New Monthly Content December 2016: Building a Winter Scene

December 2016 cover

New Monthly Content December 2016: Building a Winter Scene Modeling a winter scene, especially at this time of the year, is many a modelers’ desire. You may want to build a small holiday-themed display that is temporary in nature or a section of your large layout that is set in the winter time – or…

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Ten Model Train Gift Ideas

model train display case

Ten Model Train Gift Ideas The holiday season is almost upon us, and no matter which particular holiday you observe gift-giving is usually a part of the tradition. If there is a model railroader or a future model railroader on your gift list, here are ten model train gift ideas to help you make a…

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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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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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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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