5 Great Z Scale Model Train Layouts

5 Great Z Scale Model Train Layouts Z scale is one of the smallest scales in model railroading, and the most popular of the scales that are smaller than N scale. It has a growing base among modelers and is becoming popular because a large model railroad layout can be created in a very small…

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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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5 Simple Trackplans for Beginners

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5 Simple Trackplans for Beginners We are all beginners at model trains when we first get started. Many who are becoming model railroaders now will often start with a train set from Bachmann, Kato, Hornsby, Lionel, or one of many others. As the hobby gets into our blood and we want to do more than…

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5 Famous Model Train Enthusiasts

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5 Famous Model Train Enthusiasts Model trains are enjoyed by many people worldwide. But many people don’t realize that there are a number of celebrities who also enjoy model trains. Michael Gross may be one of the more well-known celebrity model train enthusiasts, as he has hosted how-to videos and written about model trains numerous…

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Prototype Profile: GE U-boats

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Prototype Profile: GE U-boats In 1954, upset that their partner, Alco, decided not to pursue a couple of different locomotive contracts, General Electric released their first solo entry into the diesel-electric locomotive market. A four-unit set (A-B-B-A) of four-axle road units designated UM20s were sent to the Erie Railroad for testing. The units were painted…

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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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