On30 Narrow Gauge Model Railroading

White Mountain Central Railroad

Visit the White Mountain Central Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Conway Scenic Railroad

Bangor & Aroostook Railroad State of Maine Boxcar fresh out of the paintshop at the Conway Scenic Railroad, in North Conway, New Hampshire.

North Carolina Transportation Museum

Southern FP7 at the NC Transportation Museum loacted at the historic Southern Railway Shops in Spencer, North Carolina.

Conway Scenic Railroad Museum

Steam and Diesel power on Railfan Day at the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, NH.

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Climb to the Top of Mount Washington in the New Hampshire White Mountains on the world's first mountain-climbing Cog Railway train.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Enjoy a ride along the Toccoa River in the Chattahoochee National Forest on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Trains depart from the historic depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia and travel to the GA/TN State Line and return.

South Carolina Railroad Museum

Experience the history of railroads in SC and ride the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad (RR&W). Located near Winnsboro, SC, the museum offers hour long train rides, BBQ trains, and special events!

Monday, June 11, 2018

On30 Tunnel Portals

Are you in need of a tunnel portal or portals for your On30 layout? If so there are several options available -- either commercially available R-T-U (ready to use) or you can scratchbuild to meet your needs.

Commercially Available Tunnel Portals for On30 Layouts

Here are some commercially available On30 and O scale tunnel portals:

We have included some S Scale tunnel portals in the links above as some On30 modelers have decided on the use of S Scale tunnel portals for On30 layouts. Also please note that most if not all of the R-T-U tunnel portals still require stain/paint/weathering, and some are kits.

Scratchbuilding On30 Tunnel Portals

If you prefer to scratchbuild tunnel portal(s) you might consider these references:

There are also numerous magazine articles providing reference and how-to information for various types of tunnel portals. A few of them are listed below. For a more complete list visit the Trains.com Magazine Index - you will need a (free) account on Trains.com to use the index.

  • Select list of magazine references to be supplied after research is completed.


An active modeler in 1:64 scale (S scale) since 1998 and a relatively new On30 modeler, Michael's primary interests are in model railroading, structure modeling and control systems for model railroading. Michael is a life member of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), a member of the National Association of S Gaugers (NASG) and the Bristol S Gauge Railroaders.

Michael and his wife Deane Louise co-own Pine Canyon Scale Models, a manufacturer of S Scale and O scale structures.

Michael is a past chair of the NMRA's Digital Command Control (DCC) Working Group and was a contributor to the NMRA's DCC Standards activities. Michael continues to play an active role in the use of NMRA DCC in S Scale model railroading.

Michael previously served as the NASG National Secretary and Librarian for the NASG's Russell M. Mobley Memorial Library.


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