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Steam-powered freights, a streamlined passenger train, and more model railroad photos

By Steven Otte associate editor | June 11, 2021

A gallery of Trackside Photos from the July 2021 issue of Model Railroader

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Two steam locomotives pulling freight trains pass each other beneath a signal bridge
Two steam locomotives pulling freight trains pass each other beneath a signal bridge
Two Pennsylvania RR class J1’s pass in the early evening, one laboring upgrade with a manifest freight and the other drifting with a train of empty hoppers. The action takes place on Lee Gasparik’s O scale PRR/New York Central layout, which was featured in Great Model Railroads 2020. The layout runs on battery power and radio control. Paul Kahne photo
Two steam locomotives pulling freight trains pass each other beneath a signal bridge
Two formally dressed figures stand beside a steam-powered one-car excursion train in a mountainous setting
Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus J. Ott (of the Philadelphia Otts) wait for the company photographer to emerge with his equipment and shoot their portrait as they “rough it” on their Western excursion. Ron Foreman of Glendale, Calif., took the picture on his HOn3 Devil’s Gulch & Helengon RR. Ron modified the former Denver & Rio Grande locomotive and scratchbuilt the shorty tender to fit on the railroad’s 51-foot turntable. He also kitbashed the Model Die Casting combine.
Two formally dressed figures stand beside a steam-powered one-car excursion train in a mountainous setting
A weathered steam engine leads a train past a white clapboard station in an Appalachian town
Bluefield & Allegheny Central Extra 777 South, a 2-8-4 Berkshire, moves a block of reefers through William’s Ridge while a 2-8-2 Mikado passes behind the depot in May 1949. Nathaniel Emerson of Atlanta photographed the fast freight on his freelanced HO scale layout. The Berkshire is a Bachmann model; the Mikado is from Broadway Limited Imports. Nathaniel kitbashed the depot from a Tyco kit.
A weathered steam engine leads a train past a white clapboard station in an Appalachian town
A red-and-silver Santa Fe diesel leads a streamlined passenger train through a California scene
The eastbound San Diegan rolls through a grade crossing in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., on its two-hour journey from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego. Alain Kap’s HO scale layout depicts the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe’s 4th District, also known as the Surf Line, in the 1940s. The Electro-Motive Division E1 is a Broadway Limited model, and the passenger cars are from Wm. K. Walthers. Alain shot the photo.
A red-and-silver Santa Fe diesel leads a streamlined passenger train through a California scene
 A red-and-black Canadian Pacific diesel switcher pulls a pair of empty hoppers in a wooded setting
Canadian Pacific Electro-Motive Division SW9 no. 7400 is reflected in a pond as it pulls a pair of empties on its way to the Bluebell silver mine to switch them out for loaded ones. Scott Cornelsen of Mendon, Utah, photographed the scene on his N scale CP Kootenay Lake Branch, which is set in 1970. Scott scratchbuilt the conifers using the bottle-brush technique.
 A red-and-black Canadian Pacific diesel switcher pulls a pair of empty hoppers in a wooded setting
A pair of modern diesels rolls a freight train past a bustling downtown scene
Proudly wearing the “Spirit of the Union Pacific” paint scheme commemorating the United States armed forces, UP no. 1943, an Electro-Motive Division SD70ACe, leads its freight train past downtown Truckee, Calif. Andre Peraroyan of Richmond, Calif., built and photographed the scene. The lead locomotive is an Athearn model; most of the structures are from Woodland Scenics.
A pair of modern diesels rolls a freight train past a bustling downtown scene
A blue-and-green diesel picks up a pair of hoppers under a mine loader
Now that the mine’s winch cable has been disconnected from the loaded coal hoppers, Rocky Canyon Ry. no 2390 moves in to pick them up and tack them onto the rest of the freight local waiting on the main. Dick Piehl of Whitewater, Wis., photographed the scene on his HO scale model railroad, set in Montana in 1952. The locomotive, a Fairbanks-Morse H15-44, is an Atlas model.
A blue-and-green diesel picks up a pair of hoppers under a mine loader
A steam engine, wheels blurred by motion, is illuminated by camera flash as it rushes by at night
It’s the mid-1950s, and the Pennsylvania RR is as busy as ever, as evidenced by class H10s 2-8-0 Consolidation no. 9422, captured by the camera’s flash as it rushes through the night near Norristown, Pa. Mike Nanton of Camillus, N.Y., photographed the scene on his HO scale 4 x 8-foot Pennsy layout. He anchored the Broadway Limited engine’s coal train with three stationary locomotives and used a 15-second exposure to capture the motion blur of the wheels.
A steam engine, wheels blurred by motion, is illuminated by camera flash as it rushes by at night

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.

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