5 Great N Scale Layouts

5 Great N Scale Layouts We here at Model Trains for Beginners tend to focus on HO scale. Not only is that because I model in HO but HO is still the most popular scale among railroad modelers worldwide. That said, though, N scale is currently the fastest growing scale in popularity. That is due,…

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5 Great Z Scale Model Train Layouts

5 Great Z Scale Model Train Layouts Z scale is one of the smallest scales in model railroading, and the most popular of the scales that are smaller than N scale. It has a growing base among modelers and is becoming popular because a large model railroad layout can be created in a very small…

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5 Great Live Steam Videos

Hogwarts Express

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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Five Holiday-themed Model Train Videos

FEC Christmas Train

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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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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Prototype Profile: Garratt Steam Locomotives in Africa

South African Garratt

Prototype Profile: Garratt Steam Locomotives in Africa The Garratt steam locomotive was conceived by, developed by, and named for Herbert William Garratt, an English mechanical engineer who had worked for various British colonial railways and became the inspecting engineer for the New South Wales Government Railways. It is an articulated-type steam locomotive, meaning that one…

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5 Great Model Railroad Videos

5 Great Model Railroad Videos Sometimes, all it takes to inspire us to be creative is seeing someone else’s amazing work. For me, watching model train (and prototype train) videos on YouTube is one of my biggest inspirations. I’ll see something and think, “I need to model that,” or “That’s a great idea, I think…

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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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