5 Simple Trackplans for Beginners

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5 Simple Trackplans for Beginners We are all beginners at model trains when we first get started. Many who are becoming model railroaders now will often start with a train set from Bachmann, Kato, Hornsby, Lionel, or one of many others. As the hobby gets into our blood and we want to do more than…

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5 Famous Model Train Enthusiasts

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5 Famous Model Train Enthusiasts Model trains are enjoyed by many people worldwide. But many people don’t realize that there are a number of celebrities who also enjoy model trains. Michael Gross may be one of the more well-known celebrity model train enthusiasts, as he has hosted how-to videos and written about model trains numerous…

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Prototype Profile: GE U-boats

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Prototype Profile: GE U-boats In 1954, upset that their partner, Alco, decided not to pursue a couple of different locomotive contracts, General Electric released their first solo entry into the diesel-electric locomotive market. A four-unit set (A-B-B-A) of four-axle road units designated UM20s were sent to the Erie Railroad for testing. The units were painted…

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New Monthly Content February 2017: How to Make Gondola Loads Out of Common Household Items

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New Monthly Content February 2017: How to Make Gondola Loads Out of Common Household Items For many beginning model railroaders, the cost of the hobby quickly adds up, limiting what improvements can be made while staying within one’s budget. Model railroading is not an inexpensive hobby, after all. A good HO locomotive will set you…

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5 Great Live Steam Videos

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5 Great Live Steam Videos Live steam – large scale model trains that use actual working model steam locomotives – is one of the most amazing aspects of the world’s greatest hobby. When most think of live steam they are thinking about 5” or 7.5” gauge trains, though there are a variety of live steam…

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Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2

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Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2 The EMD SD40/SD40-2 is one of the most – if not THE most – recognizable diesel locomotives in North America. Read on for a bit of history, some photos, and some modeling ideas for this month’s Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2. The SD40/SD40-2 is a 3,000 horsepower, six-axle locomotive. The…

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New Monthly Content January 2017: Detailing Bachmann E-Z Track

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New Monthly Content January 2017: Detailing Bachmann E-Z Track For many beginning modelers, pre-ballasted or “snap” track, such as Bachmann E- Z Track or Kato Unitrack, is the quick and easy choice for ready-to-run track. However, many more experienced modelers find it to have a very “toy-like” look. What if you are a modeler that…

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My Model Train Resolutions

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My Model Train Resolutions It’s almost the new year, and like many folks you may be making a list of resolutions you intend to keep in 2017. I usually don’t make resolutions, but this year I’ve decided on a short list of my model train resolutions that I will do my best to keep in…

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