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Winstanley Powerhouse HO Scale Model

John Carty’s Scratchbuilt HO Scale Winstanley Powerhouse

John Carty's scratchbuilt Winstanley Powerhouse won first place in the Online Structures category at the 2015 Gateway Division NMRA model contest....
Havana Transfer HO Scale Coal Dock

David Lowell’s Havana Transfer HO Scale Coal Dock

David Lowell's award winning Havana Transfer coal dock diorama was entered in the 2015 Gateway Division NMRA model contest. This coal dock is one scene on David’s HO scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad which depicts the 121 mile route between Peoria and Taylorville Illinois in t...
Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest Carty

Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest Results

The first annual Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest concluded at the January 21, 2014 division meeting. Tom Trotter, Tim Stout, and John Carty describe the construction of their contest winning models....
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...
Streator Steel Mill Overview

Operations and the Steel Industry

Steel industry rail operations on a model train layout....
Close-up of model railroad stockyard and painted cattle.

Stockyard Upgrades

Techniques for upgrading the appearance of a model railroad stockyard with cattle....
Summer 2009 RPO, Vol 17, No 2

The Summer 2009 Issue of The RPO is Now Available Online

The Summer 2009 quarterly members newsletter of the Gateway Division NMRA, the RPO, is now available online in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format....
Walthers Cornerstone “Team Track” Assembly Tips and Techniques

Walthers Cornerstone “Team Track” Assembly Tips and Techniques

Instructions on the painting and assembly of the HO scale Walthers Cornerstone "Team Track" kit 933-3166....
Walthers Cornerstone “Railway Express Agency” Assembly Tips and Techniques

Walthers Cornerstone “Railway Express Agency” Assembly Tips and Techniques

Assembly and painting tips, and roof detail guidance, for the Walthers Cornerstone "REA Freight House" 933-3095....
Gateway Central VIII 4x6 Small HO Scale Model Railroad

Gateway Central VIII 4×6-Foot Small HO Scale Model Railroad

This layout is 3'10" by 5'9". It is designed to fit in all standard size mini-vans and SUVs as one piece. All of the structures are attached with epoxy to the layout, making it easier to move. This is about the minimum size layout you can design in HO scale to run standard engines and...
Gateway Central VI Paper and Pulp Mill Complex

Gateway Central VI – Another Successful Project Layout

Gateway Central VI HO scale project railroad was designed around two logging industry scenes (one on each side of the layout). One side features a paper and kraft mills with a chip unloading area. The other side is a sawmill scene. The layouts was designed as two pieces that stack for...
Gateway Central IV

Build A Project Model Railroad – The Gateway Central IV

Gateway Central IV, like its predecessors, is a 4'x8' beginner layout constructed by division members. Each of the layouts has been used to try out a variety of construction techniques for support, track design, scenery and structures. The project involves a large number of members in...