What is Trackside Model Railroading

Trackside Model Railroading is a monthly digital magazine that started in 2013 and covers the hobby of model trains. We aim to bring you the very best in layout coverage from some of the best model railroaders in the industry. We cover all fine scale railroads including N, TT, HO, S, O and indoor G. Modelers who enjoy the art of model railroading and not just one specific scale will enjoy the magazine. Seeing the work of others allows you to see what is possible and can give you new ideas for your own model railroad.

Imagery is one of our strengths at Trackside, and we share quite a few pictures of the layouts. Each Premium digital magazine includes two layouts which we have traveled to and photographed extensively. There are about 25-50 images per layout in the Premium Magazine, so you get to see many different scenes. With the HD Retina edition, you can zoom in at 600 percent if you wish while still maintaining a clear image on most screens. We want readers to feel that they have experienced a thorough tour of each layout we feature.

As of September 2016 we started a new Free Edition of our popular magazine, mostly to introduce model railroading to a new generation of modelers. We believe the best way to keep this hobby alive and active is by giving the youth a chance to see what is possible when you put your mind to it. Kids of all ages will enjoy our content as they will get to see high quality work from many talented modelers. We hope to capture the imaginations of the youth and show them that model railroading can be fun and rewarding. For a limited time you can download September 2016 and the October 2016 Free Edition to see what we give away monthly. Please Note: Mobile devices download only and will not be display on screen until you launch the file. You will find the magazine in your download folder on the device. Your phone or tablet should also notify you of the file in the pull down draw of your device until viewed.

You can sign up below with your email address or through our social connection using Facebook or Google. We will email you when new content is available and explain how to download it. Our Free Edition features the same exact layouts that are included in the Premium Edition, but will only have 7-12 smaller images per layout with about 8-10 minutes of HD video.

Unlike our Premium Edition magazines which are downloadable forever, the Free Edition is available for 3 months and then is removed from our servers. Once you have downloaded the magazine to your device it will still open and read forever. The videos are not removed, allowing you to go back and enjoy the trains running whenever you want to see them. You can sign up for a free account with the button below and access the magazines through the "My Account" page where you will find the green button just like below that says:

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Some of the recurring features for the magazine are:


We feature two layouts per month, covering all scale sizes. Some featured layouts will be club-owned, as we wish to promote club involvement and interest in the hobby of model railroading. Each layout will have a story and photographs, as well as some video of the layout in action. The photographs will be dominant, as we believe they are vital to conveying the quality and feel of a layout. We also want to include enough photographs that you feel you have experienced a good tour, so we frequently show around 30 photos of a layout.

Here are some examples of layout images that we have featured:

Kevin Klettke Washington Northern RR WN612 6451

Kevin Klettke's
Washington Northern

Pilchuck Division of the BNSF Al Frasch SF5058 339

Al Frasch's
Pilchuck Division of the BNSF

Everett & Monte Cristo Railway Didrick Voss No2 7821

Didrik Voss'
Everett & Monte Cristo Railway

Bill Messecar Santa Fe Los Angeles Division 3rd District

Bill Messecar's
Santa Fe Los Angeles Division 3rd District

Jeff Nichols Northern Pacific Tacoma Division NP6507 2049

Jeff Nichols'
Northern Pacific Tacoma Division

JJ Johnston Puget Sound Iron Goat Railway No82 1684 Jtwice

JJ Johnston's
Puget Sound Iron Goat Railway


We will also feature how-to articles with photos or illustrations. Some of these will be very basic, for the benefit of new modelers, but we will include more advanced how-to articles from time to time. These will include many topics, including scenery techniques, basic layout construction, weathering, and many more. We try to be original and offer new ideas to inspire the reader.

Here are some examples of how-to projects we have featured in the magazine:

Weathered CP Rail Closeup Model Train 0598


Rice Bulb Lighting Voltage Regulated Circuit for Model Railroads

Voltage Regulator for Rice Bulbs

HO Scale Model Train Cattails How To


In Case You Missed It

Most model railroading enthusiasts are interested in the prototype and current events. We will include a short feature on current newsworthy events that catch our attention.

Along the Rails

We feature images from our readers in this section of the magazine. Submit your own images of your models in action to enter the contest.

New Products Coming Out

We will highlight a few new products from different manufacturers in various scales.

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