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I am a "Boys' Life model railroad researcher."
I got interested in model railroading through Boys' Life. I first saw
the BL model railroad when it was published in 1972.
A little history:
BL has published several model railroads over the years. The first
full model railroad construction started in 1959.
That first layout was an HO 4 x 8 folded dogbone layout. It had
mountains, buildings and so forth. It was expanded with a yard module to
make it a 5 x 8 layout. The series ran in bits and pieces into
1966. Over the years, I doubt any boy actually built the layout since it
took so long to publish all the articles. A lot of these articles were eventually
collected by the BSA into a booklet titled "Model Railroading."
From time to time you might be able to find it on ebay.
I have also found a module construction article that was published in the
mid 60's. The exact date escapes me right now.
Learning from their experiences, I suspect the publishers wanted to put
together a series of articles that a boy could read within a year, thus the
1971-72 layout articles were published. This layout is the one in Train
A lot of the structures from the first layout and the module were transferred
to the second layout.
The one layout that eludes me, that I know existed, was a 4 x 4 N scale
layout. There is a photograph related article in the December 1971 issue
of BL, (the same issue that is the first of the second HO layout articles) that
has a couple of pictures of the layout. I remember seeing the layout in a
previous magazine, but for the life of me, I cannot find it.
The late Glenn Wagner was the man who put together all or most of these
articles. He was the "Linn Westcott" of BL.
I kept all the original articles from the 1971-72 layout. And I've
acquired a few of the back issues as well.
I've also acquired many of the articles prior to that. I emailed BL
some years ago, and a gentleman sent me photocopies of all the Wagner articles
- just not the 4 x 4 N scale layout.
There are other construction articles that have appeared in BL from time to time over the years, even some that you can search out on google books. Out there are a lot of BL issues as far back as 1990.