My Library - Magazine Articles By Brooks Stover

A Website Designed for BC&G Modelers Becomes More

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-09
Page:
62
Category:
Model Railroads and Computers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author built a web site to document his S-scale layout, and it becomes a central repository for prototype research information with many people all over the country contributing data and photos.

B&O Alco RS-1 - Twice

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-05
Page:
54
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
S
Description:
Wanting to occasionally operate his layout in a more modern setting, Brooks decides to add an RS-1 to his layout. However, with one currently not available (Railmaster Hobbies makes a kit but they are currently out of production), he converts an American Models RS-3. Not happy with his initial attempt, he rebuilds it to where the body is essentially scratchbuilt. Many construction photos of both attempts are shown. He also covers the installation of DCC and sound and how he painted and lettered the model.

B&O I-1 Caboose Laser Kit

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Summer
Page:
9
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the kit manufactured by Lake Junction Models and sold through The Supply Car. He used it to model a caboose for the Buffalo Creek & Gauley railroad which he models.

Basics of Layout Photography

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 38, Number 1, February 2014
Page:
15
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
The author wrote a 30-page document for Model Railroader magazine called "Model Railroader's Guide to Digital Photography". The document is available on the NASG web site for free (see link). In this article, he describes the selection of a camera, lighting, and the 14-steps to taking a good photograph. (related web page)

Building the New BC&G Part One

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-09/10
Page:
28
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes tearing down his old layout, packing the various details, and introduces the new layout's design and his objectives.

Building the New BC&G Part Three

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-01/02
Page:
18
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
In this installment, the author starts building the Appalachian Mountain scenery on his new layout. He also describes his method of dealing with backdrops (only sky and clouds, thanks to the mountains).

Building the New BC&G Part Two

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-11/12
Page:
22
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers the benchwork, roadbed, track, and DCC.

Building the New Buffalo Creek & Gauley Part IV

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-07/08
Page:
28
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
This final installment covers the "story line" of the layout and how he operates it. A little bit of prototype history is covered, including the lines' demise. On Brooks' layout, the line is doing well. He describes the car card routing system he uses, as well as the NCE DCC system he uses to run the trains. The locomotives are using the Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders.

Coffee with Brooks Stover

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-11/12
Page:
46
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Brooks describes the shortline he researched and models, and what he enjoys in this hobby.

How to Build an Abandoned Mine

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2014-10
Page:
40
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
After ten years of staring at an empty spot on his layout, the author has finally built an abandoned mine in the space. Brooks describes how he modeled the abandoned building and the techniques he used for the materials he chose. Includes a good number of close-up photos.

Interpreting A B&O P1-d Pacific

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 2, April 2011
Page:
10
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
S
Description:
The author takes an American Models 4-6-2 and details it for a B&O locomotive used for passenger railfan trips into his BC&G layout. Includes on prototype photo and many model photos indicating the details and changes he made to the model. The project also includes installing DCC and sound, and painting and weathering the model.

RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-09
Page:
90
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
S
Description:
Modeling a Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad caboose in the 1970s era. The author started with a C&O American Models caboose, and added many details, including an interior.

The Buffalo Creek & Gauley R.R.

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-12
Page:
52
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
A beautiful rendition of the standard gauge shortline in West Virginia. It still used steam in the early 1960s. Includes layout photos, track plan, and structure sketches done by the author to capture the flavor of a structure before building it. Includes information about the BC&G today.

The S scale Buffalo Creek & Gauley RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1993-12
Page:
124
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
The real Buffalo Creek & Gauley was an 18-mile West Virginia short line. Brooks has modeled that using S-scale hi-rail track and large flanges, but you have to look long and hard to see that through all of the scenery and details that are on this 22'x28' layout. The layout is set in 1962, three years before the BC&G went out of business. The article includes lots of photos, and a full-color track plan.