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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!

Modeling a Bell Locomotive Works 0-4-0T in On30

Modeling a Bell Locomotive Works 0-4-0T in On30

When I examined my information on Bell Locomotives, I realized that the running gear of many Bell Locomotives bore a striking resemblance to that of an On30 Bachmann Industries Davenport gas-mechanical.

Ball Signals on the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad

Ball Signals on the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad

Ball signals were used to protect track crossings and yard movements on many 19th Century railroads, and well into the 20th century on some. The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes had ball signals at Farmington, Strong, and Phillips.

Introduction to O Scale Narrow Gauge

Introduction to O Scale Narrow Gauge

By using models from one scale and track components from another, you can achieve the effect you’re looking for. Many hobbyists choose to work in O scale, where the larger models have more “heft” and opportunities for showing off detail that would otherwise be lost in a smaller size.