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Trackside Model Railroading is the magazine for model railroad enthusiasts who want an in-depth view of layouts. We cover two layouts each month, including all fine scales. Our railfanning style includes video of the trains running on the layouts as well as an article and many photographs of each layout we share.

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McCloud River Railroad in HO Scale

Layouts featured in this month's magazine:

McCloud River Railroad
We tell a creative ride-along story on Ry Bates' HO scale McCloud River Railroad, which is loosely based on the northern Californian shortline in August 1969. Come travel through the woods with us as we make the early morning trip from McCloud to Burney, delivering goods for the various industries. Ry's layout is beautifully scenicked and packed with switching opportunities to make operating interesting and fun. The McCloud River interchanges with the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Great Northern on the layout and ships out a variety of freight that includes wood products, agricultural products, and red cinders from the Porcupine Quarry. Ry's small layout is a great example of what you can achieve in a small area and still have plenty of switching interest.

Northwest Industrial
See a variety of western railroads running on Chet Wachsmuth's freelanced Northwest Industrial. The Northwest Industrial is based in the Inland Northwest and features heavily-forested mountain scenes and the industrial town of Marysville. Chet runs a variety of freight and passenger service and enjoys constructing interesting scenes on the HO scale layout. He is also building a 7.5 inch (1.5 scale) track on his property and building cars to run on the ride-able railroad. We share a few pictures of his progress on the new effort.

Build a Split Rail Fence
Join us in making a split rail wooden fence that will be appropriate for a rural scene on your layout. You can build your fence in any scale using the appropriate scale lumber, but we built ours in HO scale. The simple project is inexpensive and simple to complete.

Build a split rail fence

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November 2017 issue of Trackside Model Railroading Free Edition digital magazine.
November 2017 Free Edition

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Trackside Model Railroading is a digital model railroad magazine, published monthly. Each month on the first, premium subscribers will get access to download the new magazine. All subscribers will get the Free Edition on the 20th of each month. Premium users will get access to download the Premium Editions that they have bought.

Our digital magazines are downloaded to your computer and are yours to keep forever, even after your subscription expires. Your purchases are not time sensitive, if you lose your download no worries, log back in and re-download. Your account will never be deleted unless you ask and request it to be removed. You can also contact us using our contact page about any missing issues and we will gladly help you access them again. We are here to help you out in any way we can.

Premium users get the choice to download all three versions of the magazine in a zipped file that is intended for desktop computers. The Zip file also includes two images that can be used for your computer desktop. We provide smaller versions of the magazine formatted for tablets and smart phones. The Mobile version is great if you are on a mobile data plan and need to conserve data. We recommend mobile users download the zip file from a local hot spot and store it on an storage device for long term access.

Each magazine includes two layouts which we have visited and photographed extensively. There are about 25-40 images per layout in the magazine, so you get to see many different scenes. You can zoom in on a picture if you wish. We want readers to feel that they have experienced a thorough tour of each layout.

Accompanying the photographs is an article about each layout and its owner. Whenever possible, we also include high definition video of the trains running on the layout. Actual prototypical railroad sounds are dubbed into the video of the models, giving the realism that you are actually railfanning the layout. Video links are inside the magazine when using Adobe's Acrobat Reader, videos are also found on the main download page of each magazine. As you read a layout article, you will come across a video capture image. Just click on the picture and the video will launch. This does, however, require that you have an internet connection, as the videos are in HD and would be too large to embed in the magazine.

Each month includes an article instructing the reader how to build or design something relating to modeling. Sometimes these are very specific, and sometimes they are more conceptual in nature. Now and then, we include extra content like large panoramic images within the magazine that you can download and have printed to use as a backdrop on your layout.

You can re-access the magazines as many times as you like, and it is fine to download them on your desktop computer as well as a tablet or smartphone if you wish. You can purchase a month here and there for $2.49 or purchase a full year subscription, making each month of the magazine just $1.25 per issue.If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact using our Contact Page.