My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Layout Construction

A Disappearing Door and Hidden Corner

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-05
Page:
102
Author:
Dennis Storzek
Scale:
On3
Description:
The author describes how he designed and built a dutch door in Bob Walker layout room, so that the top half can remain closed (to hold the backdrop, scenery, and track), while the bottom half can be opened for room access. Also covered is how to build a curved inside-corner backdrop. Lots of construction photos.

A Finale for Chupadera Loop Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2000-11/12
Page:
60
Author:
Margaret Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how she and her husband concealed the edges of an access area in the loop.

A Handbrake for the Layout

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-01
Page:
61
Author:
Fred Lagno
Description:
The author describes the construction of a manually-operated piece of tubing that sticks up into the track to hold a car back on a gradient.

A Last Look at Thatcher's Inlet Part 4

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-05
Page:
24
Author:
Dave Frary & Bob Hayden
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
This last installment focuses on creating the atmosphere in the main street and the dockside fish warehouse complex. It covers how one might design structure layout by constructing temporary cardboard mockups. Many close-up photos.

A logging Train Elevator

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-01/02
Page:
42
Author:
Don N. Jones
Scale:
N
Description:
Building a series of switchbacks that feed an elevator, so that the layout can simulate a loads-out/empties-in kind of scenario.

A New Layout Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-09
Page:
72
Author:
Don Spiro
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author talks about the demise of his previous layout, why the new layout, and the things he wants to do different this time. Obviously the layout is quite far along, because it includes lots of nice close-up photos of the new layout.

A New Layout Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
72
Author:
Don Spiro
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the construction of the benchwork on top of shelf system brackets. The author attempts to use the minimal number of tools showing that in two weeks the "dirty" job of benchwork can be completed.

A New Layout Part III

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-11
Page:
88
Author:
Don Spiro
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment of the author's layout construction project he discusses track planning and track laying.

A New Layout Part IV

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
91
Author:
Don Spiro
Description:
This article discusses the idea of using photos of models as backdrops. A large part of the article covers how to do the photography.

ABCs: Going Beyond the Train Set

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
120
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
A basic hand-holding article starting with the train set loop track and adding turnouts, flexible track, and dealing with derailments and buying new equipment.

Alcos in the Alcove

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2009-07
Page:
26
Author:
Byron Henderson
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built benchwork extension to fit into an alcove in his client's model railroad room. The focus of this project was to design the track around the available structure kits. Includes a track plan and notes on how to operate that new area.

Aluminum Backdrops

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-01
Page:
54
Author:
Jim Martin
Description:
Sheet aluminum makes an easy-to-install, seamless backdrop. The author and his wife installed a 30-foot sheet on his S-scale layout.

Backdrops

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
123
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
This articles covers how to build a backdrop using 0.060" styrene and painting it with just some basic sky colors.

Backdrops for the Jerome & Southwestern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-01
Page:
78
Author:
John Olson
Description:
Covers why and how to build a backdrop, including painting and applying stencils or paper cut-outs.

Basics of Thatcher's Inlet Part 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-04
Page:
30
Author:
Dave Frary & Bob Hayden
Description:
This installment covers the basic construction of the layout, such as benchwork, track laying, and wiring. Many construction photos are included.

Benchwork

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-04
Page:
119
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Description:
This article briefly introduces a couple of different ways that benchwork can be constructed. It describes the open grid and L-girder methods, and also covers how to build legs.

Benchwork for the Lowville & Beaver River Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-11
Page:
81
Author:
Jeff Paston
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the beginning of the construction of the RMC project layout. It is a U-shaped layout of 10 by 12 feet. The article covers building the framework, the legs, the layout surface, and how to install leg levelers.

Benchwork Without Tools - 22 Stories Up!

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
100
Author:
Thomas Garbelotti
Description:
Continuation of building a layout in an apartment in the Middle East. Benchwork was pre-built at the author's home in Vermont before the move.

Birth of a Model Railroad

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
25
Author:
Walt Huston
Scale:
N
Description:
The author provides a series of photos showing the current progress on his new layout. He talks about the skyboards and the insulation foam used to start the basis of his scenery.

Birth of a Model Railroad Part 5

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
36
Author:
Walt Huston
Scale:
N
Description:
This installment covers building, installing, and painting the backdrops.

Bookshelf Railroads Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-01
Page:
53
Author:
Robert J. Lutz
Description:
The author introduces the concept of building shelf layouts that can be mounted to normal hardware standards that hold regular book shelves. This installment includes the types of materials that can be used for the construction, what types of modules that can be built, and how to build a track plan around this approach. An exploded view of the components that make up a typical module is also included.

Bookshelf Railroads Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-02
Page:
95
Author:
Robert J. Lutz
Description:
This installment covers how to mount the module to the wall, how to build the frames, how to build corner modules, installing the background panel, the roadbed, risers, riverbeds, front panels, how to install the modules to the wall, and how to integrate poster board backgrounds.

Boxed Benchwork

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
73
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
On2
Description:
Building a light-weight plywood shadow-box style modular layout for easy transportation.

Branch Line for the Turtle Creek Central Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
60
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
In 2002 Model Railroader ran a series of articles building a 4x8 foot layout. This series of articles will add a 2' x 6' extension to that layout. However, the article includes diagrams of how just using this branch line module only, one could have operations.This installment covers the trackplan, the benchwork construction, and using foam to build the scenery foundation.

Bridge That Chasm!

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-06/07
Page:
37
Author:
Jerry Boudreaux
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built a lift-out bridge in front of the door that allows entry into the model railroad room. Includes electrical protection for when the bridge is not in position.

Build a Magnetic Lift-out Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
97
Author:
Bill Darnaby
Description:
Using magnets to hold a lift-out section in place and using it to conduct trackpower, so that when the magnets are disconnected, trackpower is removed.

Build an Adjustable Liftout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
28
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
The author describes how he built his angled liftout to help prevent problems related to alignment due to expansion and contraction.

Build the 4 x 8 Stoney Creek Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
50
Author:
Dave Methlie
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author is a professional layout builder, and will cover the construction of this layout. This installment covers the table top frame and its legs.

Build the 4 x 8 Stoney Creek Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
58
Author:
Dave Methlie
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers laying the track and installing the wiring of this layout.

Build the 4X8 Stoney Creek Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-03
Page:
88
Author:
Dave Methlie
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment the author covers grass, rocks, and roads. Topics included are adding a stream and bridge, building a tunnel, filling up scenery areas with chunks of foam, creating roads, varnishing the layout's fascia, creating rocks from molds, and placing ground cover.

Build the Cat Mountain's South Plains District Part I

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
56
Author:
David Barrow
Scale:
HO
Description:
David introduces his "domino" layout design, a modular design that makes each module 18" by 48". The focus of the his layout design is operations, and the track plan included is an L-shaped layout with lots of switching opportunity in a relatively small space. The article covers the complete construction of one such domino with lots of diagrams, construction photos, and a materials list. Roadbed installation is also covered.

Build the Claremont & Concord in G Scale Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
78
Author:
Tony Koester
Scale:
G
Description:
The final installment discusses choosing the right rolling stock and setting up for operations.

Building a Compact Shelf Layout Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
54
Author:
Pelle Soeborg
Scale:
HO
Description:
Choosing a theme, benchwork, backdrop, building hills, roadbed, painting the sky, distant hills, laying track, highway overpass, paving highways, coloring rock castings, culverts.

Building a Foam Core Board Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
117
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
The objective of this project was to build an HO-scale layout that uses only simple construction techniques, no messy materials, no power tools, lightweight materials, and all materials must be transportable in a small car. This installment covers the construction of the table, the "legs", and installing Unitrak track.

Building a Small O Scale Layout Part 15

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
26
Author:
Michael Culham
Scale:
O
Description:
This installment starts a series of articles on how to build grade crossings. Several close-up photos of prototype grade crossings and modeled grade crossings are included. This installment covers the construction of a timber-based grade crossing, with step-by-step photos.

Building a Small O Scale Layout Part Six

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
19
Author:
Michael Culham
Scale:
O
Description:
This installment discusses ground cover. The article includes fantastic photos of grasses growing in between the tracks. A step-by-step set of photos show how the author modeled that on the layout.

Building a Small O Scale Layout Part Sixteen

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
26
Author:
Michael Culham
Scale:
O
Description:
This install covers how to model paved roads, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, and painting roads.

Building an HO Module 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-09
Page:
58
Author:
Michael Tylick
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author introduces the standard for HO-scale module construction. The article introduces the F&S Junction 2x4-foot module. Includes photos, a trackplan of the module, a sidebar on the module construction standard, and diagrams for creating handlaid turnouts and slide switch turnout control.

Building S Layout

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-01/02
Page:
12
Author:
Terry Stone
Scale:
S
Description:
Information about how to wire a hi-rail layout.

Building S Layout

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-05/06
Page:
17
Author:
Terry Stone
Scale:
S
Description:
This last installment covers painting or apply different decals to cars, thoughts on kitbashing or scratchbuilding equipment and structures, and the variety of materials that are available today.

Building the Benchwork for My PRR Northeastern Division

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-06
Page:
82
Author:
Dave Messer
Scale:
HO
Description:
The trackplan for this layout, which was presented in the October 1995 issue, is now being implemented. Construction details as well as final layout photos accompany the article. The entire front fascia of this layout functions are the control panel.

Building the Carbondale Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
80
Author:
Malcolm Furlow
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers creating the scenery, bridge construction (detail drawings show how to build a deck girder bridge under curved track), construction of the upper level, building the wharf, and construction the backdrops (including curves). Close-up photos of Malcolm's beautiful work are, of course, included.

Building the Carbondale Central 3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-03
Page:
92
Author:
Malcolm Furlow
Scale:
HO
Description:
This part discusses building bridges, structures, installing water, and fascias.

Building the Carbondale Central Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
80
Author:
Malcolm Furlow
Scale:
HO
Description:
This 7'9" by 7'9" layout features a simple trackplan, yet very interesting and involved scenery. The author starts a series of articles on how to build this L-shaped layout, without damaging the home's walls. Full drawings of the benchwork are included, trackwork is started (a simple figure-8), control panel designed, and wiring.

Building the CS&R

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-03/04
Page:
18
Author:
Chip Romig
Scale:
S
Description:
The author's first S-scale layout (switching from HO-scale) represents an an independently-owned 1950s western bridge line that operates between the Rio Grande and the Union Pacific railroads. This article covers the method for building the benchwork, how the yards were handles, and choosing to use code 100 rail. A few under-construction photos accompany the article.

Building the Joplin & Southern Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-12
Page:
136
Author:
Martin C. Oetting
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building a simple 4'x8' starter layout. This installment covers the styrofoam base, track, roadbed, and wiring.

Building the Lamar, Queens & Northern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
122
Author:
Eric Lundberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building a starter 4x8 layout for less than $300 (1984) dollars. Includes benchwork construction, track parts, structures, laying track, ballasting, installing electronics, and scenery work.

Building the Marengo, Milwaukee & Northern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
98
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Scale:
HO
Description:
A 4x8 layout built by the entire family. The article shows diagrams of the benchwork, scenery forms, and block wiring.

Building the New BC&G Part One

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-09/10
Page:
28
Author:
Brooks Stover
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
Author:
Brooks Stover
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
Author:
Brooks Stover
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers the benchwork, roadbed, track, and DCC.

Building the South Park Valley Part VII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-01
Page:
82
Author:
Miles Hale, John Lowrence, Fran Hale
Scale:
On3
Description:
This installment covers the roadbed made out of Homasote© and styrofoam slopes. Foam and cork are also discussed. A handy tool for creating foam slopes for the roadbed is described, as well as a tool for sanding handlaid wooden ties.

Building the Turtle Creek Central Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
78
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
Laying track and building foam hills.

Building the Turtle Creek Central Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
80
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment shows how to add bridges, forests, rocks, and rivers.

Building Vance Junction in HOn3

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
28
Author:
Steve Harris
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
This photo essay article describes the author's recently completed Vance Junction on his layout. He completely finishes one scene before even laying track in the next area. It is a 9' x 24', double-deck layout where the upper level has already been completed, as described in the July/August, 2006 issue of NGSLG. The article includes construction photos.

Comme-n-tary: A Mountain from a Cardboard Box

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
142
Author:
John Drye
Scale:
N
Description:
Building large mountains using cardboard strips, applying scenery base, and installing trees.

Creating an Urban Scene for a Stub-ended Yard

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
20
Author:
Robert Lah
Scale:
N
Description:
This article describes how the author built a removable section of scenery that hides, but yet remains accessible, a set of storage tracks.

Disguising Backdrop Openings

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-07
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Smaus
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author described how he hid four openings on his layout. The special construction techniques and lighting methods complete hide the potential eye-sore.

Doing It With Mirrors

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-07
Page:
70
Author:
Ray Hoppes
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
On a 2'x4' module, the author was able to create the illusion of greater depths by using a mirror.

Doing the String Thing

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-11
Page:
20
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using strings to line up the two sides of a future bridge span.

Easements for the Learning Curve

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
11
Author:
Brian Scace
Description:
The author discusses turnout placement, making sure to have enough electrical power (e.g. adding dedicated circuits for the layout room), filling rail gaps with something/anything, reverse curves (s-curves), and hidden trackage.

Easy Recessed Fascia Controls

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-09
Page:
29
Author:
Bob Foltz
Description:
Building recessed controls for turnouts.

Easy Turnout Controls

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
86
Author:
Gerry Leone
Description:
Using a slide switch to control turnouts manually through cabinet knobs that stick out through the front fascia. Includes wiring diagrams for controlling the power to the turnout's frog.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Fall
Page:
9
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Slowly replacing solenoid switch machines with either Blue Points or Tortoise ones. Additional layout progress.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Spring
Page:
9
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he made a section of his layout such that it could be tilted up so that he could get to the wires and electronics under the layout.

Fascias

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
129
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
The basics about what can be incorporated into a layout's fascia.

Fiddle Shelf Staging

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
96
Author:
John Griffiths
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article includes diagrams and photos of a two-track shelving system that the author uses to move trains onto and off of his layout.

Focus on Thatcher's Inlet Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-02
Page:
36
Author:
Bob Hayden
Scale:
HOn2-1/2
Description:
Inspired by a sea-side vacation the author built this 2'6" by 6' diorama using N-scale track. Includes prototype and model photos, as well as possible trackplans for a layout within which this diorama fits.

Fold Down Train Board

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
58
Author:
Dave LaFontaine
Description:
Building a box that can hold a fold-down table so that the layout can be flipped out of the way when not in use.

Fooling the Eye on the Royal Gorge

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-09/10
Page:
55
Author:
John Socha-Leialoha
Scale:
N
Description:
Using an invisible helix to make the track gain elevation at the end of the peninsula. Also describes how fool the viewer into thinking the train goes somewhere when in reality it goes into a hidden tunnel for staging.

Foolproof Sky Painting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-08
Page:
84
Author:
Pelle Soeborg
Scale:
HO
Description:
A step-by-step photo article on how to paint and blend layers of slightly different blue colors (using oil paints, which don't dry as fast). The author did his entire 60 feet of backdrop in 5 hours.

Fun in Tiny Spaces

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-11
Page:
21
Author:
Carl Arendt
Scale:
G
Description:
The author discusses how he designs, builds, and then operates his tiny G-scale layout that covers only one square foot. Includes design and construction photos. There is a side bar called "Games People Play" that covers some other small layouts that can keep operators busy, such as the famous TimeSaver.

Getting Real

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-01
Page:
20
Author:
Mike Rose
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he received and off-the-cuff comment and a chance-meeting, both of which led him to building a staging yard for his layout. Includes both prototype (visiting the yard) and model photos (constructing the yard).

Getting Real: Flipping The Piers

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
137
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author discusses various decisions he has made to model a pier in his layout.

Great Western Rail & Mining Part IV

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
55
Author:
Trevor Morris
Scale:
N
Description:
Installing the electrical wiring and train control for these modules.

Handy Layout Table

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
125
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
This article describes how the author built a table for the Woodland Scenics Scenic Ridge layout.

How Deep the Valley

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
46
Author:
Bill Bramlage
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he built a swing-away platform to act as a valley bottom in a duck-under area of his layout. Includes many photos.

How to Build Solid Benchwork

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2011-10
Page:
32
Author:
Pelle Soeborg
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he decided to build this layout out of MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Includes lots of construction photos.

Introducing the Allegheny Midland Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
116
Author:
Tony Koester
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment of the author's now-famous layout, he shows the trackplan, develops the reason for the layout's existence, describes the why behind the era and area, lists the trains to be operated, and develops plans for operating sessions.

Introducing the N Scale Burlington Northern Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-02
Page:
94
Author:
Ed Hammer
Scale:
N
Description:
The first part of this series covers how the decision was made to build this N-scale layout, who was involved, and what was to be modeled. Includes a track plan, many photos of the layout and some prototype photos of the area.

Introducing the Wisconsin Central in N Scale Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
56
Author:
Marc Van Cleven
Scale:
N
Description:
The Model Railroader magazine's staff is starting a new project. The article discusses who worked on the project, research information about the prototype (including prototype photos and a map of the modeled area), what key features they wanted in the layout, and a diagram of the 9' by 16' layout.

Iota: End of a Very Short Line

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-05
Page:
44
Author:
Richard Francaviglia
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built a 17" x 56" switching layout representing the end of a short line in the Great Plains.

Keeping Track

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-02
Page:
118
Author:
Eric Lundberg
Description:
As people operate on the owner's layout, they are requested to make "bad order" signs and locate them near the area where work needs to be done.

Lessons from a Successful Layout Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
66
Author:
Paul J. Dolkos
Description:
This installment discusses the virtues of having nice scenery to help set the tone for operations.

Lightweight Benchwork

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
63
Author:
Michael Tylick
Description:
This article describes how the author builds his modules for his G-scale modular layout. The techniques shown build a very strong, yet lightweight module.

Make Your Own Roadbed

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-10
Page:
45
Author:
Jim Richards
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using 5mm EasyMat foam, normally used to place under tile flooring, the author built a flexible, easy-to-use subroadbed.

Making Photographic Backdrops

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-11
Page:
100
Author:
John Pryke
Description:
This article describes how to use your computer and a color printer to create photographic backdrops, and how to mount the printout to the layout's backdrop.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
96
Author:
Harvey J. Simon
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers laying the girder rail and flextrack for trolley. Includes many construction photos, wiring diagram, and a sidebar on control panel construction.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
88
Author:
Harvey J. Simon
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment the article covers installing the paving and scenery of the Boston MTA layout. The street paving is done with patching plaster because of its longer working time. The article also covers ballasting, installing back drops, building landforms, and making culverts and a reservoir. Includes many construction photos.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
100
Author:
Harvey J. Simon
Scale:
HO
Description:
An epoxy body kit and an NWSL drive make for smooth-running PCC. Mechanical installation photos. Scale drawings. Prototype photos.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 5

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
72
Author:
Harvey J. Simon
Scale:
HO
Description:
Installing catenary.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Part 6

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
94
Author:
Harvey J. Simon
Scale:
HO
Description:
A few easy scratchbuilt buildings firmly root the layout in the prototype.

Mirror, Mirror on the Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-09
Page:
122
Author:
David Popp
Description:
Using a mirror and the correct positioning of lights to make a track and scenery appear to continue beyond the wall.

Model Railroad Maintenance of Way Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-11
Page:
79
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment talks about how to keep roadbed and track in good shape. It covers creating removable section of scenery to access turnout machines, creating track cleaner cars using the John Allen method, creating a magnet car for pickup metal parts, and creating your own rerailer.

Modeling Elevated Rail Lines

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 2, April 1993
Page:
10
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
Elevating ones layout track can expand the available modeling space. The author shows examples on his and other's layouts.

Modeling the Clinchfield RR. Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
84
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Scale:
N
Description:
This is the introductory part of a three-part article on how the Model Railroader staff built a portable 6' x 13' N-scale layout, based on a prototype railroad. This introduction talks about how they got started, the prototype research they did, layout design, equipment selection, how the layout is to be operated and controlled, and provides lots of photos of the layout itself. There is a column in the back of the issue to talks about the behind-the-scenes set-up for photographing the layout.

Modeling the M&StL Through Mason City Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-11
Page:
88
Author:
Clark Propst
Description:
The author is getting ready to model the town of Mason City, Iowa in as close of a match as possible. This installment covers the research he did, how he decided to model just one town, the industries in the area, and the depot. It includes a lot of prototype photos.

Modeling the M&StL Through Mason City Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-12
Page:
76
Author:
Clark Propst
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he was committed to modeling this town using the actual trackplan. Prototype and model photos are includes, as well as prototype trackplans for the diesel house and the depot area. The layout trackplan is also included. Finally, he covers the three "jobs" in how the layout (and the prototype) is operated.

Modified L Girder

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
141
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Describes Gordon's changes to the standard L-girder layout benchwork created by Linn Westcott.

MR Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-07
Page:
110
Author:
Stuart Shenk
Description:
The author shares a tip on how he made a tunnel liner out of corrugated plastic drain tubing. Show one photo and a drawing of how to cut the pipe up for single- and double-track tunnels.

My Son's First Train Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
113
Author:
Dan Lebryk
Description:
This one-page article describes how the author build a 24" x 40" table for his son's Brio (wooden trains) layout.

N Scale Helix Helper

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-05/06
Page:
54
Author:
Mike Pagano
Scale:
N
Description:
Shows how to build a helix out of plywood using the slot method.

Narrow Gauge in a Garage Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
36
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Scale:
On3
Description:
This first installment discusses the how and why of building an O-scale layout in a garage shared with the family car. Layout photos, trackplan, and sidebars are includes. One sidebar is about On3 v.s On2-1/2, and another is on converting a Bachmann 2-6-0 to On3. There are several more on On3 trucks, and adding DCC to an On2-1/2 Porter.

Narrow Gauge in a Garage Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
50
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Scale:
On3
Description:
This installment covers building benchwork, with specific focus on the tight constraints and sloping floor of a garage. It also covers backdrop construction, and building storage shelves upon which the layout rests.

Narrow Gauge in a Garage Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
52
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Scale:
On3
Description:
This installment covers installing DCC, installing roadbed on the new layout, and installing Tortoise switch motors using the NCE decoders.

Our Seaboard Central Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-12
Page:
86
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
The Model Railroader magazine staff built this layout in front of a live audience at the 50th anniversary of the NMRA. The new 4'-7" x 8'-6" layout is intended to extend the Kitty Hawk Central they covered starting with the December, 1981 issue of MR. The article includes behind-the-scenes photos, a track plan, and discusses the construction of the bench work, track and wiring. It also includes sidebars on creating and installing end-of-train devices, and the construction of their simple switch machine.

Painting a Scenic Backdrop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-10
Page:
70
Author:
Mike Danneman
Description:
This step-by-step how-to article shows how to paint a backdrop without needing great artistic skills.

Paneled Benchwork

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
64
Author:
Saunders Bridges, Jr.
Description:
Making basic rectangular open frame boxes (carcases) upon which the layout is constructed, and then covering it all with wood paneling.

Plastic Pipe Roadbed

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-05
Page:
88
Author:
M.J. Randall
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using 1/2" inner-diameter PVC pipe to form the basis of the roadbed, which allows for natural easements in all three directions.

Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
94
Author:
Robert Smaus
Scale:
HO
Description:
This module has lots of track and serves at least five industries. This installment covers cutting up commercial turnouts to make them fit, how to deal with rail size differences (code 100 to 83), wiring, switch stands, how to make roads, and how to have track buried in pavement.

Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
94
Author:
Robert Smaus
Scale:
HO
Description:
This final installment covers installing the removable liquid bulk terminal, adding details, using European kits, fencing, dirt, ballast, backdrop installation, and a sidebar on painting and weathering.

Presentation Car 422

Magazine:
Chicago & North Western Historical Society Modeler Volume 10, #2
Page:
55
Author:
Wes Ward
Scale:
HO
Description:
Photos of a scene on Maynard Mitchell's C&NW Eagle River Valley, Wisconsin, railroad under construction.

Publisher's Musings

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-01
Page:
6
Author:
Joe Fugate
Scale:
HO
Description:
Joe is actually dismantling his Siskiyou Line layout.

Quick and Easy Flextrack

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-08
Page:
76
Author:
Chuck Hitchcock
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using DAP All Purpose Adhesive Caulk or topper tape to more quickly lay flextrack (the tape provides a sub-roadbed).

Railroading in a Drawer

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-12
Page:
112
Author:
John R. Signor
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built a pull-out drawer that acts as a staging yard. It is located under his layout and can hold entire trains. Lining up the drawer with the yard track allows trains to be moved into and out of storage. The article describes how he built the drawer and the electronics needed to show a green or red light indicating the status of the drawer alignment.

Recessed Fascia Panels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
135
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
To avoid damaging the plugs of throttles, the author shows how he built recessed fascia panels.

Refining Your Goals

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
71
Author:
Jack Burgess
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article is about Robert Hoffman and his desire to change the area he wanted to model. There isn't much information about Robert's layout in the article, but it describes some unique issues he dealt with, such as being able to have operations in the dark.

Roque Bluffs Lightweight Benchwork Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
80
Author:
Iain Rice
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using a spare shelf in a bookcase, the author describes how he built several layouts that fit in the space. This installment covers how to light the shelf, how to make lightweight benchwork, preparing for roadbed and water surfaces, and assembling the benchwork.

Route to the Redwoods

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
76
Author:
Boone Morrison
Scale:
On3
Description:
The layout is housed in a 12 by 42 feet room, with a 12-foot square workshop. The author describes some of the early stages of the construction after switching from HOn3 to On3.

S in a Corner

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Fall
Page:
15
Author:
Phil Scandura
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses why he switched from modeling in N-scale to S-scale, even though he has less space available. The layout is set in the corner of his home office, comprising two modules in an L-shape. It is a simple switching layout only 16 inches of shelf space. He models the ATSF in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona in the 1950s. Includes a track plan, layout photos, and prototype photos of the area modeled.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 37, Number 3, June 2013
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
What to do when there is a house-supporting pole in the middle of your layout space? The author's solution was to build a four-sided building around the square pole, which, when the camera is set a the right angle, makes the pole invisible.

San Juan Central Part 5

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-04
Page:
56
Author:
Malcolm Furlow
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment Malcolm describes how he builds scenery using layers of insulation foam. Lots of final photos as well as construction photos show how he does it. He covers foam rocks, coloring foam rocks, adding ground cover, grass, and weeds, creating roads, modeling Caspia Pine trees and Caspia Aspen trees, and modeling water.

Seasonal Dust Cover

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
42
Author:
Steven W. Schultz
Description:
Building a frame to cover a small layout protecting it from dust.

Shabbona Railroad Gets A Turntable

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 3, June 2011
Page:
8
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Scale:
S
Description:
Drawing on his experience dealing with real-world turntables, the author modifies his HO-scale Heljan turntable kit to operate smoothly on his S-scale layout. Includes many close-up photos of the work done to the table.

Simple, Reliable Turnout Controls

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
90
Author:
John Saxon
Description:
Manual turnout control using slide switches, that still look right.

Slip-Switch - The Start

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-02
Page:
30
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building the plywood support for a slip-switch.

Space-saving Control Panel

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-04
Page:
48
Author:
Robert Chad
Description:
The idea is to build your control panel on a slide-out drawer. The author describes how he built his with several photos and detail drawings.

Steel Benchwork

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-05
Page:
64
Authors:
Bill Boyd & Art Jones
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to actually use steel to make a free-standing layout. The layout fits in a 32'x33.5' room and is shaped like a U. The article isn't so much about the layout, but on the actual steps taken to build a sturdy and economic layout benchwork.

Steel Stud Benchwork

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
104
Author:
Jonathan Miner
Description:
The author was looking for a lower-cost and lighter-weight solution than the typical wooden benchwork. He discovered that steel studs for home building worked just fine for him. The layout is covered with 2-inch thick foam as the layout subsurface.

Steel???

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-09
Page:
26
Author:
Bob Bandy
Description:
Using steel to construction a layout benchwork. Includes oil pits for walking under the layout.

Storage Cabinets

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
62
Author:
John Nehrich
Description:
"Notrack" (a play on NTrak) storage cabinets. These cabinets were built by club members to more easily move their rolling stock and other equipment needed to set up for shows. A 3-D diagram of the cabinets is included, along with a parts list and a cutting diagram to build one from a single 4'x8' sheet of plywood.

Street Running in Bridgevue

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
50
Author:
Greg Annett
Scale:
O
Description:
In a follow-up visit, the author describes the changes he has made to his layout since the June 2014 issue article, which includes "street running". Includes many photos, and a track plan of the area.

Stretch Your Main Line With a Virtual Interlocking

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
68
Author:
Rich Weyand
Scale:
N
Description:
The article describes how the layout owner built a closet to give the illusion of a great distance travelled by the trains. A wall-mounted photo serves as indicator board for timing the duration of the stay in the closet.

Styrene Backdrops and Easy Clouds

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-03
Page:
44
Author:
David Popp
Description:
The article covers working with styrene, creating a free-standing styrene backdrop, framing a styrene backdrop, and painting clouds with an airbrush.

Sunrise on Thather's Inlet Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-03
Page:
38
Author:
Dave Frary & Bob Hayden
Scale:
HOn2-1/2
Description:
This installment focuses on how one can capture the atmosphere of an area being modeled. It is amazing how many details the authors squeezed into this small layout.

Tall Timber Railroad Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-07
Page:
41
Author:
Ken Smith
Scale:
On30
Description:
This installment covers backdrops, including construction, photo backdrops, and painting the backdrop.

Tall Timber Railroad Part 5

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-11
Page:
27
Author:
Ken Smith
Scale:
On30
Description:
This installment covers how to build the switches using Fast Tracks' kits.

Tall Timber Railroad Part 6

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-12
Page:
42
Author:
Ken Smith
Scale:
On3
Description:
This installment covers wiring the layout. It includes the standards the author followed on his layout, and which DCC system he chose and why.

Tall Timber Railroad Part 7

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2006-01
Page:
44
Author:
Ken Smith
Scale:
On30
Description:
This installment of the series covers scenery. It includes plastering the "ground", installing rock castings, ground foam, trees, roads, and pathways.

Tall Timber Railroad Part 8

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2006-02
Page:
50
Author:
Ken Smith
Description:
This installment covers scratchbuilt bridges and using Wooland Scenic Realistic Water.

The Art of Using Mirrors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-12
Page:
109
Author:
John Allen
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article was composed by Bob Hayden from handwritten notes of an unpublished article that John had been working on in 1970, but he never submitted to Model Railroader magazine for publication. His layout contained some 30 mirrors. This article covers how and why John installed them.

The Challenges of Building a Layout in a Garage

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
52
Author:
Robert Smaus
Description:
The author describes the common problems encountered when placing your layout in a garage, such as bugs and dust. His weathering approach accounts for the standard shade of dust collecting in his garage.

The Christmas Challenge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
136
Author:
Tom Smiley
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author and another modeler were asked by a wife to build a model railroad that shows off some of the industries owned by her husband... no monetary restrictions. They designed and built a 43" by 10' 4" layout in just three months, which included scratchbuilt structures.

The Evolution of a Track Plan

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2017-01
Page:
22
Author:
William J. Beranek
Description:
The author describes the various emotional stages a model goes through when having selected a layout that is too much to handle. Included in the article is the story of how the author and his client worked through the design of the client's layout.

The Granite Mountain Railway Part 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-07
Page:
48
Author:
Doug Geiger
Scale:
HO
Description:
Revisits the construction of this layout, dealing with open houses, and interjects philosophy about building a large layout. Includes track plan and many photos of the layout, including the CTC panel and the helix in the garage.

The Great Western Rail & Mining Plc. Part III

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
57
Author:
Trevor Morris
Description:
This installment focuses on laying track and ballasting. Turnout control is discussed as well as a small car he built to mark off track-side ditches accurately.

The HO Scale Madison Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
84
Author:
Jim Hediger
Scale:
HO
Description:
A 4' by 8' layout built by the Youth Group of the NMRA's South Central Wisconsin Division. The layout has a simple main line, with two spurs for some switching.

The Lowville & Beaver River R.R. Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-10
Page:
81
Author:
Jeff Paston
Description:
The first installment starts off researching the prototype of this railroad that starts in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The article includes prototype photos, area track arrangements, and possible layout track plans.

The Mountain Park Extension

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-07
Page:
88
Author:
Eric Lundberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he extended his layout and the decisions he had to make. Includes a sidebar on how he built the mountains, and another one on how ore is processed. Includes a trackplan of the new area. An interesting modeling idea is how he shows the interior of the mine shaft in the edge of the layout.

The N Scale Burlington Northern Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-05
Page:
94
Author:
Ed Hammer
Scale:
N
Description:
Laying track and building hills. Includes the track wiring diagram, how to lay track and deal with easements, preparing turnouts, and creating bridges

The Penobscot Central

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1984-11/12
Page:
43
Author:
Bob Wall
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he dealt with his layout room's floor being uneven by as much as 3 inches. He used a method of filling a clear garden hose with water to determine layout level in his 40-foot room.

The Roundhouse

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1985-11/12
Page:
26
Author:
Tom Barker
Scale:
S
Description:
How to successfully have your around-the-Christmas-tree layout up and running by December 25.

The Salt Lake Route Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-04
Page:
62
Author:
Dick Christianson
Description:
In this installment the author covers how he wired the small layout for DCC, built a pull-out tray for the DCC command station, how he wired the Kato turnouts, and how he connected the wire to the spade lugs. A sidebar about N-scale decoder installation is also included, but doesn't contain much information.

The Silver City Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
120
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
N
Description:
Jim focuses on building the cookie-cutter benchwork for this 3.5' x 8' layout. Includes benchwork diagrams and trackplan. Looks like a nice design that can later be integrated into a larger layout.

The Soo's Red Wing Division

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
88
Author:
Pete Wicklund
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author covers building a 4' x 8' layout from benchwork design through scenery. Includes parts list, trackplan, and layout photos. Steps covered are: benchwork, tracklaying, adding turnouts, painting track, constructing scenic ridge, adding scenery, rock casting, streets and roads, and details. Includes a sidebar on flextrack.

The Stonega Branch

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-03
Page:
90
Author:
George Riley & John Earley
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building a 4 by 6 foot layout. This installment covers how the project came about, building the benchwork and scenic dividers, installing track, completing the backdrop, and installing the rough scenery.

The Stonega Branch Pt II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-04
Page:
72
Author:
George Riley & John Earley
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers installing DCC, wiring the railroad, using DCC for turnout control with Digitrax' DS64, and some more scenery work. The last part of the article covers the fifth day of construction and the fact that the layout is used in shows.

There Comes a Time

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2003-04
Page:
20
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
Installing and test bridge piers.

This Time It's 'S' Part V

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 36, Number 6, December 2012
Page:
12
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author continues his updates on his Elk & Gauley layout, with completing a loop of track to run trains, and installing various bridges.

This Time It's S Chapter II

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 28, Number 6, December 2004
Page:
18
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff continues his layout construction article, this time covering building sectional benchwork, and evaluating the earlier track plan. Includes construction photos, and track plan drawing.

This Time It's S Chapter IV

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 2, April 2010
Page:
10
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff continues his central West Virginia layout construction project, covering foam hills, bridges, and tunnels. Includes several under-construction photos.

Topside Mounting for the Tortoise Switch Machine

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-08
Page:
28
Author:
Charlie Comstock
Description:
The author describes and shows how he mounted a Tortoise switch machine above the layout surface (double-deck layout) in such a way that it will works as before (there is no fulcrum available).

Track and Control for Jerome & Southwestern Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-06
Page:
62
Author:
John Olson
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment the author covers laying the track (including tuning turnouts), installing two-cab control, building the control panel, wiring philosophies, and wiring switch machines. There are many close-up photos of the progress, complete electrical diagrams, and a scaled image of the control panel.

Track and Power for the South Plains District part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-10
Page:
84
Author:
David Barrow
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment of the sectional layout construction covers the scenery base, tracklaying using sectional track, wiring, and rail command control

Tracks and Rocks for Our Branch Line Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-02
Page:
76
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment the author discusses how to lay track, build a bridge, and cast rocks.

Trackwork on the Lowville & Beaver River Part 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-12
Page:
105
Author:
Jeff Paston
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment focuses on laying the track and building the bridges. It also includes a sidebar on how to make molds for the bridge piers and how to make track connectors for a portable layout.

Train Set Gazette

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-01
Page:
55
Description:
This special section of the magazine describes some train sets in G, HO, and On30. It then describes how to build a basic 4'x8' trolley layout on two levels. It also describes some special accessories and how to model in narrow gauge.

Transfer Table

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
50
Author:
Robert Lah
Scale:
N
Description:
Building a transfer table that can also be flipped down so as to be out of the way. Many construction photos, a diagram, and descriptive text.

Tunnel Through the Wall

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-07
Page:
84
Author:
Bill Henderson
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he hid an unsightly hole in the wall by modeling a coal breaker plant on one side and a coal unloading shed on the other side. He also describes how he dealt with hiding a pole in his layout, by curving the back drop around it, while the track goes into a tunnel behind it.

Turtle Creek Branch Line Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
66
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this part of the construction series the author builds the coal mine kitbashed from two kits, and adds other details. This is the last installment of this series.

Use View Blocks to Extend Your Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2011-12
Page:
38
Author:
Gary Hoover
Description:
The author shares various ways he has used view-blocks to separate sections of his layout, including how to hide a tunnel entrance. Includes a track plan of his 24'x49' 1951 Santa Fe layout.

What's Neat with Ken Patterson

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-04
Page:
47
Author:
Ken Patterson
Description:
Modeling damaged freight cars. Building a G-gauge diorama for a photo shoot. Installing a DCC decoder in an HO-scale brass engine. Moving a shelf portion lower on the layout and using LED light strips to light the area under it.

Z Scale Western Pacific Part 7

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-08
Page:
84
Author:
Bruce Goehmann
Scale:
Z
Description:
This installment finishes the construction of the layout. It covers uncoupling ramps, weathering cars (by sucking them into the vacuum cleaner, removing the out-of-scale dirt, and then spraying with a fixative; done!), backdrop painting and structures, lighting, and installing weeds. The project's conclusion wraps up the article.