If you want to build a model railroad layout it is prudent to get a few tips and learn a few how-to techniques. To keep abreast of the latest thinking, ideas, see show stopper layouts and learn about what’s new (and how much it is going to drain your pocket!!) we take these two magazines.

Garden Railways magazine specializes in G scale – the scale we are using for our new layout and its plans section is worth the cost of each issue. Garden Railways Magazine website may be found here.

Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette (the “Gazette”). The Gazette has stunning photography of (mostly) logging and mining layouts that make you drool. The how-to articles are excellent and its advertisers cover the gamut of supplies you need to build a layout like ours. Buy ’em and keep ’em for reference. The Gazette’s website is here.

Narrow Gauge Down Under Narrow Gauge Down Under is the Aussie version of the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette. The technical drawings/plans in the magazine are pure gold. The photos are superb and the articles are well up to the standard of the Gazette. Narrow Gauge Down Under is published four times a year – click here for their website.

Sample covers are below.

Tracks Ahead

If you want a weekly railroad “fix” there is a PBS series called “Tracks Ahead”. Each episode contains a visit to an old operating railroad (usually in the United States), a visit to a model railroad and a segement about a railroad photographer or artist. Well worth watching. Visit Tracks Ahead site to get details – Click here. Rumour has it that the Skunk is going to be in an upcoming episode.