February 2018 Purchase Options
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February 2018 Issue
Digital Magazine Download $2.49
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DVD Video Options
February 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 $24.99 USD
Retail $32.99 USD
DVD Cover and Back
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 121 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 February 2018 Issue
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.