Fred Dole loved to share his love of the hobby for the improvement of all.
With the passing of Fred Dole, the hobby is a little bit poorer.
Fred was a consummate modeler and an enthusiastic devotee of promoting the hobby. Fred had been the Editor of O Gauge Railroading magazine and later became a regular contributor to, and photographer for Classic Toy Trains.
I had the pleasure of editing several of his feature stories and was struck by how complete his projects were, and the willingness he expressed for sharing his techniques. Fred was truly dedicated to sharing the notion that all three-rail layouts didn’t need to look alike – that you could create your own 1:48 scale world to satisfy your desires.
Fred was also a devotee to Frank Ellison's layout from "Back in the Day," and he owned several structures from that legendary layout.
Fred created an eye-popping rail/barge interface for his railroad.
Below are some of his by-lines from CTT. Dust off your back issues and check them out.
Two-level operation was designed in to Fred's O gauge layout.
CREATING A BI-LEVEL CITY SCENE
Classic Toy Trains January 2013 p. 50
CHOO CHOO BARN MARKS 50 YEARS
A half-century of success at a Pennsylvania toy train landmark
Classic Toy Trains November 2011 p. 50
MAKE A CENTERPIECE STATION SCENE
Don’t just place a building. Develop a stand-out scene
Classic Toy Trains October 2011 p. 44
BUILD A BUSY HARBOR SCENE
Expert tips for a bay, coal loading dock, & scratch-built barge
Classic Toy Trains May 2011 p. 42
BARE WOOD TO LUSH VALLEY: SCENERY FOR A TIMBER TRESTLE
Making a deep valley to showcase a tall timber trestle is easy when you follow these steps.
Classic Toy Trains July 2010 p. 42
Fred was a master of creating scenes with both trains or scenic details.
MAKE A SCENE WITH ACCESSORIES
Lionel’s new accessories are fun and eye-catching. Here’s how you can make them look more realistic.
Classic Toy Trains February 2010 p. 60
CREATE AN IDENTITY FOR YOUR MODEL RAILROAD
Develop a one-of-a-kind railroad and customizing your rolling stock.
Classic Toy Trains May 2009 p. 58
REALISTIC BACKDROPS IN 3 EASY STEPS
How to add a sense of depth to any scene using scenery fats and simple photo backdrops.
Classic Toy Trains March 2009 p. 68
REVIVING A LEGENDARY LAYOUT
Fred Dole integrated structures from Frank Ellison's layout onto his own railroad.
Frank Ellison’s original buildings on Fred Dole’s new O gauge layout
Classic Toy Trains October 2008 p. 38