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Working the float bridge, the log camp, and more

By Steven Otte associate editor | September 5, 2022

A gallery of inspirational model railroad images from the October 2022 Trackside Photos

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Model Railroader’s October 2022 Trackside Photos

A black-and-red diesel switcher uses a flatcar to reach across a float bridge and pull cars from a rail barge

Long Island Rail Road Alco S-2 No. 420 uses a reach car to pull cars from the car float docked at the Eastport float bridge. John Ciesla photographed the scene on his HO scale Eastport Branch modular layout, which was featured in the November 2021 Model Railroader. The float bridge was scratchbuilt from scavenged spare parts from old structure kits and styrene Micro Engineering girders. The barge is made from a length of 1 x 4 lumber. The locomotive is an older Atlas model.

A black-and-red diesel switcher uses a flatcar to reach across a float bridge and pull cars from a rail barge
A narrow gauge geared steam locomotive heads toward the viewer through a logging camp with a pulpwood car in tow
D&B Lumber Co. Climax No. 6 switches the logging camp on the branch line, retrieving pulpwood cars that will be taken down the hill to fuel the boiler that powers the sawmill. Larry Burk of Holly, Mich., built and photographed the scene on his On30 Laurium, Mohawk & Brockway, which was featured in the November 2020 Model Railroader. The Climax locomotive and the pulpwood cars are from Bachmann. All trackage, including turnouts, is handlaid.
A narrow gauge geared steam locomotive heads toward the viewer through a logging camp with a pulpwood car in tow
A small, black geared steam locomotive pulls a green wooden coach across a street bustling with pedestrians and horse-drawn wagons

The Rangeley Express crosses Main Street in Rangeley, Maine, on its way to the Rangeley Lake House resort on a busy day in the summer of 1915. Dan Welch, from Georgetown, Texas, shot the busy scene on his HOn30 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes. Forney locomotive No. 7 is a vintage brass import by The Car Works, and parlor car Rangeley is a vintage brass import from Sango. The structures are a mix of kits, kitbashes, and scratchbuilt.

A small, black geared steam locomotive pulls a green wooden coach across a street bustling with pedestrians and horse-drawn wagons
Seated figures are seen through the open door of a dark red heavyweight baggage-coach

The crew plays checkers in the baggage compartment while Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe combine No. 2028 awaits pickup for its day’s duties on the Cadiz mixed train in 1945. John Walker of Little Orleans, Md., kitbashed the HO scale baggage-coach-caboose starting with a Bachmann Pennsylvania RR 77-foot combine. John added window screens, opened the baggage compartment door, detailed the interior, and modified the heavyweight’s roof to make it look more like a Santa Fe car. He painted it with Trucolor paints and added decals from Champ and Microscale. He photographed the car on the layout of the Northern Virginia Model Railroad Club in Vienna, Va.

Seated figures are seen through the open door of a dark red heavyweight baggage-coach
A silver Galloping Goose railcar rolls on the main line while behind it a black steam engine approaches a station

Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose no. 5 returns from a morning trip to the Iowa Tiger Mine to the town of Cole. Behind it, Denver & Rio Grande Western class K-27 2-8-2 Mikado is bound for the mine with a train of mine supplies. Dennis Jackson of Broomfield, Colo., photographed the action on his HOn3 model railroad.

A silver Galloping Goose railcar rolls on the main line while behind it a black steam engine approaches a station
A small, old-fashioned 4-2-0 steam locomotive with a green tender pulls a wooden coach past a livery yard with horses

The horse-and-buggy meets the iron horse on the Flushing & Brooklyn RR in 1838. In just a few decades, the steam locomotive would displace the horse as the primary mover of long-distance transportation. Frank DeStefano of Little Neck, N.Y., took the photo on his freelanced HO scale layout. The Norris-built 4-2-0 locomotive is a Bachmann model, as is the passenger coach. The livery stable is built from an American Model Builders laser-cut wood kit.

A small, old-fashioned 4-2-0 steam locomotive with a green tender pulls a wooden coach past a livery yard with horses

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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 fileupload.kalmbach.com/contribute. For our photo submission guidelines, contact senior associate editor Steven Otte at  sotte@kalmbach.com.

 

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