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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The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific

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The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway was founded in 1892, with the primary intention of hauling ore from the copper mines in Butte, Montana to the smelter, 30 miles west in Anaconda, Montana. Though there were grand plans to extend the railroad beyond Anaconda, Montana – all the way to…

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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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Model Railroader Profile: Tom Patterson’s Chesapeake, Wheeling & Erie

Model Railroader Profile: Tom Patterson’s Chesapeake, Wheeling & Erie Today begins a new monthly article, the Model Railroader Profile. Each month we’ll highlight a model railroader who has a blog or YouTube channel that can offer some tips and advice on the hobby that everyone can use. To start off, we’re highlighting Tom Patterson’s Chesapeake,…

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New Monthly Content March 2017: How to Design a Realistic Paint Scheme for Your Freelance Model Railroad

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New Monthly Content March 2017: How to Design a Realistic Paint Scheme for Your Freelance Model Railroad As you set about creating your original paint schemes, there are some questions you can consider that might help you decide on colors, styles, designs, and more. What emotions/reactions do you want to provoke with the paint scheme?…

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5 Simple Trackplans for Beginners

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5 Simple Trackplans for Beginners We are all beginners at model trains when we first get started. Many who are becoming model railroaders now will often start with a train set from Bachmann, Kato, Hornsby, Lionel, or one of many others. As the hobby gets into our blood and we want to do more than…

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