Prototype Profile: Montana Rail Link

MRL SDP40

Prototype Profile: Montana Rail Link The Montana Rail Link is a privately owned Class II regional shortline railroad operating primarily within the state of Montana, in the United States and is the eighth largest railroad in the US. The Montana Rail Link, or MRL, was formed in 1987 when owner Dennis Washington agreed to a…

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

October cover

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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Realistic Operations vs. Run What You Want

A Utah Belt SD40 that recently sold for over $500 on eBay

Realistic Operations vs. Run What You Want Last week I talked about making your proto-freelance model railroad as realistic as possible. This week, I want to talk about realistic operations vs. run what you want. So what’s the difference between the two? Realistic operations is an element of making your proto-freelance layout more realistic, but…

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Realistic Freelancing: Make Your Fictional Railroad Believably Real

An A&W switch list created in 1967 based on cars dropped off at an interchange with the GB&W

Realistic Freelancing: Make Your Fictional Railroad Believably Real Many model railroaders pick their favorite railroad – the one that ran through their town when they were a kid, or the one they work for or a family member worked for, etc. – and model it. But many more choose to create their own fictional railroad,…

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MTFB Wants YOU! – Content Creator Open Call

Have you ever wanted to share your love and knowledge of model trains with others? Do you dream of being a writer? Or creating video tours of layouts built by you and your friends? Would you like to share tips on photographing model trains and layouts? Are you looking for a larger audience for the content…

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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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Which Model Railroad Track is Best?

Walthers Code 83 HO scale

Which Model Railroad Track is Best? Which Model Railroad Track is Best? This is another one of those questions that we get frequently at Model Trains for Beginners. Someone new to the hobby wants to know which track they should buy for building their first layout – or building a new layout for the first…

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5 Ways to Reuse Old Model Train Parts

Old BN caboose used as shed

5 Ways to Reuse Old Model Train Parts If you’re like most model railroaders, you’ve probably got a box or three (or four, or five, or…) full of parts – a boxcar shell, a diesel locomotive cab, several mismatched sets of wheels, a few trucks/bogies, some broken couplers, and so on. Sometimes, those parts come…

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