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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....
John Carty’s Kitbashed and Scratchbuilt Roesch Enamel Range Factory

John Carty’s Kitbashed Roesch Enamel Range Factory

John Carty’s kitbashed Roesch Enamel Range factory won second place in the Online Structures category at the 2016 Gateway Division NMRA model contest and had an NMRA merit judged score of 105. John scratchbuilds intricate interiors using standard wood and plastic stock....
Fall 2016 K-10 Operating Session

Gateway Division NMRA and St. Louis Chapter NRHS K-10 Operating Session

The advertising was not wrong. WOW! What a great time, what a great pike! Thanks to Ron Gawedzinski for setting up this event and Ken Kroschwitz of K-10 Hobbies and his minions who were gracious hosts and literally gave us the run of the railroad. At least twenty NMRA & NRHS members p...
Woodland Scenics Lighted HO Scale Emilio's Italian Restaurant

Woodland Scenics Lighted HO Scale Emilio’s Italian Restaurant

Woodland Scenics Emilio’s Italian Restaurant models a family style restaurant typical of what you would see from the steam era through today. This beautiful structure is the first of their Built-&-Ready® Landmark Structures® to feature their new Just Plug™ Lighting System....
Operations Session on John Schindler's St. Louis Junction Railroad

Fall Division Operations Session on John Schindler’s St. Louis Junction Railroad

Chris Oestreich organized Division operating sessions on John Schindler’s St. Louis Junction Railroad and Bob Johnson's Pseudo-Soo Lines in November. It was a great evening of enjoying fine layouts and the fellowship of others with similar interests. Here are 21 photos from the St. Lo...