Model Train News – 102

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model train club image It is absolutely awesome to see all the wonderful model railroaders that provide valuable advice at The Model Train Forum.

Thank you to all of you wonderful people helping to make this the greatest hobby.

There is so much to learn from reading the conversations in the forum.

Do you have a local hobby shop? Here is how you can support them.

We are offering local hobby shops around the world a free classified ad.

So the next time you are in your local hobby shop tell them to visit The Model Train Forum and register under the name of their hobby shop.

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This is our way of helping your local hobby shop.

Coming soon to The Model Train Forum… Free registration of your local model train club.

We are setting up the site so that your local model train club can register and be searchable by the area they are located.

It will take our Webmaster a few weeks to get this done and then we will let you know, so that you can tell your local model railroad club to register.

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Reader Story

Last week we requested photos from our readers to include in our gallery and were completely overwhelmed by the response.

It was amazing!

So amazing that we have only inserted about 10% of the photos and the rest will be inserted over the next few weeks… or so our Webmaster has promised!

These photos are great for anyone considering the hobby as they provide inspiration, ideas and answer many beginner questions.

If you haven’t sent your photos in yet please send them when you can.

The more we can get up there the better, as they are a big help.

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. Woody
    7 years ago

    I want a BOOK with paper pages, My computer is always down…And my son doent like me using it PAPER BOOK Thanks

  2. Billy Jack
    6 years ago

    I’m with WOODY. I want hard copies also. I WILL NOT use downloads.

  3. Dan Morgan
    6 years ago

    I understand you wanting physical books, but we like to keep the trees.

    With digital readers it makes it so much easier to read stuff on a device and we save our trees and environment. You can always print the sections you want.


  4. Jim Reimer
    6 years ago


    30 years ago computers were going to replace paper. We now consume 4 times the amount of paper then we did in the 70’s. The reason is people have printers and print only small portions of of a subject and those papers get lost or discarded so they get reprinted over and over. A book gets printed only once and does not get discarded it gets saved for future use. The pages you just printed will be in the trash in a week. I am in the printing and publishing industry and know my facts. The personal printer is the cause of all the additional paper usage. Time for some offset printing and save some trees.

  5. Ken from Canada
    6 years ago

    I agree with Jim Reimer.

  6. charles r tabor
    6 years ago

    i would like a book also not always sitting here on computer and read .we do not want a printer.

  7. Dan
    6 years ago

    I agree with everyone that would like a book. I would like to read them at my leisure in the same room as my family and not as a slave chained to my computer.
    I think it would also be easier to refer to when working on the railroad.

  8. Dotty Kay
    6 years ago

    I have to agree with the above – My husband (who does NOT use the computer) would like to have a hard copy and it is expensive to “run everything off” for him.

  9. John
    6 years ago

    Granted, when there’s no electricity, nothing works if it’s plugged in.
    Time to go out to the library and borrow books. You won’t have to re-shelve it when you’re finished. Used book stores also have a supply of books. Better yet, why not give purpose to your local hobby dealer!? Have them print to online books and give them the business. You get exercising walking, use your brain to apply your demand for the on-line book, it gets printed, placed in your hands and you might pick up a model or two, some track, paint, glue… why, you may even pick up the model train books & mag’s they have in stock. Matter of fact, you may need read this message only once and make it your idea.

  10. Dan
    6 years ago

    Two more cents…
    Being a small business owner myself, I completely understand that you do not want to incur printing/publishing costs for books that may sit unsold on the shelf. That is why we are offered a “discounted’ price for things that have never been sold anywhere. The $27.00 is pure profit once you have spent the labor/effort/time to produce the literature. Please know that this is not a negative assessment.
    My concern is that I am not able to leaf through the books at all before purchase as I would in a store. I realize that is the main part of the problem; If we could leaf through them, then why buy?

    The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” holds very true for me. Your books appear to be a very good deal…..and I have been tempted many times….but would not be the case if there was nothing in them for me.

    Perhaps you could offer a snippet or example from a page or two from each book?

  11. Dan Morgan
    6 years ago

    Point taken, so here are a list of the books we recommend:

    They are physical books that will be delivered to your home. There are also pre-used copies available for the people with a low budget.

    Happy Model Railroading

  12. Harmon
    5 years ago

    If the peolpe wanting books would just set a file up in there in box they could save all the hints and email for future reading or review.

  13. builder Kim
    3 years ago

    Hello. I like to save the tree’s as well since they give us air to breath. To do it in book form. Would take a lot of work and cost a lot. Not to mention it will cost you a bunch of cash just to buy it and have it shipped. Everyone has a cel phone and be easy just to read the ebook on there. I’m not one for computers either. I don’t own a printer and I don’t download cardboard builds. As I build my own homes from balsa wood. I don’t like ebooks but this is how its going electronic. Like Dan said you can download it to a key (flash drive/USB) and take it to a printer and have him print out you a book. It will cost less and get it faster. So download it to a key and have a person print it out for you. Thats what I would do.

  14. The Kernal
    1 year ago

    The beautiful thing about trees is that you can grow more. They are not cutting down your beautiful shade tree in the front yard to make paper.