contain 2 decal sheets per set with color inserts.
    The HO sets remaining are still $12
    The N sets are $10.
    plus $1.25 shipping
    Fort Dodge Line decals O, HO, and N scales availible $18.50, $12.00, $10.00 per set in order. Add $1.95 per order shipping for up to 4 sets. Bluff Creek Trains Box 35 Pilot Mound, Iowa 50223

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