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Cover Story

The NEW Tower City

Editor’s Corner

Take it Outside

Featured Articles

The Sky’s The Limit in Tower City
Multiple Levels in the Man Cave
Two SCARM Track Plans O Gauge Cabin Fever

Here’s An Idea

Cover for your railroad’s commuters.

Product Reviews

Lionel Vision Line Big Boy
Lionel Polar Express Gold Berkshire

Backshop

Building a Layout:
Dressing Up Your Tunnel Entrances

Collector’s Gallery

Mmmm…DONUTS! Plus a Lionel Sleeper.

Helper Engine

Size and Simplicity

Scene Along Rails

Paradise By Rail

Dealer Roundhouse

Take OGR with you when you travel.
Find OGR Dealers from all over the country

Reader’s Rails

Great photos from:
Carl Rygiewicz
Edward Tucker
George Donald
Doug Chiado

Bookcase

Take it to the Streets
Lee Willis’ book on Streets for Model Railroads

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COVER STORY

Jerry Murray’s layout

FEATURE ARTICLES

Mike Guarraia On30 Harbor Scenes
An old Lionel 773 is Still Going Strong on Jim Steed’s Wonderful Postwar Layout

HOW TO

John Sethian show how to make simple Highway Posts
Roger Peterson’s Operating Ameri-Towne Fire Station

HERE’S AN IDEA

Brian Wakefield show how to achieve improved Trackmobile coupling

PRODUCT REVIEWS

OGR Associate Editor George Brown reviews the MTH Tinplate 263E Passenger Set and the Atlas Elektra Theater.

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Korber Models KISS Cradle Woodland Scenics
IGA Holly Beach Boxcar
Menards Engine House

BACKSHOP

Building a Layout: In-Floor Wire-Ways for Your Walk-Through

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

The Lionel Circus Horsecar and Corral

HELPER ENGINE

They Were Toys

DEALER ROUNDHOUSE

OGR Dealers all across the country.

READER’S RAILS

Some great photos from Linda Ambrose, Bob Glorioso, Ralph Langefeld and Ramesh Bishop.

INSIDERS

Lionel’s 115-year anniversary Atlas O Update

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COVER STORY

Alex Malliae’s Fantastic O Gauge Layout

EDITOR’S CORNER

What’s With This Social Media stuff?

PUBLISHER’S CORNER

A Family Legacy, The Misty Mountain Railroad
Remembering Charles Griffin

FEATURED ARTICLES

COVER STORY! – Check out the “JADA Lines”, Alex Malliae’s Fantastic O Gauge Layout
Also … A Day In The Life of Engine No. 45 by Al Judy

HOW TO

“Ear Protection” or How To Make a Corn Crib, by Daniel Kleine
Hiding Pesky Wires by John Rapacz

PRODUCT REVIEWS

OGR Associate Editor George Brown reviews:
3rd Rail’s B&O P7e 4-6-2
The new LionChief Plus GP7

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Weaver Beer Reefer
TM Books Toy Train Review
WBB Bulkhead Flats
MTH N&W J
Korber Fire Tower
Miller Engineering sign

BACKSHOP

OGR Backshop Foreman Jim Barrett shows you how to make a Right-of-Way Clearance Gauge

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

OGR Associate Editor Ed Boyle tells the fascinating story of the Grandson and Grandfather – The Lionel B6 Switchers of 1939 and 1991.

HELPER ENGINE

George Brown shows off a few of his Train Show Trophies

DEALER ROUNDHOUSE

Take OGR with you when you travel.
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READER’S RAILS

Check out some great photos from OGR readers!
In this issue, you’ll see photos from:
Christopher Finch
Allan Anderson
Jorge Name
Len Vonderhaar
Mitchell Sahagiam

BOOKCASE

Toy Train Revue from TM Books and Videos

INSIDERS

Lionel opens North Carolina retail store

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COVER STORY

Ken Hoganson and his Two-Train 4 x 8 Empire

EDITOR’S CORNER

The Future Is Us

FEATURED ARTICLES

Ken Hoganson, Two Train Operations on a 4×8 layout
Scenic Harmony in Wurlitzer Gorge
“No Fear” Weathering With Chalk
Thomas Yorke shows a little Acrylic Reality

HOW TO

Greg Annett shows how to do a High-Rise Kitbash

PRODUCT REVIEWS

Lionel Neil Young Signature F3s
Bachmann On30 Whitcomb Diesel

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

NLOE Boxcar
Brummy Ballast
3rd Rail B&O P7 4-6-2
Henning’s Super Chuffer

BACKSHOP

Building a Layout – The Big Valley

BACKSHOP LETTERS

Jim Barrett answers several letters from readers with questions.

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

The Rarest of the Common
Two Desirable Lionel Accessories
The 3366 Circus Horse Car & 3672 Bosco Milk Car

HELPER ENGINE

TMCC Conventional Command

DEALER ROUNDHOUSE

OGR Dealers from all over the country

READER’S RAILS

Some great photos by Gary Figi, Len Vonderhaar, John Ochenas, Mike Guarraia and Bill Bramlage

RAIL TALES

A Brand-New Station for St. Thomas with Jacques Brouillette

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COVER STORY

Skip Natoli’s Christmas layout

FEATURED ARTICLES

Holiday Special Feature– Tom Thurston 2-page Christmas card/photo
A Decade Journey of the Polar Express
John Rapacz, Porcelain Buildings for the Holidays and Beyond
Randy Bynum’s Northwestern Layout

PRODUCT REVIEWS

MTH/LCT Tinplate Starter Set
Williamd by Bachmann SD90 (NS Heritage)

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bachmann On30 WhitcombSwitcher
Millhouse River Transfer Table
American Made Steel Bridges Decking & Supports
Cal-Stewart LifeSavers Tank Car
Menards Army Tank on Flatcar
Millhouse River Indexing System
J&A Hobbies Graphics
Woodland Scenics Sully’s Bar
Harry Hieke Sawtooth Roof Factory

BACKSHOP

Foamcore: Your Layout Building Buddy

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

The Rarest of the Hell Gate Bridges

HELPER ENGINE

Backwoods Trains

READER’S RAILS

Some GREAT photos from:
Dan Raible
Ron Sholand
Jim DeVleeschouwer
Eliot Scher
George Donald

RAIL TALES

Tom Densel – The Railfans at 115 N. Main

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COVER STORY

A Tour of Eliot Scher’s Munoz Lines

FEATURED ARTICLES

John Sethian Builds BIG Trees for BIG Trains!
James Shaw’s Unique Layout
Sam Hopkins “ProtoPhotos” – A Diorama for Shooting Outdoor Photos

PRODUCT REVIEWS

MTH Streamlined PRR K4
Atlas O F3 Diesels
Bachmann On30 Scale 18′ Cars

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Weaver paints
JT MegaSteam Lubrication Kit
Madison Poster
Bachmann On30 Passenger Car
LITTLE Tank Car
RSME Hopper
CTTA-Weaver TOFC

BACKSHOP

Building a Layout: A Removable River Gorge

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

Tinplate Realism

HELPER ENGINE

A Command Dummy

READER’S RAILS

Interesting photos from Tom Masterson, Randy Bynum and Bill Teppenpaw

RAIL TALES

Matt Bushong, Life Around the Freight House

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COVER STORY

Joseph Cassiday, Jr. Remembers the C&O in West Virginia

FEATURED ARTICLES

Bill Bramlage, City Lights!
Don McCuaig and his “Copperopolis” Ghost Town
Peter Riddle – Expanding Your layout – The Easy Way

HOW TO

Eliot Scher shows how to build wooden decks for flatcars

HERE’S AN IDEA

Daniel Kleine shows an easy way to model scrap tires

PRODUCT REVIEWS

Lionel LionChief Plus Pacific
3rd Rail Southern Pacific AC-9

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Darstaed Engine Sheds
WBB Hopper
TMBV Toy Train Revue 2
Woodland Scenics Scenery
YS&T Ore Car
MTH Flashing Crossbuck Boxcar
Atlas Coaches

BACKSHOP

Building a Layout: Ring Around the Furnace

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

Eliot Welz– Ahead of His Time?

READER’S RAILS

Great photos from:
Alex Malliae
Michael Matus
Wes Applegate
John Xenides 5. Howard Karr

INSIDERS

A Big Lionel Announcement

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COVER STORY

Greg Annett’s Impressive 3-Rail Layout

FEATURED ARTICLES

Cover Feature – Greg Annett’s Layout
with photos by Norm Charbonneau
Mike Bennette Keeps Memories Alive
An Area 51 Diorama by John Ciccarelli

HERE’S AN IDEA

Making Choker Cables for MOW Loads
by Daniel Kleine

PRODUCT REVIEWS

Weaver B&M P4 4-6-2
Two Lionel LionChief Sets

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Diecast Direct Accessories
Trainpaper.com software
CTTA Tank Car
Korber Models Assembled Structures

BACKSHOP

Jim Barrett continues building his layout!
In this issue, he shows how to lay roadbed and track

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

The OGR Cars from MTH

HELPER ENGINE

Days of Yesteryear

DEALER ROUNDHOUSE

OGR Dealers all across the country.

READER’S RAILS

Photos from…
Mark Solakian
Joseph Cassiday, Jr.
Jim LaCalle
Bill Laughland
David Freeman

INSIDERS

Dunham Studios
A fascinating look at the talent of layout builder Clarke Dunham
by Jim Barrett

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COVER STORY

Jason Capra’s Wheeling & Lake Erie RR in 3-Rail O

FEATURED ARTICLES

COVER STORY
Jason Capra’s excellent model of the W&LE RR
plus John Rapacz, Little Things Mean a Lot
Glenn Gordon’s Around-the-Room Shelf Layout

PRODUCT REVIEWS

OGR Assistant Editor George Brown tests these products…
Williams by Bachmann RS-3
Lionel Y3 2-8-8-2
Redux Inspection Car Prototype

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Milwaukee Lionel RR Club boxcar
Stockyard Express Alcos
HSL American Flyer Archive
Korber Buildings
NLOE Boxcar
RRinaBox
WBB Tank Car
Weaver B&M 4-6-2
Ramesh Bishop Army Boxcar
Public Delivery Track Boxcar

BACKSHOP

Building the Layout: Making Hinged Sections
OGR Backshop Foreman Jim Barrett shows you how to
make hinged sections for your layout.

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

A Nice Little Set – From 1946!

HELPER ENGINE

Y3 Rod Run
Got an articulated locomotive that runs with all the rods going up and down together?
George Brown shows you how to change that setup and make your articulateds look a little more interesting when running down the main track.

SCENE ALONG RAILS

The Polar Express Steam Locomotive Rolls Again
Pere Marquette Berkshire No. 1225 is back on the road

DEALER ROUNDHOUSE

Check out OGR DEALERS from all over the country!

READER’S RAILS

Unique photos from:
Don McCuaig
Matt Bushong
Dan Bigda

RAIL TALES

Matt Bushong and the California Pumpkin Patch

INSIDERS

SPECIAL FEATURE!
Angela Trotta Thomas

The Artist Who Preserves Our Toy Train Memories

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COVER STORY

Joey Ricard’s Stunning Photography on his On30 Layout

FEATURED ARTICLES

COVER STORY – Joey Ricard’s On30 layout
Hal Maury’s Engine Servicing Facility
Daniel Raible’s Micro-Layout

HOW TO

Daniel Kleine – Building a Track Cleaner
David Smith – A Unique Track Cleaning Tool

PRODUCT REVIEWS

3rd Rail Great Northern 2-8-2
MTH Ohio Central GP35

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Miller Engineering Kodak Sign
Downtown Deco
TM Books

BACKSHOP

Building a Layout: Framework

BACKSHOP LETTERS

5 letters from readers with questions
for OGR Backshop Foreman Jim Barrett.

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

Waiting for a Train: Two Collectible Station Platforms

HELPER ENGINE

The Junction

DEALER ROUNDHOUSE

Check out OGR DEALERS from all over the country!

READER’S RAILS

Photos from Sam Hopkins, Tony Atkins
Christopher Masterson and George Donald

RAIL TALES

Jacques Brouillette– The Circus Comes to Town

OBSERVATION CAR

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