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Plan Your Model Railroad with XTrkCAD – Gateway NMRA Meeting September 19, 2016

The next monthly meeting of the Gateway Division will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in West St. Louis County. Jeremy Janzen will demonstrate the computer-aided drafting program called XTrkCAD. This free computer software can help you plan your n...
Clinics at the Nov. 7, 2015 Train Show

Gateway NMRA Announces Clinics at the Nov. 7, 2015 Train Show

Make sure to attend these clinics which are part of the 2015 Gateway NMRA St. Louis Train Show on Saturday, November 7, 2015....
New and Updated GatewayNMRA.org Website

New and Updated GatewayNMRA.org Website Now Online

After nine months and hundreds of hours of work, I am proud to announce that the new GatewayNMRA.org website is now online. This major update is the third version of the GatewayNMRA.org website, and represents the site's second major revision in it's fifteen-year history....
Making Inexpensive Paper Buildings

Tricks for Tracks – Making Inexpensive Paper Buildings

A recent Gateway NMRA meeting clinic on making paper buildings intrigued me enough to try it. Here are my first impressions using this new option for adding structures to my model railroad....
Turn Your PowerPoint Clinic Into A YouTube Video

Turn Your PowerPoint Clinic Into A YouTube Video

Learn step-by-step how to take your PowerPoint clinic presentation and make it into a high-definition YouTube video using PowerPoint 2010 (or 2013) and an audio recording of your clinic narration. Whether your need is lecture or presentation capture (live events and clinics), video po...
Word Processor Custom Decals

Word Processor Custom Decals

A big problem when you freelance your own railroad is how to get the decals you need for your rolling stock. Although many vendors offer custom decal services, most have a substantial minimum order and design service charges. This is “ok” when ordering lettering for your home road, si...

Easy Vintage Window Signs and Posters

Inexpensive model railroad building detailing tips and tricks....
Custom Building Signs With Your Computer

Make Custom Building Signs With Your Computer

We assembled the Walthers Cornerstone "Lakeside Shipping" 933-3084 kit as two separate buildings on the History Museum layout. Only one problem - the roof of the warehouse section had a notch out of it to fit the other building in this kit. Trying to match and patch the roof would tak...
Computers and Model Railroading

Computers and Model Railroading

Ways to use your computer to enhance your model railroading....
Taking Stock for Now and Later

Taking Stock for Now and Later

Developing a comprehensive inventory of a model railroad's inventory - cars, engines, structures, details, books, and tools - serves a number of purposes, for the present, for protection, and for your estate....
Software Index as a Modeling Tool

Software Index as a Modeling Tool (Or, Where Was That Article?)

If you are all at like me you have several years of back issues of one, two, three or more model railroad magazines. Some of us I am sure have them neatly stored and catalogued while others use the archeological filing system; a pile of magazines stacked and waiting for the dig to beg...