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How to Post a Photo to the Forums
Posted by Steven Otte on Monday, August 03, 2015 11:33 AM

Whenever someone new joins the Forums, they often have trouble figuring out how to post a photo. Here's how.

Step 1: Prepare your photo. It should be saved in JPG or GIF format, and no more than 1 megapixel in size (approx. 1000x1000 pixels).

Step 2: Upload your photo elsewhere. You can't actually post a photo in a Forum message. What you can do is post a link in your message that calls a photo posted elsewhere. So you'll have to put your photo somewhere on the Web that's publicly viewable. Many Forum members use Imgur, Flickr, or their personal websites. [EDIT 6/30/2017: You can no longer use Photobucket for "third-party hosting" without paying for a premium account. This is a Photobucket decision, not ours. Please don't complain to us. –SWO] Whatever hosting site you use, make sure your settings allow your photo to be viewed by anyone, or all you'll get is a broken-image icon. The Model Railroader User Gallery won't work, because it requires you to be logged in. Any site that requires a login won't work, even if visibility is set to Public. That includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like.

Step 3: Copy the address. Right-click (or on a Mac, control-click) to view the image by itself, not embedded in a web page. Copy the address of the photo from the address bar at the top. If it doesn't end in ".jpg" or ".gif", you're still looking at the picture on a web page, not the picture itself. Some photo hosting websites have a button allowing you to copy the photo URL to the clipboard; if so, use that.

Step 4: Start your post. Create a new post on the Forum as usual, using either the Reply function on an existing thread or the blue "Create a new discussion topic" button in the Forum list view.

Step 5: Insert your picture. Click the "Insert/edit image" button above the message window. It looks like a picture of a mountain and the sun. Click it and paste the image URL you copied into the "Source" box in the window that comes up. Then click OK. Repeat and add text as necessary. Then post as usual.

I hope this helps!

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Posted by Steven S on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 9:48 AM

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Posted by rrinker on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 10:53 AM

 Whatever code it uses for that middle block that includes the picture posting icon is often blocked by IE and Chrome. IE it sometimes can be fixed by adding the site to the compatibility view, in which case it works for a while and then goes away. Then taking the site out of the compatibility list and it works again, for a while. Similar results with Chrome, it will initially work and then the icons once again disappear. There is something very wrong with the forum software in this version. I haven't tried lately, is bbcode back on? That was the always-work method, no icon needed.


and boom, your picture was inserted.


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Posted by doctorwayne on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 11:12 AM

Too much rigmarole for my computer "skills". Dunce
My photos are stored in photobucket:  pick the photo you wish to post here, click on it to get an enlargement, then click on the line of data (to the right) entitled "img".
This automatically copies that data, then simply "paste" it in your composition window here.  It will appear there as a line of data, but will become the picture once you "Submit" your post.


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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 3:19 AM

I don't see those icon either. It skips from cut and paste to preview and happy face. I'm using IE 11.

If I want to post a picture I just find it on the internet and right click on it then click copy. then I just paste it here like this by either right click and paste or Ctrl + V:

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 20, 2016 12:38 PM

Click on the picture you´d like to post here in your photobucket library. The picture opens up, click on the "Direct" link. Go back to your MR post, click on the "picture" icon and paste the picture link into the "Source" field- Click OK, and there you are!

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, June 20, 2016 12:46 PM

When I'm in Photobucket, select the photo I want to post then click "Direct" circled here in red:

It briefly flashes yellow and says "copied"

You're done in Photobucket.

Go to the MR reply you want to post the photo in, click the "mountain icon" to open the "insert/edit photo" link dialog box.

Simply hold down Ctrl key then the letter v (Crtl+v) and your link should appear in the URL "Source" box of the link photo frame.

The photo should show up in your post almost immediately. I hit "Enter" once to get my text cursor below the photo in order to continue adding text.

For some reason when some people post a photo ALL of the text following the pic is also the link to Photobucket. I don't seem to have this problem.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, June 20, 2016 12:57 PM

Hi rrebell:

I'm going to assume that you have your pictures already on Photobucket. If not, let us know and we can walk you through that too.

To get your picture from Photobucket to the forums, first start by having two windows open in your browser, one for the forums and the other for Photobucket.

Then start to type your post in the forums. When you get to the point where you want to insert a picture, switch to the Photobucket page and find the thumbnail sized picture in the library. There are a couple of ways to copy your picture but I will only explain one in order to keep this simple.

Left click on the thumbnail to make the picture bigger. Then go to the right side of the screen where you will see four options. The second one down says 'Direct'. Left click in that box. The word "copied" should briefly appear highlighted in yellow.

Next, go back to the forum page and position your cursor where you want the picture to appear. In the command menu across the top of the message window you will see an icon which looks like a picture of mountains with the sun. Left click on that icon and a window will come up called 'Edit Image'. Right click in the 'Source' box, and another window will pop up. Left click on 'Paste' and hit OK.

Your picture should show up in the text of your post.

I hope you can follow this. It is hardly intuitive but once you have done it a few times it becomes quite easy.

Remember that you can't move the picture in Photobucket or it will no longer appear in the forums. You can copy the picture to a second location but the original has to stay in place.


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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, June 20, 2016 1:03 PM

Excellent instructions, Dave, and Ed as well.

I will add one caution about the Photobucket format. If you store all of your photos in the general Library location, a link to one photo will make all photos available. So, if you only want to share certain photos, place them in a separate Album and check the Private box. That way, your link will only take the viewer to the photos that you want viewed.


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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, January 07, 2017 11:37 PM

Hey Darryl:

Let's see if we can cut to the chase:

- Sign up for a Photobucket account.

- Download your pictures to your computer. Make sure you change the file names to something you can easily find. Keep the 'Pictures' file open.

- Open a second window and go to your Photobucket account.

- Here is where Photobucket can be a nuisance. You have two choices as to where to store your photos. One is in your 'Bucket'. The other is in specific files that you create. The 'Bucket' is the default storage file but currently it isn't working properly so forget about it. Instead, you want to 'create a new Album'. You can label the Albums whatever you want.

- Once you create an Album, select it and a screen will appear that says 'Click to Upload'. When you click on that you should be taken to your 'Picture' folders. Find the picture you want to move to Photobucket and double click on it.

- After a few moments the selected picture should appear in the Photobucket album that you have selected.

- Once the picture is saved in your Photobucket album there are a couple of ways to deal with it. The easiest is to click on the thumbnail photo, and it should open up a larger view. On the right side of the page there will be four boxes. The second one from the top will say "Direct'. Click on that and the word "copied" should appear highlighted in yellow in the box temporarily.

- Now, go to your MR forum post and type in whatever message you wish. When done, in the bar above the text window you will see an icon which resembles a mountain scene. Click on that and a window will open. Right click in the top box and select 'Paste'. and then click on 'OK'. Your picture should appear in your post.

Yes, the process is that convoluted! It sounds worse that it actually is. Once you have done it a few times it will be easy.

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, January 08, 2017 5:10 PM

Gotta ask, John: How fast is your internet service?

I have high-speed internet (12Mbps) and use and it only takes a few seconds to upload a photo of <1MB.  If you already have high-speed internet then go with another photo-hosting website.  I've been relatively happy with and don't pay a cent.


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Posted by tstage on Sunday, January 08, 2017 6:39 PM


Yes, you can.  That's why I recommended it.  (FYI: RailImages is part of

After you sign up:

  1. Log into your account at the top right of the page
  2. Click on "RailImages" in the upper manu bar then "Your Media" under the Media Navigation heading on the left side of the page
  3. Click on the "Add Media" button in the upper right of the page
  4. Click the "A Site Category" radio button
  5. Pick "RailImages Member Galleries" from the pull-down menu
  6. Click the "Upload Image" button to upload your photos from your computer
  7. After the image has uploaded, left click on the photo
  8. Right click on the larger photo and choose "Copy Image Location"
  9. Click the "Reply" button in the thread you want to post in
  10. Click the "Insert/edit image" icon (bottom row, to the right of the chain icon) above the text box
  11. Paste your photo URL in the "Source" text box
  12. Click the OK button - Your photo will now be displayed in your text box, like the one below

  13. Click the "Submit Your Reply" button to add your post to your thread

That's it!  I find that right clicking on the photo is the quickest way to copy the URL of the photo.

Hope that helps, Tim...


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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, January 09, 2017 2:45 AM

There have been several posts about Photobucket's speed on the forums in the past few months. One common complaint is that it takes forever to upload a picture. There is a solution for the problem which works well, at least for me:

When you go into your Photobucket account to upload a picture, do not use the 'Upload' button on the main header. If you use that 'Upload' button you will be storing your picture in your 'Bucket' which is a 'general use' file (for lack of a better term). Trying to upload into the Bucket seems to be where the problem lies. Instead, go to 'Library' and select (or create) a specific folder for your subject. When you open the specific folder there will be a window that says "Click to Upload". If there is nothing in the folder the window will occupy most of the page. If you already have pictures saved the 'Click to Upload' window will appear in the upper left of the screen. I have recently uploaded quite a few pictures using this method and I have not experienced any unreasonable delays.

I will qualify my suggestion by pointing out that I have a paid subscription to Photobucket so it may not work if you are using the free service.


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Posted by BroadwayLion on Monday, January 09, 2017 7:10 AM

Right click on the larger photo and choose "Copy Image Location"

Yes, you can do this with any image that you can see on the web. BUT... You must discover that you are really looking at the image on not the page that the image is on. For example, if you go to Google Images, you are looking at a web page and not the actual photo. You will have to click on the photo to open it so that you are looking at the real location of the photo and not a database notation of the photo. Sometime you will need to go to the site on which the photo actually appears to get the real location of the photo.

Y use this all of the time, even if I am copying the photo from my own server.



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Posted by tstage on Monday, January 09, 2017 8:22 AM


Yes, I understand that.  I've found that if I do NOT go to the source of a photo then I usually get one of reduced size - i.e. too small to view.  If the orignal photo size, however, has a high resolution and is huge, I drop back one layer and click on that photo for the URL.


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