My Library - Magazine Articles for O Scale

1:48 Lackawanna Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
44
Author:
Gene Deimling
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this caboose.

2015 O Scale National Convention Roundup

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2015-11/12
Page:
11
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
The author shares many photos from the The 2015 O Scale National Convention held in September in Indianapolis.

25 Years And Counting

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
24
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
The author visits Bob and Elizabeth Jakl's celebration party of the 25th anniversary of their layout. Includes many construction photos from 1990.

3 Great Scratchbuilding Ideas

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-06
Page:
80
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes techniques for how he scratchbuilds windows and doors, making styrene walls with openings using the snap-and-glue techniques (breaking the walls up into sections), and how to model asphalt shingle siding (using heavy bond, or manila folder, paper).

A Christmas Tradition to Share

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
57
Author:
Emile Henault
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
What started as a simple annual display of Department 56 buildings has evolved into a three-level Christmas layout display. The article includes lots of photos and a track plan for each of the levels.

A High End Build

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-09
Page:
54
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Description:
Bob describes how he built a super-detailed, high-quality stock car to Proto 48 O-scale standards.

A Small Handcar Shed

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-10
Page:
70
Author:
Peter Barney
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
This structure is typical, but it is not based on any prototype. It roughly measures 16 by 8 by 10 scale feet (l x w x h). Includes a scale drawing.

A Tale of Two Rail & Tie Cars

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
38
Author:
Tom Houle
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:
This installment of the article describes how the author scratchbuilt the a steam/transition-era rail and tie car. These cars were used to haul ties and rail to the track laying work site. Includes a drawing of the various parts and a parts list.

A Tale of Two Rail & Tie Cars Part Two

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
15
Author:
Tom Houle
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
In this installment the author describes how he built the car out of styrene. Includes some drawings and construction photos.

A Tall Tale Making Tell-tales

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-11
Page:
48
Author:
Daniel Kleine
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
The author describes how he built his model out of brass.

A Tour with Weaver and OGR

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
69
Author:
Ed Boyle
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:
For more than ten years, the attendees of the annual York train show could take a bus ride to the Weaver Quality Craft Models factory for a tour of their facilities, which lasted until Weaver closed its doors. After an introduction by George Seil, the author discusses the limited-run, special cars that could only be purchased on those tours. The cars were made at their U.S. factory. Photos of the cars are included in the article.

A Trio of Structure Details

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-12
Page:
98
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Structures
Description:
Vacant building that has "for rent" soaped into the windows. Clothes hanging on a line. Exterior hanging plants.

Aberfoyle Jct: One Layout, Two Railways

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
54
Author:
Craig Webb
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The layout started as a 32' by 32' layout built by two couples. Eventually a new space was found for the current 83' by 32' space. All but the hidden track is hand-laid. The photos are beautiful, including the night scene which reveals the interior detailing done to the structures.

An Abandoned Southern Country Store

Magazine:
The Modeler's Annual Winter 2014
Page:
79
Author:
Chuck Doan
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
This is an O-scale model of an abandoned small country store.

Assault on the Alleghenies

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
64
Author:
Paul J. Dolkos
Category:
Layouts

ATSF Unit Train Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-03
Page:
44
Author:
Stan Hayes
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
The article describes how the author build jigs to enable him to build a large number of hoppers for his unit trains. Includes prototype photos, scale and detail drawings, and drawings of the jigs.

Aurora's Model Railroad Magnate

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-12
Page:
148
Author:
William Benning Stewart
Category:
Layouts
Description:
This is a large layout fitting in a 18' by 50' building built by Dr. Gordon Fessler. The layout was started in 1979.

Autumn Treetops

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
72
Author:
James EuDaly
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
How to make trees with a focus on the Fall season.

Backshop

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
85
Author:
Jim Barrett
Category:
Scenery - Backgrounds
Description:
Installing scene panels (printed background scenes by Walthers called Instant Horizons) to your layout. Includes many photos.

Bay Ridge Harbour Railroad

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 01 March 2002
Page:
4
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This Australian author models a U.S. railroad in a 25 by 25 foot addition to the house. Includes photos of flat backdrop industries, a scratchbuilt car float bridge, track plan of the number "9"-shaped layout. Article also includes "lessons learned".

Bill Leider And His Union Pacific Layout

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
14
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
A large around-the-walls shelf layout featuring the owner's talented backdrop paintings.

Boxcar Ken

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
110
Author:
Keith Wills
Category:
Model Railroad History
Description:
O scale catalog.

Build a Bromine Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-02
Page:
74
Author:
Dick Scott
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
The author described how he scratchbuilt this short tank car. The article contains lots of construction photos and diagrams, as well as a parts list.

Build A Car Float

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
15
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Category:
Track
Description:
This article builds on the float bridge from the last issue. Construction details and photos accompany this article of a car float that can hold 10 cars.

Build a Small Gas Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-05
Page:
82
Author:
Peter Barney
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
This small gas station was very common before the era of freeways and can still be found even today. Includes a prototype photo, model photos, and a scale drawing.

Build a Stumptown Shack

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-05
Page:
46
Author:
Larry Canaday
Category:
Structures - Homes
Description:
After building the Bar Mills Shack Pack structure, the author decides to place the model on a series of tree stumps since it would be sitting on uneven terrain.

Build a Wooden Water Tank

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1976-07
Page:
40
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
In O-scale a Quacker Oats box is almost the perfect size for matching the prototype model of the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic (now Soo Line) one in Marquette, Michigan. Includes construction photos, and detailed and scaled drawings of the model.

Build an O Scale Streetcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-05
Page:
106
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Locomotives - Traction
Description:
The author used this project as an introduction to model in O-scale. It is based on the Connecticut Car Co. streetcar as built in 1910. Includes scaled drawings, construction photos, and a sidebar on how to handle the internal wiring for picking up power from the overhead wiring.

Building a Barrel Car Kit

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
510
Author:
William Kendall
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
This article covers how to build the Ye Olde Huff n' Puff barrel car kit.

Building a Fire Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
59
Author:
Bob Bennett
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
Prototype photos of various small-town fire stations accompany this article that describes the construction of this 40 x 26 foot, 27 foot tall building. A materials list is also included.

Building a Freelanced Sandhouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
61
Author:
Russ Watson
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
The model was based on W. J. Ewell's plans as published in the Jan/Feb, 1990 issue of the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. Although freelanced, it is models the D&RGW Durango sanding facility. The article includes photos of the completed model, several construction photos, and several scale and detail drawings. A parts list is also included.

Building a PRR B8a 0-6-0 Part 2

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
40
Author:
John Sauers
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
This installment covers the construction of the cab, the rear deck, bunker, steps, boiler, cylinders, front pilots, and interior details.

Building a Simple Line-side Structure: Milk Station

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
43
Author:
Martin Brechbiel
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this small milk shed structure and platform. Includes drawings, and construction photos.

Building a Small O Scale Layout Part 15

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
26
Author:
Michael Culham
Category:
Layout Construction
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
Category:
Layout Construction
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
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This install covers how to model paved roads, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, and painting roads.

Building a Western Scale Models O Scale Machine Shop & Radial Drill Press

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-12
Page:
36
Author:
Tom Houle
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
The author mostly followed the instructions of Western Scale Models' engine shed, but instead made it a machine shop. The detail parts are by the company. The author discusses how he made the belt-driven machines appear to work. Includes detailed photos, parts list, and tools list.

Building an Alco S-2 From a Lionel 3-rail Dummy Model

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-03/04
Page:
54
Author:
Jacky Molinaro
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
This French modeler put the parts together to build this engine to fit his layout. Includes many construction photos. (related web page)

Building an FJ&G Boxcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-08
Page:
90
Author:
Harold Russell
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
The author super-details a Reynolds 40-foot box car to make one for the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville RR. Includes a drawing of the underbody details, side skirts, steps, ladders, grab irons, doors, tack boards, ends hardware, poling pockets, brake platform, and brake details. Also includes a prototype photo.

Building an Interurban Combine

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
290
Author:
Gerald Brothers
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:
The author describes how he built a Labelle kit of an interurban combine car, with some construction photos and a parts list.

Building Pennsy Stone Walls - With Lego Bricks

Magazine:
The Crossing Gate 2012 Volume 4
Page:
6
Author:
John Sethian
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
The author describes how he uses Lego bricks to build a long Pennsy stone block style retaining wall. The bricks are covered with joint compound to hide their smooth sides.

Building the Ellisville Elevator

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
56
Author:
John Adams
Category:
Structures
Description:
In this installment the author actually builds the model. Construction photos accompany the article. There are also scale drawings included, as well as a sidebar on the inner workings of a grain elevator.

Building the Ladysmith Tank

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-03
Page:
59
Author:
Ed Warren
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
Modeling a small water tank in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Includes prototype and model photos, and scale drawings.

Caboose Stove-oil Tank

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-07
Page:
47
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Prototype and model photos of a gravity-feed caboose oil storage tank filler.

Cast an Abandoned House

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-04
Page:
62
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Category:
Structures - Homes
Description:
The author describes how he modeled a collapsed house by casting the walls, then carving the individual bricks on them.

Cast Your Own Urban Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-07
Page:
70
Author:
Dick Scott
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
The author describes his inexpensive technique for making molds to build repetitive large structures to model the urban tall buildings. Step-by-step photos show how to make the mold and then pour the castings from Hydrocal.

Chicago March Meet Model Contest Results

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
47
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
Photos of many of the entries that won awards at the Chicago O Scale Meet 2016.

Chicago O Scale Meet 2016

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
13
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
The people and new products at this annual show.

Cleveland Flats

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
69
Author:
Kurt Matthey
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
The author describes his 2-rail O-scale switching layout that fits in a 11'6" x 19" shelf space, modeling the Flats Industrial Railroad in the Flats District of Cleveland, OH. (related web page)

Cleveland O Scale Show

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
10
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
A review and many photos of the show.

Confessions of a Hi-railer

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
23
Author:
Hobo D. Hirailer
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
Reports on what was seen at the 2007 York train show.

Constructing the Float Bridge on the Bay Ridge Harbour RR

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 01 March 2002
Page:
31
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
This photo essay shows how the author built the car float bridge for his layout.

Construction of a Scratch-Built Truss Bridge

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
43
Author:
Mel Garelick
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author shows how he designed and built a truss bridge for his small layout.

DCC for Traction Layouts

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
51
Author:
David Gairo
Category:
DCC
Description:
Installing a DCC decoder in a trolley.

Detailing an Intermountain Tank Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
86
Author:
Gene Deimling
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
The author describes what he did to superdetail this car and setting it up to the Proto:48 standard. Includes model photos and a parts list.

Dismal Creek Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
61
Author:
William C. Schaumburg
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a very basic timber bridge, modeling, with actual sticks and branches, just what the prototype did.

Eastern PA 2 Rail Scale Train Show Strasburg, PA

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
60
Author:
Daniel Dawdy
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
A review of the show held on October 15, 2016. Includes photos of the show, as well as the nearby Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Edendale Creek Diorama Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-04
Page:
80
Author:
Jack Burgess
Category:
Dioramas
Description:
The author built a diorama in proto:48 for a scratchbuilt Fairmont Railway Motors weed burner. The article contains lots of photos of the diorama under construction and the finished model.

Eric Bronsky Photos

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2015-11/12
Page:
54
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This article is a collection of photos taken by Eric Bronsky of Ed Halstead's Chicago and Utopia Electric Railway. He has a YouTube channel under the name of "Electropickle Productions", which includes videos of Ed's layout.

Excellence in O Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-04
Page:
103
Author:
Larry Vanden Plas
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
One of the members of the Twin City Model Railroad Museum describes their layout. Photography done by Bob Werre. Includes a track plan of this 45' x 57' layout. The layout uses two-rail hand-laid track.

Finishing Touches for the Pioneer Valley

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
126
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Scenery
Description:
The author covers adding automobiles, figures, utility poles, detail castings, chain link fences, junk, scratchbuilt details, signs, and signals to his layout. A sidebar article talks about the cabinets the author built for the layout, including parts list and diagram. There is another sidebar on the signals and signal driving circuit he added to his layout.

Free-rolling Steam Locomotive Drive

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
90
Author:
Takashi Daito
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author converted an NYC Mohawk such that it can be pushed down the track by hand. The conversion included building a multiple-thread worm, thrust ball bearings, and a coreless motor. The idea is that if you can easily push the engine down the track, when it receives track power, it will run very smoothly. Detailed photos and diagrams are included.

From Four to Six Axles

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
31
Author:
Roland Marx
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Converting an MTH 3 rail Premier Line Dash 8 to 2 rail. He made castings of the correct trucks. Includes many model photos, including construction photos, and a parts list.

Gary Schrader's Improvement Wonderland

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2015-11/12
Page:
46
Author:
Larry Sokol
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Gary Schrader is an expert in repairing O-scale models, especially Key Imports models. The article has many photos of models that Gary has reworked.

General Store

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-01
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this small store. The interesting challenge was the two large windows right next to the front door, because that leaves a very weak wall.

Grand Dreams in 50 Square Feet

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
97
Author:
Iain Rice
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
Includes prototype narrow gauge photo from 1909.

Having It All Colorado Style

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
100
Author:
George Hall
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This article describes Richard Miller's O-scale standard and narrow gauge Denver & Rio Grand Western. Includes a track plan.

Holsteins and Heavy Freight

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
76
Author:
Matt Bushong
Category:
Scenery - People & Animals
Description:
A fictional story about a small scene at an SP siding, with several close-up photos.

How Deep the Valley

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
46
Author:
Bill Bramlage
Category:
Layout Construction
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.

Illinois Central Scale House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-03
Page:
24
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Prototype and model photos accompany this article about a very small structure which is vital to the financial success of the yard operations of a railroad. Also included are scale drawings.

Improving Weaver’s 53' Flat Car

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 01 March 2002
Page:
27
Author:
Edward F. Bommer
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
The author describes the details he improved on this car to make it a better representative model of a UP 70 ton Commonwealth Steel
Castings flat car.

In Memoriam - Harmon Monk

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
10
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
This article reviews O-scale brass modeler Harmon Monk's projects.

In Memoriam Louis Bartig

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-03/04
Page:
12
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
A talented designer and model builder passed away.

Interurban Classic

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-10
Page:
30
Author:
Bob Hegge
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:
The author shows how he built this model of the J.C. Brill Combine 7 owned by the United Railways System. Includes parts list, many construction photos, and scale drawings.

Keeping Track of History

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
94
Author:
George Hall
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The 8 by 25 foot permanent display of an O-scale layout in the Los Altos History Museum helps visitors to view the past of the local area. Includes a track plan and many photos.

Kimpei Sofue's Life

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Tad Daito
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:
The story of the life of Mr. Sofue who built brass engines for KTM, Max Gray, both O- and HO-scale.

Kitbashing a GN Boxcab Switcher

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
55
Author:
Thomas Jones
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:
The author describes how he built this engine using lots of junk parts and an Atlas WDT switcher.

Kitbashing a PRR Tower

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-08
Page:
70
Author:
Ron Gribler
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Starting with an Atlas O-scale signal tower to create this PRR tower. Fully detailed interior is visible via the removable roof.

Kitbashing a Rock Island Mixed Train Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-07
Page:
71
Author:
Jim Zwernemann
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
The author converted a San Juan Car Company's D&RGW boxcar and convert it into this caboose, similar to what the prototype did in 1915. Includes model and prototype photos, and scale drawings.

Kitbashing a Seven-ton Shay

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-10
Author:
Mark Fry
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author describes how he used the HO-scale MDC Shay kit to build a replica of the Gilpin No. 1 Shay. The article includes model photos, various diagrams, scaled drawings, and a parts list. Includes a sidebar by Wayne Weatherstone on mastering the infamous MDC Shay mechanism.

Kitbashing Four O Scale City Buildings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
89
Author:
Robert Ottosen
Category:
Structures
Description:
Taking four identical kits and transforming them into unique buildings.

LaserKnife-Laser Cutter

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-01
Page:
78
Author:
George Riley
Category:
Tools
Description:
Using the Micro-Mark LaserKnife 2525 laser-cutting machine and CorelDRAW, the author creates a laser-cut kit for himself of a simple "shotgun" house.

Lee Hart's PRR Birdsboro Division Eastern Ridge & Chestnut Branch

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-03/04
Page:
37
Author:
Amy Dawdy
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
A visit to Lee (and his brother Larry) Hart's 24'x36' 2-rail O-scale layout. The article includes many layout photos. No track plan.

Linfield Northern & Southern RR: Northfield Yard

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
21
Author:
John P. Dunn, Sr.
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
The author describes how he built his 2' by 6' switching layout to take to shows for only about $275. Includes photos of the layout (including an overhead one that shows the track plan). The idea is that larger layouts aren't necessarily better; it's all in what you enjoy.

LionChief Plus Lackawanna 4-6-0 Camelback

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
23
Author:
George Brown
Category:
Product Review
Description:
Review and photos of the model.

Make a DCC Wrecking Crane

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
30
Author:
Ed Reutling
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:
The author describes how he converted a Lionel wrecking crane from 3-rail TMCC system to 2-rail DCC.

Make It Run As Good As It Looks

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
44
Author:
Bill Pistello
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Using a Lionel GP-30 body, a Des Plaines Hobbies GP-30 brass frame, and P&D drives, the author completes this model, but not without some trouble. This article is about how resolved the issues to get the engine to actually run well.

Making Ponderosa Pines

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-08
Page:
54
Author:
Ken Larson
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
The author starts by growing his own seedlings for one or two seasons. They are baked when harvested, then prepared. The article covers in detail how he decorates the trunk and applies branches and greenery.

Martin's Garage: Gutting It and Studding It

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
71
Author:
Steve Sint
Category:
Structures - Automobiles
Description:
The author opened up the Fos Scale Limited kit to show a full interior, including studding of the walls, and interior details common for small gas stations.

Mike Culham's Great Central Railway

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
86
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This is an L-shaped 32-foot long layout that measures only 30 inches wide. It offers lots of switching.

Milwaukee Electric's Snow Sweepers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-02
Page:
97
Author:
Duane Matuszak
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:
Prototype photos and scale drawings. Includes notes of the author's model.

Modeling Western Pacific's Pullman Boxcars

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
34
Author:
J. Chris Allan
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
The article is about using 3D-printing technology to design and build this model.

Modifying a Sunset Rio Grande F7

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
23
Author:
Santiago Pineda
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author super-details his A-B-B-A set, which are fully documented in accompanying close-up photos.

MTH Premier Class H9 Heavy Consolidation

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
31
Author:
George Brown
Category:
Product Review
Description:
Review and photos of the model.

My Windy River Timber Co. Engine House

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
36
Author:
Jerry L. Martin
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
Model photos accompany this article of how the author built this two-stall engine house. He won a prize with it at the 28th National Narrow Gauge Convention.

Narrow Minded

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
14
Author:
Bobber Gibbs
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
Why narrow gauge? O-scale narrow gauge is more fun and allows for more space, argues the author.

Narrow Minded

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
39
Author:
Bobber Gibbs
Category:
Product Review
Description:
Bachmann's Forney

New Haven Rail Fences

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-03
Page:
111
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
This article shows how to model track fences made from old rail, as still found along the Amtrak Northeast Corridor. These were used to keep people from accidentally wandering onto the high-speed track.

No Kit? No Problem!

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-04
Page:
78
Author:
Dick Scott
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The author scratchbuilt the Louisville & Nashville depot in Limestone Springs, Kentucky. Construction of the windows and the odd-shaped roof are shown in close-up photos. Includes a materials list and a prototype photo.

O Scale Adobe Buildings From Balsa Wood

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
28
Author:
Jim Gore
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes how he built this adobe blacksmith shop.

OGR Digital Library Plus Extra Pages

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
101
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
Many additional photos of layouts covered in this issue.

One for Gasoline Alley

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-02
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale 20'x28' old-style, single-pump gas station. He provides some sage advice for building structures in this article, to make sure it lasts. Lots of construction photos included.

Pennsylvania 1893 Heater Boxcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-06
Page:
88
Author:
Peter Barney
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
These PRR cars were used to transport perishable items during the winter. A heater under the floor prevented the contents from freezing. The author scratchbuilt his model from wood and plastic details. The article also includes a scaled drawing, model photos, construction detail drawings, and a parts list.

Pine Tree Route RS-2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
148
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
Modeling and painting this Alco Main Central model in O-scale.

Proto:48 A New Dimension in 1:48 Modeling

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-07
Page:
58
Author:
Randy Wilson
Category:
Model Railroad Terminology
Description:
This article describes the new true-to-scale Proto:48 designation, and how and why it was developed. Includes photos that show the difference between Proto:48 and normal O-scale materials.

Quick and Easy Interiors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
54
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Structures - Homes
Description:
Using magic markers, styrene, and other assorted materials to quickly give the illusion the interiors of stores and homes are populated.

Quincy Mining Co. Machine Shop

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-08
Page:
39
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Blocks cast to look like stone were used on the prototype structure, which is located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the model faithfully captures the architecture and texture of the original. Includes model, construction, and prototype photos, and scaled drawings.

Railroading with a Purpose

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
40
Author:
Bob Bartizek
Category:
Operations
Description:
The author describes how his layout is designed for realistic operations with 3-rail O scale. Includes many photos, and track plans. His Pennsylvania & Western layout is included in a segment of the OGR's "Great Layout Adventures, Volume 11" DVD.

Ralph Pirtle's Ozark Valley Lines

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-06
Page:
86
Author:
Bob Hegge
Category:
Layouts
Description:
This is an O-scale traction line layout in a bedroom measuring 15' by 10'. Color and black-n-white photos of this beautiful layout accompany the article.

Recap of The 48th O Scale National Show in Indianapolis

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
9
Author:
Daniel Dawdy
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
A review of the show, including many photos. Also discussed is that the owners of O Scale Resource magazine have decided to buy this annual train show, and rename it the "Indianapolis O Scale Show and S Scale Midwest Show". Photos include Jim Canter's layout (previous owner of the show).

Redesigning for Better Operation

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
98
Author:
Bob Boelter
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The first time this layout, the Great Western RR, was featured in this magazine was in October 1992. This follow-up article talks about all the changes the author made to his layout based on lessons he has learned since then.

Remembering the Reading with Lionel

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
124
Author:
Dennis E. Roguskie
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
Although 3-rail track is used, the layout looks finished and realistically designed. Three loops of track cover this 6' by 16' layout for continuous action.

Restoring a Vintage Tank Car

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
64
Author:
Tom Houle
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
The author describes how he restored this old tank car.

Route to the Redwoods Part 71

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
76
Author:
Boone Morrison
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
In this installment the author describes how he built two Dolbeer Donkeys. These were used to move extremely large logs around in the woods. Include prototype and model photos.

Sand Hoppers For the RD&S Railroad

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
54
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
The author transforms a Weaver PRR H30 and a N&W HC-1 covered hopper as sand service models for his layout. Includes lots of construction photos.

Santa Day at Lane Press

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
20
Category:
Christmas
Description:
Lane Press, a magazine printer in South Burlington, Vermont, sets up an annual employee family Christmas scene, complete with a working O-scale layout. Includes several photos.

Scale-changed Gas Light

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1981-08
Page:
56
Author:
Bill Schaumburg
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:
The author describes how he converted an HO-scale lamp for his O-scale layout, and how a similar change could be made for modeling one in S-scale.

Scene Around the Layout

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
67
Author:
Jim Harper
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
Just a single photo with caption of Jim Harper's The SP Palos Verde Division.

Scratch Building A Fuel Tank Pt 2

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author continues to work on the brass fuel tanks for the Weaver model of an Alco RS-3.

Scratch Building A Fuel Tank Pt 3

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
36
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
This installment covers detailing the RS-3's fuel tank. Lots of construction photos.

Scratchbuild a Chesapeake & Ohio High Side Gondola

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
4
Author:
Ron Gribler
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:
This article describes how the author built a 1953 50-ton gondola from brass, styrene, and paper (for the rivets). Includes cutting diagrams, step-by-step photos, and a parts list. There is also a sidebar on how to create the rivet lines.

Scratchbuild a Sandstone Station

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-01
Page:
92
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The author built a New York Central-flavored passenger station by casting the walls and then carving each of the individual blocks. He describes how he built the molds, cast them, and then carved the blocks. Also covered is how to stain the plaster casting, inserting the windows, building the corbels, and adding the final details. Included are model and construction photos, scaled drawings, and an assembly exploded 3D drawing.

Scratchbuilding a Milwaukee Road Snowplow

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-02
Page:
70
Author:
Charles C. Purin
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:
MILW X900109 is shown in this article using prototype photos and modeled in O-scale. Includes many scaled drawings.

Scratchbuilding a Mixed-train Combine

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
78
Author:
Dick Scott
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
This car has a baggage compartment in the center and two segregate passenger compartments. Includes parts list and many detailed construction photos and scale diagrams.

Scratchbuilding a Small Wooden Freight Station/Platform

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-10
Page:
21
Author:
Martin Brechbiel
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The article includes completed model photos, scale diagrams of all sides. Includes a full description of how the author created the large advertising posters on the model.

Scratchbuilding a Standard PRR Tool House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-01
Page:
95
Author:
Thomas Houle
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
The author scratchbuilt the entire structure from wood. Includes scale drawings and model photos.

Scratchbuilding NWP's Bell Springs Depot

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
64
Author:
Gus Campagna
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
This article describes the model of a very small depot found along the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Scale drawings, one prototype photo, and several model close-up photos accompany the article.

Shooting an OGR Video

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
6
Author:
Rich Melvin
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:
The behind-the-scene stories for the OGR's "Great Layout Adventures, Volume 11" video shooting sessions. Includes several set-up photos.

Signaling and Operation on the Canandaigua Southern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
98
Author:
John Armstrong
Category:
Signaling
Description:
The late John Armstrong describes how he built and manages the signals on his O-scale layout. The article includes a trackplan of his layout, several photos, and construction drawings for the signals he uses. He then describes how they use a computer during operating sessions.

Smooth Operators

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
10
Author:
Allan Miller
Category:
Operations
Description:
Exploring the idea of adding operations to a "loop-runner" layout for added interest in the hobby.

Steam Country

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-08
Page:
42
Author:
Randy Harter
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Photo essay of steam locomotives set in the 1940s of the Chicago & Illinois Midland. Many close-ups of scenic details as locomotive come through the layout.

Street Running in Bridgevue

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
50
Author:
Greg Annett
Category:
Layout Construction
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.

Styrene to Streamliner

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-01
Page:
86
Author:
Dick Scott
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
The author takes a step-by-step approach as he describes how he scratchbuilt a Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis' 4-roomette, 5-bedroom, 1-compartment, 4-section sleeping car Florida Sunset (Pullman-Standard floor plan no. 4196, built in December 1954). Includes lots of detailed photos and part drawings, as well as a parts list.

Suburban Station Renovation

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-02
Page:
72
Author:
Tom Piccirillo
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The author (the general manager of Micro-Mark) takes a simple Atlas O-scale structure and turns it into a DL&W station in Berkeley Heights, N.J. This kit is also available in HO and N-scale.

Superdetailing a Pacific Coast Shay 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
50
Author:
Allen J. Brewster
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author starts his series on how he built and then superdetailed the O-scale Sunset Models Pacific Coast Shay, a standard gauge engine. The article contains prototype photos, completed model photos, parts photos and diagrams, and construction detail drawings.

Symmetrical Tilting Mechanism

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
31
Author:
Tad Daito
Category:
Track
Description:
The author describes how he developed a system by which the car will tilt on bad track, simulating the real-world rocking-and-rolling that equipment does. (related web page)

Taking it to the Streets

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
88
Author:
Michael Tylick
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:
Adding details to roadways, including cracks, a construction site, and junk.

Telegraph Poles - One Last Time

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
60
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
This article delves deeply into the design and construction of telegraph poles and how to make detailed scale models.

Texas & Pacific No. 300 Baggage Dormitory Car Part 1

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
34
Author:
Bill Basden
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
This is the first installment of a series describing how to build this car. This installment covers the prototype research, and includes prototype photos.

Texas & Pacific No. 300 Baggage Dormitory Car Part 2

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
19
Author:
Bill Basden
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
This installment covers the tools and materials needed, and the start of the construction phase. The author is a professional model builder.

Texas & Pacific No. 300 Baggage Dormitory Car Part 3

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-03/04
Page:
15
Author:
Bill Basden
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
This installment covers the construction of the car body. The article starts off with how to determine dimensions from a photograph when starting some known dimensions, such as a truck.

The 2016 Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
64
Author:
Daniel Dawdy
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
The author describes his visit at this show, with lots of photos focusing on O-scale products and layouts.

The Art of Finescale

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
16
Author:
Michael Cougill
Category:
Track
Description:
How to install feeder wires to track without them being visible later on.

The Blue Smoke RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
96
Author:
Michael Primack
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
Moving to more realistic track gave the author the desire to continue to build a large Lionel layout.

The Carolina & Western RR

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-01
Page:
60
Author:
Jim Saunders
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The author describes how he changed from HO to O-scale, even though he was firmly rooted in HO. The new layout measures 13.5' by 36'.

The Chicago & Utopia Railway

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2015-11/12
Page:
20
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
The author was there for the last run of Ed Halstead's layout (they are moving to a smaller home). In addition to many photos of the layout, the article covers Ed's youth, and how he got to eventually building this traction-based layout. (related web page)

The Great Northern Pacific Railroad

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
34
Author:
Michael Luczak
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
The author describes his 16' by 32' layout, its equipment, and some of the facilities on the railroad. Includes a track plan.

The Helper Engine

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
92
Author:
George Brown
Category:
Tools
Description:
With the upcoming winter months (the article was written in September 2015), the author reviews the state of his tools and supplies, to see if anything needs to be renewed, refreshed, or replaced to work on his kits.

The Ironbound Railroad

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
6
Author:
Andy Romano
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This shelf layout goes around three walls of the author's two-car garage. The article describes how he got into O-scale, and how he constructed this, his second O-scale layout. Trains are run using on-board radio-controlled, battery-powered engines. Although the layout is used for operations, the many detailed scenes is really the author's joy in the hobby. Includes many close-up photos and a track plan.

The Modern Image

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
24
Author:
Gene Clements
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:
Heavy-lifting cranes, and how to find models of them on eBay.

The O Scale Addison Tie & Timber Company

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
70
Author:
Bryan Nolan
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
A very-well detailed and award-winning diorama of a store with a backshop.

The Quarry Powerhouse: A Model with Sound & Lights

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-06
Page:
66
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
The author scratchbuilt the structure and installed DCC-controlled sound and lighting. The construction of the building isn't the main focus of the article, but the electronics installation is. All items are neatly laid out and attached to the roof of the structure, including the speakers.

The Quitman Depot

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-04
Page:
72
Author:
Thomas A. Yorke
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
This article describes how to make an MTH plastic structure look like weathered wood.

The Recycled RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-12
Page:
111
Author:
John Grams
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Building a 4' by 6' layout for Christmas, made up entirely of items found in garage sales, rummage bins, and train shows. Half of the fun is in fixing up old things to make them work again.

The Southern

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-08
Page:
48
Author:
Stuart Ramsey
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This large 32' by 24' basement layout continued to grow over the years. It includes two yards and quite a bit of mainline. The scenery is stunning. The layout is freelanced but based on the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland or Virginia.

The Ullian Machine Shop

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-11
Page:
89
Author:
Brian Nolan
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes how he built a diorama of buildings in O-scale despite being a dedicated HO-scale modeler. One building is made out of hydrocal simulating stonework.

The West Tennessee Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
58
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
Louis Ertz's 26' by 53' O-scale layout. It is a walk-in layout with generous curves, beautiful structures, and nicely painted backdrops. The whole room is finished with carpet and wood skirting to the floor.

The Willoughby Valley R.R. Adventure

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-12
Page:
101
Author:
Mark Bresher
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This 027 layout includes lots of details and mini scenes. Part of the purpose for the layout is as a setting for children's stories for videos.

The Workshop

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
43
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
This column focuses on making a small modification to install Kadee couplers on an Atlas SW switcher.

Traction Action

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
12
Author:
Roger C. Parker
Category:
Traction
Description:
The author describes various ways to model where the Sacramento Northern meets the Key System at 40th and Shafter in Oakland, California. Includes a track plan idea.

Trainland U.S.A.

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
118
Author:
Dick Christianson
Category:
Museums
Description:
Iowa farmer, Red Atwood, with the help of full time and seasonal "employees" turned his basement into a Lionel museum, which is still open during the Summer season. The article includes a trackplan, and many photos.

Trap & Garnet Ridge Railroad

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
47
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
The author describes how Mike Hurlburt got into model railroading, getting started in modular N-scale modeling, and then switching to O-scale. Includes photos of the layout, as well as a track plan. Operations is important to Mike. An interesting solution to a lift-up bridge is shown.

Two New Cabooses for the Wisconsin Southern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
78
Author:
Thomas J. Houle
Category:
Cabooses
Description:
The author started with two Atlas bobber cabooses to kitbash these models. Includes construction photos and detail diagrams.

Two-stall Engine House Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-02
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The author shares how he started this project, by building the walls, the doors, and how to weather the walls.

Two-stall Engine House Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-03
Page:
84
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
This installment completes the construction of the engine house by building the interior trusses, center beams, and lighting.

Using Worn Effects

Magazine:
The Weathering Magazine Volume 1
Page:
16
Author:
Jamie Haggo
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
This article shows how to model heavy paint chips wearing on a Japanese Navy airplane.

Utility Poles

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
60
Author:
Garry Woodard
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Describes how Gary built his telephone and telegraph poles. The article includes typical prototype sizes for the pole and the cross arms and how to simulate the insulators (using beads). Includes step-by-step construction photos.

Warner Clark’s Maumee Basin Lines

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
6
Author:
Mike Cougill
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
Modeled after the Nickel Plate's Clover Leaf District, this two-level layout measures 26.5' by 19' in an L-shape. A hinged-gate provides access to the interior of the layout. All track is handlaid code 138 and 125 and controlled via DCC. Includes track plan and close-up photos of excellent scenery. You can see more information on the proto48.org web site

What's on Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2015-11/12
Page:
65
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author shows the work he is doing on an O-scale steam engine.

What's on Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
72
Author:
Art Carlton
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:
Appel & Sons building in Coolidge, Arizona before the city was so named.

What's On Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
69
Author:
Jeff MacDonald
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
A photo of the Overland 350-ton UP coaling tower after having received its primer paint coat.

What's On Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
68
Author:
Andreas Mehrl
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
The photographer is working on a two-stall engine house, and a water tower.

Who Says O Scale is Big?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-08
Page:
74
Author:
Allen J. Brewster
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:
The author describes how he built a Whitcomb battery-powered 18" gauge electric mining locomotive.

Woodbourne Substation

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-11
Page:
60
Author:
Myles J. Marcovitch
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes how he researched and then scratchbuilt this large substation. The article includes plenty of prototype-based drawings, and model photos.

Working With Older Brass Diesel Locomotives Part 1

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2015-11/12
Page:
33
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author describes what he did to upgrade a brass Fairbanks-Morse model, H-20-44, imported by The Car Works in the 1990s. He covers how to disassemble the model, provides hints for how to upgrade the motor, how to prepare to install a DCC decoder into the model, and how to paint it. (related web page)

Working With Older Brass Diesel Locomotives Part 2

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
51
Author:
Daniel Dawdy
Category:
DCC
Description:
Converting an older brass engine to DCC is not as simple as it may sound. This installment continues with painting the shell, and adding glass and details. LEDs and the decoder installation are next. (related web page)

Yard Office - Supply Shed

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-09
Page:
32
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
This structure is a freelanced building that could function as a yard office and a supply shed for a small railroad yard. Includes finished model photos, scale drawings, and close-up detail drawings.