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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Model Train Beginners Need This…

Model train beginners need clarity! Why do model railroaders need clarity? Because the model train opportunities are endless! You can build a layout in your basement, attic, shed, garage or garden. You can run steam or diesel locomotives. You can have multilevel railways with rivers, dams, mountains, snow… You get the idea! The opportunities are…

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About Atlas Model Trains

Atlas Model Trains did not originally start out as a model train company; it was a tool manufacturer. In 1924, Stephan Schaffan Sr. moved from Czechoslovak early in life and had begun the tool company in New Jersey. His son Stephan Jr. started working for him, and during this time Jr. graduated from the Essex…

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Why You Should Consider Bachmann Model Trains?

Bachmann Model Trains have been around for over 150 years, and is one of the largest makers of model trains. For the beginner, the Bachmann model trains are probably the easiest to work with. They have many different products, including tracks, the trains themselves as well as scenery. One of their best selling styles for…

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Which Model Train Scale Is Best?

A question I always get asked by people considering model trains as their new hobby is: “Which model train scale (or gauge) is best?” First up… A common mistake for model train beginners, is to confuse scale and gauge. I’ll explain… Scale is the proportion of your model to the real thing. An example is…

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