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“Bring it and Brag” – Show off your railroad models – Gateway NMRA Meeting Oct. 20, 2014

The next monthly meeting of the Gateway Division will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in O’Fallon, Illinois. This meeting is a "Bring it and Brag" session. Bring an interesting model or diorama that you built and give a brief presentation ...
Gateway NMRA 2014 Kitbash Contest

Gateway NMRA 2014 Kitbash Contest: Kits Distributed at the June 21 Meeting

Our annual Kitbash Contest kit will be distributed, along with the contest instructions, at the Gateway Division NMRA monthly meeting on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Trinity Church. The kit is an ideal structure kit for kitbashing and is available in HO and N scales....
Ray Jones, 1st Place, Expert

Gateway NMRA 2013 Kitbashing Contest

The “Grandt Line Reese Street Row House” kit was the starting point for the 2013 kitbashing contest. The only restriction placed on the contest model was that the base could not be more than one square foot in area. Here are photos of all the models entered in the contest, and the con...
Dundon on Phil Bonzon's Baltimore & Ohio

Modeling From the Prototype – the Buffalo Creek & Gauley

Welcome to hills and hollers of West Virginia and the 1950s on the B&O and Buffalo Creek & Gauley....
MCoR 2012 Regional Train Show

St. Louis 2012 NMRA MCoR Regional Convention – May 30 to June 3, 2012

The NMRA Mid-Continent Regional convention was hosted by the Gateway Division NMRA on May 30 through June 3, 2012. The event featured clinics, layout and prototype tours, model contests, operating sessions, a train show, and a banquet at the Museum of Transportation....
BC&G Mack Model AC Railbus

Building the BC&G Railbus A

Scratch-building a working HO scale model of a BC&G 1921 Mack Model AC Railbus....
Building the B&O P-7d

Building the B&O P-7d “Cincinnatian” Locomotive

In 1946, four class P-7 Pacifics were streamlined at the B&O Mt. Claire shops for service as P-7d’s on the Cincinnatian train operating between Baltimore and Cincinnati. A brass model has been imported, but since it is beyond my engine budget I choose to build one. This article chroni...
Scratch Building a Stone Arch Viaduct.

Scratch Building a Stone Arch Viaduct – Casting and Construction

Scratch-building an HO scale model of a stone arch viaduct using plaster and a latex rubber mold....