Realistic Operations vs. Run What You Want

A Utah Belt SD40 that recently sold for over $500 on eBay

Realistic Operations vs. Run What You Want Last week I talked about making your proto-freelance model railroad as realistic as possible. This week, I want to talk about realistic operations vs. run what you want. So what’s the difference between the two? Realistic operations is an element of making your proto-freelance layout more realistic, but…

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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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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 Layout Comes Alive

Model railroaders spend hour after hour making their model train layouts look more realistic. It becomes an obsession… Buildings, locomotives and cars get weathered and then weathered again for that perfect aged look. There are so many different techniques to weather structures and along your model railroading journey you will continue to learn new and…

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