• Tony Koester on Becoming an Expert Model Railroader

    Tony Koester’s HO scale layout of Allegheny Midland Railroad is a construction project more than two decades in the making, and still counting. Over twenty-plus years, Tony has put countless hours, thought and patience into building this remarkable scale extension of the Nickel Plate Road, a railroad that has fascinated Tony since he was a… Read more »

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    David Barrow’s magnificent recreation of barren West Texas is a lasting testament to the idea that model railroads don’t always have to feature high mountains or towering urban scenery. On David’s HO scale layout of Cat Mountain & Santa Fe Railway, you’ll find little evidence of water and life, but you’ll also discover a highly… Read more »

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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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