Trackside Model Railroading™ DVD & Magazine
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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We now offer a subscription to our monthly DVDs, which feature the same layouts we share in the magazine each month but with more content. The videos are usually 80-120 minutes and have much more video of the layouts and often bonus features and stories that are not in the magazine.
Trackside Model Railroading's Current Issue
The Santa Fe Tackles Red Rock Country on the Pasquinel Div. in HO
Enjoy long AT&SF freights climbing the grades on Jerry Boudreaux’s freelanced version of the Santa Fe’s line through northern Arizona and New Mexico. The Pasquinel Division is based in 1967 and is built for operations. You’ll see mostly EMDs in blue and yellow and a few in the Warbonnet paint scheme working in long multi-unit lash-ups across the spectacular red rock vistas. We share the Pasquinel’s story, lots of photographs, and video of the trains as well as an interview with Jerry. The Blu-ray will include an actual operating session on the Pasquinel.
A Day in Silverdale on the Western Pacific in HO
Tour the very unusual Silverdale layout, a freelanced Western Pacific layout built by Bruce Kingsley. Silverdale is packed with details that reflect the grime and wear of the little industrial town in 1961. Bruce also built his own locomotive mock-up, from which he can actually operate a train on the layout and view the town in real-time. We include a story about Silverdale, lots of photos of the town showing off his extreme weathering, and a video of the trains. Also included is a brief video showing us operating a train from the F7 mock-up.
Make Lily Pads for a Pond
Our project this month is making lily pads for a pond. It is a simple project that any modeler should be able to complete to add a little interest to a water scene.
Tour two layouts in depth each month with Trackside.
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What is TSMRR?
Trackside Model Railroading is a digital model railroading magazine and is published monthly. Each month on the first, premium subscribers will get access to download the new magazine. Premium users will have access to download the Premium Editions that they have bought. All subscribers will have access to read the Free Edition on the 20th of each month.
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 you can log in and re-download. Your account will never be deleted unless you request that it 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 an option if you are on a mobile data plan and need to conserve data. We recommend that mobile users download the zip file from a local hot spot and store it on a 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. Prototypical railroad sounds are dubbed into the video of the models, giving the sense that you are railfanning the layout. Video links are inside the magazine and can be launched using Adobe's Acrobat Reader. They 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 requires 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. 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.