2022 On30 ANNUAL: Now in our 17th year of publication and featuring 116 pages of exclusive O scale narrow gauge model railroading content, we have everything you have come to expect from the On30 Annual, including gorgeous layout tours, in-depth construction features, and practical historical features. Order your copy today!

Recovering from Lockdown and Moving Forward!

Recovering from Lockdown and Moving Forward!

While 2020 disrupted many lives, it also gave us time to reflect on our modeling as well as launch two new publications!


Ditching the Dummy

Ditching the Dummy

The dummy coupler at the front of my Broadway Limited On30 C-16 steam locomotive drove me to distraction. It made impossible any realistic narrow gauge operations, where front couplers were used nearly as much as those on the tender. I wanted a functioning coupler up there.


History of the Bellevue & Cascade

History of the Bellevue & Cascade

The Chicago, Bellevue, Cascade & Western Railway Company was organized in 1877 and its 36 miles of 30 lb. iron arrived in Cascade Iowa, a town of 900 souls, on the evening of December 31, 1879. The CBC&W’s eastern terminus was at Bellevue, Iowa, on the Mississippi River.


Introduction to O Scale Narrow Gauge and On30 Model Railroading

Introduction to O Scale Narrow Gauge and On30 Model Railroading

So where does the narrow gauge modeler start? Most ready-made track products are only produced in standard gauge, and handlaying track is an intimidating proposition for many. However, by using models from one scale and track components from another, you can achieve the effect you’re looking for.


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.


RS Laser add-on deck for Bachmann freight cars

RS Laser add-on deck for Bachmann freight cars

Both kits from RS Laser include two custom fitted plywood decks with double sided tape applied to attach the deck to the host car as well as Grandt Line O scale brake wheels and ratchet and pawl castings for two cars to replace those removed when new decks are installed. The kit for the tank cars also includes Standard Oil Company decal sets to add to the tank of each car.


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.


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