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  1. Modeltrains2021

    Steam decals

    Hi there I'm looking for steam decals.
  2. ChinaHaun19

    Who knew N gauge could be so gorgeous?!

    Months ago my mom bought herself an N gauge Bachman diesel-led train set to add to our house of train living. I would set it up then take it down time to time, and some of the train track got funky and the loco it came with became a little less reliable. Once I saw this steam locomotive New...
  3. R

    A Day on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

    My family took a recent trip on the Durango & Silverton, and I made this video journal. It has lots of great narrow gauge steam action. I hope you enjoy it.
  4. K

    Scratchbuilding WT51 Water Tender

    For those not familiar, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (in Chattanooga) has a handful of restored Southern Railway steam loccomotives, most notably #630 (2-8-0) and #4501 (2-8-2). When they do excursions with these engines, they generally use an external water tender, TVRM WT51. Below is...
  5. Repainted Mantua

    Repainted Mantua

    An older Mantua coming around the corner on the SLCR.
  6. NKP 779

    NKP 779

    EB Hi Ball circa 1956. Perishable goods behind a mighty Berk
  7. NKP 779 EB Hi Speed Freight HO

    NKP 779 EB Hi Speed Freight HO

    West bound NKP passengers wait on the siding for EB Hi Speed perishalbe freight behind Berk 779, circa 1956. HO
  8. R

    Hi everyone. New layout(hand laid track)in the works.

    well after tearing down my layout and unfortunately my grandfathers layout too, moving and getting the new house jobs done including finishing the previously unfinished basement I have now after one year in my new house started the layout. Old layout was 11x11 aprox and the new space is...
  9. R

    Need help to identify live steam locomotive

    I was given this as a child in 1976. I took it to an experienced model railroader in 1984 and he got it running. He had to make a couple of pieces of track as he said it was an unknown gage. It has the number 240 stamped on it and it is stamped - country of origin japan. It has been on a shelve...
  10. B

    Cheap Steam Loco Needs Some Help

    Okay, so I bought a $55 dollar locomotive at the Great Train Expo this past weekend knowing that it would need some help. After getting home, clearing a track and putting some power to it, nothing happened. I broke it down to bare pieces and cleaned everything up. It is definitely a little...
  11. Pacodutaco

    Designing an HO layout for my nephew...Please Critique.

    My nephew just turned 10 years old and is getting interested in model railroading. His father (my brother) and I have been modeling for 25+ years on and off so we think this is a good thing to spend time with him on. Space is limited to a 4x6 area and it has to be portable since they are...
  12. B

    Gauge 1 Live Steam Track Construction

    Dear Friends, I've recently posted a video on YouTube showing construction of my outdoor gauge 1 track. The second-half shows quite a bit of live steam running action. Footage includes some scratch built Pullman sleeper cars as well. They are resin cast from plans I developed using the 1943 Car...
  13. H

    Install a decoder in a Spectrum K4

    My son's mother took him to a train show where he convinced her to buy a used Spectrum PRR K4 (5404). From what I've found out online, this engine was released in 1994. I took the shell off the locomotive, and discovered that the rear pickup leads are not connected. The tender is hollow...
  14. Mine owned houses and Bates hotel and Munster house...

    Mine owned houses and Bates hotel and Munster house...

  15. BLI Y6b weathered

    BLI Y6b weathered

  16. Bachman Spectrum USRA 4-8-2 mod to N&W K2

    Bachman Spectrum USRA 4-8-2 mod to N&W K2

    This is before a slight re-paint and new decals
  17. N&W W6 - NWSL model

    N&W W6 - NWSL model

  18. Y

    My N&W Sterling Branch-1930's

    I uploaded some to the photo gallery of my N&W "Sterling Branch" RR. I'm trying to capture the look of south western Virginia in the mid 1930's up until right before WWII. The structures still get moved around every few months until it looks OK to me. I continue to put DCC into brass steam...
  19. kbkchooch

    Weekly Photo Fun, 1/7/11 thru 1/13/11

    All, Please allow me to kick off the next round of photos. A pair of Western Maryland 2-8-0's simmering in the summer of 1955, awaiting orders. The models are mine, the scene is on Bob Mott's modules, on the FCSME modular layout. Black and white looks cool on steamers, doesn't it?
  20. Construction of Steam Facilities on the Carson Valley Line

    Construction of Steam Facilities on the Carson Valley Line

    This is the start of construction on the steam facilities on my Carson Valley Line. lots of work to be done ( the large six stall roundhouse, trackwork, etc.) Turntable is being scratch built.

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