Extra Details Bring Life to Your Layout

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Extra Details Bring Life to Your Layout Adding details to your model train layout can extend beyond just weathering and detailing your model train engines and train cars. The world is a lived in place that is often vibrant and yet dirty, empty and yet crowded, all at the same time. When building your layout,…

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Team Tracks – A Model Train Scene You Can Build

Team Tracks – A Model Train Scene You Can Build Team tracks are small spur track used by one or more businesses to load and unload cargo from railroad cars. The businesses that are served by a team track may be very diverse in nature, but the one thing they all share in common is…

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Building a Small Shelf Layout, Part 1: The Design Phase

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Building a Small Shelf Layout, Part 1: The Design Phase Limited space, along with time and money, is a problem that many modelers have. A shelf layout is often the answer to not only the problem of space, but also of the other two as well. As the name implies, a shelf layout is built…

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Quality Under $200.00: Athearn Genesis, Atlas Master, & Walther’s Mainline

Quality Under $200.00: Athearn Genesis, Atlas Master, & Walther’s Mainline NOTE: This article is specifically about HO scale models. Prices for other scales may vary widely. Many things have changed about model railroading since I first started in the late 1970s. One of the most apparent is the cost. I still have Athearn model engines…

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How to Pick the Best Model Train Operating System for You… And Why It Isn’t Just a Matter of DC vs DCC

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How to Pick the Best Model Train Operating System for You… And Why It Isn’t Just a Matter of DC vs DCC Picking the best model train operating system for you is extremely important, and it’s not just a matter of DC vs DCC. In this month’s special report, we will give you the information…

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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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Picking Your First Model Train Set

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Picking Your First Model Train Set When you are new to the hobby of model railroading, picking your first model train set is extremely important. Here at Model Trains for Beginners, we know through surveying our subscribers that many of you have not yet started your model train layout. It might be you don’t have…

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The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive

The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive Welcome to another installment of Prototype Profile! This month it is prototype profile: the Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” steam locomotive. During the era of steam on the Union Pacific, getting heavy freight trains over the Wasatch Mountains between Ogden, Utah and Green River, Wyoming was a…

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