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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MTFB Wants YOU! – Content Creator Open Call

Have you ever wanted to share your love and knowledge of model trains with others? Do you dream of being a writer? Or creating video tours of layouts built by you and your friends? Would you like to share tips on photographing model trains and layouts? Are you looking for a larger audience for the content…

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Prototype Profile: Garratt Steam Locomotives in Africa

South African Garratt

Prototype Profile: Garratt Steam Locomotives in Africa The Garratt steam locomotive was conceived by, developed by, and named for Herbert William Garratt, an English mechanical engineer who had worked for various British colonial railways and became the inspecting engineer for the New South Wales Government Railways. It is an articulated-type steam locomotive, meaning that one…

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5 Inexpensive Train Sets

5 Inexpensive Train Sets Train sets are how most of us begin with model railroading. They may have been cheaply made products in years past or top of the line sets manufactured today. They may be “toy trains” or actual model-quality. Either way, train sets are a common way of starting. You may be a…

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New Monthly Content June 2016: Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts

New Monthly Content June 2016: Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts Whether we have limited space or plenty of room, the ability to maximize that space is important to all model railroaders. With Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts, the June monthly content for Model Trains for Beginners Insiders Club, you will learn about two…

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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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