Model Railroad Planning 2017

Build Your Best Model Railroad layout with proven track plans, design ideas and expert advice. Model Railroad Planning 2019 is back with more small and mid-size layouts along with doable how-to projects. Featured stories include: • A compact HO layout depicting the Delaware & Hudson in the Alco Century era greets guests at a New York state B&B. • An HO tribute to the Akron, Canton & Youngstown, which provided a bridge route from the East to Midwest. • A superbly crafted multi-deck layout in O scale of the Louisville & Nashville during the steam era. • An L-shape N and HO switching railroad showcases the Southern Pacific in Oregon. • And much more!

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4 min
modeling from a model

Modelers who are relatively new to the hobby need all the help they can get. Both railroading and model railroading are complex topics, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed as one tries to learn about various scales, eras, control systems, brands, nomenclature, and so on. Imitating someone else’s work they admire is usually helpful, and we do our best to share examples of outstanding model railroads in Model Railroad Planning, often at an early stage. Even dragging home a 4 x 8-foot sheet of plywood fosters the early conversion from reading about our hobby to actively participating in it. That said, I’ve previously cautioned against plopping a large sheet of plywood in the middle of the room, like a Ping-Pong table, as access is typically required on all four sides. You…

16 min
shortline terminal modeling a busy

The Tar Branch During my time at Model Railroader and now at Model Railroader Video Plus, photos have proven to be my greatest source of inspiration for designing and building new layouts – and often as not, a single picture is all it’s taken to get the ball rolling. Therefore it’s not surprising that it was a photograph, or at least a small file-folder full of them, that gave the HO scale Winston-Salem Southbound layout its start. I’d never heard of the “Southbound,” as the locals called it, until I’d found the photos. But it didn’t take much digging to realize that this railroad would make an ideal modeling subject. It covered a single region, served a variety of industries, had a fair amount of traffic, owned a varied roster of locomotives,…

2 min
southbound engine fleet

The Southbound ran a variety of locomotives, some cast off by the Norfolk & Western and the Atlantic Coast Line and some bought directly by the railroad. From the 1930s to the ’50s, it kept a stable of six or seven steam engines at any one time, including 2-8-0s, 4-8-0s, and 2-8-2s. Baldwin built most of the engines. The biggest engine the railroad ever owned was no. 400 – an N&W class Z1b 2-6-6-2. The engine was acquired in 1941 and pulled a Southboundrecord 107-car train from Winston-Salem to Wadesboro during World War II.The engine was retired and scrapped in 1952. The line hung on to steam longer than most, largely due to the influence of the N&W, but finally replaced steam in the spring of 1957 with four brand new Electro-Motive…

1 min
a great read

Although not specifically about the Tar Branch, David P. Morgan wrote a delightful story about the Winston-Salem Southbound for the March 1957 Trains magazine. “Southbound behind steam” chronicles a typical night for the crew of WSS scheduled freight No. 209 on its run from the Norfolk & Western’s North Winston Yard down the line to its end at Wadesboro, N.C. The article paints a romantic picture of steam railroading in its final days and provides some wonderful historic details about the WSS itself. Many of the photos from the feature were some of the first images I found in the folder here in our library.…

7 min
building the southbound

Part of the fun of my job is that I not only get to come up with new ideas for layouts, but I also get to build some of them. In 2015, the regular MR Video Plus crew and I set to work building the HO scale Winston-Salem Southbound layout, the plan for which is featured on page 11. The railroad uses standard L-girder benchwork, built with clear pine boards and 1 ⁄2" plywood subroadbed. I like the flexibility L-girder construction offers, as the joists and supports can be moved if they interfere with under-layout features, such as switch motors. This style of benchwork also makes it easy to build curved edges, such as the gentle arc that runs along the back of the layout. Much of this piece of the prototype…

9 min
it’s done with mirrors!

On my HO Virginia & Western RR, I placed a high priority on fully developed scenery in addition to reliable operations. I wanted the scenery to complement both high-stepping Northerns on crack passenger trains and articu lated steam engines struggling to haul coal out of the Blue Ridge Mountains down to tidewater. I was fortunate to have a 26 x 44-foot basement that accommodated long mainline runs on a point-topoint railroad. As in most basements, there were those inevitable obstructions that got in my way during layout construction: heating systems, waste pipes, electrical boxes, and worst of all the columns that hold up the house. I planned around many of these objects with judicious track location and creative scenery. But I found that in some situations, mirrors could be placed directly next…