5 Inexpensive Train Sets

5 Inexpensive Train Sets Train sets are how most of us begin with model railroading. They may have been cheaply made products in years past or top of the line sets manufactured today. They may be “toy trains” or actual model-quality. Either way, train sets are a common way of starting. You may be a…

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5 Trains from Pop Culture You Can Model

5 Trains from Pop Culture You Can Model Trains are very popular in pop culture fiction, whether movies, television shows, novels, comics, or even video games. For those of us that do model railroading, it’s easy to understand why trains hold such powerful, near-mythical, place in the minds of many. There’s something fun, magical, dangerous,…

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Prototype Profile: High-Speed Grain Shuttle-Loading Facilities

Prototype Profile: High-Speed Grain Shuttle-Loading Facilities Grain elevators along railroad tracks is a common sight in the Great Plains states and the Prairie Provinces, and some other places as well. But more and more, the old elevators stand silent guard over the surrounding town as they slowly crumble and decay. Today, many of the old…

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Steve Studley Interview: NMRA National Convention, July 2016

Steve Studley Interview: NMRA National Convention, July 2016 On the heels of last week’s interview with Carl Nordberg about the upcoming N-Scale convention, we now have an interview with Steve Studely, the 2016 National Model Railroad Association Convention Chair. We’re talking about the upcoming NMRA national convention, Highball to Indy, which runs July 3-10, 2016.…

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Model Train Couplers: What’s the Difference?

Model Train Couplers: What’s the Difference? There are a variety of different couplers available for model trains. Most older styles are not very realistic and have some serious flaws, but are still used by many because of their longevity and the tradition surrounding them. Today, though, there are a variety of more realistic or prototypical…

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Carl Nordberg Interview: National N-Scale Convention, June 2016

Carl Nordberg Interview: National N-Scale Convention, June 2016 We here at Model Trains for Beginners want to bring you – our subscribers, our fans, our community – the best information we can. One way of doing this is by interviewing influential members of the model railroad community, giving you their thoughts on model railroading, the…

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New Monthly Content June 2016: Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts

New Monthly Content June 2016: Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts Whether we have limited space or plenty of room, the ability to maximize that space is important to all model railroaders. With Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts, the June monthly content for Model Trains for Beginners Insiders Club, you will learn about two…

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Five Great Garden Railway Videos

Five Great Garden Railway Videos Here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is well under way (at least in most places – I’m currently watching snow fall outside my window as I write this!), and for many folks that means gardening has begun. If you love model trains and gardens, you can combine the two hobbies…

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