Take a quick look through some of the pages in our latest issue and then download and read the issue. It's the creation of train fans from around the world (not a commercial magazine). We love trains and train related subject matter and contributed to producing this great content!
Enjoy model trains? Well, you're going to enjoy this video. The guys at TSG Multimedia US a-things-trains-cannel have put together a great collection of run-bys. What's your favourite?
Our friends at TSG Multimedia (as featured in issue 2 of Off the Tracks) produce great prototypical, model railroad and fun train content. This Layout Tour video of Jack Burgess's Yosemite Valley Railroad is one not to miss. We watched it from start to finish and the attention to detail is incredible. The trackside buildings have fully detailed interiors, for example, and the model is as lifelike a representation of a prototype as you will find. Started in 1980 the layout was completed in 2011. There are over 100 structures on the railroad and all are representations of buildings that were located around the actual railroad. Such is the focus on detail that the 'date' being modelled is August 1939! You'll only find rolling stock that is therefore appropriate to that time period, most of that is scratch built or built from resin kits. All track is hand laid. Jack explains that when he started the railroad he was bringing up his family and did not have lots of money, so he hand laid the track to literally make his money spent on railroad purchases last. The Yosemite Valley Railroad is very much a labour of love. Check it out.
In our latest issue of Off the Tracks we report on this year's Nurnberg Toy Fair
We look at the latest products from Liliput, Bachmann, Marklin, Lux Modellbau, Kato, Faller, Hobby Train, LS Models and many more and pick our favourites!
Here's a couple of our reviews
In terms of motive power we saw and liked the new class 57/3, which will be available in weathered DRS livery; the class 47/0 which will be delivered in West Coast livery; the 3-car DMU in South West Trains livery; and passenger car MK1 TSO in Regional Trains livery.
For G-scale US outline fans we saw the "old timer' 2-60 setam engine "Eureka & Palisade". A highlight of these models were the two optical sensors, one in each cylinder, that allow you to adjust the timing of the count of the steam chuffs.
There were some very beautiful and well-built models on display from Kato, such as the SNCF TGV 10-car duplex Carmillion; the TGV Lyria; the Eurostar in the newer blue livery; and the stunning DB ICE4.