State of the Hobby 2017

State of the Hobby 2017 NOTE: The opinions expressed within are entirely the opinion of the author. They are not presented as definitive fact and your opinions may vary. A little over a year ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, “End of the Line for Model Trains? Aging Hobbyists Trundle On.” The…

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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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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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