About The Builder

Photo 6James McNab is an award-winning producer and video editor with more than 600 production credits to his name.

His previous layout, the HO Scale IAIS Grimes Line, was featured numerous times in the hobby press, including Model Railroader, Model Railroad Planning, and Great Model Railroads, as well as an exclusive layout visit for Model Railroader Video Plus. James was a guest on The Model Railway Show and has presented at the St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modeler’s Meet.

He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and son, where they’re restoring a classic American Foursquare home.



Planning Tip: Fascia Signs
Model Railroad Planning 2020

Tips from the Masters – Contributor
Time-Saving Techniques for Building Model Railroads – Kalmbach Media

MRVP Layout Visit: James McNab’s Iowa Interstate Grimes Line in HO scale
Model Railroader Video Plus

Large Industries in Limited Space
Model Railroader – December 2016
Reprinted in Build Big and Small Industries for your Model Railroad

Patching Freight Cars with Paint Pens
25 Freight Car Projects – Kalmbach Books

From Hidden Staging to Visible Yard
Model Railroad Planning 2016

Less is More on a Modern Branch Line
Great Model Railroads 2015

Choosing the Right Place at the Right Time
Model Railroad Planning 2014

Locking Up Your Layout
Model Railroad Hobbyist – December 2013

Endless Horizons on The Grimes Line
The Missing Conversation #6 – OST Publications

Use Layered Foliage to Enhance Your Scenery
Model Railroader – October 2013