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The Empire & Eastern Modular Layout

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Eliot Scher, modeling in Maia’s Corners
Building Pinnacle Peaks Park
John Stup layout
Bill Pyper layout

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Bill Bramlage, build a scenery module

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Jim Policastro, Pallets at a Palatable Price

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WBB Operating Billboard
Empire & Eastern (TTOS) special run cars
HSL Lionel Consumer Publications Archive
Model Building Services station
AAA Lift Bridge
TM: Tinplate Legends 2, Lionel Nation, Hi-Rail Layouts
Scale University Farmhouse
Woodland Scenics figures sets
Weaver H30 Hopper Car

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A local dealer meets a national franchise (Chick-fil-A)

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The One That Got Away

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Don McCuaig

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Dave Minarik’s in-store layout at Mercer Junction

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John Ciccarelli, transfer caboose from junk parts
David Smith, remote control for manual switches
Greg Reimann’s layout

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Bill Bramlage, Scenery for hard-to-reach areas

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Jim Williams, Hiding Postwar Switch Machines

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Atlas California Zephyr Cars
Lionel Legacy 2-8-2

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Tom Snyder’s legacy lives

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More Sound Delight

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Build Flexible Cliffs…at your work bench!
Jim Policastro shows you how.

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Rich Ulrich’s new layout
Realistic SuperStreets for City Streets by Lee Willis
Chris Esposito’s postwar/Hi-Rail layout
Alex Muller builds a 10-foot long, double track, curved wooden trestle!
Push Button Police Car Action by Bill Parisi

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Hot Air Balloon Action with Bill Bramlage

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OGR Associate Editor George Brown reviews the MTH German BR-18 4-6-2 and a Williams by Bachmann C&O 4-6-0 “Ten Wheeler.”

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4 Lionel DVDs from Osterhoff
Woodland Scenics Tidy Track rail cleaner
Bachmann Bicentennial GG1
Diecast Direct Tire Assortment
BTS Shed
Dallee Electronics Universal E-Unit
Public Delivery Track, Atlas O/Weaver SP Boxcar
Atlas GSC Coil Cover Car

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K-Line’s American Freedom Train

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Sound Delight – A look-back at Lionel’s Railsounds

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John Ciccarell visits the old Erie Lackawanna
turntable in Youngstown, Ohio

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Joseph Cassiday, Jr.
John Ciccarelli
Fil Fillion
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Don Keiser’s Hi-Rail Empire
Armour Yellow motive power reigns supreme on this well done Hi-Rail layout.

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Bill Bramlage builds a fireworks display!
Eliot Scher – Coaling up on the Munoz Lines
Don Woodwell details the Llanerich Trolly barn
Ralph & Laura Averill’s “A-Door_Able”
layout on a door
Remembering Things Past…Peter Riddle writes about the Lionel Heritage Set series

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Bill Bramlage shows how to build your own Skid Row

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OGR Technology Editor George Brown reviews the Williams by Bachmann C&O F7s
and the Canadian Pacific D10 4-6-0 steamer from 3rd rail.

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TTOS Tank Car
Atlas O Bulkhead Flatcar
HSL Flyer Archives

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OGR Backshop Foreman Jim Barrett tells you everything you always wanted to know about transformer phasing, amp draw and layout wiring.

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Candy is Dandy
Ed Boyle takes a look at the Lionel MPC Lifesavers Tank Car

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New Colors

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Don McCuaig and the Sacramento Shops

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Jim & Linda Quick’s Red Pine River Railroad

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David Smith’s Marx Christmas layout
Jim Policastro, Tour Cars
Ralph & Laura Averill’s Door Layout
Peter Riddle, Lionel’s Heritage Series

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Bill Bramlage Creates Some Fireworks!

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The MTH Dash-8 and the 3rd Rail GN 2-6-8-0 M2

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Menards Structures or Menards Billboards
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Kalmbach Lionel Showroom Layouts Book
3rd Rail

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Backshop Foreman Jim Barrett shows you how to put dead space to good use.

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A Painless Way to Upgrade Lionel Conventional Geeps…well, maybe…

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Switch on Command

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Pictures from:
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Tom Medicus
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INSIDERS

Ready Made Toys – A little “Beep” started it all …

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Create a Special O Gauge Keepsake

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OGR Goes HD
New 1080 HD Videos from OGR!

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Thomas Visit’s Papa’s Train Layout
Where Big Steam is King
The Train Doesn’t stop Here Any More
Seasonal Scenes
Holiday Trees and Trains

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Roger Drake’s Cool Communications

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Lionel Legacy Pair
PRR E6 Atlantic and the MKT 0-8-0
Williams By Bachmann Royal Blue Plus two

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MTH Alco RS11 Diesel
Woodland Scenics General Store
Atlas O Steel Coil Car
Bachmann 0-4-0 and 0-4-2 Steamers
Model Tech Studios Trackside Details
Cancer Cure Train by RMT/Aristocraft
Lionel Railroad Club Aquarium Car
LCCA Pair of Historic Steam Locomotives
Menard’s Animated Store

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Moving Mountains

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The Almost Perfect 455 Lionel Oil Derrick

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It’s All In The Code

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Railroading in the Aloha State

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Return Visit to Phil Klopp’s Fascinating Layout

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O Scale Middle Rail Factory
Enhance the Light at the End of the Tunnel
Remembering Good Days in Scranton

HOW TO

Build A Removable Floating Truss Bridge

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The Sand House

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The Lionel 700E Vision Line Hudson
3rd rail Streamlined N&W K2a
Weaver Brass Service Station

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Brick Mortar Lines the Easy Way

COLLECTOR’S GALLERY

Lionel’s Standard Gauge Commodore Vanderbilt Set

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MTH Protosound 3.0 – A First Look

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Star of the Great Locomotive Chase

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Dave Allen’s winning entry in our Layout on a Door contest

FEATURED ARTICLES

Dave Allen’s Door Layout
Dave Hikel, Using MTH ScaleTrax
John Ciccarelli, The Lou Holtz Museum Layout
Jim DiMeo, TMCC Ground Planes
Bob Cebula Layout

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Bill Parisi, Action-packed LEDs

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MTH General Electric U25B
Williams by Bachmann E7

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Public Delivery Truck: Weaver TOFC
HSL Lionel Catalog Archive, 1900-24
H&J Ferns
R&L Lines Track Scrubbing Car
TM Lionel Repair DVD
RMLI Submarine Flatcar
Little American Works Bridges
Woodland Scenics Trees
Seneca Junction PS-1 Boxcar

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Create a Deadman’s Switch

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7 letters from OGR readers

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The Desirables

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Cruising with Commander M

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Our 250th Issue!

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Our 250th issue

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The OGR Father’s Day Gift Guide
Eliot Weisman’s layout
Eliot Sher, The All-Important Ash Pit
The Evolution of a Vision
Terry Johnson layout

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Making a Kiddie Control Panel

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3rd Rail North Shore Line Silverliners
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3rd Rail B&O T3 4-8-2
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Woodland Scenics Scenic Accents
MTH U25-B

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Quick, easy, and versatile wire hangers

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Entenmann Cars

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Prairie on the Prairie

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Santa Fe 2-6-2: There’s a prototype for everything

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Ron Mauch
Daniel Kleine
Jim Policastro

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Dave Minarik models Pennsylvania’s Union Railroad

FEATURED ARTICLES

Jim Policastro – Mott Haven Rebuild
Ed Boyle – It’s the Little Things
Bill Bramlage – A Track Beautification Project
John Ciccarelli – A Modular Approach to Growing the Hobby

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Lionel Orbitor Set
WBB Golden Memories NW2

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Atlas F3 Diesels
NLOE Museum Trailer on Flatcar
Woodland Scenics Road Repair Crew & Accessories
N.J. International Pennsy Dwarf Signals
Ross Tinplate Switch
TTOS/TCA Tank Car
C&N Designs Clay Buildings for Outdoor O
Wardie-Jay Tinplate Ties
MTH DCS O Gauge Companion

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Jim Barrett demos the new Ballast King track ballasting machine

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The Lionel TMCC Promotional Set – the one with the “?” on the box!

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Pigs & Stacks

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Pictures from Rod Murray, Brian Inch, Larry LaJambe, Bob Terpak and Bob Cebula