Prototype Profile: GE U-boats

L&N U25B

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

Feb2017 Cover

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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5 Great Live Steam Videos

Hogwarts Express

5 Great Live Steam Videos Live steam – large scale model trains that use actual working model steam locomotives – is one of the most amazing aspects of the world’s greatest hobby. When most think of live steam they are thinking about 5” or 7.5” gauge trains, though there are a variety of live steam…

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Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2

3 CN SD40s

Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2 The EMD SD40/SD40-2 is one of the most – if not THE most – recognizable diesel locomotives in North America. Read on for a bit of history, some photos, and some modeling ideas for this month’s Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2. The SD40/SD40-2 is a 3,000 horsepower, six-axle locomotive. The…

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My Model Train Resolutions

One of my many track plans

My Model Train Resolutions It’s almost the new year, and like many folks you may be making a list of resolutions you intend to keep in 2017. I usually don’t make resolutions, but this year I’ve decided on a short list of my model train resolutions that I will do my best to keep in…

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Prototype Profile: Holiday Trains

canadian_pacific_holiday_train

Prototype Profile: Holiday Trains During the holiday season, a number of railroads in North America, from big Class I lines to small museum railroads, run special trains. They are labeled holiday trains, Christmas trains, Santa trains, Polar Express trains (after the popular children’s book and film), and so on. For many railroads, this is a…

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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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Five Holiday-themed Model Train Videos

FEC Christmas Train

Five Holiday-themed Model Train Videos Thanksgiving is over and I am stuffed like the proverbial turkey! And with Thanksgiving, we begin a six-week long period of various fall/winter holidays. No matter what holiday(s) you observe during this period, we here at Model Trains for Beginners hope that model trains somehow plays a part. To get…

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