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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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Spokane Portland & Seattle HO Scale

Build a custom plywood load for a bulkhead flatcar

Layouts featured in this month's magazine:

Columbia, Cascade & Western Railroad
The Willamette Model Railroad Club's Columbia, Cascade & Western is a freelanced HO scale version of the railroad that could have existed if the line over the Cascade Mountains on Santiam Pass had been successfully built. The railroad connects Albany, Oregon in the west with Bend, Oregon in the east and is based in September 1979. The CC&W has its own paint schemes in both red and blue. It interchanges with the Burlington Northern, the Southern Pacific, and the Western Pacific. During our shoot, we focused on CC&W and BN power, so you will see a colorful variety of locomotives. The club focuses on operations and has carefully-planned sessions with a dispatcher. Many industries are served by the CC&W and the beautiful scenery makes for impressive scenes in both photographs and video. We include two maps made by the club and several CTC-style aerial images that we made of parts of the layout.

Oregon Trunk & Pacific Railroad
Take a step back in time on Dan Wynia's freelanced 1950s-era Oregon Trunk & Pacific. Dan models the Great Northern and the Spokane, Portland & Seattle from Vancouver, Washington east to Bend, Oregon. He runs both passenger and freight trains on the layout, operating both late steam and early diesel locomotives. He is interested in operations and designed the layout so that he could operate it on his own or with several crew members. The OT&P is operated as out and back between Vancouver and Bend with an interchange into Camas, Washington that makes for a challenge due to limited access. You will see a variety of industries represented on the OT&P and we share photos, video, and an article about the railroad. This feature also includes 360 degree images and video.

Build a Plywood Load for a Bulkhead Flatcar
We show you how to make a custom plywood load for an empty bulkhead flatcar. This project is simple and inexpensive but will take some time. You will create stacks of plywood and then glue them into removable loads. This is a good project for modelers who enjoy detailed work and want custom loads to make their model railroads more interesting. The loads can be used in operations or made more permanent and look very realistic.

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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.