Prototype Profile: The EMD GP38-2

Prototype Profile: The EMD GP38-2 This week we start a new series of blogs, the Prototype Profile. This will be a monthly blog taking an in-depth look at some aspect of prototype railroading, with some tips as to how you could use the information for your model railroad. In Prototype Profile: The EMD GP38-2, we’ll…

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How to Strip Paint from a Model Locomotive

How to Strip Paint from a Model Locomotive Let’s say you’ve got an older locomotive that you want to repaint to make it look nicer, or maybe you want to put a custom paint job on it for your freelance model railroad. How do you go about getting rid of the old paint? Follow these…

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New Monthly Content May 2016: Making the Most of Your Space

New Monthly Content May 2016: Making the Most of Your Space Limited space seems to be one of the main concerns for most beginners – and even for many of intermediate or expert skill level. With Making the Most of Your Space, the May monthly content for modeltrainforbeginners.com Insider’s Club members only you will learn…

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Prototype vs. Freelance Modeling

Prototype vs. Freelance Modeling When setting out to build a model railroad, many modelers first decide on what they want to focus on. The American Midwest in the 1950s? Modern Australian ore hauling railroads? Cold War-era Eastern Europe? Modern coal trains in the American West? But other than just an era and a location, most…

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Convention and Show Season

Convention and Show Season A model train show exhibit hall Some questions I commonly receive via email or messages to our Facebook page are, “Is there a model train/toy train show in my area?”, “where can I take my kids/grandkids to see model train layouts?” and “I have model trains/toy trains I would like to…

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Robert Thomson: New Guy on the Block

Hello everyone, my name is Robert Thomson and I am the new Chief Content Officer for Model Trains for Beginners. Some of you may have exchanged emails with me, seen a couple of my blog posts, or seen me on the Facebook group, and you might be wondering, “who is this guy?” Well, let me…

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New Monthly Content April 2016: Realistic Working Layouts

Going ’round and ’round in a circle can be fun for model trains, but for some, a layout that has more realistic operations is the ideal they strive for. With Realistic Working Layouts, the first in modeltrainsforbeginners.com’s new monthly series of e-books for members only, you can learn the basics of creating a small, realistic…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Model Trains

Frequently Asked Questions About Model Trains: The Definitive Guide For Beginners For a new railroad model hobbyist, the foreign terms and expressions that more experienced railroaders throw around might be a little overwhelming. On top of that, it can be hard to find one place that you can rely on for finding accurate answers. That’s…

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