5 Great N Scale Layouts

5 Great N Scale Layouts We here at Model Trains for Beginners tend to focus on HO scale. Not only is that because I model in HO but HO is still the most popular scale among railroad modelers worldwide. That said, though, N scale is currently the fastest growing scale in popularity. That is due,…

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Team Tracks – A Model Train Scene You Can Build

Team Tracks – A Model Train Scene You Can Build Team tracks are small spur track used by one or more businesses to load and unload cargo from railroad cars. The businesses that are served by a team track may be very diverse in nature, but the one thing they all share in common is…

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Building a Small Shelf Layout, Part 1: The Design Phase

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Building a Small Shelf Layout, Part 1: The Design Phase Limited space, along with time and money, is a problem that many modelers have. A shelf layout is often the answer to not only the problem of space, but also of the other two as well. As the name implies, a shelf layout is built…

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How to Pick the Best Model Train Operating System for You… And Why It Isn’t Just a Matter of DC vs DCC

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How to Pick the Best Model Train Operating System for You… And Why It Isn’t Just a Matter of DC vs DCC Picking the best model train operating system for you is extremely important, and it’s not just a matter of DC vs DCC. In this month’s special report, we will give you the information…

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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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Model Railroader Profile: Tom Patterson’s Chesapeake, Wheeling & Erie

Model Railroader Profile: Tom Patterson’s Chesapeake, Wheeling & Erie Today begins a new monthly article, the Model Railroader Profile. Each month we’ll highlight a model railroader who has a blog or YouTube channel that can offer some tips and advice on the hobby that everyone can use. To start off, we’re highlighting Tom Patterson’s Chesapeake,…

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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 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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