Trackside Model Railroading™ Digital Magazine
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Southern Pacific Ashland Subdivision
Tom Dill’s HO scale Southern Pacific layout is centered in the town of Ashland in southern Oregon. He models the railroad from 1948 to 1952 from Medford south to the Siskiyou Summit. Tom’s excellent modeling provides a scenic look into the SP’s history in the region. He runs predominately steam locomotives (though you will see some diesel power) and many of them are highly customized. With some necessary license taken, Tom operates the layout according to the prototype and models the towns of Ashland, Belleview, and Steinman and a stop in Foliage. He frequently runs 2-10-2s up the steep grade toward the Siskiyou Summit. This feature includes an article about the layout, a video of trains running, and a map.
Dairyville Pacific Railroad N-TRAK Club
This N scale layout is modeled by the Tualatin Valley Model Railroaders and the Portland Area N-TRAK clubs. It was originally a portable N-TRAK modular layout but is now static. The clubs are rebuilding the whole layout, which is 24x33 feet. The Dairyville Pacific is located at the Alpenrose Dairy in the Hillsdale area of Portland and can be visited. It is based in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and is not specific to a particular railroad (since club members have varying interests) so you will see a variety of locomotive power in operation. This feature also includes photographs, an article, and a map.
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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.