April 2018 Purchase Options
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Digital Magazine Download $2.49
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DVD Video Options
April 2018 Magazine on DVD
You can now purchase the magazine on DVD video. The DVDs will include both of the layouts with narrated video of the trains, the narrated articles, and still photos. There will be additional content that is not included in the magazine. The image captions will also be narrated in a video slideshow of the images and the how-to project will be included as well. The DVDs will come with two discs. The first disc is the DVD itself, which you can watch on your television using a topset DVD player. The second disc is a data disc that will have the magazine on it and high definition videos if you want to watch them on your computer.
DVD 2 Disc Set $29.99 USD
Retail $32.99 USD
Disc One for DVD Player:
Video with Photos, Railfan Video, & Narration
This includes both layouts and the how-to project with new content that is not included in the digital magazine.
DVD Run Time: About 80 Minutes
All video is accompanied with narration except cab ride features, which have actual layout sound.
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Appropriate for All Ages
DVD Specs: Format 480/30p for Topset DVD Players
Produced by Trackside Model Railroading™
Disc Two for Computer:
PDF of Magazine
360 Images & Video
Railfan & Cab Ride Videos (No narration)
For the best rate on the DVDs, you can subscribe here to receive them every month. They will ship in the middle of each month and shipping is free in the U.S.
Layouts in the April 2018 Issue
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 with this feature.
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. We include photos of many of the detailed scenes and events, the story of the layout, and video (including a cab ride).
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.