80 years at Webster Groves
by Kenneth Rimmel
The St. Louis & San Francisco Ry. (Frisco) called the station Webster Groves, but the local community called it Shady Side, after a nearby neighborhood. Today, the railroad depot at 8833 Big Bend Boulevard in St. Louis County, Mo., is the last depot remaining out of the five that once stood along the Frisco within the city of Webster Groves. It’s also one of only two remaining depots out of about two dozen on this rail line in St. Louis County.
Midwestern scenery basics
by Pelle Søeborg
For me, modeling scenery is the most rewarding phase of building a model railroad. It’s especially rewarding when people recognize a scene on my layout as a place that they’ve been, even though the modeled scene is completely fictional. Featured in the May 2017 issue, my HO scale Union Pacific Daneburg Subdivision may not be a model of a specific prototype location, but I’ve done my best to make sure the layout scenery captures the flavor of a Midwestern landscape.
85 and still alive
by Hal Miller
Readers of Model Railroader have been introduced to thousands of layouts in the magazine’s 85 years. One of the first to debut – and to meet its demise – was founder Al Kalmbach’s O scale Great Gulch, Yahoo Valley & Northern.
Last ride on the Ohio Southern
by Jim Hediger, senior editor
Though most people are familiar with my HO scale Ohio Southern (OS) as presented here, I built my first iteration of the OS on a 5 x 9-foot table when I was in junior high school.
The Ultimate Guide 2019
102 Realistic Track Plans
Bringing large scales indoors
This 31x34 foot model railroad re-creates the Rio Grande Southern in 1:20.3
By Lou Sassi
How to build a working coal tower
This O scales structure adds interest to a compact model railroad
A place on the Pennsy, circa 1955
A rural Pennsylvania setting showcases meticulously detailed locomotives, rolling stock, and stuctures
By Paul J. Dolkos
Sketchup for backdrops
Once you have a 3-D computer model, these steps can turn it into a realistic background image
By Alex Marchand
New York Central River Division in HO scale
This 11 x 30-foot track plan replicates the action of the West Shore Line in the 1950s
By Robert Sprague
Two for the price of one
With the addition of a birth of wood and a few details, a Banta Modelworks O scale kit yielded a house and an ice shack
By Bob Bennett
Planning a realistic freight car fleet
How to balance car types, road names, weathering, and detail.
By Dominic Bourgeois
From the Sierras to the Valley
The Roseville Roundhouse Model Railroad Club has been running trains for more than 40 years
By Ken Kilby
Freelancing an Appalachian short line
Coal country scenes highlight the HO scale Greenville & Ohio RR
By Jack Varadi
A business for Main Street
Windows salvaged from a Walthers/Life-Like Kit proved to be the key to completing the Mankin-Cox Building
By John Brown
Build a small rail-served dairy
This S scale structure was built with old-school techniques
By Brooks Stover
Stretching structure proportions
Doubling the length and/or width produces a more realistic footprint
By Tony Koester
Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide 2020 features all-new content covering 12 of the latest projects created exclusively from Model Railroader Video Plus accompanied with 15+ videos, track plans and layouts to enhance the experience. Discover how-to stories, behind the scenes information and timely modeling techniques all in this 84-page special issue.
This 84-page special issue covers:
- A Roadmap to Signature Scenes: Popular Model Railroader author Tony Koester shares some of his tips for planning realistic model railroads.
- Digital Command Control Consisting Guidebook: Dana Kawala provides a step-by-step guide to consisting (running locomotives grouped together) using many of the popular Digital Command Control systems available on the North American market.
- Ten Terrific Track Tips: David Popp provides his 10 favorite track laying tips and techniques for modelers to get great results every time when building a layout.
- MRVP Layout Visit: The HO scale Puffer Bridge Lines: Our cover story of a highly detailed layout built by Model Railroader author, Seth Puffer.
- And more!