Inside every Walthers Reference Book you'll find dozens of full-color photos showcasing the creations of model railroaders throughout the world. From the promise of a beginning layout to the intricate details of a 20-year work of art, you'll see the magic.

Just turn to the Magic of Model Railroading pages and be amazed, be inspired and be prepared to come away with fresh ideas for your own modeling adventures.

Want to see your railroad featured in the next Walthers Reference Book?
Send us the best photos of your layout, module or diorama and see your work published in Walthers Reference Book, Walthers website, and Walthers Social. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three photos published.

There are requirements which can be found at our upload page, this includes format and other specs to assist you in uploading images.

Entry Deadlines:
2019 Walthers Magic of Model Railroading Photo Contest - July 7, 2018

Winners will be notified by mail upon publication of the reference book. Walthers reserves the right to use any photos in future publications, social media outlets and its website. Payment will be made for use in reference book or other publications at normal rates. Questions? E-mail

Entering is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Select no more than 10 of your best images.
  2. Provide a brief caption (typed or printed) for each image. Include any unusual items you used to make the scene a standout such as private roadnames or city names.
  3. Submit your entry along with your mailing address, e-mail or phone number and the name(s) of each modeler and photographer.

Entry Form and Image Requirements

Past Winners – We are currently publishing images going back to 2014 of 1st thru 3rd place in each scale on our website.

See previous year's winners