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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....
David Lowell’s HO Scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

David Lowell’s HO Scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

David Lowell’s Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad is a 10’x16’ oval with a 15-foot shelf extension. It depicts the southern two-thirds of the Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway’s 121 mile route between Peoria and Taylorville Illinois in the mid 1950s....
Oxford Diecast HO Scale 1958 Edsel Citation

Oxford Diecast HO Scale 1958 Edsel Citation

I model the transition era of the late 1950s. It was a time of distinctive automobiles, many of which are now classics. When you see early Thunderbirds and Corvettes, classic Chevy Bel-Airs and tailfins you immediately know the era. The 1958 Edsel advertising said "Once you've seen it...
Vess Neon Soda Bottle Sign

Modeling Spectacular Vintage Advertising – Vess Neon Soda Bottle Sign

In 1953 Vess Bottling Company of St. Louis commissioned a giant revolving neon-lit soda bottle. The 12 foot tall bottle sat on a 13 foot pole and at the time was the largest lit bottle sign in the world. Two ways to model this type of sign are discussed, including a photo of the Vess ...
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...
Scratchbuilding a Lima-Hamilton Diesel Switcher

Scratchbuilding a Lima-Hamilton Diesel Switcher

John Carty describes the steps to create an HO scale model of a Wabash Lima-Hamilton diesel switcher....
Easy Loads for the Classic Metal Works Stake Bed Truck

3 Easy Loads for the Classic Metal Works Stake Bed Truck

Stake bed trucks have been hauling merchandise and supplies for the last 100 years. The Classic Metal Works 1946 Chevy stake bed truck is a great model for all transition-era layouts but a detailed load is needed for this truck to really set the scene....
Litchfield Train Group's HO Scale Illinois Model Railroad

Litchfield Train Group’s HO Scale Illinois Model Railroad

The Litchfield Train Group's 55'x44' HO scale layout depicts the ever-gentle rolling countryside of Illinois from Centralia to Chicago. The scenery of the main room is set in the 50s/60s-era when steam engines were becoming extinct and diesel locomotives were gaining in popularity. Th...
Completed Steak 'n Shake Model Railroad Billboard

Build A Steak ‘n Shake Billboard For Your Model Railroad

An easy-to-make one-hour project: a Steak 'n Shake billboard of the 50s using a gift card and some plastic strips....
John Garavaglia's Missouri Pacific Eastern Division Railroad

John Garavaglia’s Missouri Pacific Eastern Division Railroad

John Garavaglia loved the MoPac as a child and has captured it in his O scale 30'x25' layout. This layout models the Missouri Pacific from the downtown St. Louis yard to the small town of Pacific, Missouri and features the city of Kirkwood in 1955....
Three Southeastern Box Cars

Three Southeastern Box Cars

I recently finished three Southeastern-prototype box cars for railroads represented by the ACL & SAL Historical Society—the Georgia Railroad, the Atlanta and West Point Railroad, and the Western Railway of Alabama. These railroads were occasionally referred to as “the Georgia Roads” a...