My Ten Favorite Songs About Trains and Railroading

My Ten Favorite Songs About Trains and Railroading It’s the holiday season and trains – both model and prototypical – are on the minds of many. Lately, I’ve blogged about Christmas-themed model train videos and prototypical holiday trains. While doing each, I listened to a lot of songs about trains and railroading, most well-known and…

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Prototype Profile: Holiday Trains

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Prototype Profile: Holiday Trains During the holiday season, a number of railroads in North America, from big Class I lines to small museum railroads, run special trains. They are labeled holiday trains, Christmas trains, Santa trains, Polar Express trains (after the popular children’s book and film), and so on. For many railroads, this is a…

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New Monthly Content December 2016: Building a Winter Scene

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New Monthly Content December 2016: Building a Winter Scene Modeling a winter scene, especially at this time of the year, is many a modelers’ desire. You may want to build a small holiday-themed display that is temporary in nature or a section of your large layout that is set in the winter time – or…

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Five Holiday-themed Model Train Videos

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Five Holiday-themed Model Train Videos Thanksgiving is over and I am stuffed like the proverbial turkey! And with Thanksgiving, we begin a six-week long period of various fall/winter holidays. No matter what holiday(s) you observe during this period, we here at Model Trains for Beginners hope that model trains somehow plays a part. To get…

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Ten Model Train Gift Ideas

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Ten Model Train Gift Ideas The holiday season is almost upon us, and no matter which particular holiday you observe gift-giving is usually a part of the tradition. If there is a model railroader or a future model railroader on your gift list, here are ten model train gift ideas to help you make a…

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Prototype Profile: The East Coast Main Line

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Prototype Profile: The East Coast Main Line The United Kingdom have always been leaders in railway innovation. The first steam locomotive-powered train appeared in the UK in 1811, a rack (or cog) railway that hauled coal from the Middleton Colliery to the destination in Leeds. In 1830, when the first steam locomotive appeared in the…

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The Three Largest Model Train Layouts in the World

The Three Largest Model Train Layouts in the World There are three model railroads that make the claim as the largest model train layout in the world – Northlandz in the United States, Miniatur Wunderland in Germany, and the Grand Maket Rossiya in Russia. Each is the largest in its respective country, for sure. Let’s…

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New Monthly Content November 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 2

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New Monthly Content October 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 2: Weathering Last month, we walked you through the steps to completely overhaul an old train car with new paint, new decals, new trucks, and new couplers. This month, we’ll show you how to go about weathering that same train car (or any…

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