Trackside Model Railroading™ Digital Magazine
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Fort Worth and Great Northern
Clint Brown's Fort Worth and Great Northern features the Missouri-Kansas-Texas and the Texas & Pacific in the 1950s from Denison to Waco, Texas. The urban layout has good opportunities for interesting switching and many beautiful structures that Clint has built. The layout is centered around downtown Fort Worth and Tower 55, where nine Class 1 railroads operated at the time. Clint includes Denison’s Ray Yard and Fort Worth’s Ginny and Ney Yards on the point-to-point layout. Anyone who loves Texas railroads or interesting operations should appreciate Clint’s work. Our coverage of the Fort Worth and Great Northern includes an article, photographs, video of the layout in action, and an aerial-style map.
Beaverton Model Railroad Club
We previously shared the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club’s portable HO scale layout. This month, we tour their permanent layout, the Beaverton Suburban & Western Oregon Branch Lines. The BS&WOBL is HO and HOn3 and is located in a freelanced version of the city of Beaverton and the surrounding areas in Oregon, including a line up into the Cascade Mountains. The layout includes city running, an amusement park, a mine, and various industries. You can visit this layout in person at the Alpenrose Dairy in Portland. Our feature includes photos, video, an article, and an aerial-style map.
Create Wire Trees for Your Layout
We show you how to make your own wire trees. This project is easy enough for anyone to complete and can be done so using scrap wire and a few other scenery materials. Wire trees can look quite realistic and be a fine addition to your layout in any scale, as you have complete control of the trees’ shaping and size. We hope you will make trees with us. Our project gives you a description of how to complete the steps along with a photo to illustrate each one.
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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.