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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.

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 April 2018 Cover
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Great Northern Steven Pass

Amtrak PH40 in HO Scale

Layouts featured in this month's magazine:

Great Northern Cascade Modelers in HO Scale
See the Great Northern Railway's efforts to cross Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Our feature delves into the history of the railroad's gradual progress as it built switchbacks and two tunnels to cross the mountains. Depending on which route you travel to cross the pass, the layout models anywhere from 1900 to present day. Our feature includes mostly diesel locomotives, as that is what visitors will likely see during a visit to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center where it is located. Enjoy the photographs, local history of the GN and the story of the layout, and video of the layout. We include cab ride videos with this feature.

Disasterville in HO Scale
See the freelanced HO scale Disasterville show layout, featuring many interesting incidents and disasters on this detailed sectional layout. Dave Reagan and Chet Wachsmuth take the sectional layout to shows. They run a variety of western railroads on the layout, which is based in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s and 1990s. You will see Burlington Northern, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Amtrak, Union Pacific, and Montana Rail Link in action. We include photos of many of the detailed scenes and events, the story of the layout, and video (including a cab ride).

Build a Custom Concrete Tie Load
We build a modern load of concrete ties based on a photograph of a prototypical load we saw recently. The project is simple and anyone can complete it. You can also create just part of the load to use in a scene if you prefer.

Great Northern Steven Pass

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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