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Building Wood Model Structure Kits for Model Railroads
Tips on building a wood model structure kit and adding details to make it unique.

Building Wood Model Structure Kits for Model Railroads
Tips on building a wood model structure kit and adding details to make it unique.

Building Wood Model Structure Kits for Model Railroads
Tips on building a wood model structure kit and adding details to make it unique.

Building Wood Model Structure Kits for Model Railroads
Tips on building a wood model structure kit and adding details to make it unique.

Building Wood Model Structure Kits for Model Railroads
Tips on building a wood model structure kit and adding details to make it unique.

Finishing Cork Roadbed - Finishing Cork Roadbed for Model Trains
Finishing cork roadbed for model trains for the best ballast profiles.

Laying Cork Roadbed - Laying Cork Roadbed Strips
Laying strips of cork roadbed for model trains.

cork roadbed for switches - laying cork roadbed for switches
laying cork roadbed for switches

Laying Cork Roadbed - Laying Cork Roadbed for Model Trains
laying cork roadbed for model trains

Laying Cork Roadbed - Preparing to Lay Cork Roadbed
Preparing the cork roadbed strips

laying cork roadbed for model trains
Laying cork roadbed beneath model trains track.

Building with Cardstock Model Kits
Introduction to building paper model kits with a Walthers hotel.

painting paper kits
Painting a paper model building kit.

Weathering Walls of a Paper Kit
Weathering the walls of a paper kit.

Installing Windows in a Paper Building Kit
Assembling and installing the windows in a Walthers paper kit

Assembling the walls of a paper building kit
Assembling walls of a paper building model kit

Lights and Interior Details for a Paper Building Kit
Adding lights and interior details to a paper kit.

Modeling Tarpaper Roofing
Modeling tarpaper roofing on a Walthers cardstock kit.

Finishing a Cardstock Kit
Finishiing the Walthers hotel cardstock model kit

About S Scale and S Gauge: A.C. Gilbert American Flyer and Others
S scale is defined as 1:64 or 3/16ths of an inch to one foot. S gauge track is an unusual 0.884 inches. This article is an overview of S scale and S gauge, including the History of S scale and modern S scale manufacturers in both three-rail AC and two-rail DC varieties. S scale is frequently regarded as synonymous with American Flyer trains, which were made by A.C. Gilbert who originated S scale and S gauge.

Thomas the Tank Engine DCC Decoder Installations
Links to DCC Decoder installation guides for the Thomas the Tank Engine locomotives.

An Overview of Digital Command Control (DCC)
Overview of Digital Command Control (DCC), a system that utilizes digital computer technology for controlling model trains as a primer for beginners.

N Scale Model Train Couplers
Couplers are an important consideration when buying N scale model railroad trains. You need to make sure the couplers on your locomotives and cars are compatible.

Model Train Track Grades and Maximum Grade Issues
Track grade is the slope of a railroad track. The track grade is expressed as the percentage of its rise for the length of its run. For example,if you have 100 inches of model railroad track, and the train climbs one inch, then the grade is 1%. So when 25 inches of track rise 1 inch the grade is 4%. Maximum grade is the steepest slope your trains can climb. Well planned grades can make a layout interesting. Badly planned ones can be a disaster.

Adding Weight to Model Train Cars
Adding weight to model train cars to improve performance.

Toy Trains and Electric Trains: A Parent's Guide
A primer on toy trains, electric trains and model railroading for parents. Topics include when to start children on electric trains, how available space is a primary concern in the selection of a train, and how to utilize electric trains as an educational tool.

Toy Trains and Electric Trains: A Parent's Guide
A primer on toy trains, electric trains and model railroading for parents. Topics include when to start children on electric trains, how available space is a primary concern in the selection of a train, and how to utilize electric trains as an educational tool.

ExactRail HO Scale Centerbeam Flatcar Review
Product review of the ExactRail HO scale centerbeam flatcar.

Modeling Chain Link Fencing
Modeling chain link fencing - tips on enhancing kits.

Adding Mesh to Model Fencing
Attach the mesh to the frame for the model chain link fencing

Adding barbed wire to model fences
Adding barbed wire to model fences.

Assembling Model Chain Link Fencing - Preparing the Mesh
Assembling model chain link fencing - preparing the mesh.

Modeling Barbed Wire
Modeling scale barbed wire for fencing.

Model Railroading: Space Planning for your Model Railroad
An overview of space planning for model railroad train layouts and types of space allocation for model train layouts.

Make Model Railroad Scenery Using Rigid Foam Insulation
A tip about sculpting landscape on a model railroad layout using rigid foam insulation. Links to a series of YouTube videos demonstrating the sculpting of this kind of foam insulation.

10 Tips to Improve a Christmas Tree Train Display
10 Tips to improve a temporary or seasonal train display.

Model Train Kits - Assembly Basics for Model Train Kits
Basic assembly tips for a model train kit.

Model Train Kits - Trucks and Couplers for Model Train Kits
Adding and upgrading trucks and couplers to a model kit.

Getting Started Building Model Train Kits
Getting started with simple model train kits

Model Train Kits - Model Train Kits Parts Orientation
Proper orientation for the parts in the Accurail covered hopper kit.

Model Train Kits - Extra Parts from Model Train Kits
After completing this kit there will be several extra parts. Don't let them go to waste.

Model Train Kits - Gauging Model Train Kits
Checking the gauges of a model train car kit.

Night Backdrops - Painting Horizons and Details on Night Backdrops
Night backdrops require only basic forms and minimal details to complete the scene.

Painting Night Backdrops for Model Railroads
Tips for painting a night sky and horizon for a model railroad backdrop.

Painting a Night Sky (How-to Guide and Tips)
There's more to making a night sky than black paint.

Modeling Roofing and Siding for Miniature Buildings
Modeling common corrugated metal roofs and sidings in any condition using plastic and aluminum foil.

Modeling Corrugated Metal Roofing and Siding for Miniature Buildings and Model Railroads
Modeling common corrugated metal roofs and sidings in any condition using plastic and aluminum foil.

Modeling Corrugated Metal Roofing and Siding for Miniature Buildings and Model Railroads
Modeling common corrugated metal roofs and sidings in any condition using plastic and aluminum foil.

Improving Track Utilization in Model Railroad Freight Yards
Using push pins to improve yard track utilization

Model Railroad Freight Yard Switching with Pushpins
An easy tip for speeding your yard switching operations on a model railroad by using pushpins.

Speed Model Railroad Yard Switching with Visual Aids
Using colored push pins to speed yard switching.

How to Prep for Weathering with Chalks
Techniques for aging models with powdered chalks.

Weathering with Chalks - Creating Faded Paint Appearance by Weathering with Chalks
Techniques for aging models with powdered chalks.

Weathering with Chalks - Creating Dust Soot and Grime by Weathering with Chalks
Create added detail and contrast by using chalks to recreate dust, soot and road grime.

Weathering with Chalks - Recreating Rust on Model Trains by Weathering with Chalks
Create realistic rust spots and streaks with chalks.

Weathering with Chalks - Removing Weathering with Chalks
One of weathering chalks' best qualities is the ability to correct mistakes with ease.

Weathering with Chalks - Making Weathering with Chalks Permanent
Making weathering chalks permanent can be a challenge since they are so easy to wash off. Heavy applications and light coats of clear coat can seel the effects.

Building Lift Bridges for Model Railroads
Lift bridges are one method of providing layout access while preserving operations.

Soldering for Model Railroad Trains - Basic Soldering Tips for Model Railroad Trains
Basic techniques for better soldering.

Introduction to Soldering for Model Railroad Trains
Tools and tips needed for soldering on model trains, track and wiring.

Soldering for Model Railroad Trains - Tips for Soldering Model Railroad Trains Track
Specific tips for soldering on model railroad track.

Soldering for Model Railroad Trains - Soldering Tips for Wiring Model Railroad Trains
Tips for soldering on wire for model railroaders.

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Building and Wiring Reverse Loops for Model Trains
Build and wire reversing loops and track sections for model railroads.

Wiring Reverse Loops - Wiring Reverse Loops for DC Operation
A special toggle switch is all you need to add a reversing loop to your DC control model railroad.

Reverse Loop - Operating a Reverse Loop
Operate your reverse loop with the flip of two switches.

Wiring a Reverse Loop for Digital Command Control (DCC)
With DCC, wiring and operating a reverse section is even easier.

Choosing a Quality Train Set
Things to look for when choosing a quality model train set for the first time.

Best Locations for Model Train Layouts
Tips for finding the best place for your model railroad.

Trailer on Flat Car (TOFC) Trains
Ideas for modeling TOFC (Trailer on Flatcar) trains, equipment and operations.

Historical and Excursion Railroads
Links to railroads that run excursion outings for the public.

Operating Model Railroad Trains
Basic information about operating model railroad trains.

Toy Trains for Children
Model Railroading began with toys for children. Toy trains can be important assets in your child's education and development. Children who retain their interest in model trains can learn the basics of electricity, some geometry, history, and mechanical engineering from this fascinating pastime.

model train set assembly
Get helpful advice on assembling your first model train set including tips and troubleshooting your track, trains, and power supplies.

Intermodal - Real Railroads Intermodal Trains
Prototype information in intermodal railroading equipment, history and operations for modelers.

Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently Asked Questions about Model Trains
answers to common model train questions

Freight Car Modeling Tips
The history and modeling of railroad freight cars including boxcars, flatcars, gondolas, tank cars, hoppers and more.

Modeling Hopper Cars
Put your hopper cars to work on your model railroad with these freight car and layout tips.

NCE Power Cab DCC System Product Review
Product review of the NCE Power Cab DCC system - a robust starter command control system with room to grow.

Building Your First Model Train Table
Simple instructions for building a simple 4 foot by 8 foot model train table with storage shelf.

Appraising the Value of Toy Trains
What's my old train worth? Learn where to find the answers to this common question.

Model Railroad Bus Wiring
Installing electrical wiring busses and feeders for model train layouts is an easy way to improve operation.

GE AC4400 (AC44CW) Diesel Locomotives
Prototype history of GE's popular AC4400 (AC44CW) diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

60 Minute Model Railroading Projects
It's amazing what you can accomplish in just an hour - here are a few projects you can complete in 60 minutes or less.

HO Scale Knuckle Coupler Guide
List of HO knuckle coupler manufacturers and their features and products.

Busch HO Scale Lighted Vehicle
Product review for an HO scale lighted SUV from Busch.

Two Rail Vs. Three Rail O Gauge
O Scale and O Gauge trains run on either two or three rail track systems. Learn the differences and how to convert from one to the other.

Athearn Genesis GP9 HO Model Locomotive Product Review
Athearn's brand new HO scale GP9 sets a new bar for detail and performance for models of this popular road switcher locomotive.

Spur (railroad track)
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4x8 Model Railroad Track Plan
Track plan for a 4x8' HO scale model railroad featuring mountain scenery and industrial switching around a paper mill.

GE ES44AC Diesel Locmotive
Prototype history of GE's ES44AC diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Scale Trains HO Evans Boxcar Kit Reviewed
Product review of the Scale Trains HO Evans 5100 Boxcar kit.

Model Railroad Layout - O Gauge Cloverleaf
Track plan for an O Gauge layout with a four-loop cloverleaf inside an oval.

EMD FP7 and FP9 Diesel Locmotives
Prototype history of EMD's F9 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Maximum Model Train Grades
Standards for the steepest grades your model trains can climb.

GE B32-8WH (Dash 8-32BWH) Diesel Locmotive
Prototype history of GE's B32-8WH (Dash 8-32BWH) diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Mallet Steam Locomotives
Learn how to properly define and identify a Mallet steam locomotive.

Consolidation (2-8-0) Steam Locmotives and Models
Prototype history the Consolidation type of steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Tangent Scale Models' HO Scale Airslide Hoppers Reviewed
Review of the Tangent Scale Models HO scale GATC 4180 Airslide covered hopper - a superb rendition of an interesting freight car.

EMD BL2 Diesel Locomotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's BL2 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

TT Scale: An American Orphan Gauge
Overview of TT scale, including history, modern German and other Eastern European manufacturers, and some thoughts on the future of the exotic scale.

Model Railroad Track Types
An overview of model railroad track types and codes including an explanation of track code numbers and rail metal types.

Intro to O Gauge Model Trains
Introduction to the many varieties and peculiar naming to O scale and O gauge model trains.

Monopoly Railroads
Everybody knows the railroads in the game Monopoly are the Pennsylvania, B&O, Reading, and Short Line. But how many people realize that three of the four were real railroads?

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Bowser HO Scale GMD SD40-2 Locomotive Reviewed
Product Review of the Bowser HO scale Alco C630 / MLW C630M.

Modeling a Railroad Team Track
A team track is an easy industry to add to any model railroad that can do a lot for your operations in a very small space.

International Hobby Corporation (IHC) Profile
A profile of International Hobby Corporation (IHC), an American manufacturer of HO, O and N scale model railroad trains and accessories.

EMD SDP45 Locmotive Prototype and Models
Prototype history of EMD's SDP45 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Changing Numbers on Model Trains
Tired of multiple train cars or locomotives with the same number? Learn how to change the numbers on decorated models.

Changing Road Numbers - Decal Setting Solution for Changing Road Numbers
Apply decal setting solution to the model.

Removing Road Numbers - Removing the Roadnumbers from Model Trains
Use an eraser to gently rub away the number.

Changing Road Numbers - Changing Road Numbers on Model Trains
Model after all numbers have been removed.

Changing Road Numbers - Completed Changing Road Numbers
Complete change with decals and a coat of gloss and flat finish.

Narrow Gauge Model Railroads
A guide to model railroading narrow gauges.

Stripping Paint from Model Trains
Want to change the paint on a model? Stripping old paint can be easier than you think.

Stripping Paint from Model Trains
Want to change the paint on a model? Stripping old paint can be easier than you think.

Stripping Paint from Model Trains
Want to change the paint on a model? Stripping old paint can be easier than you think.

Prioritizing Model Railroad Design
Choosing the right prototype and design for a model railroad is a big challenge. See how setting priorities and limits shaped one layout.

Mixing Model Train Brands
Can you mix model trains from different manufacturers? Yes, but there are some things you need to know.

Understanding Model Railroad Waybills and Operations
Understanding waybills and how they make model railroading more interesting and realistic.

Basic Model Railroad Waybills
Sample basic model railroad waybill.

Routing Empty Cars with Model Railroad Waybills
Proper handling of empty cars can add more depth to model railroad operations.

Open Routing for Empty Freight Cars with Model Railroad Waybills
Add flexibility to any operating system with

Moving Special Loads with Waybills on Model Railroads
Adding more challenge to model railroad operations with special or restricted handling loads.

Blocks and Pool Car Waybills for Model Railroads
Simplifying the paperwork with multi-car blocks and pool cars.

Extra features of Model Railroad Waybills
Samples of simple model railroad waybills and how they can be used to simulate prototype operations on your layout.

Paint and Ballast Model Train Track
Make your track as realistic as the trains you run on it.

Improving Model Railroad Trains Track - Improving Model Trains Track by Painting
Painting tips for model train track.

Improving Model Trains Track - Improving Model Trains Track by Ballasting
Adding ballast to improve model train track appearance.

Recreating Wheel Splatter Weathering Effects
Add weathering effects to model trains to recreate the look of grime splattered from the wheels on the ends of freight cars and containers.

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Building L-Girder Benchwork
L-girder benchwork is a flexible system of building model train platforms that allows for a variety of configurations.

L-Girder Benchwork - Assembling L-Girder Benchwork
With a good plan and some simple tools, L-girder benchwork can be assembled quickly.

L-Girder Benchwork - Multi-Level Layouts with L-Girder Benchwork
L-Girder is the benchwork method of choice for multi-level layouts.

L-Girder Benchwork - L-Girder Benchwork Components
L-girder benchwork can be broken down into four simple components that can be combined into any configuration.

L-Girder Benchwork - Adding Backdrops and Fascias to L-Girder Benchwork
Backdrops and fascia panels help to finsish a layout and are easy to add to L-Girder benchwork.

Installing Model Streetlights - Installing Model Streetlights Sockets
Installing the streetlight socket.

Installing Model Streetlights - Preparing the Layout for Installing Model Streetlights
Preparing the layout to install a streetlight.

Installing Model Streetlights - Completing Installing Model Streetlights
Completing the installation of model train layout streetlights

Installing Model Railroad Streetlights
There are many varieties of lighting accessories available for model trains. Streetlights can be an easy improvement.

Installing Model Streetlights - Installing Model Streetlights Wiring Connections
Connecting the wires for model trains streetlights

Cutting Styrene
Cutting styrene plastic. Model Railroad Trains.

Cutting Styrene Plastic
Covering the basics of using styrene plastic for models.

Snapping cut styrene for making models
Once the styrene is scored, it can be snapped in half

Cutting Styrene - Sanding the Cut
Once cut, styrene needs to be sanded for a proper fit.

GE P40 and P42 Diesel Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of GE's P40 and P42 diesel locomotives and a list of available scale models.

Model Railroad Curve Easements and Super elevation
Understanding and adding super-elevation and easements for track curves on model railroads.

Model Railroad Trains Track - Model Railroad Trains Track Easements
Simple techiniques to improve model train operation by easing the transition from straight to curve tracks with easements and superelevation.

Model Railroad Trains Track - Superelevating Model Railroad Trains Track
Simple techiniques to improve model train operation by easing the transition from straight to curve tracks with easements and superelevation.

Applying Static Grass Scenery to Model Railroads
Create realistic scenery for your model railroad, diorama or other project using static grass floc.

Applying Static Grass Scenery to Model Railroads
Create realistic scenery for your model railroad, diorama or other project using static grass floc.

Applying Static Grass Scenery to Model Railroads
Create realistic scenery for your model railroad, diorama or other project using static grass floc.

Applying Static Grass Scenery to Model Railroads
Create realistic scenery for your model railroad, diorama or other project using static grass floc.

EMD E6 Diesel History and Models
Prototype history of EMD's E6 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Integrated Roadbed Track
Integrated roadbed track is defined as any track attached to a roadbed. This track makes assembling a model railroad train layout much easier. Many people erroneously refer to this type of track as snaptrack, snap track, or snap-track. However, SnapTrack is a brand name for a track with no integrated roadbed. Today children's toy train sets benefit from the use of integrated roadbed track. Here is a list of brands, scales, and types of integrated roadbed track for your electric trains.

Oiling and Cleaning a Model Steam Locomotive
Basic steps to cleaning and lubricating a model steam locomotive.

Model Railroad Switches - Basic Terms and Sizes
A guide to model railroad switch (turnout) basics and sizes.

Planning Classification Yards for Model Railroads
Advice for planning a more efficient and prototypical freight classification yard for a model railroad.

Model Railroad Trackplan - D&RGW HOn3 in 4x8'
A simple trackplan for a 4 foot by 8 foot model railroad depicting the narrow gauge Denver and Rio Grande Western in HO scale.

Assembling Your First Train Set
Introduction for basic train set assembly instructions.

Installing a DCC Decoder
Simple instructions for installing a DCC decoder.

Fixing Derailing Model Trains
Outlines steps to take to diagnose and fix troubles with derailing model train cars.

Simple Circuit for Model Train Signals
A simple signal circuit for bi-diectional signals for model trains.

Minimum Vertical Clearances for Model Trains
Minimum vertical clearances for different model train scales

Homemade Groundcover for Model Trains
Make your own ground cover of fallen leaves for forest floors or autumn scenes on model train layouts.

Manufacturer Profile of Bachmann Spectrum Model Trains
Profile of Bachmann Spectrum's model trains.

GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) Diesel Locomotives
Prototype history of GE's C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Thomas the Tank Engine Toy Trains
Thomas the Tank Engine delights children everywhere. Here are Thomas toy trains that are real electric trains instead of push toys.

Installing the Lights
Model Railroad Trains.

Installing the Decoder
Model Railroad Trains.

Routing the Wires / Fiber Optics
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Programming
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Adding Extra Lights
Add extra lights to model locomotives like ditch lights, markers, Mars lights and more and control with your DCC decoder.

Simple Track Projects for Model Railroad Trains
Simple track projects to enhance a model railroad

Simple Track Projects for Model Railroad Trains
Simple track projects to enhance a model railroad

Modeling COFC (Container on Flatcar) Trains
History and modeling advice on container on flatcar (COFC) intermodal railroad operations.

Weathering Painted Model Buildings
Tips on improving the look of painted or assembled model buildings.

Building Grades for Model Railroads
Adding a grade to a model railroad takes a little planning but offers big rewards in operation and appearance when done correctly.

Steam Locomotive Classes
A list of steam locomotive classes

Choosing a Scale For Your Model Railroad
A discussion of factors influencing a model railroader's choice of scale.

Lenses
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Attaching Fiber Optics
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Wiring the LEDs to the PCB
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Pre-wiring LEDs
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Removing Incandescent Bulbs from Athearn Loco
Converting an Athearn model train to LED lighting.

Model Railroad Switches, Turnouts or Points
An overview of the basic types of model train turnouts - also known as switches or points.

How a DCC Decoder Works
A somewhat technical overview of how a DCC decoder works in a model railroad train locomotive.

Maintaining Model Trains
Model train maintenance proceedures

Fixing Model Train Derailments
Troubleshooting tips for derailing model trains.

General Tips for Model Railroad Backdrops
General pointers and best practices for making effective model railroad backdrops.

Railroad Hump Yards
A hump puts gravity to work, switching railroad cars on the side of a hill.

Troubleshooting Model Trains Problems
Introduction to troubleshooting tips for model trains.

Model Train Knuckle Couplers
Description of knuckle couplers available for model trains, including brief prototype history.

Z Scale Model Trains
Introduction to Z scale model trains.

Miniature Lights for Model Train Layouts
Miniature lighting projects for model railroad layouts.

Making Transition Rail Joints for Model Trains
Instructions for joining two sections of model train track with different rail codes (sizes.)

Switch Frog Definition
Description of Switch Frogs as used on model train layouts.

Wheel Cleaners for Model Trains
Simple wheel cleaners you can install on your model train layout to keep your wheels clean while you run your trains.

Lighting Model Train Layout Levels
Lighting model train layout levels with holiday lights.

On30 Scale Model Trains
O scale trains and HO gauge track make a great combination for a variety of users.

American Flyer Model Trains
History of American Flyer model trains.

Setting Up Model Train Transformers
Tips and answers to frequently asked questions about setting up your model train transformer.

MU (Multiple Unit) Connections for Diesel Locomotives
Multiple Unit (MU) connections for diesel locomotives - how they work and how to model them.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale 12x12 Triple Mainline
Track plan for a 12x12 HO model railroad plan which features three mainline loops, multiple junctions and two yards for staging or classification.

Selling Model Trains
Tips for selling used model trains.

tips for buying mobile decoders for model trains
Choosing the best decoder for a specific locomotive or other project can be intimidating with all the choices available today. Get some basic tips to help narrow your search.

Choosing a Decoder for Model Trains and Accessories
Choosing the best decoder for a specific locomotive or other project can be intimidating with all the choices available today. Get some basic tips to help narrow your search.

Choosing a Decoder for Model Trains and Accessories
Choosing the best decoder for a specific locomotive or other project can be intimidating with all the choices available today. Get some basic tips to help narrow your search.

EMD GP50 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's GP50 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

How to Build a Model Railroad Helix
A helix is the ultimate train elevator and always a center of attention on a model railroad. Although intimidating, even a large helix is a very manageable project.

Track Occupancy Detection for Model Railroads
Track occupancy detectors allow you to know where you trains are even when you can't see them. They are also essential elements in prototypical signalling systems.

Norfolk and Western J Class Steam Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history the Norfolk and Western J class steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

NJ International Signals Reviewed
Product review of NJ International signals. A variety of signals are available in N, HO, S and O scales.

N Scale Model Railroad Layout Track Plans
Trackplans for N scale model railroads.

Model Railroad Track Plan - N Scale 4x4 Corner
Track plan for a 4x4' N scale model railroad which fits into a corner.

Model Railroad Planning - Extending Mainline Run on Peninsulas
Track planning tip to add longer runs to model railroad mainlines by adding hidden helices to extend the length of track between scenes.

EMD SD45T-2 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SD45T-2 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

N Scale Model Trains Introduction
Introduction to N scale model trains.

Reading T1 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive Profile
Prototype history the Reading's T1 type of 4-8-4 steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Mixing Integrated Roadbed Tracks and Traditional Model Railroad Tracks
Combine integrated roadbed tracks typically found in train sets with standard model railroad tracks.

Detailing a Model Railroad Crossing
Add details to a railroad crossing scene to make it more realistic.

O Scale Model Trains Introduction
Introduction to O scale model trains.

HO OO Model Trains - HO OO Model Trains Introduction
Introduction to HO and OO scale model trains.

Passenger Train consists
Realistic passenger car consists for model railroads.

How to Fix Poor Model Train Operations
Troublshooting tips for correcting poor or sporadic operation of model trains

Track Cleaning Cars
Summary of types of track cleaning cars which take the work out of keeping our model railroads clean and running smoothly.

Minimum Curve Radius for Model Trains
Nothing impacts a track plan like the minimum radius of your curves. How sharp is too sharp? There are several answers to this simple question.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale 4x8 with Branch Line
Track plan for a 4x8' HO scale model railroad featuring a branch line.

Safety in your Train Room
Model Railroad Trains.

Model Train Safety
Safety Tips for building model railroads and trains.

Model Workbench Safety
Model Railroad Trains.

Choosing the Right Transformer for Your Model Trains
How do you choose the right transformer to power your model train layout? These tips will point you in the right direction.

Model Railroad Track Plan - O Gauge 7x15 Over-Under
Track plan for a 7x15' O Gauge model railroad which features an over-under figure-8, outer oval and wye.

Modeling Maintenance - Model Railroad Blue Flags Add to Realism and Operations
Railroads protect workers with a simple warning - the blue flag. These same practices can make operations on your own model railroad more interesting and realistic.

Model Railroad Switching Track Plans
Track plans for model railroads with a focus on switching or shunting.

EMD MP15AC Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's MP15AC diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale "Modern Short Line"
Track plan for a 12x10' HO scale model railroad featuring multiple industrial areas, interchange and staging on an around the walls shelf layout.

Union Pacific 4-12-2 Steam Locomotive Profile
Prototype history the Union Pacific 4-12-2 type of steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

GE U30C Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of GE's U30C diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD SD45-2 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SD45-2 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

O Scale 2 Rail 10x12 L Shelf Layout
Track plan for a 10x12' shelf-style O scale model railroad featuring multiple industries and a challenging track plan for 2 rail scale trains.

GE B30-7 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of GE's B30-7 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Improving Diesel Pilots on Toy Train Locomotives
Many older toy trains lacked detail around the pilots to allow room for the truck-mounted couplers to swing. See how to improve these toys for better operation and detail.

Improving Diesel Pilots on Toy Train Locomotives
Many older toy trains lacked detail around the pilots to allow room for the truck-mounted couplers to swing. See how to improve these toys for better operation and detail.

Improving Diesel Pilots on Toy Train Locomotives
Many older toy trains lacked detail around the pilots to allow room for the truck-mounted couplers to swing. See how to improve these toys for better operation and detail.

Improving Diesel Pilots on Toy Train Locomotives
Many older toy trains lacked detail around the pilots to allow room for the truck-mounted couplers to swing. See how to improve these toys for better operation and detail.

Making Scrap Wheel Loads for Model Train Cars
Convert old plastic wheels into an interesting gondola load.

Making Scrap Wheel Loads for Model Train Cars
Convert old plastic wheels into an interesting gondola load.

Making Scrap Wheel Loads for Model Train Cars
Convert old plastic wheels into an interesting gondola load.

Making Scrap Wheel Loads for Model Train Cars
Convert old plastic wheels into an interesting gondola load.

Making Scrap Wheel Loads for Model Train Cars
Convert old plastic wheels into an interesting gondola load.

Making Scrap Wheel Loads for Model Train Cars
Convert old plastic wheels into an interesting gondola load.

Modeling Damaged Freight Car Sides - Melting and Distorting Plastic
Modeling damaged, bulging and torn sides on freight cars on plastic model trains.

Modeling Damaged Freight Car Sides - Cleaning Up the Edges
Clean up the edge of distressed model freight cars for a more realistic appearance.

Modeling Damaged Freight Car Sides - Weathering
Finishing a model with distressed sides with weathering.

Damaged Sides of Railroad Freight Cars - Prototype Details for Modeling
Examples of train cars with side damage from shifting loads and an introduction to reproducing this detail in miniature.

Connecting Feeders - Connecting Feeders to the Bus Wire
Connecting feeders to bus wires on the project layout.

Building Model Bridges - Building Model Bridges from a Micro Engineering Kit
Attaching parts to a warped bridge kit.

Small Bridges - Attaching the Grirders of Small Bridges
Assembling the bridge abutment foundations.

Small Model Bridges - Painting Small Model Bridges
A coat of paint adds a distinctive Rio Grande feel to this bridge.

building model bridges - attaching the deck when building model bridges
Attaching the bridge deck to a bridge kit.

Small Model Bridges - Installing Small Model Bridges
Installing the small bridge on the Rio Grande project layout.

Cleaning Model Railroad Scenery
Tips for cleaning finished scenery on a model train layout or diorama.

Cleaning Model Railroad Scenery
Tips for cleaning finished scenery on a model train layout or diorama.

Cleaning Model Railroad Scenery
Tips for cleaning finished scenery on a model train layout or diorama.

Cleaning Model Railroad Scenery
Tips for cleaning finished scenery on a model train layout or diorama.

Bolted Frames - Bolted Frames of Platform and Support
With the 8 bolts in place, the platform is securely stored.

Running Three-Rail Model Railroad Trains
A tutorial on how to operate a three-rail model railroad train.

Running Three-Rail Model Railroad Trains
A tutorial on how to operate a three-rail model railroad train.

Running Three-Rail Model Railroad Trains
A tutorial on how to operate a three-rail model railroad train.

Running Three-Rail Model Railroad Trains
A tutorial on how to operate a three-rail model railroad train.

Running Three-Rail Model Railroad Trains
A tutorial on how to operate a three-rail model railroad train.

Running Three-Rail Model Railroad Trains
A tutorial on how to operate a three-rail model railroad train.

Modeling Building Foundations
Modeling building foundations - choosing appropriate materials.

Finishing a Foundation for a Model Building
Adding a finished appearance to the model building foundation frame.

Building a Foundation for a Model Building
Building foundations for models buildings.

Building Foundations for Removable Model Buildings
Building foundations for model buildings with complex interior details and lighting.

Model Brdge Abutments - Attaching the Foundations of Model Bridge Abutments to the Subroadbed
Attaching the Masonite foundations to the subroadbed for model train bridge abutments.

Model Bridge Abutments - Attaching the Stone Overlay to Model Bridge Abutments
Attaching the stone veneer to the abutment foundations.

model bridge abutments - weathering model bridge abutments
Weathering the stones of a model trains bridge abutment

adjusting low coupler height - adjusting low coupler height on model trains
Adjust coupler height with washers.

check coupler gauge - check coupler gauge on model trains
Recheck the car to confirm results.

Building Model Bridge Abutments - Building Model Bridge Abutments Foundations
Starting with the foundation for the bridge abutments

Building Model Bridge Abutments - Building Model Bridge Abutments Foundations
Add additional supports for the lower portion of the abutment foundations.

Model Bridge Abutments - Assembling the Model Bridge Abutments Foundations
Assembling the bridge abutment foundations.

Model Bridge Abutments - Stonework for Model Bridge Abutments
Cutting the foam cut-stone overlay for the model bridge abutments

EMD GP Locomotives
List of EMD GP locomotive types with links to profile pages

Modeling boxcar roof paint overspray - removing the mask
Removing the paint mask and finishing the roof of the model boxcar

Painting model boxcar roofs
Painting the model roof to replicate overspray.

Modeling Freight Car Roof Overspray - Masking the Roof
Masking model boxcar roofs to create a paint-overspray effect.

Paint Overspray on Freight Car Roofs
Freight cars often have unpainted roofs, but painted sides. Paint frequently mists onto the roof during painting. This is easy to recreate on a painted freight car model.

Invisible Track Wires - Attaching Invisible Track Wires
Soldering feeder wires to the bottom of model train track.

Invisible Track Feeders - Installing Invisible Track Feeders
Installing track with attached feeder wires.

Invisible Track Feeders - Completed Invisible Track Feeders
completed and installed track feeders

Modeling Modern Security Lights - Making the Lenses for Modeling Modern Security Lights
Begin making your security light by cutting the lens to size.

Modeling Security Lights - Adding the Trim Modeling Security Lights
Add the trim and housing to the model security lights

Model Security Lights - Installing Model Security Lights
Installing the scratchbuilt security lights on a model building.

Modeling Modern Security Lights - Materials for Modeling Modern Security Lights
Materials and tools needed to scratchbuild modern security lights for scale model buildings.

Model Train Manufacturers - Model Train Manufacturers Index
Alphabetical Index of Model Train Manufacturers

Model Train Manufacturers - Model Train Manufacturers Index
Alphabetical Index of Model Train Manufacturers

Model Train Manufacturers - Model Train Manufacturers Index
Alphabetical Index of Model Train Manufacturers

O Scale 2 Rail 2x12 Layout
Track plan for a 2x12' shelf-style O scale model railroad featuring multiple industries and a challenging track plan for 2 rail scale trains.

Model Railroad Track Plan - O Scale 2 Rail 10x12 Layout
Track plan for a 2 Rail O scale model railroad which goes around the walls of a 10x12 room.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Multiple Loops in O Gauge
Track plan for a 6.5x11' O Gauge model railroad which features multiple loops and reverse loops with diamonds.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Expanded O Gauge Train Set
Track plan for a 4x8' O Gauge model railroad which builds on the oval of track found in most sets with added sidings for operation.

Troubleshooting and Fixing Model Trains That Won't Run
Steps to take to troubleshoot and repair a model train that will not run.

Choosing the Right Model Train Set
Tips for finding the perfect train set to adorn your Christmas display, give to a young railroader, or get started on the hobby of a lifetime.

What Is the Best Model Train Scale?
What scale, or size, of model trains is best?

Norfolk Southern SD60E Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of Norfolk Southern's SD60E diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

O Gauge Model Railroad Layout Track Plans
Trackplans for O Gauge 3-Rail model railroads.

Industrial Corner Model Railroad Track Plan
Track plan for a 4x8' shelf-style HO scale model railroad featuring multiple industries and a challenging track plan.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale "Archer Paper" for 4x10 shelf style platform
Track plan for a HO scale model railroad with multiple industrial sidings on a 4x10' shelf layout.

Modeling Railroad Tie Gondola Loads
Modeling tips for new and used railroad tie loads for your gondolas.

Modeling Railroad Tie Gondola Loads
Modeling tips for new and used railroad tie loads for your gondolas.

Modeling Railroad Tie Gondola Loads
Modeling tips for new and used railroad tie loads for your gondolas.

Modeling Railroad Tie Gondola Loads
Modeling tips for new and used railroad tie loads for your gondolas.

Modeling Railroad Tie Gondola Loads
Modeling tips for new and used railroad tie loads for your gondolas.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Expanded O Gauge Train Set
Track plan for a 4x8' O Gauge model railroad which includes an add-on shelf for a branch line with industry or storage.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale "Factory Town" for 4x8 Platform
Track plan for a HO scale model railroad with multiple industrial sidings and a long passing siding on a 4x8' platform.

Tangent Scale Models HO 8000 Gallon Tank Car Model Review
Product Review of the Tangent Scale Models 8000 gallon acid tank car.

Bluford Shops HO Transfer Caboose Reviewed
Product review of Bluford Shops' HO scale transfer caboose.

Model Railroad Scale Speed Tables
Tables for determining the scale speed of your model trains for various scales in both miles and kilometers per hour.

H - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

Hot Box
Definition and description of a

Model Railroad Track Plan - N Scale Double Track 2x5
Track plan for a 2x5' N scale model railroad with double track ovals and two industries.

Three Easy Steps to Improve the Operation of Any Model Train Car
Improving the operation of any ready-to-run or kit-built model train car is as easy as 1-2-3.

Three Easy Steps to Improve the Operation of Any Model Train Car
Improving the operation of any ready-to-run or kit-built model train car is as easy as 1-2-3.

Three Easy Steps to Improve the Operation of Any Model Train Car
Improving the operation of any ready-to-run or kit-built model train car is as easy as 1-2-3.

Modeling Hidden Industries
Simple techniques for adding an industry to your layout without taking a lot of space on your platform.

Open Loads - Customizing Trains with Open Loads
Inspiration and techniques for adding interesting visible, or

Build Your Own Baled Scrap Load for Model Train Gondolas
Build your own inexpensive baled scrap loads for your model train gondolas in any scale.

Build Your Own Baled Scrap Load for Model Train Gondolas
Build your own inexpensive baled scrap loads for your model train gondolas in any scale.

Build Your Own Baled Scrap Load for Model Train Gondolas
Build your own inexpensive baled scrap loads for your model train gondolas in any scale.

GE U18B Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of GE's U18B diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Cumberland Mines Railroad
Track plan for a HO scale model railroad based on the Cumberland Mines Railroad in southwestern Pennsylvania. The prototype carries coal from mine to dock and has no connection to the rest of the rail network.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale "Mountain Pass" for 10x12 Room
Track plan for a HO scale model railroad which goes around the walls of a 10x12 room featuring a two-level track plan with tunnels, bridges and a long mainline run.

Railroad Switching Essentials
Any railroad switching arrangement comes down to just three track combinations - trailing point switches, facing point switches and run around tracks. See how all three can be combined in your track plans to get the most out of your operations.

Passenger Steam Locomotives
List of common steam locomotives assigned to passenger service.

EMD SD90MAC Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SD90MAC diesel locomotive and variations and a list of available scale models.

EMD SD80MAC Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SD80MAC diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD DD40AX Diesel Locomotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's DD40AX diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD SD45 Diesel Locomotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SD45 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Model Railroad Track Plan - O Gauge 8x12
Track plan for a 8x12' O Gauge model railroad featuring a long loop with passing sidings and spurs.

Central Pneumatic Airbrush Review
Review of the inexpensive Central Pneumatic double-action internal mix airbrush available through Harbor Freight Tools.

Kitbashing and Scratchbuilding Model Railroad Trains
Resources and links for those who build their own model railroad trains.

Building 3D Printed Model Trains
Tips for building and finishing 3D printed models.

Building 3D Printed Model Trains
Tips for building and finishing 3D printed models.

Building 3D Printed Model Trains
Tips for building and finishing 3D printed models.

Building 3D Printed Model Trains
Tips for building and finishing 3D printed models.

Alco FPA Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of Alco and Montreal Locomotive Works' FPA diesel locomotives and a list of available scale models.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale "Lakeshore Southern"
Track plan for a 12x8' HO scale model railroad featuring a large mainline loop and branch line with several industries.

Collecting Model Railroad Trains
Information for model train collectors and those who want to become model train collectors.

Converting Curve Measurements from Degrees to Radius for Model Trains
Prototype curves aren't measured by their radius but by degrees. How can you convert a prototypical curve to model proportions? A little math can shed some light on just how tight our model curves really are!`

Model Railroad DCC Projects
DCC projects and information for model railroaders.

Model Trains Inventory- Designing a Model Trains Inventory
Set up and maintain an inventory to track and value your model train collection.

EMD SW1500 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SW1500 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD SW1000 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SW1000 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Open Freight Car Loads - Open Freight Car Loads for Heavy Duty Flatcars
Some loads require special handling. These are as much a challenge to operate as they are to model.

CF7 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of Santa Fe's CF7 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Replacing Model Train Wheels
Instructions for replacing wheels on model trains.

Walthers Track Cleaning Cars Reviewed
Review of the Walthers Trainline track cleaning car.

Open Loads - Open Loads for Gondola Model Train Cars
From precast to homemade, there are lots of options for realistic loads for gondola cars.

Model a Company Service Gondola
Paint, letter, weather and detail a gondola for company service on your railroad.

Model a Company Service Gondola
Paint, letter, weather and detail a gondola for company service on your railroad.

Model a Company Service Gondola
Paint, letter, weather and detail a gondola for company service on your railroad.

Model a Company Service Gondola
Paint, letter, weather and detail a gondola for company service on your railroad.

Model a Company Service Gondola
Paint, letter, weather and detail a gondola for company service on your railroad.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Expanded N Train Set
Track plan for a 2x4' N scale model railroad which builds on the oval of track found in most sets with added sidings for operation.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale Oval + Figure 8
Track plan for a 4x8' HO scale model railroad featuring a connected oval and figure 8 track loop.

Introduction to G Gauge Model Trains
Introduction to G gauge model trains.

Model Railroad Track Plan - N Scale Dog Bones and Branchline
Track plan for a 4x8' N scale model railroad featuring a twisted

Model Railroad Track Plan - O Gauge Over Under Ovals
Track plan for a 5x8' O Gauge layout with over-under double oval design.

Model Train Display Board - Building a Model Train Display Board
Build a simple display board for model trains as a fun project or learning experience.

Prototype Modeling - Introduction to Prototype Modeling
Modeling from the prototype can be a rewarding challenge. Learn how to capture the character of any scene for your layout.

Prototype Modeling - Research Resources for Prototype Modeling
Modeling a prototype starts with research.

Prototype Modeling - Scene Character and Prototype Modeling
Capturing a scenes signature elements and supporting details is key to reproducing a scene in miniature.

Selective Compression - Selective Compression in Model Railroad Planning
With selective compression, even a large prototype can be modeled in a modest space.

Hardshell Scenery - Support for Hardshell Scenery
Build supports for your scenery from common recycled materials.

Hardshell Scenery - First Plaster Coat for Hardshell Scenery
Instructions for creating the base coat of plaster shell for hardshell scenery.

Hardshell Scenery - Final Plaster Coat for Hardshell Scenery
The final coat of plaster is heavier and allows contouring and profiling for various scenic details.

Hardshell Scenery - Painting Hardshell Scenery
Paint adds color and depth and completes the hardshell scenic base.

Hardshell Scenery - Tools and Supplies for Building Hardshell Scenery
Tools and materials needed to get started making hardshell scenery for your model railroad or project.

Model Railroading Basics - Model Railroading Basics
Model railroad basics: what every new model railroader should know before investing in model railroad trains.

Buying And Selling Model Trains - Tips For Buying And Selling Model Trains
Tips on buying model railroad trains.

TOFC Modeling - TOFC Modeling Pages
Index of TOFC intermodal modeling pages

Model Railroad Track Plan - Timesaver
Track plan for an

Model Railroad Track Plan - Inglenook
Track plan for an

Where to Buy Model Trains
Advice on where to go to find your first model train.

Say What You Will About Mehano...
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50 Best Blogs for Train Enthusiasts
If you're reading this, no doubt you have at least a passing interest in trains. There are many more sites and blogs out there to explore as well.  After you've

Model Train Kit Building Tips
Model railroad kits come in a great variety of materials. Learn the basics to building a quality model out of any of them.

Model a Stump Load for a Gondola
Simple steps to model a distinctive

Accurail HO Scale PS 4750 Covered Hopper Kit Review
Product review of the new HO scale PS 4750 covered hopper kit.

cabooses
Illustrated list of common caboose types.

Model Trains Tools - Model Trains Tools for Electrical Projects
Tools for model railroading electrical projects.

Model Railroad Track Plan - N Scale Loads In Empties Out
Track plan for a 4x8' N scale model railroad featuring a pair of industries which share cars for operations.

Model Railroad Track Plan - N Scale Showcase
Track plan for a 4x8' N scale model railroad featuring a double track mainline, yard and turntable to switch or just display your collection.

Model Railroad Track Plan - HO Scale Loco Showcase
Track plan for a 4x8' HO scale model railroad featuring a double track mainline, yard and turntable to switch or just display your collection.

Alco DL109 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of Alco's DL109 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.