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Great Model Railroads 2020

Great Model Railroads returns with an extraordinary 2020 edition! From the editors of Model Railroader, the latest collection includes 10 spectacular layouts from hobby's top modelers. You'll find a variety of scales, sizes and locations that will inspire you to create your own layout.

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Out and back on the Story City branch

A branch of the Minneapolis & St. Louis provides plenty of operation

Scale: HO (1:87.1)  Size: 13 x 20 feet  Prototype: Minneapolis & St. Louis  Locale: central Iowa  Era: Autumn 1949 to 1951


Big mountains, small space

From Colorado Springs to the Rockies, this HO layout captures the D&RGW in 13 x 18 feet

Scale: HO scale (1:87.1)  Size: 13'-0" x 18'-6"  Prototype: Denver & Rio Grande Western  Locale: Colorado Era: late 1950s to early 1960s


Look, Ma, no wires

This 43 x 70-foot O scale empire runs on battery power, radio control

Scale: O (1:48)  Size: 43 x 70 feet  Prototype: Pennsylvania RR and New York Central  Locale: Northeastern U.S.  Period: 1950s


Pennsy's Elmira Branch in HO

A John Armstrong article inspired this huge layout, where PRR and NYC run joint coal trains

Scale: HO (1:87.1)  Size: 22 x 45 feet  Prototype: Pennsylvania RR, Erie RR, New York Central, and Lehigh Valley  Locale: upstate New York  Era: 1956


Making it mine

Details, scenery, and structures put the personal stamp on an HO layout built by professionals

Scale: HO (1:87.1)  Size: 13'-6" x 35'-0"  Prototype: Central RR of New Jersey and Pennsylvania RR  Locale: Jersey City, N.J., to Mauch Chunk, Pa.  Era: early 1950s


Ride the Sandy River

An MR contributing editor unveils his Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes

Scale: On30 (1:48, 30" track gauge)  Size: 7 x 16 feet  Prototype: Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes   Locale: north-central Maine  Era: mid 1930s


The Blue Ridge Mountain Route

Modeling a Georgia short line offers loads of operation in a small space

Scale: HO (1:87.1)  Size: 9'-2" x 10'-6"  Prototype: Georgia Northeastern RR  Locale: Georgia  Era: present-day


Modeling the New Haven under wire

An HO scale layout first seen in August's 2004 Model Railroader reaches completion

Scale: HO (1:87.1)  Size: 12'-6" x 19'-6"  Prototype: New Haven electrified zone  Locale: southwestern Connecticut  Era: 1950s to 1960s


The winds of Cajon past

Childhood memories inspired a Wisconsin modeler to re-create Southern California

Scale: HO (1:87.1)  Size: 33'-2" x 40'-7"  Prototype: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Union Pacific; and Southern Pacific  Locale: Southern California  Era: Early 1950s to early 1960s


Working the Placerville Branch

A California prototype inspired this double-deck "nolix" Southern Pacific layout set in the 1930s

Scale: HO (1:87.1)  Size: 11 x 27 feet  Prototype: Southern Pacific  Locale: Northern California foothills  Era: 1930s



A sense of purpose


Freight yard design and operation.

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