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Great Model Railroads 2017


In Great Model Railroads 2017, you'll find 10 of the very best layouts you'll ever see. This special issue – the only magazine that focuses on cream of the crop model railroads – explores 8 HO layouts, plus N and O layouts covering a variety of locations.

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Prairie skyscrapers on the High Line

Grain elevators establish this HO scale Rock Island layout's locale and purpose

Scale: HO, Prototype: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR, Era: fall 1969, Locale: Northeast Kansas, Size: 27 x 55 feet


Pushing steam on Horseshoe Curve

Re-creating the Pennsylvania RR's Pittsburgh Division in HO scale

Scale: HO, Prototype: Pennsylvania RR, Era: 1952, Locale: Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, Pa., Size: 33'-8 x 37'-4"


Mining British Columbia on the Dolly Varden

An On30 display layout makes a journey from Australia to Florida

Scale: On30, Prototype: Dolly Varden RR, Era: 1920s, Locale: British Columbia, Canada, Size: 3 x 28 feet


Worn-out wearhouse on the waterfront

Argentinian brothers build a 2 x 4-foot waterfront diorama over a two-week vacation


Appalachian Adventure in 3 decks

The HO scale West Virginia & Southern was inspired by the Norfolk & Western

Scale: HO, Prototype: Norfolk & Western, Era: 1950s, Locale: Southeastern W.Va., Size: 14 x 40 feet


Postcards from Bone Valley

A gallery-style layout depicts scenes from Florida's phosphate mining industry in N scale

Scale: N, Prototype: CSX/Seaboard System, Era: late 1980s, Locale: West-central Florida, Size: 4 x 7 feet


Colorado's gold fields in 6 x 10 feet

This compact HO scale layout captures the charm of western narrow gauge's heyday

Scale: HOn3, Prototype: freelanced, Era: 1932, Locale: Southwest Colorado, Size: 6 x 10 feet


Model trains as therapy

For this modeler, trains are more than a hobby — they were a way to heal

Scale: HO, Prototype: freelanced Baltimore & Ohio branch, Era: steam-to-diesel transition, Locale: Southwest Ohio, Size: 23'-9" x 47'-6"


Six railroads, one city

Simulating prototypical operations on the HO scale Kansas City Terminal Ry.

Scale: HO, Prototypes: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Kansas City Southern; Kansas City Terminal; Missouri-Kansas-Texas; Missouri Pacific; and St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco), Time: 3 p.m. Nov. 15, 1980, Locale: Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas, Size: 11 x 21 plus 11 x 40


South by Southwest

Scale Rails of Southwest Florida club has layouts in two scales

Santa Fe, Colorado & Western RR

Scale: HO and HOn3, Prototype: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and Rio Grande Western, Era: 1955-1956, Locale: California and Colorado, Size: 27 x 42 feet

Tidewater Southern RR

Scale: N, Prototype: freelanced, Era: 1950-1970, Locale: Eastern United States, Size: 4'-1" x 27'-0" plus 24" x 48"
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