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A busy engine shop, a peaceful river crossing, a river in the Steel City, and other model railroad photos

By Steven Otte associate editor | August 6, 2021

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A maintenance crew works on a pair of diesel locomotives outside a shiny corrugated metal maintenance building
 A maintenance crew works on a pair of diesel locomotives outside a shiny corrugated metal maintenance building
The old Visalia Electric Railroad has been folded into the San Joaquin Railroad, and the crew at the Exeter, Calif., shop is working to bring the locomotives up to current requirements. Rick Sutton of Atascadero, Calif., shot the photo on his HO scale layout. The locomotives are from Athearn and Atlas. The shop building is a photo of the prototype structure, laminated on a 3D frame.
 A maintenance crew works on a pair of diesel locomotives outside a shiny corrugated metal maintenance building
A red-and-black diesel switcher running cab-end-first pulls a yellow bulkhead flatcar over a bridge
The conductor looks out the window at just the right moment to be caught by a railfan’s camera as Iowa Interstate EMD SW1200 switcher pulls a bulkhead flatcar across the Rock River. This scene is from Scott Thornton’s HO scale IAIS Milan Branch layout. The locomotive is a Proto2000 by Walthers model. Scott scratchbuilt the bridge and installed a sound module to play the sounds of flowing water and birds chirping.
A red-and-black diesel switcher running cab-end-first pulls a yellow bulkhead flatcar over a bridge
Blue-and-yellow Santa Fe diesel locomotives are serviced at a yard outside a BNSF engine shop
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe diesels await fueling at the BNSF Mojave service area. The N scale scene is part of the freelanced “Mojave style” layout built by Eugen Haenseler of Horgen, Switzerland. Eugen built the expansion to his model railroad to give him a place to store his locomotives.
Blue-and-yellow Santa Fe diesel locomotives are serviced at a yard outside a BNSF engine shop
A pair of coal trains wind under a bridge and along a river toward the camera with a city scene in the background
A pair of Pittsburgh & Lake Erie slow freight drags pass each other beneath Conrail’s Port Perry Bridge while city lights twinkle to life in the background. Todd Treaster of Burnham, Pa., who is an engineer on the full-sized Norfolk Southern, aimed his camera up the Monongahela River toward Pittsburgh on his N scale railroad for this photo.
A pair of coal trains wind under a bridge and along a river toward the camera with a city scene in the background
A small steam locomotive is coupled behind an ice-bunker reefer being loaded at an icing platform
Erie Railroad no. 132, an 0-8-0 switcher, is patiently waiting while the icing crew fills a reefer’s ice bunkers at the San Martino industrial district. The scene is on the HO scale Grand Allegheny Railway layout built by Gary Reynolds of East Amherst, N.Y. The icing platform is a modified Fine Scale Miniatures kit. Gary shot the photo.
A small steam locomotive is coupled behind an ice-bunker reefer being loaded at an icing platform
A heavily weathered Southern Pacific diesel locomotive emerges from a tunnel onto a plate girder bridge over a waterfalling creek
Southern Pacific tunnel motor no. 8546 finds itself on Santa Fe rails as it leads a westbound freight across Crazy Woman Creek. The scene – based on an actual creek with that name on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – is on John Vavra’s HO scale layout. The locomotive is from ScaleTrains.com and the trees are from McKenzie Bros. Timber Co. John shot the photo.
A heavily weathered Southern Pacific diesel locomotive emerges from a tunnel onto a plate girder bridge over a waterfalling creek
An 0-6-0 steam locomotive pulls a modern boxcar across a road crossing in front of a fieldstone farmhouse
Former Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad 0-6-0 steam switcher no. 9, finding new work for the New Hope & Ivyland short line in Bucks County, Pa., leads a train of cars from New Hope through Hood, bound for the interchange in Ivyland. Wilson Harkins shot the photo on his HO scale layout.
An 0-6-0 steam locomotive pulls a modern boxcar across a road crossing in front of a fieldstone farmhouse
A Pennsylvania Railroad diesel switcher emerges from a tunnel onto a pony truss bridge above a road and creek
Pennsylvania Railroad Electro-Motive Division SW9 no. 8529 emerges from a tunnel and crosses over a bridge while youngsters play in the swimming hole below on a summer day in 1959. Heinz-Ulrich Grumpe of Muenster, Germany, shot the photo on his freelanced 31” square N scale exhibition layout, named the Grumpy Valley Mining Railroad. The locomotive is a Life-Like model.
A Pennsylvania Railroad diesel switcher emerges from a tunnel onto a pony truss bridge above a road and creek

Trackside Photos is a showcase for the work of Model Railroader readers. Send your photos (digital images 5 megapixels or larger) to: Model Railroader, Trackside Photos, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612; or upload them to http://fileupload.kalmbach.com/contribute. For our photo submission guidelines, contact associate editor Steven Otte at sotte@mrmag.com.

4 thoughts on “A busy engine shop, a peaceful river crossing, a river in the Steel City, and other model railroad photos

  1. Didn’t believe this was a model railroad scene at first. Realism is fantastic! After some close inspection, it was the chain link fence that finally gave it away!

    1. To clarify, I was referring to the shop scene on Rick Sutton’s San Joaquin Railroad, but the same is true of many of the others here.

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