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Creative Ideas for Model Railroad Structures

Photo by Doug Hodgdon Model railroad structures are important in many ways, and by “structures” I’m including bridges and other man-made, primarily fixed elements that we include in our layouts. Structures can be assembled from combinations of wood, stone, concrete, or steel. They can be loading docks, a wooden pony truss bridge, a stone retaining… Read more »

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Track Talk Live! December 21, 2016

December’s Track Talk Live with Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle was the final installment of 2016, and featured many questions regarding paint stripping, basic track design and electrical hookups, selling vintage post-war trains, adding DCC to engines and best materials for creating mountains. MRA members and live Track Talk Live viewers from around the world… Read more »

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Track Talk Live! November 22, 2016

Track Talk Live’s Pre-Thanksgiving program didn’t serve up any turkeys, but there were plenty of pre-submitted and live questions for Clickety and Clack (aka Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle). As model railroading season chuffs into high gear, viewers needed answers about sub-roadbeds, laser-cut kits, bubbles in realistic water, materials for mountains, rail sizes, DCC systems,… Read more »

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Track Talk Live: October 26, 2016

October’s Track Talk Live with Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon continued to field model railroad questions from as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Ireland regarding intermodal modeling – an exciting niche in the “world’s greatest hobby.” There were also several questions on construction materials for mountains, waterfalls and roads, as well as building… Read more »

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Tips on Trackwork

How about trackwork? The trains we love can’t do much without track. In the next installment of our series, I’ll present some track and track laying options to think about when planning your model railroad layout. Here’s a fun fact to get us started: The famous “Big 10” curve west of Denver on what used… Read more »

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A New Way to Attend a Train Event

For some time now modelers have discussed the costs of going to model railroad conventions and meets. Often the cost has been too much for some people, but the Southeastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association has come up with a solution… the Mini-Meet. Other regions have sponsored Mini-Meets in the past, particularly the… Read more »