Plastic Model Kits: The Inexpensive Way to Add a Static Display to Your Layout

Monogram Chessie System Hudson

Plastic Model Kits: The Inexpensive Way to Add a Static Display to Your Layout If you model modern day operations, then you may have thought about building a scene for your layout, like a park complete with a locomotive on display. Maybe you were thinking of the display being in a park, as many are,…

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Prototype Profile: The Alco C420

L&N C420 1371

Prototype Profile: The Alco C420 The American Locomotive Company, or Alco, was founded in the year 1901 from the merger of seven smaller companies. For the next 68 years, the company would produce some of the most iconic steam and diesel-electric locomotives railfans have ever known. One of those would be the subject of this…

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New Monthly Content September 2016: Conversions: Installing a DCC Decoder in a DCC-Ready Locomotive

Sept. Monthly Cover

New Monthly Content September 2016: Conversions: Installing a DCC Decoder in a DCC-Ready Locomotive In today’s world of model railroading almost every new model locomotive for any scale is either DCC equipped or DCC ready. Brand new DC locomotives that are not DCC ready are becoming rarer and rarer. While DCC equipped is the easiest…

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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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Prototype Profile: Iron Ore Railroads of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia

Hamersely Iron C628 #2000 preserved at Dampier, Western Australia

Prototype Profile: Iron Ore Railroads of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia Some of the best railfanning action in the world occurs along the iron ore railroads of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, where four different private railroads haul iron ore trains from various mines to terminals on the Indian Ocean coast. If you…

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New Monthly Content August 2016: Conversions: How to Transform an Older Powered Unit into a Non-Powered Dummy Unit

New Monthly Content August 2016: Conversions: How to Transform an Older Powered Unit into a Non-Powered Dummy Unit Like a lot of us, myself included, you probably have more than a few older locomotives in your collection. Maybe they are five-year-old DCC ready locomotives or maybe they are 35-year-old DC locomotives with motors beyond saving,…

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Virtual Railroading: Train Simulation Games

Virtual Railroading: Train Simulation Games Transportation simulation games are almost as old as video games themselves, with flight simulation games dating back to the Atari 2600 and early home computers. Train simulation games are the same principle as a flight simulator, but for railroads. The first train simulator was Microsoft Train Simulator (or MSTS) in…

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New Monthly Content July 2016: Benchwork and Shelfwork: A Beginners How-To

New Monthly Content July 2016: Benchwork and Shelfwork: A Beginners How-To Having talked about maximizing space and multi-level layouts, this month, it’s all about building your benchwork or shelfwork. Benchwork and Shelfwork: A Beginners How-To provides basic information on how to get started building your bench, table, or shelf. This report is not meant to…

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