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Model Railroading 101 Class at the Museum of Transportation

“Model Railroading 101” Class at the Museum of Transportation

On December 16, 2017 the Gateway Division hosted their first “Model Railroading 101” class open to the public at the Museum of Transportation. Greg Gramlich demonstrated how to build a simple layout using Bachmann EZ-Track on a 42"x60” piece of 2" thick extruded foam board. The hands-...
Iron Spike Model Train Museum HO Layout

Iron Spike Model Train Museum in Washington, Missouri

Members of the Gateway Division NMRA and St. Louis NRHS recently visited the Iron Spike Model Train Museum. The museum was established in 2016 to honor and preserve the railroad heritage of the Midwest. This dream of a few model train enthusiasts, with the support of dedicated volunte...
Enhance Your Atlas Flex-Track with End Tie Sections

Enhance Your Atlas Flex-Track with End Tie Sections

Atlas now has a different way to finish your HO scale code 83 flex-track ends. Atlas #598 "Wood End Tie Sections" (also available for "concrete" flex-track) slide on the end of the flex-track after 3/4" of ties have been removed (4 ties). It uses the same end tie design as sectional t...
Wildwood (St. Louis) Hobby Manufacturer 3D Prints Detail Parts

Wildwood (St. Louis) Hobby Manufacturer 3D Prints Detail Parts

Jack and Ellen Bray started JEB Mfg., LLC about 4 years ago to create "what is not being made that people want" and "things that are not made anymore" using 3D printing. He started with one 3D printer and added another with a smaller nozzle for detail parts. The models are made in O, ...
Gary Hoover's HO Scale Santa Fe Model Railroad

Gary Hoover’s Layout Transformation: Santa Fe to N&W – Gateway NMRA Meeting Sept. 18, 2017

The next monthly meeting of the Gateway Division will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in West St. Louis County. Gary Hoover will present a clinic on why and how he changed his layout from the Santa Fe in 1951 to the N&W in the mid-50s. Slides will...
Gregor Moe Hidden Turnout Controls

Hidden In Plain Sight

When Gregor Moe relocated from St. Louis to Chatham some modules from his original layout moved with him. For this module he extended the scenery on both sides of the original trackwork, and hid the slide-switch turnout controls within the new highly-detailed scenery....
White Castle Window Scene on Gregor Moe's HO Layout

A Happy Little (Structure Detail) Accident

Gregor Moe's Salt Creek and Western/Chicago Great Western HO scale model railroad is filled with hundreds of beautiful structures and miniature scenes. Unfortunately, he accidently broke the window in his Dubuque White Castle while handling the model. Instead of just replacing the gla...
Hank Kraichely’s HO Scale Burlington Route Hannibal Division

Hank Kraichely’s HO Scale Burlington Route Hannibal Division

Hank’s double-deck layout depicts the St. Louis to Hannibal portion of the CB&Q Railroad’s northbound main known as the “K” Line along with interchanges, a branchline, and lots of online industries....
Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan's Paint Store

Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan’s Paint Store

Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan's Paint Store is the latest addition to my collection of pre-assembled buildings. A warm white LED illuminates the first floor showroom featuring a nice pre-printed interior. Perfect for almost any era, the dripping paint bucket sign, architectural deta...
Dave Lyon's Downe & Audt Line HO Model Railroad

Dave Lyon’s Downe & Audt Line HO Model Railroad

Dave Lyon’s HO scale Downe & Audt Line Railroad was part of the layout tour for the 2016 Gateway NMRA Train Show. These photos were taken during the tour. The layout started in one 12'x22' room and later expanded into a 7'x14' portion of the adjoining room through a tunnel in the wall...
Menard's HO Scale Lighted Hobby Shop

Menard’s HO Scale Lighted Hobby Shop

Preassembled model railroad structures have gained in popularity with more and more modelers as a way to scenic layouts faster. Menard's Hobby Shop is a nice addition to any town scene....
David Lowell’s Scratchbuilt Best of Show Avenue Tower

David Lowell’s Scratchbuilt Best of Show Avenue Tower

David Lowell’s HO scale scratchbuilt Avenue Tower won Best of Show at the 2016 Gateway Division NMRA model contest, receiving an NMRA merit judged score of 118 points. This beautiful online structure has an equally detailed and beautiful interior....