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    When it comes to building the benchwork and structure for model railroads, there are a variety of options you can choose depending on the type of layout you want to create. Some experts will tell you that a certain technique is preferable over all others, but the fact is that each has its upsides and… Read more »

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    The nonlinear model railroad layout has largely become the preferred choice for modelers in recent decades, as it allows for more involved scenes and tends to better keep the viewer’s attention. However, there are still many loud proponents of the linear design who tout its unique benefits and, oftentimes, realism. One of these supporters of… Read more »

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    Different types of model railroad staging yards offer distinct benefits and drawbacks to the operation of your layout, and it’s entirely up to personal preference and your unique circumstances which system you choose. The choice could depend upon space constraints, operational methods, appearance or a range of other factors. In the case of David Barrow’s… Read more »

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    The linear design of David Barrow’s masterful layout of Cat Mountain & Santa Fe Railway catches many of his new visitors off guard, as this maze-like form of model railroading is rarely utilized. That which surprises the average viewer about David’s layout is also what makes him a true innovator of the hobby, and was… Read more »

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  • Operating a Model Train In Your Own Way

    How you operate your model train layout is entirely up to you. You research it, you design it, you build it, then you decide how it runs. There are, however, a number of different ways to run a model train layout, so it’s important to consider each method before you make a decision. Every method… Read more »

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  • The secret to curving flextrack

    As with most components of a layout, all model railroaders have unique preferences for how they like to put together their trackage. Some like to build their tracks from scratch, while others opt for commercial kits that piece together without any need for additional work. And then there are those who go for the middle… Read more »

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  • Considerations When Planning your Layout: Handlaying Turnouts and Crossings

    If you have limited space with which to plan your model train layout design, there’s no need to panic, you can still create an impressive scene that appears to cover more ground than it actually does. All it takes to make a railroad scene seem larger is to maximize your space with some creative model… Read more »

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  • 010592f_U0235U_c-Considerations When Planning your Layout-Design Concepts to Make Your Layout Seem Larger

    If every model railroader had their way, they’d have unlimited room to build their layout. Building in tight quarters can often be difficult and limiting in regard to the amount of scenery you’re able to include. However, just because you have a small space to work with when planning your model railroad layout design doesn’t… Read more »

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  • Model Railroad Items in a Beauty Supply Store

    It doesn’t always take specialized and expensive tools to get the job done on a model railroad. Often, if you look in the right places, you can find thrifty ways to build, personalize and clean your model layouts. This is especially important because model railroading can quickly become a costly hobby if you don’t cut… Read more »

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