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Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide

Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide

Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide is 84 pages, 15 all-new projects, and 18 free companion videos packed with helpful features and inspiration you can use when building your layout! In this special issue, our experts show you tons of modeling tips, share track plans for HO, N, and On30 layouts, and take you along on some amazing, and inspiring railfan trips.

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i get free video?

What does the well-dressed video producer wear?Levis 505 blue jeans with prototypical weatheringWool socks for working in very cold basementsComfy hiking shoes that have ridden trains in France and EnglandOriginal hand-stitched MR hat prototypeSecond-hand store Hawaiian shirt picked out by wife30+ year-old Timex watch-still ticking!Rickety old director’s chair used at conventions for more than 25 yearsYou bet! In fact, when we created The Ultimate Guide, video was at its heart.You see, we make a lot of video for Model Railroader magazine’s subscription video website, MR Video Plus. And we felt that it was a shame that many of those great topics never make it into print.Video is an incredible tool for explaining how to do things. Seeing how to apply a weathering coat to a boxcar or attach leaves to…

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the awesome mrvp crew

Kent Johnson Associate ProducerJOB: Pretty much directs everything we doFAVE: Shrimp pizzaFACT: Has performed with a Grammy award winning artistBen Lake Associate EditorJOB: Makes everyone else look goodFAVE: Netflix “The Crown”FACT: Not named after Benjamin Lake, Oregon, Minnesota, or ArkansasJenny Maaske Assistant EditorJOB: Edits everything!FAVE: Jalepeño Cheddar CheetosFACT: Has 203 pictures and 39 videos of her cat on her phoneCody Grivno Associate EditorJOB: Cody’s WorkshopFAVE: Johnny Carson reruns - “Heeeere’s Johnny!”FACT: Met wrestlers Baron von Raschke and Jesse “The Body” VenturaDrew Halverson Senior Graphic DesignerJOB: Drew’s Trackside AdventuresFAVE: Snowy OwlsFACT: Named after Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Drew HillGerry Leone Contributing EditorJOB: Off the RailsFAVE: Monty Python & The Holy Grail (he’s seen it, like, 50+ times!)FACT: Lead guitar for an 80’s rock band for 20 yearsCharlie Conway Contributing EditorJOB:…

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a layout your family can live with

So you want to build a railroad, but you’re having a hard time finding dedicated space for a layout room? If that’s your situation, consider building a shadow-box layout, such as our O scale narrow gauge Olympia logging railroad.Our design places a compact model railroad inside a pleasing museum-type display case. When complete, the self-contained layout looks at home in the corner of any office, den, or rec room. And it’s built on wheels, so you can roll it into the room when you want to run trains, and set it against the wall when not in use.Meet OlympiaOur project centers on the fictitious Olympia Logging Co., but follows common industrial narrow gauge railroading practices. It can be set just about anywhere that you would find rugged forested countryside.Olympia’s primary…

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it all goes into the box

Track plan at a glanceName: Olympia Logging Co.Scale: On30 (1:48 narrow gauge)Size: 22” x 78”Minimum radius: NAMinimum turnout: Peco On30 code 100Maximum grade: 6.9 percentHeight: 40”Olympia Logging Co.O scale (1:48)Layout size: phase 1 – 22" x 78"phase 2 – 24" x 78"Scale of plan: 3⁄4" = 1'-0", 6" grid Illustration by Rick Johnson+ Find more plans online in the ModelRailroader.com Track Plan Database.Ingrid, Olympia’s tiny switcher, awaits her next assignment by the water tower. The extra engine, based at the sawmill, eliminates the need for a space-eating runaround track.The plan for our Olympia layout depicts three distinct places, a logging camp, a sawmill, and a junction with a Class-1 railroad.At the top of the hill is the logging camp, which straddles the single-track line. While just the tip of the…

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beautiful benchwork

½" plywoodScale of drawing: 5⁄8"=1 foot© 2018 Kalmbach Publishing Co. Model Railroader Video Plus. This material may not be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher. www.ModelRailroaderVideoPlus.comHoles provide access for the wiring, and scrap pieces of one-by boards support part of the subroadbed.To fit in with the rest of the household, the benchwork for Olympia needs to have a certain furniture quality to it. We made our layout from clear board stock. The frame is made with 1 x 4s, and the cross members are a mix of 1 x 2s and 1 x 4s. The ends of the frame are made from 22" x 32"- ½" plywood end panels. These also form the main supports for the shadowbox, as explained in the next section.We built the legs…

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shadow box and backdrop

David shows off the Olympia’s benchwork and shadow box frame. The plywood end plates have openings to allow for access to the sector plate and future expansion.This view of the back of Olympia shows the .080 styrene backdrop after David and Kent glued it to its support framework of 1 x 2s.The shadow box and its backdrop create the layout’s diorama quality, and it proved fairly easy to make. As shown in the illustration, I used a simple 1 x 2 frame to connect the tops of the plywood end plates. I then faced the front and left end of the layout with 3/16" tempered hardboard and painted it semigloss black.To fill the big blank space in front of the sector plate, I built a display case. The shallow case…