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Railfan the Wenatchee Valley Museum layout in HD Video. Duration: 11:03

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.

Trackside Model Railroading DVD Cover January 2018

NEW Monthly DVD Subscription

Our magazine is now offered monthly on a 2 DVD set and can be ordered for as low as 14.99 a month when subscribing to the DVD service. Each DVD video set is 1 to 2 hours in length and has a narrated story with photographs and video of the layouts. It also includes the digital HD video files and PDFs that are in the magazine, so you can see all the content with no streaming.

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Trackside Model Railroading May 2018 Cover
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Mt Hood Model Railroad Club

Blue Arrow Lines

Layouts featured in this month's magazine:

Mount Hood Railroad in HO Scale
Visit this freelanced pike that travels through the Cascade Mountains, the High Desert, the Blue Mountains, and the Palouse to connect Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington. The railroad has an interesting story and hauls quite a variety of freight with an emphasis on logs and related products like woodchips and paper; ore, coal, and gravel; and mixed goods shipped between eastern and western Oregon. Our feature shares a creative ride-along story on the club’s Pioneer passenger train as it travels westward as well as a story about the operations of the layout and the railroad’s mythical history. We share lots of interesting photos of the Mount Hood Railroad Engineers’ beautiful scenery, photographs, and a cab ride video of the layout.

Blue Arrow Lines in HO Scale
See Bodo Capeller’s freelanced Pacific Northwestern layout. He runs an interesting mix of Great Northern and Amtrak electrics and Rio Grande Southern diesel locomotives. The small layout is well-scenicked with a bay, countryside, and two towns. Bodo built custom catenary wiring for the layout, adding to the realism of his work. He runs passenger service and has many people and other details included on the Blue Arrow Lines. We include photos, video, a map, and a cab ride on the layout.

Make Flower Planters for Your Layout
Create handmade flowers and planter boxes for your layout using inexpensive materials. The project is simple and can easily be completed by any modeler who is comfortable working with small parts. Our example is in HO scale, but we give dimensions in scale feet so it can be easily built in another scale if desired.

Mount Hood Model Railroad Club

Tour two layouts in depth each month with Trackside.

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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.

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