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Layouts in the August 2019 Free Edition

Rio Grande Southern Railroad in S Scale

See Bill Busacca's version of the RGS in the 1940s. He models Rico, Muldoon, Stoner, Dolores, as well as Sawpit and Coke Ovens. The S scale layout is beautifully scenicked with highly detailed structures and photographic backdrops. We share a short prototype history and an article about the layout as well as lots of photographs. The video features a partial walkaround with Bill and some railfanning on the layout. (More of that is on the full movie.) You'll enjoy Bill's take on the Rio Grande Southern and the impressive scenes he has created, as well as his journey from focusing more on scenery to thinking about operations.

Franklin Ridge Lines in HO Scale

Barry Franklin's freelanced layout focuses on the art of modeling. The layout is a museum-quality HO scale pike constructed by Progressive Model Design. It is packed with intricate scenes, some by PMD and some that were added by modeler Todd Gamble. We share a creative history of the town of Franklin Ridge and the railroad that serves it, as well as how it was constructed. You will enjoy the town's detail and stunning views of the North Cascades in Washington State. The FRL is based in the 1940s.

Make a Sycamore Tree with Mottled Bark

We show you how to make a sycamore tree for your own layout. Our example is a young sycamore in HO scale, but the project can be completed in any scale.

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