November 2023 Trackside Model Railroading Digital Magazine

Amtrak on Multiple Layouts

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HO Scale


Cardboard Webbing

In this Month's Issue

The History and Phases of Amtrak Modeled
Come explore Amtrak with Trackside! Our main feature is an article about Amtrak, including its history, motive power, and paint schemes. We share prototype photos plus photos from multiple layouts showing Amtrak modeled during different eras. We also include an interview with Mike McGinley, a retired railroad civil engineer. He shares some personal insights about Amtrak and some modeling points. Mike has modeled Amtrak in different eras on his HO scale Southwestern Pacific and we share photos and videos of his modeling in the feature.

Freelanced Early 1900s On30
This short feature shares photos of Chuck Ricketts' freelanced Sherwood, Shelton & Sarazen Railroad in On30. The layout is based in the early 1900s.

Constructing a Webbed Cardboard Scenery Base
Step-by-step instructions to build a webbed cardboard base for scenery on your layout. Each step includes a photograph for clarity. This project is easy enough for newer modelers.

Mike McGinley's HO Scale Layout

Chuck Ricketts' On30 Layout