Extra Board

Welcome to Extra Board! This section is updated periodically with short features contributed by our readers, as well as some recent favorites straight from the pages of the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette. Check back as we continue to add new articles!

Urban Narrow Gauge: Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn in HOn3

Urban Narrow Gauge: Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn in HOn3

I was amazed to discover that between 1875 and 1940 the three-foot gauge Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad had its East Boston terminal barely a stone’s throw away from my first apartment in this area.

Long Leaf Sawmill in O Scale

Long Leaf Sawmill in O Scale

I had already decided that my sawmill was to be a model of the prototype at Long Leaf, La. I was familiar with this sawmill, because I have been a long-time member of the board of the Southern Forest Heritage Museum, where the sawmill is located.

Adventures in 3D Printing

Adventures in 3D Printing

Taking advantage of 3D printing services offered by Shapeways makes it possible to create detailed custom models. Jack Burgess shows how he used modern techniques to create a convincing model of a Yosemite Valley side-dump car.

Building a Turpentine Still: A Small Uncommon Industry

Building a Turpentine Still: A Small Uncommon Industry

The turpentine industry was very important in the early days of the United States, and played a key part in the American Revolution by supplying tar, pitch, and turpentine to the navy.

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family of Publications

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family of Publications

White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired O Scale Trains Magazine from publisher Jaini Giannovario, effective immediately.

L’Aubraie: Large Scale Quarry Operation in a Small Space

L’Aubraie: Large Scale Quarry Operation in a Small Space

Once I built a 45 mm gauge, LGB railway in my garden. A few years later, I became interested in 2-foot gauge railways, and wanted to run 2-foot gauge trains on my existing LGB 45 mm gauge track.

Three Days, 20 Bucks: Alamosa to Chama

Three Days, 20 Bucks: Alamosa to Chama

Here, once again, on the former Rio Grande Southern Fourth Division, the narrow gauge rails, the wooden cars and the iron men put the Rockies to rout.

Better Speed Control For Your Live Steam Locomotives

Better Speed Control For Your Live Steam Locomotives

Controlling small-scale, live steam locomotives can be tricky. They may stall on upgrades, and often run too fast on downgrades – and, slow switching is hard to achieve.

British Columbia Logging: The HO Scale Moxy Creek & Western

British Columbia Logging: The HO Scale Moxy Creek & Western

I got back into model railroading about 12 years ago, after an absence of some 28 years. When I returned to the hobby, I decided that I wanted to create a small HO gauge logging diorama.

Sausalito to Duncan’s Mills: An On30 Dead Rail Module

Sausalito to Duncan’s Mills: An On30 Dead Rail Module

My modular, “micro-layout,” is an On30 dead-rail model railroad based on the 3-foot gauge North Pacific Coast Railroad that once ran from the ferry terminal at Sausalito, to Duncan’s Mills, and Cazadero, California.