The History of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway

With less than 1000 route miles to its name, the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle was very much an underdog of mainline railroads. It was however a critical link for rail operations in the Pacific Northwest. Never intended for a prolonged existence, the railroad was jointly operated by the Great Northern and Northern Pacific for eventual …

Moving Mountains: Building Realistic Hills & Mountains for Your Layout

All good model railroads start with a flat plywood base, but unless you happen to be modeling the farmland of the midwest, it will soon become apparent that the real world rarely has this appearance.  Hills and mountains are a great way to add scenic interest to your railroad and to develop the believability of …

Our Top Holiday Themed Items for 2020

Although model railroads are a year-round hobby, there’s just something about the holiday season that seems synonymous with the hobby. Perhaps it’s those childhood memories of unwrapping your first train set at Christmas? Maybe it’s a recollection of the massive layouts assembled each year in major department stores? If you’re from Maryland like us, perhaps …

Era Focus: Modeling the Transitional Age

Era Overview The Transitional Age (1940-1970) was an era of contrasts, struggles, and massive technological developments. Beginning at the start of World War Two, railroading’s future was looking up. Following a slow but steady decline in passenger revenues during the previous decade (thanks to the development of the automobile) passenger and freight numbers bounced back …