• 2:04

    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

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  • 2:28

    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

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  • 3:02

    Designing and constructing an impressive model railroad is no easy task. It takes many years, much thought and plenty of patience to develop a layout that is both easy on the eye and well operated. Figuring out how to design model train layouts also takes learning from the innovative experts who have taken the hobby

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  • 1:55

    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

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  • 5:47

    One of our favorite parts of the model railroad community is getting to learn from each other, and especially the masters who have made this hobby their central passion for decades. We think it’s extremely important in bettering yourself in any hobby that you take notes from those who came before you and took steps

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  • 8:39

    While improvisation can often yield surprising results for a scene, your best bet for creating a successful model railroad layout is to plan ahead. This is certainly true for landscapes and buildings, but planning is especially important for trackage. The last thing you want as a modeler is to map out all of your scenery

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  • Making Track Templates for Curves/Laying Out Track With a Template
    7:14

    Building a model railroad track from scratch can present some interesting challenges, especially when it comes to navigating tricky landscapes and wide curves. For curved regions of a layout, in particular, experienced modelers know the benefits of using model railroad track templates to take the unnecessary steps out of drawing the path of their tracks.

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  • 2:59

    There are a number of ways to improve operations and maximize the space on a model train layout, many of which include better design and planning. When it comes to creating aisles for operators to move around and interact with a train layout, most modelers will first build their benchwork and create their scenes, and

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  • Considerations When Planning your Layout: Handlaying Turnouts and Crossings
    1:44

    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

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