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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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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New Monthly Content February 2017: How to Make Gondola Loads Out of Common Household Items

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New Monthly Content February 2017: How to Make Gondola Loads Out of Common Household Items For many beginning model railroaders, the cost of the hobby quickly adds up, limiting what improvements can be made while staying within one’s budget. Model railroading is not an inexpensive hobby, after all. A good HO locomotive will set you…

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New Monthly Content November 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 2

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New Monthly Content October 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 2: Weathering Last month, we walked you through the steps to completely overhaul an old train car with new paint, new decals, new trucks, and new couplers. This month, we’ll show you how to go about weathering that same train car (or any…

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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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