The Santa Fe Tackles Red Rock Country on the Pasquinel Division in HO Scale
You will enjoy impressive lash-ups hauling long freights through scenic red rock vistas in northern Arizona and New Mexico on Jerry Boudreaux’s freelanced AT&SF layout based in 1967. We railfan the Pasquinel and share an interview with Jerry, who is an experienced layout builder. Jerry shares construction techniques he used on the bridges and about his 96” radius curve. We also showcase part of an actual operating session on the layout. A short cab ride on the Pasquinel is included on the movie.
A Day in Silverdale on the Western Pacific in HO Scale
The Western Pacific works the little mythical town of Silverdale, Oregon in 1961 on Bruce Kingsley’s freelanced layout. You will enjoy Bruce’s detailed scenery, including a working wigwag that he built, as well as his beautiful weathering. We also show his custom mockup F7, from which he can operate trains on the layout.
How Three Shortlines Merged to Survive in HO Scale
Watch switching operations on Micky White’s three shortlines running CSX, UP, and BNSF power. The three railroads comprise the White Line Rail Systems and serve communities in Florida, Minnesota, and Washington. We tell the creative history of the railroads and how they merged into one. Micky’s exquisite weathering and detailing adds to the realism as the WLRS works the industries.
West Coast Railroading from Albany, OR to the Coast in HO
See the Corvallis Society of Model Engineers’ Cascade Pacific Railroad, based in Oregon. We railfan UP and SP trains running the former Willamette Valley & Coast line, exploring a little prototype railroad history and enjoying the club’s version of the route. You will be impressed by the CSME’s beautiful scenery at the port and through the steep, rocky terrain of the Coast Range. A cab ride on the layout is included.
Deep in the Western Pacific’s Feather River Route in HO Scale
See the Western Pacific working the Feather River Route in northern California. Jim Pendley’s WP layout includes the steep Feather River Canyon and the Keddie Wye, as well as part of the Highline. On the movie, the railroad works its line through the Sierra Nevada Mountain range from the 1960s until shortly before the UP merger in 1983. You’ll see the Zephyr passenger train and the WP’s freights, including the Ford Fast, working alongside GN, BN, and UP power over the years. The movie includes a creative ride-along aboard a WP auto train and a cab ride on the layout.
Agricultural Deal Saves the BN’s Freedom Valley Branch in HO
Enjoy Bob Daschofsky’s freelanced Freedom Valley, a branch line belonging to the Burlington Northern that operates in the early 1970s after the BN merger. Learn how the branch line creatively brainstormed a new revenue stream to ensure its future in Washington State.
The UP and SP Work the N Scale Kokomo Junction
The freelanced Kokomo Junction Railroad works the scenic Kokomo Valley of eastern Washington, operating secondhand UP and SP power from way back in the steam era all the way up to the modern SD70ACe. The little railroad is building historic excursion trains with a Challenger and a Big Boy and is busy serving the valley. You’ll enjoy owner John Pettigrew’s ambitious plan for the shortline and you’ll see the KJRR’s unusual trains at work hauling freight across the Kokomo Valley.
Union Pacific’s La Grande Subdivision in N Scale
Railfan Union Pacific trains as they climb the grades of the Blue Mountains on the railroad’s La Grande Subdivision in northeastern Oregon. Bill Arseneau’s N scale layout of the subdivision is based in the 1980s and 1990s and features long trains hauled by mostly SD40-2s. You’ll see the multi-unit lash-ups tackle the steep grades and you’ll get a chance to see the Amtrak Pioneer as it travels through.
AT&SF-Peavine Division in HO
Enjoy seeing the Santa Fe’s operations on John Dulaney’s AT&SF-Peavine Division. The HO scale layout operates from 1963-1975. The line includes his version of the Peavine Line heading up from Phoenix, Arizona as well as part of the Santa Fe’s transcontinental route over the steep, forested San Francisco Peaks. You’ll see freight trains at work in Flagstaff, Drake, Ennis, and up on the Clarkdale Branch. In an interview, John shares details about how he operates the layout. A cab ride around the layout is included.
TCM Railroad in HO Scale
See various (mostly pre-BN merger) railroads working the Tri-City Model Railroaders’ modular HO scale layout. You will enjoy the highly detailed scenes on the layout’s freelanced version of eastern Washington. Both steam and diesel motive power is featured running mainline trains through freelanced Kennewick, Highland, and the Columbia River Gorge. A cab ride following a train around the layout is included.
Kootenay & Northern Transportation, Limited in HO
Experience Canadian railroading across two eras on Phil Miller’s HO scale Kootenay & Northern Transportation, Limited. You’ll enjoy Phil’s gorgeous scenery of British Columbia and Alberta as you watch the standard gauge 1970s and narrow gauge 1950s trains work the layout. You’ll see the NAR, BC Rail, CN, and the freelanced Kaslo & Sandon, which runs leased power from the RGS. The K&NTL feature includes railfanning video of ops, the story of the layout, and some prototype history. It also includes a cab ride around part of the layout.
Yakima Valley Railroaders in HO Scale
See three railroads serving the Yakima Valley from the 1970s-90s: the Milwaukee Road, Burlington Northern/BNSF, and the Union Pacific. You’ll see mainline running and switching on the freelanced club layout, which features busy industrial scenes and some of the Yakima area’s agriculture. A cab ride around the layout is included on the movie.
Washo & Wind Gapp Railroad in Sn3
Explore the freelanced WWG, an S scale shortline built by Bruce Hanley that runs RGS and D&RGW leased power. The railroad serves the hard rock mines of southwestern Colorado in about 1930. We share a walkthrough interview with Bruce about the layout, the creative history of how the WWG was born, and a ride up to the mines on a train. You will enjoy his detailed, beautifully scenicked model of this Depression-era shortline in the San Juan Mountains.
Tribute to Seattle in N Scale
See Jet Jordan’s freelanced N scale pike of Seattle, Washington. He has modeled many of Seattle’s unique vehicles and structures on the layout, which is based in the early 2000s. He models the railroads appropriate for Seattle in that era: the Union Pacific, BNSF, and Amtrak’s Sounder, as well as the Eastside Freight Railroad, a local shortline. An interview with Jet is included on the movie.
Rio Grande Southern in S
See Bill Busacca’s beautiful S scale model of the Rio Grande Southern in the 1940s. He models the central third of the RGS’ route (from Rico to Dolores). You’ll learn a little history of the prototypical railroad as well as how Bill built his model of it and enjoy seeing lumber, passenger, tank, and manifest trains work the line. Bill shares about the construction and features of the layout in a walkaround tour. A video aboard one of his trains traveling around the layout is included on the movie.
Franklin Ridge Lines in HO
You’ll enjoy the creative history of the town of Franklin Ridge and its freelanced shortline, which is based in the North Cascades in Washington State. The highly detailed 1940s-era layout was built for Barry Franklin by Progressive Model Design (child company of CIRCUITRON). We share footage of the railroad at work as well as photos from PMD of the layout during construction. Included on the movie is a creative cab ride video around the layout.
Woodinville Subdivision in HO
Tour the BN’s Eastside Beltline in western Washington State on Brian Elchlepp’s HO scale layout based in the 1980s. You’ll enjoy Brian’s creative modeling of three towns on the small switching layout. The Woodinville Sub feature includes some of the history of the line, a walkthrough at the layout with Brian, and video of the trains at work. We also share a brief ridealong aboard one of the locals on the layout.
Wall to Wall Railroad
This Oregon shortline by Leo Wall is a freelanced HO scale layout that is struggling to make it through the fuel shortage. It’s based in the 1960s-1970s and runs mostly leased power from a variety of railroads. You’ll enjoy the creative story of the Wall to Wall as you railfan the trains. The story includes some prototype railroad history and history of Albany, Oregon, as well as the mythical story of the WWRR and its challenges.
Flathead Valley Branch of the Canadian Pacific in HO
Explore the beautifully modeled, mythical town of Jerome, British Columbia, Canada on Gerry Yurkoski’s freelanced “what if” version of history. We share the creative history of how the CPR built the branch line and how the town began. Watch CP Rail serve Jerome as of 1963. The Flathead Valley Branch feature includes an interview with Gerry, railfanning video, and a cab ride on the layout.
Kettle Valley Model Railway in HO
See the Canadian Pacific’s Kettle Valley Division, a line built through rugged southern British Columbia to haul ore out of the mines. You’ll see the CPR work the former KVR route, hauling trains along the steep, mountainous grades. The model is part of a museum inside the S.S. Sicamous, a stern wheeler used by the CPR on Okanagan Lake. The feature includes railfanning on the beautiful layout, a bit of history of the line, and a partial cab ride.
Washington Northern Railroad - Port Andrews Tideflats District in HO
Visit the Olympic Peninsula on Kevin Klettke’s freelanced Washington Northern. You’ll learn the story of how the railroad was founded and how it operates today (as of 1995), as well as some prototype history in the area. Kevin’s switching railroad is beautifully modeled and sure to inspire.
Central Okanagan Railway Company in HO
You’ll enjoy the freelanced story of the CORC, which owns the former Kettle Valley Railway line in southern B.C., Canada and works closely with CP Rail. Railfan the transition-era layout with us as we travel between Coquihalla Pass and Nelson, enjoying the sights. This feature also includes a cab ride.
Southern Pacific in Oregon in HO
See Stan Schmidt’s freelanced version of the SP in Oregon. You’ll enjoy an informal interview with Stan, learn the creative story behind the pike, and see his captivatingly beautiful structures and cityscapes on this urban layout based from the 1940s-1960s.
Big Turn & Southern Railway Narrows Division in N
Come see the freelanced BT&S shortline work the Neosho Valley in Oklahoma, serving coal mines in the 1960s. This beautiful little N scale railroad is modeled by Walker Embry. You’ll enjoy the creative history of the railroad: its hopeful origins and its decline. You’ll see both BT&S and leased M-K-T locomotives at work on the detailed little pike. In an onsite interview, Walker shares about the layout and its innovative construction. You don’t want to miss this little gem!
Eastern Washington Pacific RR in O
Learn how this freelanced shortline pulled out of hardship by utilizing a creative agreement with the Class 1s (UP and BNSF) in eastern Washington State. The EWP is modeled by Mike Bennette in 3-rail O scale with impressive scenery. You’ll enjoy seeing the railroad’s creative passenger line and learning about the railroad. A cab ride around the layout is included (with a train chasing the camera).