Trackside Model Railroading™ Digital Magazine
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Paradox Valley Railroad
Mike Long’s freelanced On30 layout is based in the 1930s in the lowlands of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The large layout is built on two levels with a gradual uphill climb instead of a helix. Mike enjoys operations and has included a variety of industries on the layout along with the PVRR’s main focus of hauling logs and lumber, livestock, and coal. The layout includes a logging line owned by the Thomas Brothers Lumber Company. Mike has scenicked most of the layout and is frequently altering parts of it to change operating procedures. We show photographs and video of the trains on the PVRR and have included a CTC (centralized traffic control) map in the Premium Edition for clarity.
Beaverton Modular Railroad Club
We share the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club’s portable HO scale layout this month. It is a good example of a collaborative effort, as the club members have shared the effort to build the separate modules. The layout includes a port, an industrial area, an airport, a nine-track yard, and farming areas. Members have built modules in different seasons and can build the layout with the seasons they wish to showcase at a particular event. Our feature includes videos and photos of the layout and some of the members’ custom-painted locomotives. The Premium Edition includes a map of this layout.
Paint a Basic Layout Background
Our aim with this project is to show you that you can paint your own basic layout background even if you don’t have painting experience. We make it easy and use inexpensive acrylic paints. If you have been thinking about trying to paint your own backdrop but feel a bit uncertain, we hope you will give it a try.
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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.