February 2018 Washington Side of the Columbia Gorge Lines and Oregon & California Railway

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The two layout features this February are:
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club’s
Columbia Gorge Lines

Bill Baker’s
Southern Pacific’s Natron Cutoff

Model Railroad Layouts in February 2018 Trackside MR Digital Download

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 60×70 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 or 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.) 36

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.

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.

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Washington Side of the Columbia Gorge Lines

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