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Where Did The Summer Go?

Where Did The Summer Go?

With just a few days left until the unofficial, official end of summer, I’m now taking stock of what I did with my summer vacation. It’s a carryover notion, my summer vacation, from childhood, but I like it. First off, I’d say that I’m just a bit cheesed off that we never had a proper […]

August 27, 2014 0 Comments More
Chris Lane, Editor | Carstens On30, HOn3 Annuals

Chris Lane, Editor | Carstens On30, HOn3 Annuals

For someone brand new to or just curious about On30, what do you feel are On30’s biggest strengths, its main appeal? The main appeal is that it allows someone with an interest in narrow gauge to dip their toe in the water and see if it is for them, without a huge commitment of time […]

August 23, 2014 More
It’s Finally Summer!

It’s Finally Summer!

Summer seems to be the de facto time for model railroaders to find other things to do with their free time, mainly getting out in the sunshine and fresh air. Here in the Northeast, we had a particularly cold winter and a chilly spring but it looks like summer may finally be here. The temperature […]

June 8, 2014 0 Comments More
Craftsman Manufacturers

Craftsman Manufacturers

It’s sometimes easy to forget just how good we have it in model railroading today, from the quality and detail of the trains themselves to all the accessories that breathe life in to our model rail scenes. After all, with no accessories, we’re all just playing with trains on plywood. I was again reminded of […]

April 23, 2014 0 Comments More
Tony Cook Of Model Railroad News

Tony Cook Of Model Railroad News

Can you give us a little history of Model Railroad News (MRN) magazine? Model Railroad News has served the hobby for two decades. The magazine is unique in its new product orientation. Readers of this hobby magazine receive news and announcements on just released and coming new products in all popular scales of model railroading. […]

April 2, 2014 0 Comments More
Model Railroading’s Quiet Cool

Model Railroading’s Quiet Cool

Model railroad documentaries are not something we come across often, when I heard of one being produced in San Diego, CA, I had to look in to this. The documentary, and associated website, is Model Citizens. The person running the show is Sara Kelly, a journalism professor and previously the Executive Editor of the Philadelphia […]

April 2, 2014 0 Comments More
Micro Layouts In Model Railroading

Micro Layouts In Model Railroading

I had the idea of talking about micro layouts in this post. I find it interesting that these small model train layouts can be so polarizing; you either love them or think they’re what’s wrong with model railroading. I have to admit, maybe naively, but I’ve never understood this divide in the model rail community. […]

March 26, 2014 0 Comments More
Bachmann Trains On30 Interview

Bachmann Trains On30 Interview

I’d like to thank Bachmann Trains for making the Bach Man available for this interview. I’ve been seeing more and more interest in On30 railroading and thought you might enjoy hearing from the company that’s been instrumental in bringing On30 to the fore. Among other duties, the Bach Man moderates the Bachmann User Forum. Can […]

March 20, 2014 0 Comments More
Model Parts Holder For Airbrushing

Model Parts Holder For Airbrushing

Holding small, and not so small, parts in place when you’re airbrushing a model can be a delicate operation. You want to get a good even coat of paint and as important, you don’t want to ruin that coat of paint by leaving any smudges or worse, a partial fingerprint. There are several commercial part-holding […]

March 10, 2014 0 Comments More
Are On30 And Z Scale Similar?

Are On30 And Z Scale Similar?

The title of this article seems slightly absurd, I realize. An On30 loco at 1:48 could run over 1:220 Z scale loco and not even realize it had hit something, so where’s the similarity? In the early-ish days of Z scale, most people were just so taken by the size of the trains they were […]

March 7, 2014 0 Comments More
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