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Ideas for Unique Layout Concepts

In this installment, I’d like to suggest various types of railroad layouts (in no particular order) from which you can derive inspiration for your concept: Club layout: I’ve visited some really great clubs – they generally can allow HUGE spaces beyond the range of the typical model railroader. Think long trains, wide curves, and plenty…

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National Association of S Gaugers (NASG) Convention 2016 Recap

More than 240 modelers, spouses and friends – including your editor – attended the National Association of S Gaugers (NASG) national convention recently in Novi, Michigan. The annual event, which rotates regionally throughout the country, was ably hosted by the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers at the Sheraton Novi. The five-day event featured a busy and…

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Allen Keller Builds Circus Flatcars

With spring approaching, the management of the Keljan Circus realized they needed more flatcars to get ready for the new season of performances. In winter quarters the circus crew had built several new wagons, but didn’t find a place for them on the existing flatcars. The engineering crew decided to make the new Mt. Vernon…

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Track Talk Live: August 2016

August’s Track Talk Live with MRA’s Allen Keller, Doug “Clickety” Hodgdon and Steve “Clack” Doyle featured a wide range of topics including news from the recent NMRA Convention, advances in decoder technology and how to foster the growth of model railroading among young boys and girls. Participants from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, South…

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Track Talk Live: July 2016

July’s Track Talk Live featured MRA’s Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon in a lively hour of questions and answers on many facets of model railroading, including layout building, roadbed and track-laying, intermodal operations, DCC installation and weathering. Viewers from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland engaged in multi-scale discussions with the…

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