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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My Ten Favorite Songs About Trains and Railroading

My Ten Favorite Songs About Trains and Railroading It’s the holiday season and trains – both model and prototypical – are on the minds of many. Lately, I’ve blogged about Christmas-themed model train videos and prototypical holiday trains. While doing each, I listened to a lot of songs about trains and railroading, most well-known and…

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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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Comparing Flex Track

With so many different tracks available, it’s hard to know which one will best suit your needs. A lot of it will depend on what you want from your track and whats important to you. For example, are you interested in how your track looks? If you are planning on weathering and adding ballast to…

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Making a Scene for your Layout

No matter how well you plan your layout you may find that you have areas which will seem empty and like it is missing something. These areas are usually located near corners or on the outskirts of any stations or service areas that you may have. Depending on the era and style of your layout…

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