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AT&SF--Peavine Division and the TCM Railroad on Blu-ray and DVD

Santa Fe Operations on the Peavine Line in Arizona in HO
You’ll see the AT&SF work the line from Phoenix up the Peavine and over the San Francisco Peaks to Flagstaff and Winslow. Both mainline running and switching tasks are filmed, and owner John Dulaney shares details about his operations in an interview. John models lots of industry and great scenery, including the large Stone Lumber complex in Flagstaff. A cab ride around the layout is also included on the movie.

BN Gains Trackage Rights on the TCM Railroad in HO Scale
The TCM is a modular layout owned by the Tri-City Modelers club members and based in freelanced eastern Washington. We show the layout running through different eras with mostly BN predecessors and the BN and BNSF, as the railroad maintains a close relationship with the BNSF. The portable layout is quite detailed and has interesting cityscapes and a creative story.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

Order the Kokomo Junction and the UP La Grande Sub on Blu-ray and DVD

Bringing History to Life in the Kokomo Valley in N Scale
See the freelanced Kokomo Junction Railroad serving eastern Washington state. This modern railroad runs a mix of UP (and a few SP) diesels as well as the UP's Challenger and Big Boy, as it is building a historic excursion line in the scenic Kokomo Valley. The railroad serves agriculture, logging, and mining industries. We also share an interview with layout owner John Pettigrew about the manual switches he built for the layout.

The Union Pacific Tackles the Blue Mountains in N Scale
Experience Bill Arseneau's N scale version of the La Grande Sub in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Long multi-loco lash-ups haul freight through the beautiful Blues in northeastern Oregon. You'll also see the Amtrak's Pioneer en route from Seattle to Salt Lake City. You'll enjoy the high traffic on the subdivision as the UP's freights and the passenger train utilize the sidings at Hilgard and Motanic and work the steep mountain grades.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

Order the Western Pacific and the Freedom Valley Branch Line on Blu-ray and DVD

Deep in the Western Pacific's Feather River Route in HO Scale
Enjoy mainline running on Jim Pendley's scenic Western Pacific layout. We share a partial history of the Western Pacific's Feather River Route through the Sierra Nevada and video of the WP from the 60s-80s.

Agricultural Deal Saves the Freedom Valley Branch in HO Scale
See Bob Daschofsky’s freelanced layout based in Washington State. The mythical branch line is owned by the Burlington Northern and based in the 1970s.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

Order the White Line Rail Systems and the Cascade Pacific on Blu-ray and DVD

How Three Shortlines Merged to Survive in HO Scale
See Micky White's White Line Rail Systems, three HO scale shortlines that merged to form one company. The three switching layouts are run independently and use mostly leased power. You’ll see narrated video of the CSX in Miami, the BNSF in Washington, and the UP in Minnesota. You will enjoy Micky’s weathering and scenic details on the switching layouts.

West Coast Railroading from Albany, Oregon to the Coast in HO Scale
On the line from Albany west to Toledo in Oregon, we watch the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific operate the freelanced HO scale Cascade Pacific Railroad. You’ll enjoy impressive rock work on the scenic line through Oregon and the beautifully-scenicked Port of Eagle Cove at Toledo. You'll see narrated video of the layout, which belongs to the Corvallis Society of Model Engineers.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

Order the Pasquinel Division and Silverdale on Blu-ray and DVD

The Santa Fe Tackles Red Rock Country on the Pasquinel Division in HO
Enjoy long AT&SF freights climbing the grades on Jerry Boudreaux’s freelanced version of the Santa Fe’s line through northern Arizona and New Mexico. The Pasquinel Division is based in 1967 and is built for operations. You’ll see mostly EMDs in blue and yellow and a few in the Warbonnet paint scheme working in long multi-unit lash-ups across the spectacular red rock vistas. We share the Pasquinel’s story, lots of photographs, and video of the trains as well as an interview with Jerry. Jerry is an experienced layout builder and shares some construction ideas in the interview. The Blu-ray and DVD also include an actual operating session on the Pasquinel and a partial cab ride around the layout.

A Day in Silverdale on the Western Pacific in HO
Tour the very unusual Silverdale layout, a freelanced Western Pacific layout built by Bruce Kingsley. Silverdale is packed with details that reflect the grime and wear of the little industrial town in 1961. Bruce also built his own locomotive mock-up, from which he can actually operate a train on the layout and view the town in real-time. We include a story about Silverdale, lots of photos of the town showing off his extreme weathering, and a video of the trains. Also included is a brief video showing us operating a train from the F7 mock-up.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

Order the AT&SF at Cajon Summit and the Southern Pacific on the Great Basin & Pacific on Blu-ray and DVD

Take a Step Back in Time at Cajon Summit
Explore Jon Harrison's unique approach to model railroading on his precise model of Cajon Summit as it was in 1950. You'll see the AT&SF's operations at Summit and the carefully constructed buildings and beautiful scenery he has created on the layout.

Cab Forwards on the Modoc Line
You'll see Southern Pacific's steam locomotives and Gene Neville's Great Basin & Pacific diesels on this freelanced version of the Modoc. You will enjoy seeing the railroad's operations as it serves the lumber industry and hauls a variety of freight through the California desert.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

Dakota & Western Montana and White Pine D&RGW Layout Tours on Blu-ray & DVD

The MRL in Big Sky Country
Dave Mitchell's HO scale Dakota & Western Montana layout models a freelanced short line connecting the MRL and the BNSF main lines in Montana. We focus on the MRL's operations on this modern pike. The D&WM is an interesting mix of mainline running and switching and includes beautiful scenery and two cities. Lots of footage and photographs of the layout are on the video, as well as a creative story as we ride along in one of the D&WM's locomotives and experience it firsthand.

Storytelling on the D&RGW
See a freelanced HO scale narrow gauge layout operating the Denver & Rio Grande Western in the late 1940s. Rodney Frey's small layout shows how much railroading can be modeled in HOn3 in a small space, and you will enjoy his exquisite scenery and creativity. We include an interview with Rodney on the Blu-ray and DVD.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

Pacific & Eastern Railway and Ohadi Street Railway Monthly Layout Tour on Blu-ray & DVD

The Failed Pacific & Eastern Lives Again
The Rogue Valley Model Railroaders’ 1980s layout featuring the former Pacific & Eastern of southern Oregon. The club models what the railroad might have been if its story had continued into the 1980s. The large layout is in HO scale and can be visited at the Medford Railroad Park in southern Oregon. We share photographs and video along with the story of the layout and an interview about the layout. We also share a video of a ride on a 7.5" gauge live steamer at the railroad park and an interview about its operations.

Creative Survival in Northern Idaho
Visit the whimsical, freelanced town of Ohadi and its two railroads: the Idaho, British Columbia and Northern Railway and the Ohadi Street Railway. On this 1950s layout, the residents of Ohadi have come up with a clever way to prosper and created a whole new industry to support the local businesses and the railroad. The layout is built by Richard Hutter in On30.

Our monthly Blu-ray/DVD sets feature layouts that we have shared in the magazine, but with much more video and special features.

In-Depth Tour of the Santa Fe Los Angeles Division 3rd District in HO Scale

Come experience the 1950s in Southern California on this Santa Fe route from Los Angeles to San Bernardino. You'll see diesel and steam trains travelling past scenic orange groves, over the Santa Ana River, and through the detailed towns of Placentia, Corona, and Riverside as they travel around the layout. This beautiful layout belongs to Bill Messecar and is in HO scale. We include an actual operating session on the layout and you can join us for a cab ride all around the pike. You'll enjoy the scenery, the variety of trains, and the meticulous detailing of many of the structures on the layout.

Run Time: 80 Minutes

In-Depth Tour of the Milwaukee Road Rocky Mountain Division in HO

Watch the Milwaukee Road traverse the electric portion of the MILW route from Deer Lodge, Montana to Avery, Idaho on Bill Barker's HO scale layout. You'll see Little Joes, Boxcabs, and SD40-2s travelling the route through the Lolo National Forest, and over St. Paul Pass. All of the structures are scratch-built. The mountainous scenes include wildlife and beautiful scenes along the Clark Fork River. This video includes a cab ride around the layout that Bill filmed and shared with us for the DVD.

Run Time: 69 Minutes

In-Depth Tour of the Tenino Western Railroad in N Scale

See how good N scale can look on the Tenino Western Railroad. Tyler Whitcomb's freelanced TWRR is loosely based on the Port Townsend Southern Railroad that operated in western Washington. You will enjoy watching the railroad work line from Olympia to Tenino and west to the Washington coast, hauling varied freight loads and passengers past waterways and verdant, green forests. We include a special photo album of pictures Tyler took before he tore down the layout to start on the TWRR's next chapter.

Run Time: 87 Minutes

MILW Operations in Montana and Shortline Ops on the Black Canyon & Western on Blu-ray + 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.

Heavy MRL Freights Over Mullan Pass and Huge Lash-ups on the Union Pacific Overland Route on Blu-ray + 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 movie includes a cab ride around the layout.

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.

Order Narrow Gauge Shortline Mining and The Southern Pacific in Modoc Country on Blu-ray and DVD

Nevada County Narrow Gauge in O Scale
Visit Dave Clune's proto-freelanced layout based on the Nevada County Narrow Gauge but set in Oregon from 1925-1932. His Cascade County Narrow Gauge is in On3 and is beautifully scenicked. Dave focuses on mining on his pike, which features detailed, scratch-built structures and interesting operations. His steam locomotives are modeled after many of the NCNG's locomotives and the mines and stamp mill are based on prototypical structures from the time period. We think you will enjoy seeing the operations of this impressive layout.

Modoc-Southern Pacific Line in HO Scale
Southern Pacific fans should enjoy Chuck Clark's freelanced Modoc-Southern Pacific Line in HO scale. The layout connects Klamath Falls, Oregon with Winnemucca, Nevada, travelling through much of California. Chuck runs long trains, hauling all sorts of freight and serving various industries on his double-deck layout. The Modoc has an extensive main line and four branch lines, so there are lots of options for switching during operations. The impressive scenery on the Modoc features mountains, forests, and desert along the route as the trains travel the east-west route.

Build a Scratch-Built Shop: Part 2
In this two-part project, we will construct an industrial shop from scratch. The measurements are given in scale feet, so though we build our shop in HO scale it could easily be constructed in another scale. This project is associated with our June and July 2018 editions of Trackside Model Railroading digital magazine.

Two Creative Freelanced Railroads Work Washington State in HO and N

Port Columbia & Eastern Railroad in HO Scale
The freelanced Port Columbia & Eastern Railroad connects the town of Port Columbia on the Columbia River with Waitsburg and Orchard on the east side of Washington. The railroad’s route crosses White Pass. It hauls logs and ore down from the mountains and a variety of other freight along the route. You will see the Port Columbia & Eastern’s own custom-painted locomotives in its striking black and yellow paint scheme as well as other power on the layout. Some of the other railroads we include in our feature are the Milwaukee Road, the Union Pacific, and the Great Northern. We think you will enjoy the scenic layout, which includes an interesting wharf, lots of industry in the cities, and the rivers and forests up in the mountains where the logging line and mines operate. We include photographs, video, and a story of the PC&E.

Pacific Rail & Transportation in N Scale
See Mike Bucy’s Pacific Rail & Transportation in operation. The N scale layout is a freelanced shortline built on a door with an extension. Mike is predominately interested in operations, so he has included seven industries for the railroad to serve and an elevated branch line. The Class III railroad also interchanges with the BNSF. The railroad is nicknamed the PacRaT and has a long history in the fictional Pacific Northwestern town of West Creston. It runs older secondhand power, mostly GP9s and GP38s. We include a short video of the layout along with the photos and the story.

Build a Scratch-Built Shop: Part 1
In this two-part project, we will construct an industrial shop from scratch. The measurements are given in scale feet, so though we build our shop in HO scale it could easily be constructed in another scale.

Order the 1960s Era Mount Hood Railroad and Blue Arrow Lines on Blu-ray and 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.

Order the Great Northern in Stevens Pass and Disasterville in HO on DVD

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 on the DVD.

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. A cab ride on the layout is included.

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 instead of making the whole load.

Order the N Scale Columbia River Gorge and the NP in Stampede Pass on Blu-ray + 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.

Build a Custom Pipe Load: Part 2
The movie includes part 2 of the custom pipe load we started building in the February 2018 edition of the magazine. The pipe load is simple to make and easy enough for new modelers. It is also inexpensive to build.

Order Chasing the SP&S on the Columbia Gorge Lines and the SP's Natron Cutoff Under Construction on Blu-ray + 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 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.

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.

Order the Stoney Creek Southern Railroad and Camas Prairie Railroad on DVD

Stoney Creek Southern Railroad in On30
Visit WWII-era northeastern Tennessee on Lee Bishop’s Stoney Creek Southern Railroad. The freelanced layout is based on a mythical version of history and has ties to the area’s history. It runs East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad power, hauling commuters from Elizabethton to Buladeen and supplying various goods to the towns of Winner, Hunter, and Sadie. Lee is a history buff and enjoys mixing his love of history with his love of modeling, adding many historically appropriate details on the small narrow gauge layout. Lee runs 4-6-0 Baldwins on the layout, which is based in 1943.

Camas Prairie Railroad in HO
The Camas Prairie Railroad operated in northern Idaho and was jointly owned by the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific Railroads. We feature a freelanced version of it this month built in HO scale by the Lewis-Clark Model Railroad Club of Lewiston, Idaho. The club is loosely based from the 1950s to the 1970s and runs a variety of steam and diesel power. Diesel fans will get to see a few newer locomotives that we ran during our visit, as the club is not strict about the era. The layout’s hub is in Lewiston, Idaho, and the line runs east through Cottonwood and up into the Craig Mountains.

Upgrade and Weather a Bulkhead Flatcar
We share the project from our the January 2018 issue of our digital magazine in this movie, which is upgrading and weathering a bulkhead flatcar. We add wooden “boards” over the plastic, molded boards on a flatcar and weather the car to make it worthy of showing off on any layout. This is an easy project that any modeler should be able to complete.