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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....
Gateway Central XV HO Scale Switching Model Railroad

Gateway Central XV HO Scale Switching Model Railroad

Our 15th project railroad has a number of differences from our previous model railroad layouts. The other project railroads were given away each year, we plan to keep this one (at least for a few years). The other project railroads had a loop in the plan so the trains could go round a...
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 2

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 2

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, teaches you simple how-to techniques to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. This episode discusses building train table benchwork....
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 3

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 3

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, teaches you simple how-to techniques to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. This episode discusses additional train table benchwork topics....
Layout Access Gate on the Webster Groves & Fenton

Build A Layout Access Gate

The key to building a successful model railroad layout access gate is in the design and construction....
Gateway Central X Model Railroad - Design Concept to Finished Layout

Gateway Central X Model Railroad – Design Concept to Finished Layout

My goal with this layout was to create a "big time railroading" feel in only 4'x6'. I wanted lots of switching possibilities, a downtown city look, and continuous running. I used large city buildings to divide this layout into separate scenes without the need for a scenic background d...
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Prototype Railroading and a Freelance Railroad

Designing a freelance model railroad with heavy Rock Island influence....
Modern Train Yard

Freight Yards: What Are All Those Tracks?, Part II

The role of transfer yards. Some of the loads and empties received will not be forwarded to another city. In any train there will be cars which have reached their final destination. Some of these cars must be delivered to other roads for final delivery, some are empties being returned...
Modern Train Yard

Freight Yards: What Are All Those Tracks?

A major yard facility looks very confusing but there is a purpose behind each and every track within the yard limits and that purpose helps to determine location, access and size for each track....
HO scale module showing backdrop.

Oh, No! Not Another Module Article

Detailed information on constructing HO scale modules....