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Stuck at Home? Time to Build Some Models!

Stuck at Home? Time to Build Some Models!

As I write this, I am “sheltered in place” as I suspect many of you are or were. Hopefully, by this summer, the COVID-19 crisis is over and life is returning somewhat to normal. But who knows at this point and what is “normal” anyway?


Mann’s Creek Hopper Plans

Mann’s Creek Hopper Plans

One of the more appealing aspects of these diminutive wooden 20-ton hoppers was that after twenty or so years of service on the Mann’s Creek Railway, each had been individually rebuilt in a variety of ways. Download free plans to build your own.


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.


Scratchbuild a Country Depot in Six Steps

Scratchbuild a Country Depot in Six Steps

While planning the town of Bayfield on my new Texas Creek & Southern railroad, I located the site for my depot. I wanted it to be a small, branchline-type structure. After looking around to see what was available, I decided to scratchbuild my own.


San Juan Car Co. O Scale Parts

San Juan Car Co. O Scale Parts

After getting a few pairs of the excellent On3/On30 passenger car trucks, I was pretty excited when San Juan announced they would be doing a Jackson & Sharp coach. I was equally disappointed when they announced late in 2012 that the coach project was suspended indefinitely.


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.


Creative Laser Design’s Quincy Station

Creative Laser Design’s Quincy Station

Available in both O scale as well as HO scale, the Quincy station model by Creative Laser Design will find a number of uses on any model railroad being able to serve as a flag stop station, crossing guard’s shanty or small yard office just to list a few the possibilities.


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