MARCH-APRIL 2018: A train on Lee Bishop’s On30 Stoney Creek Branch hauls another load of Army material at the height of World War II. Read up on the backstory behind this scene and others developed by the author to enhance operations on his model railroad. All this and more in the March/April issue of the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette!

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March/April 2018

Volume 44, No. 1

Special Feature

The San Juan Extension And The Rio Grande Southern – Two HOn3 Model Railroads

by John R. Short — Ùr A’ Tòiseachadh (A New Beginning).


Don’t You Need A Live-steam Bell Locomotive?

by Sid Tiesenga — Modifying an Accucraft 1:20.3 scale Dora.

The Army Comes To Stoney Creek

by Lee Bishop — The fantasy behind an On30 layout.

The Gilpin Tramway’s Polar Star Mill And Ore Transfer Chutes

by Keith Pashina — Re-creating Black Hawk one piece at a time.

Two Railroads In One

by Richard Jorgensen — Getting the most out of a small layout room.

Adding Shelves To Your Fascia

by Peter Smith, MMR — A place for tools, throttles, drinks, and the idle hands of visitors.

Along The Narrow Gauge

by Mallory Hope Ferrell — My historic photo album: Nevada County narrow gauge, part 1.

Treasure In An Old Studio

by Mallory Hope Ferrell — A sidebar.

The On30 Fiddletown & Copperopolis

by Bill Gould — An uncommon carrier, part 7: CAD design and a 40-foot steam launch.

Scenery Techniques

by Craig Symington, MMR — Making RGS telegraph poles.

My HOn3 Rio Grande Southern Lizard Head Division, Part 4

by Gregg Condon, MMR — Big rock cut to Big Valley through Saw Pit.

3D “Printed” Brass Castings

by Charles Doan — A neat idea.

The Narrow Gauge Scene

by Charlie Getz — Tru-Scale Models, BK Enterprises, Classic Miniatures, and Trout Creek Engineering.


South Pacific Coast, Arcade Depot, Alameda Pier, California

by Gary Caviglia

Nevada County Narrow Gauge 1 Grass Valley

by David Fletcher

C&S St. Charles Refrigerator Car

by Robert Stears

The Mendocini House, Bodie, California

by Neil A. Pfafman


Robert’s Ramblings by Bob Brown, Editor

Pigeon Hole — Letters to the editor

In Brief — Small announcements, new items, and corrections

New in Review Model reviews

Book Reviews

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