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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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Stoney Creek Southern Railroad in On30

Layouts featured in this month's magazine:

Stoney Creek Southern Railroad
Visit WWII-era northeastern Tennessee on Lee Bishop’s Stoney Creek Southern Railroad. The freelanced layout is based on a mythical version of history and has ties to the area’s history. It runs East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad power, hauling commuters from Elizabethton to Buladeen and supplying various goods to the towns of Winner, Hunter, and Sadie. Lee is a history buff and enjoys mixing his love of history with his love of modeling, adding many historically appropriate details on the small narrow gauge layout. Lee runs 4-6-0 Baldwins on the layout, which is based in 1943. We share photographs and video of the layout along with an article detailing his pike. The Premium Edition of the magazine also includes 360 degree photos and video of the Stoney Creek and Southern.

Camas Prairie Railroad
The Camas Prairie Railroad operated in northern Idaho and was jointly owned by the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific Railroads. We feature a freelanced version of it this month built in HO scale by the Lewis-Clark Model Railroad Club of Lewiston, Idaho. The club is loosely based from the 1950s to the 1970s and runs a variety of steam and diesel power. Diesel fans will get to see a few newer locomotives that we ran during our visit, as the club is not strict about the era. The layout’s hub is in Lewiston, Idaho, and the line runs east through Cottonwood and up into the Craig Mountains. This feature also includes photos, video, and an article and the Premium Edition includes 360 degrees images and video.

Upgrade and Weather a Bulkhead Flatcar
The project this month is upgrading and weathering a bulkhead flatcar. We add wooden “boards” over the plastic, molded boards on a flatcar and weather the car to make it worthy of showing off on any layout. Next month, we will add a custom pipe load on this same car, but it will look great loaded or unloaded. This is an easy project that any modeler should be able to complete.

Upgrade and Weather a Bulkhead Flatcar

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January 2018 issue of Trackside Model Railroading Free Edition digital magazine.
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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.