2024 On30 ANNUAL: What a time to be a modeler, especially in On30! We’ve added even more value to the On30 Annual, delivering amazing models, layouts, and building projects in O scale for 2024. Now in its 19th year of providing modeling fun and accessible narrow gauge for everyone, the On30 Annual is your definitive guide to O scale narrow gauge modeling. Order your copy today!

Adjustments to the Annuals’ Schedule

Adjustments to the Annuals’ Schedule

With the introduction of the new Garden Trains Annual, the print schedule for the On30 Annual gets shuffled around a bit.


How I Made On30 More Funner*

How I Made On30 More Funner*

The occasional use of questionable grammar aside, what a pleasure it has been to be part of the founding and producing of the On30 Annual. My railroad, the Cheyenne Mountain Southern has appeared in many issues in some way, but now I would like to share with you my experiences in actually building an On30 model railroad.


Creating a Narrow Gauge Logging Behemoth

Creating a Narrow Gauge Logging Behemoth

I obtained a Banta Model Works conversion cab for the Mantua HO scale 2-6-6-2 tank engine. They are very nice kits and fit the locomotive perfectly. Mine was for the version without a tender but Banta makes both types.


Rolling Your Own Colorful Freight Car Sides

Rolling Your Own Colorful Freight Car Sides

Use the popular Bachmann Trains refrigerator car model as a core to make your own colorful freight cars using pre-printed cardstock sides. Download our free color artwork to “roll your own” cars!


Creative Laser Design’s Schulz & Sons Kit

Creative Laser Design’s Schulz & Sons Kit

Creative Laser Design’s latest O scale kit is based on an actual light manufacturing facility located in northern Vermont. The Frank J. Schulz & Sons Precision Manufacturing Company has manufactured carved wood deep sea fishing lures for decades in Sutton, Vt., at their gambrel-roofed plant.


AMS On3/On30 D&RGW Short Caboose

AMS On3/On30 D&RGW Short Caboose

The short caboose was once the mainstay office and living quarters for train crews throughout the Rio Grande’s narrow gauge operations. Decoration and minor detail miscues aside, this a very good O scale model of a numerous, well-known and well-preserved class of narrow gauge cars.


AMS D&RGW 6000-Series Flat Car

AMS D&RGW 6000-Series Flat Car

AMS has made the rounds at the shows for the last few years showing narrow gauge sample cars for the On30/On3 modeler. These cars are now hitting the market and that is good news for modelers looking to expand their rosters with sturdy, good-preforming cars of familiar prototypes.


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