Model Railroad Planning 2021

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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6 min
graduation day

For 25 years and counting, Model Railroad Planning has been offering what we believe has been good advice from some of the hobby’s most experienced and respected modelers. Our goal, and theirs, was very simple. We wanted to enhance your enjoyment of our hobby in two ways: first, by providing an annual magazine that was not only informative but also entertaining; and second, by inspiring you to learn more about full-size railroading and thereby be able to build and operate more realistic model railroads. Why reinvent the wheel? In this issue, we offer you something very special: a chance to see what happens when you’ve paid close attention to the teachings of the masters and have produced a model railroad that, when photographed by yet another master of the art, portrays…

21 min
a mountain railroad designed for industrial switching

This story starts more than 25 years ago. I was lying on the couch on a Saturday afternoon when my wife said, “You need a hobby. Why don’t you build a model railroad like you used to do in high school?” Neither she, nor I, had any idea how far this idea would lead. The initial railroad was 5 x 13 feet in a spare bedroom. It featured two ovals, one for each child; a bit of a yard; a few small industries; and some Appalachian mountain scenery reflecting my youth living in Virginia. Early on, I started attending National Model Railroad Association Pacific Coast Region conventions. A number of the railroads on the layout tours were simply awe-inspiring. I could see the limitations of the railroad I was building and began…

1 min
layout lighting

Layout lighting was installed when the RV garage was originally converted into a train room. Since I didn’t know the final design at that point, I had the electrician install 15 troughs recessed into the drop ceiling roughly over where I believed the aisles would be. Each trough held three 4-foot fluorescent tubes for a total of 45 fluorescent lights in the 930-square-foot train room. The lighting was adequate, but there were a couple of issues. First, because the troughs were four feet apart, the layout lighting was uneven. The difference was subtle; some areas appeared to be in full sunshine, other areas under a bit of a cloud. The second issue was that I felt we needed more light in the room to help our aging eyes during operating sessions. I was…

6 min
a different approach to modeling the santa fe

When my wife, Jenny, and I decided in the fall of 2017 to sell our house of 47 years and move into a retirement community, that meant the Argentine Industrial District Ry. would be dismantled. At age 80, I had no plans to build another railroad. I decided to give away or sell everything. Some 700 freight cars, 25 locomotives, and numerous structures and all support materials were disposed of in about two months. We moved to the retirement community in January 2018. By then, I’d accepted the reality that I’d built my last railroad. But then something surprising occurred when in July, Jenny asked me whether I thought we could find a house in Prairie Village, as she missed living in our own home. We began looking, and to our…

14 min
boston & maine’s cheshire branch

I don’t remember when I first met Jim Dufour. We are both long-time members of the Rutland RR Historical Society, and I’m pretty sure it was at one of their annual conventions. Jim started a website called “Remembering the Rutland” in 1998 that focused on modeling the Rutland. Mike Sparks and I were building a layout based on the Rutland [see “Resurrecting a New England classic,” Model Railroad Planning 2016 – Ed.], and we started corresponding regularly with Jim and got together annually at Rutland conventions. We hit it off quickly, as we had the same philosophies of prototype modeling and a real appreciation for and enjoyment of the Rutland. Jim is a gregarious fellow and easily makes friends in the hobby. His website was a great resource for Rutland modelers…

10 min
lots of staging – or none at all?

More and more model railroads are being built with operation in mind. And to operate, you have to have staging tracks, an area where trains originate or end their runs. In fact, there’s a saying in the hobby to the effect that you can’t have too much staging. Is that true? Well, not necessarily, especially if there’s limited space, say for just a shelf running a few feet along a wall. If that’s all you have to work with, don’t devote that space to train storage. So let’s talk about staging. Locating staging Larger layouts supporting time freights and passenger trains depicting movements require locations to park, or stage, trains. Local freights often don’t require that sort of support. For those building big layouts in large spaces, a frequent downside is staging is…