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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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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Realistic Freelancing: Make Your Fictional Railroad Believably Real

An A&W switch list created in 1967 based on cars dropped off at an interchange with the GB&W

Realistic Freelancing: Make Your Fictional Railroad Believably Real Many model railroaders pick their favorite railroad – the one that ran through their town when they were a kid, or the one they work for or a family member worked for, etc. – and model it. But many more choose to create their own fictional railroad,…

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Prototype vs. Freelance Modeling

Prototype vs. Freelance Modeling When setting out to build a model railroad, many modelers first decide on what they want to focus on. The American Midwest in the 1950s? Modern Australian ore hauling railroads? Cold War-era Eastern Europe? Modern coal trains in the American West? But other than just an era and a location, most…

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