State of the Hobby 2017

State of the Hobby 2017 NOTE: The opinions expressed within are entirely the opinion of the author. They are not presented as definitive fact and your opinions may vary. A little over a year ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, “End of the Line for Model Trains? Aging Hobbyists Trundle On.” The…

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Five Holiday-themed Model Train Videos

FEC Christmas Train

Five Holiday-themed Model Train Videos Thanksgiving is over and I am stuffed like the proverbial turkey! And with Thanksgiving, we begin a six-week long period of various fall/winter holidays. No matter what holiday(s) you observe during this period, we here at Model Trains for Beginners hope that model trains somehow plays a part. To get…

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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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