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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?


Re-gearing the Bachmann On30 Shay

Re-gearing the Bachmann On30 Shay

We sometimes forget our model locomotives are as much machinery as they are scale representations of the prototype; perhaps more so. You can replace the gears in your Bachmann On30 Shay for more reliable and precise operation.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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