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!

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.


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.


Interview with Nancy Workman of Soundtraxx

Interview with Nancy Workman of Soundtraxx

You’ve heard of their products for years (literally)… Most notably the Tsunami™ line of sound-equipped decoders from Soundtraxx. Editor Chris Lane was able to sit down with Soundtraxx co-founder Nancy Workman in 2008 and discuss the history of the company, their design philosophies, and even a bit about Blackstone Models, their HOn3 manufacturing division. Here is the complete interview from the 2008 On30 Annual.


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.


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.


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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