State of the Hobby 2017

State of the Hobby 2017 NOTE: The opinions expressed within are entirely the opinion of the author. They are not presented as definitive fact and your opinions may vary. A little over a year ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, “End of the Line for Model Trains? Aging Hobbyists Trundle On.” The…

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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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New Monthly Content October 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 1

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New Monthly Content October 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 1: Repainting, New Decals, & New Trucks and Couplers If you are like hundreds of other model railroaders, you probably still have a number of decades old train cars in boxes or on shelves. You may not have even used any of them…

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New Monthly Content September 2016: Conversions: Installing a DCC Decoder in a DCC-Ready Locomotive

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New Monthly Content September 2016: Conversions: Installing a DCC Decoder in a DCC-Ready Locomotive In today’s world of model railroading almost every new model locomotive for any scale is either DCC equipped or DCC ready. Brand new DC locomotives that are not DCC ready are becoming rarer and rarer. While DCC equipped is the easiest…

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New Monthly Content August 2016: Conversions: How to Transform an Older Powered Unit into a Non-Powered Dummy Unit

New Monthly Content August 2016: Conversions: How to Transform an Older Powered Unit into a Non-Powered Dummy Unit Like a lot of us, myself included, you probably have more than a few older locomotives in your collection. Maybe they are five-year-old DCC ready locomotives or maybe they are 35-year-old DC locomotives with motors beyond saving,…

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New Monthly Content July 2016: Benchwork and Shelfwork: A Beginners How-To

New Monthly Content July 2016: Benchwork and Shelfwork: A Beginners How-To Having talked about maximizing space and multi-level layouts, this month, it’s all about building your benchwork or shelfwork. Benchwork and Shelfwork: A Beginners How-To provides basic information on how to get started building your bench, table, or shelf. This report is not meant to…

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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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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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