August 2021 Trackside Model Railroading Digital Magazine

Gil Freitag and Ray Tower

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HO Scale


HO Scale


Three methods to weather rust on rolling stock, locomotives, and structures.

In the September 2021 Issue

Mountain Railroading on Gil Freitag's Stony Creek & Western in HO
You will love Gil Freitag's impressive HO scale railroad, which is a freelanced layout based in Colorado and Utah in about 1956. The Stony Creek & Western layout has been in regular operation since the 1960s and has undergone many expansions and improvements in that time. You'll learn the story of the railroad (which is a subsidiary of the Santa Fe) and you'll enjoy seeing the expansive, mountainous scenes that Gil built for the SC&W. Come check out Gil's craftsmanship. This feature includes an interview with Gil and Virginia Freitag's so Gilbert; model railroading is a family affair for the Freitags.

Hoosier Heritage: Nickel Plate & Pennsy Railroads in the 1950s in HO
Enjoy a short tour of Ray Tower's freelanced layout based in Indiana. He models the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (the "Nickel Plate") and the Pennsylvania Railroad (or the "Pennsy").

Three Methods to Weather Rust
We show you three different ways to create rust on your rolling stock, structures, and motive power. The examples are in HO and N scale, but the project can be completed in any scale.

Gil Freitag and Ray Tower's HO scale layouts