Chasing the SP&S on the HO Scale Columbia Gorge Lines and SP’s Natron Cutoff Under Construction in HO


Columbia Gorge Lines & SP’s Natron Cutoff

Video Run Time: About 121 Minutes
All video is accompanied with narration except for the cab rides.
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Language: English
Appropriate for All Ages
Blu-ray Specs: Format 720/60p for Topset Blu-ray Players
DVD Specs: Format 480/30p for Topset DVD Players
Produced by Trackside Model Railroading™

Washington Side of the Columbia Gorge Lines in HO Scale
Tour the Washington side of the 60×70 foot beautiful Columbia Gorge Lines, focusing mostly on the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway in the 1950s. The SP&S owned the main line on the WA side at that time. For those who enjoy more modern railroads, we include photographs of newer BNSF trains (which owns the main line today) as well as a mixture of other railroads: Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, Amtrak, and a little Southern Pacific and Cotton Belt power. A creative ride-along story is included on the video on an SP&S train. This movie is a good choice for those who enjoy seeing longer trains.

The Southern Pacific’s Natron Cutoff on the Oregon & California Railway in HO
Bill Baker’s freelanced Oregon & California Railway models the Southern Pacific’s Natron Cutoff through the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. In Bill’s world, the O&C owns the line and leases it to the SP. You will see mostly SP steam locomotives along with a few diesels. You will also see a few Spokane, Portland & Seattle locomotives, as the railroad has trackage rights on the O&C’s line. Bill’s feature is a bit different than our usual tours, as it is a work in progress and shares many behind-the-scenes building ideas. We share the story of the freelanced railroad as well as some of Bill’s building and wiring ideas.

Build a Custom Pipe Load: Part 1
We show you how to make your own custom pipe load in a two-part project. (Part 1 is in this video, and part 2 is in the one featuring the N scale Columbia River Gorge and the Northern Pacific & Stampede Pass Railway.) The project is simple but a bit time consuming, which is why we have split it into two parts. You can build this load for a bulkhead flatcar.

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Weight.25 lbs
Dimensions6 × 4 × .5 in


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