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"Building a Layout"

This is a new book from OGR Publishing honoring the legacy of O Gauge Railroading's "Backshop Foreman", the late Jim Barrett.

Our friend and colleague Jim Barrett passed away suddenly on October 29, 2020. Jim enjoyed a twenty-four year writing career with O Gauge Railroading magazine. Jim shared his passion for the model railroading hobby in almost 200 of his "Jim Barrett in the Backshop" columns.

This book honors Jim's legacy with 45 chapters of model railroading hints, tips and tricks to improve your layout building skills and hobby enjoyment, all in one easily accessible place.

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Detail Parts ButtonThe Devil's in the Details!
Here are the detail parts you need to complete that scene.
Small parts ... at small prices, too!

Gorgeous 3-story buildings that look like small town America! Every small town in America has buildings that look like these!
6" square footprint. Available in kit form or an Ameri-Build fully built up, painted and assembled building!

2-story buildings...just right for your space!
Every small town in America has buildings that look like these, too! Here's a gorgeous set of 2-story buildings that will fit almost anywhere. Only a 6" square footprint. Available in kit form or fully assembled.

1-story buildings for your small town!

This set of 1-story buildings also have a 6" square footprint.
Available in kit form or fully assembled.

Don't have a lot of space?

Our building fronts can create the illusion of a big city
in just a few inches of space!
Only $12.95 each!

More work for the local switching crew!

These industrial buildings are designed to be used with a rail siding. Available in kit form or fully assembled.

Here are the BIG BUILDINGS!
A rail siding out back and a truck dock in front! If you've got the room, these big buildings will catch the eye of every visitor to your layout!
Available in kit form or fully assembled.

Great Layout Adventures are just that! Great O gauge layouts on video and produced by former OGR CEO, Rich Melvin.

VIDEO - Steam ButtonHere are some railroad videos in the 12" to the foot scale!

All the big steam engines that you know and love are in these videos. NKP 765, N&W 611, C&O 614, SP 4449, N&W 1218 and many more! Some of these engines may never run again. Your man cave will be knee deep in cinders after you watch these videos!

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OGR Backshop Foreman Jim Barrett's
tips and tricks are timeless!

Jim shows you all kinds of modeling tips and tricks in this set of Backshop videos.

VIDEO - Instructional ButtonLearn about DCS and TMCC in these instructional videos!

OGR CEO Rich Melvin is your host for these great learning videos. Rich has a relaxed and conversational style that makes learning these digital command systems easy!

Protect your investment in your O Gauge Railroading magazines with these beautiful OGR magazine binders. Each OGR binder holds at least 14 issues. That’s TWO YEARS worth of magazines!
Tower City Book
Tower City Trains
80 Pages of unbelievable photos with hundreds of
great ideas for your layout!