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March 2018 Digital Magazine on DVD

Modeling the Columbia River Gorge in N Scale
Visit the Columbia River N Scale Club’s layout modeling the Columbia River Gorge with us this month. The layout includes parts of the BNSF main line in Washington and the Union Pacific main line in Oregon and features beautiful scenes along the river. The NTRAK layout also includes industrial areas to make the club’s regular operating sessions more interesting. The route through the Gorge travels from Biggs to Portland. The club generally operates modern trains, but at times they operate as far back as the 1960s. We include some of the predecessor railroads in our shoot (BN, SP, SP&S). A cab ride on the Columbia Gorge Lines is included on the DVD.

Northern Pacific & Stampede Railway in N Scale
Our second layout tour this month is Mike McGee’s freelanced Northern Pacific & Stampede Pass, also in N scale. The layout models Lester, Washington at Stampede Pass in the Cascade Mountains. It is based on the Northern Pacific in the summer of 1969. In addition to the town of Lester, it includes lovely forested scenes and freelanced towns up in the mountains. The NP&S hauls a variety of freight between Cle Elum in the mountains to the east and the city of Auburn in the west (both are represented in staging), but the main industries on the layout are logging related. Our NP&S feature includes video, an article, and photos. A cab ride video is included on the NP&S.

Build a Custom Pipe Load: Part 2
This month we finish the custom pipe load we started building in last month’s project. The pipe load is simple to make and easy enough for new modelers. It is also inexpensive to build.

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February 2018 Digital Magazine on DVD

Washington Side of the Columbia Gorge Lines in HO Scale
We toured the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge Lines last April. This month, come see the Washington side of the 60x70 foot layout. In this feature, we focus on the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway in the 1950s and have included a creative ride-along story. The SP&S owned the main line on the WA side at that time. For those who enjoy more modern railroads, we include photographs of newer BNSF trains (which owns the main line today) as well as a mixture of other railroads: Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, Amtrak, and a little Southern Pacific and Cotton Belt power. The article includes the ride-along and some information about the club. For more information on the CGMRRC and photos and video of the Oregon side, see our April 2017 issue. (In the magazine, this month's video features the SP&S. The DVD video will include other railroads, too.) 360 degree video is included in the Premium Edition of the magazine.

The Southern Pacific's Natron Cutoff on the Oregon & California Railway in HO
Bill Baker's freelanced Oregon & California Railway models the Southern Pacific's Natron Cutoff through the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. In Bill's world, the O&C owns the line and leases it to the SP. You will see mostly SP steam locomotives along with a few diesels. You will also see a few Spokane, Portland & Seattle locomotives, as the railroad has trackage rights on the O&C's line. Bill's feature is a bit different than our usual tours, as it is a work in progress and shares many behind-the-scenes building ideas. The feature includes photographs, an article (which tells the story of the freelanced railroad as well as building and wiring ideas), and video. Some of the video in the Premium Edition is 360 degree.

Build a Custom Pipe Load: Part 1
We show you how to make your own custom pipe load in a two-part project. Part 1 is in this February's magazine. The project is simple but a bit time consuming, which is why we have split it into two parts. You can build this load for a bulkhead flatcar. We built it for the car we upgraded and weathered in January.

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May 2018 Digital Magazine on DVD

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.

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September 2018 Digital Magazine on DVD

Montana Operations of the Milwaukee Road in HO Scale
Visit Dave Heckeroth’s Milwaukee Road Rocky Mountain Division with us. The HO scale layout connects eastern Montana and northern Idaho and is based from the 1960s to the 1970s. Dave has constructed beautiful scenes of the MILW’s route with an emphasis on Deer Lodge and Missoula. The MILW includes the Hoerner Waldorf Mill in Schilling as well as lots of other industry and a logging spur, as Dave is primarily interested in operations.

Black Canyon & Western Railroad in HO Scale
See Jim Barta’s freelanced HO scale Black Canyon & Western Railroad, based in September 1957. The railroad utilizes both steam and diesel power, and you’ll see a variety of railroads operating on its trackage alongside the BC&W custom power. The BC&W is built for operations and Jim incorporates some unusual ideas to keep it interesting. You will enjoy his creativity and scenery along the route from Utah to Montana.

Make a Texture Sheet for a Rock Wall or Path
This creative project shows you how to make your own reusable texture sheet that can be used to build a patio, a pathway, or a rock wall. We share the steps to make the texture sheet that you can use over and over when building scenery. The sheet we make is intended for HO scale.

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August 2018 Digital Magazine on DVD

The Montana Rail Link on Mullan Pass in HO Scale
Come see the Montana Rail Link's modern operations over Mullan Pass on Kirk Thompson's HO scale layout. Watch the BNSF and MRL in action, hauling heavy freights up the grade. The layout models the line from Laurel to Missoula with a focus around Helena. Just like the prototype, Kirk runs helpers to assist the trains as they climb the Rockies. The DVD includes a cab ride around the layout. The full cab ride in 360 degree video will be included on the second disc (for the computer).

Union Pacific Overland Route in N Scale
Watch the Union Pacific at work as it hauls freight across the country from Nebraska to the west. Bob Bkerke’s N scale layout is a busy railfanning layout featuring heavy traffic and a variety of scenery along the long route. The multi-unit lash-ups haul all sorts of goods on this unusual three-room pike.

Build an O Scale Coal Bunker
We build a portable coal bunker from scratch this month using inexpensive materials. We will build the bunker and weather it, as well as create a realistic coal load for it.

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