Trackside Photos: A Great Northern Steamboat, an Iowa Interstate Railroad Crossing, a Zephyr on a Bridge, and more.

ByDavid M. Conte

Apr 6, 2022

A model railroad photo gallery of the April 2022 Model Railroader

A Great Northern 2-6-6-2 steam locomotive crosses a steel truss bridge over a stream in the forested mountains.

Great Northern class L2 2-6-6-2 no. 1818 drifting down after providing helper service over Stevens Pass for eastbound freight. The mountainside provided plenty of lumber for expansion into the Puget Sound area, a boon to the James Hill Railroad. Bill Kajdzik of Kent, Washington photographed the HO scale scene of Peter Murphy in the Great Northern Cascade Division layout. The locomotive is a custom painted brass model from United Models.

A Great Northern 2-6-6-2 steam locomotive crosses a steel truss bridge over a stream in the forested mountains.

A black and red diesel pulls two freight cars through a level crossing as warning lights flash.

Iowa Interstate no. 708 drives the ICSW-25 train across US Highway 6 in Iowa City. James McNab of Des Moines, Iowa, filmed the action on The Hills Line, his HO scale version of the Iowa Interstate’s Hills Industrial Spur. He used Helicon Focus software to increase the depth of field and Adobe Photoshop to replace the background and illuminate the road crossing turn signals. James documented his network construction in “The Hills Line with James McNab” video series for Trains.com.

A black and red diesel pulls two freight cars through a level crossing as warning lights flash.

A gold and silver cowl unit drives a passenger train on a high steel trestle.

the Rio Grande Zephyr crosses Faith Canyon Bridge in Colorado en route to Caribou Pass. Tim Schreiner’s HO Scale D&RGW Faith Canyon Road was inspired by Colorado’s prototype roads of the mid to late 20th century. Tim made the aspens from Scenic Express SuperTrees frames and made the plaster boulders from molds and sculpting them by hand. The locomotives are Athearn Genesis models and the bridge is made from Micro Engineering parts. Tim, from Roland, Okla., also took the photo.

A gold and silver cowl unit drives a passenger train on a high steel trestle.

A pair of green and yellow Geeps stand on a trestle amid bright fall foliage.

As the calendar stretches into the fall, the brief moment of the “soft light” of sunset comes earlier each afternoon. Happen to catch a pair of Central Vermont and Grand Trunk Geeps coming out on the trestle at Chatham Gorge today. John Ciesla of Mineola, NY didn’t have to wait for perfect lighting conditions to take this shot on his HO-scale Eastport branch layout, which premiered in November 2021 Miniature railwayman. The locomotives were undecorated “blue box” Athearn models which John tweaked, painted and weathered.

A pair of green and yellow Geeps stand on a trestle amid bright fall foliage.

A black European steam locomotive pulls a chain of green cars to Niedlingen station.

A Deutsche Bahn 2-8-2 pulls his express train to the Niedlingen station platform on a bright summer day in the foothills of southwestern Germany. The action takes place on Don Zastrow’s European-themed HO scale layout. Mark Preussler of Sheboygan, Wisconsin detailed the Fleischmann model locomotive and took the photo. Mark’s brother, Marvin, built the structures pictured.

A black European steam locomotive pulls a chain of green cars to Niedlingen station.

A black steam engine drives a mail train around the outskirts of a rail yard.

Baltimore and Ohio Mail Train #29 isn’t a usual sight at the Fairmont Yard, but a wreck last night caused this detour. Class T 4-8-2 no. 5501 slows down to pick up orders at the triage desk while L-2b no. 1682 constitutes a mine course in the yard. Bruce Elliott of Green Bank, W.Va., photographed the scene on the HO scale layout of the Pocahontas County Society of Model Engineers in Green Bank. The 4-8-2 locomotive was built from scratch by the late David Grover.

A black steam engine drives a mail train around the outskirts of a rail yard.

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