Shortline Modelers Articles

The Art of Blending Two Layouts Into One Space Part 10: The Track Gang Gets Busy

Written by Joseph Kreiss

In my last column, I told how I gathered all the supplies and tools and how it was time to bite the bullet and start laying track for my On30 Mosquito Creek Lumber Co. layout. To be very honest, as a...

Building an On30, 6 Axle Diesel

Written by Carmine Allocca

I model in On30 to represent 3-foot gauge, I needed a larger head-end unit to handle the larger equipment on my railroad. I wanted something a little different so I decided to build a freelanced,...

The On30 Wolf's Peak Layout

Written by René Wolf

Wolf's Peak is a miniature layout that was started only as a in between project. Originally, the plan was to make a simple oval track on a 4 square feet area that could be used as decoration during...

The Art of Blending Two Layouts Into One Space Part 9: Let The Track Work Begin!

Written by Joseph Kreiss

Creek Lumber Co. 1940s-era swamp logger layout, it's time to get to work making the dream a reality. As mentioned before in previous columns, the BIRR layout was reconfigured and pieced back together...

How Your Model Railroad's Operations Scenario Determines Locomotive & Rolling Stock Rosters Part 2

Written by Joseph Kreiss

Last time I outlined my philosophy on how operations determine locomotive and car rosters on my upper level HO scale Big Island Rail. This time I put the focus on the lower level On30 narrow gauge...

Proto:48 GP9 Conversion A One Night Project

Written by Shawn Branstetter

I am in the beginning stages of adding a GP9 to the Black Creek & Angels Camp railroad. The superstructure will be built from a Red Caboose Kit GP 9 plastic kit and a P & D Hobbies...

How Your Model Railroad's Operations Scenario Determines Locomotive & Rolling Stock Rosters

Written by Joseph Kreiss

Real railroads don't head off to the locomotive and freight car 'Super Store,' buy a bunch of different ones that they like, THEN try to figure out a way to put that equipment to work. No, they do...

The Art of Blending Two Layouts: Setting the Swamp Logger Mood Part 6

Written by Joseph Kreiss

The air is heavy with moisture. The humidity makes it hard to pull in a deep breath. The sounds of bull frogs, birds, and an assortment of flying insects also fill the air. As dusk settles over the...

Scratch Building a Flywheel

Written by Edward Traxler

I am modeling in O scale and in the middle of making a small oil engine, so I needed a flywheel. Because I was unable to locate one the right dimensions for my project, I ended up scratch building it...

The Art of Blending Two Layouts Into One Space Part 5: Developing An Operating Scenario

Written by Joseph Kreiss

In The Mood What sets apart a great model railroad from just another layout? Mood. It's a feeling you get when you look at the overall layout. Does it all work together blending into one cohesive...

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