Model Railroad Trains Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

Centerline Products Rail Cleaning Cars Reviewed
Review of the Centerline Products rail cleaning car.

Woodland Scenics "Dust Monkeys" Track Cleaners Product Review
Product review for Woodland Scenics

GE 44 Ton Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of GE's 44 ton diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

GE 45 Ton Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of GE's 45 ton diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Weathering Diesel Locomotive Models with an Airbrush
Tips for weathering diesel locomotives with an airbrush.

Weathering Diesel Locomotive Models with an Airbrush
Tips for weathering diesel locomotives with an airbrush.

Weathering Diesel Locomotive Models with an Airbrush
Tips for weathering diesel locomotives with an airbrush.

Weathering Diesel Locomotive Models with an Airbrush
Tips for weathering diesel locomotives with an airbrush.

Weathering Diesel Locomotive Models with an Airbrush
Tips for weathering diesel locomotives with an airbrush.

Weathering Diesel Locomotive Models with an Airbrush
Tips for weathering diesel locomotives with an airbrush.

Model Railroad Track Plan - O Gauge Twists and Turns
Track plan for a 4x8' O Gauge layout with a reverse loop, circle and sidings inside an oval.

Model Railroad Track Plan - N Scale 2x3
Track plan for a 2x3' N scale model railroad featuring sidings for multiple trains, an interchange and room for expansion.

Lubricating Model Train Couplers
Lubricating model train couplers for better operation.

O (1:48) Scale Model Railroading
This category contains articles about O (1:48) Scale model railroading. O scale model railroads and their trains come in three-rail and two-rail varieties. Here you'll find articles about O scale locomotives, train cars, and train sets.

Replacing Model Train Coupler Springs
Tips for replacing model knuckle coupler springs with ease.

Replacing Model Train Coupler Springs
Tips for replacing model knuckle coupler springs with ease.

Replacing Model Train Coupler Springs
Tips for replacing model knuckle coupler springs with ease.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Loops and Yard
Track plan for a 8x8' O Gauge model railroad featuring three independent running loops, a yard and plenty of room for accessories, industries and scenery.

Freelancing a Model Railroad
Tips for freelancing a model train layout.

Weathering Wash - Completing the Weathering Wash on Model Trains
Drying and completing the weathering wash on model trains.

Model Railroad Helix - Wiring a Model Railroad Helix
Wiring a helix is not much different than any other part of your railroad, but there are a few tricks to make it easier.

Weathering Wash - Applying a Weathering Wash to Model Trains
Applying the weathering wash to model trains.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Twice around the Christmas Tree
Track plan for an O Gauge or HO gauge train which makes two loops around the base of a Christmas tree.

Miniature Cornstalks - Trimming Miniature Cornstalks
Trimming the corstalks is an easy but messy task.

Miniature Cornstalks - Planting Miniature Cornstalks
Prepare a proper field for your miniature cornstalks.

Miniature Cornstalks - Painting Miniature Cornstalks
The final appearance of your cornstalks can be tailored to the season with a little paint.

Miniature Corstalks - Curling the Leaves on Miniature Cornstalks
Getting the curled leaves of a cornstalk is easy and fun with a heat gun.

Miniature Cornstalks - Making Miniature Cornstalks from Christmas Garland
Starting with inexpensive Christmas garland,cut the cornstalks to length.

How to Build Realitic Model Cornfields
Model a realistic cornfield in HO or larger scales.

Intermountain HO Scale SD40-2 Product Review
Product review of the Intermountain HO scale SD40-2.

Tangent Scale Models Dry-Flo Hopper Review
Tangent Scale Models HO scale General American Dry-Flo covered hopper review.

Athearn Genesis GP49 HO Model Locomotive Product Review
Athearn's brand new HO scale GP49 represents the first model of a very rare prototype.

EMD GP-40X Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's GP-40X diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Oval + Figure 8
Track plan for an O Gauge layout with a figure 8 inside an oval.

Install Uncoupling Magnets - How to Install Uncoupling Magnets for Model Trains
Uncoupling magnets allow automatic uncoupling of knuckle couplers without using your hands. Magnets work with most tracks and scales and are easy to install.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Around Town
Track plan for an O Gauge layout with a long passing siding and two spurs on a 4x9 foot platform..

Empty Gondola Cars - Modeling Empty Gondola Cars
Turn an otherwise nondescript empty gondola or flatcar into an eyecatching model.

Trundle Bed Train Platform - Building a Trundle Bed Train Platform
Build a train platform that can roll under a bed for storage. This can be used for electric trains or wooden train toys.

Model Railroad Track Plan - Over-Under Railroad
Track plan for a 4x8' HO scale model railroad featuring an over-under return loop, grade, and staging track.

Project Layout - Rio Grande Project Layout
Build a model train layout based on the Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge rairoad in Colorado.

Model Railroad Glossary - Definitions of Model Railroading Terms
A glossary of railway and model railroad culture related definitions. Here you'll find the meaning of many terms, acronyms, and jargon defined.

Railroad Historical Societies
A collection of links to railroad historical societies.

Benchwork - Rio Grande Project Layout Benchwork
Benchwork articles for the Rio Grande layout.

A - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

Narrow Gauge Model Railroading
There have been many railroads with track gauges smaller than 4ft. 8 1/2in. in real-life railroading. Nearly all of the popular model railroading scales have narrow gauge variants. There are NMRA and NEM standards for narrow gauge model railroads in various scales. Narrow gauge modeling variants in the United States include On3, On30, Sn3, HOn3, HOn30, TTn3, and Nn3.

N (1:160) Scale Model Railroading
This category contains articles about N (1:160) Scale model railroading. N scale is the second-best selling scale for model railroad products world-wide. Here you'll find articles about N scale locomotives, train cars, and train sets.

Exotic Model Railroad Scales: S, OO, TT, and More
There are a number of lesser-known model railroad scales, widely regarded as unusual or exotic. S scale was made popular by American Flyer after World War II, but has faded into semi-obscurity. OO is the most popular scale in the UK but, along with the 7mm, 4mm, 3mm, and 2mm scales, is not found much in other parts of the world. Though invented in the United States, TT scale found its market in eastern Europe.

Modeling Specific Railroads
Here are links to sites and publications covering modeling of specific railroads.

Z (1:220) Scale Model Railroading
This category contains articles about Z (1:220) scale model railroading. Z is the smallest scale for model railroad products. Here you'll find articles about Z scale locomotives, train cars, and train sets.

Benchwork Support - Benchwork Support for the Rio Grande Layout
Build the support structure for the Rio Grande layout platform.

Helix - Building a Model Railroad Helix
Build a helix for your model railroad one step at a time.

Lighting Projects - Lighting Projects for Model Railroaders
lighting projects for model train layouts

Moveable Benchwork - Moveable Benchwork for Model Trains
Moveable and removable benchwork sections for improving access to a model train platform.

Australian Model Trains
A list of sources for Australian prototype model trains.

Model Railroad Blogs
Blogs of model railroaders covering a variety of topics related to model railroading and model trains.

C - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

D - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

E - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

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Model Railroad Trains.

G - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

I - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

J - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

Model Railroad Virtual Tours
Links to online virtual model railroad layout tours.

Local_Regional_Model_Railroad_Clubs
Model Railroad Trains.

List of Model Railroad Museums and Layouts
A list of model railroad and toy train museums. Links to toy train museums and model railroad layouts that are open to the public.

Model Railroading and Railfan Online Forums
A list of online forums for model railroaders and railfans.

Walt Disney & Co. Model Railroading
Walt Disney and two of his close associates, Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston, were avid model railroaders. Walt eventually outgrew his backyard live steam layout. This is the reason that a real-life narrow gauge railroad circles Disneyland. I guess when you're a living legend, you can afford the best toys. Here are links to pages about the railroading of these three dynamic individuals.

B - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

K - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

L - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

M - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

N - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

O - Model Railroad Terms
Model Railroad Trains.

Railfan Sites
A list of railfan sites, many for specific railroads.

DCC - DCC Control and Installation
DCC articles and suppliers. Model Railroad Trains.

Equipment for the Rio Grande Project Layout
equipment articles for the Rio Grande Project Layout

Railroad and Railway Museums
A list of railroad and railway museum links.

Model Train Polls
Polls provide a fun and easy way to give your input on the topics that make Model Trains interesting. Give your opinion on what works, what doesn't and what you want to see more of.

Track and Bridges for the Rio Grande Project layout
track and bridge articles for the Rio Grande Project Layout

DCC and Electronics for the Rio Grande project layout
DCC wiring and electronics articles for the Rio Grande Project Layout

Installing DCC in an Athearn HO Scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive
Installing a DCC decoder in a compact HO scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive - lessons that can be applied to other small models.

Installing DCC in an Athearn HO Scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive
Installing a DCC decoder in a compact HO scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive - lessons that can be applied to other small models.

Installing DCC in an Athearn HO Scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive
Installing a DCC decoder in a compact HO scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive - lessons that can be applied to other small models.

Installing DCC in an Athearn HO Scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive
Installing a DCC decoder in a compact HO scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive - lessons that can be applied to other small models.

Athearn HO Scale EMD Model 40 Locomotive Reviewed
Review of the Athearn HO scale EMD Model 40 locomotive.

Planning for a Model Railroad Helix
Planning a helix for a model railroad takes time and patience, but good plans can avoid costly construction mistakes later.

Install a Railroad Crossing Signal on a Model Layout
Install a working railroad crossing signal with flashing lights to protect a road on your layout.

Install a Working Railroad Crossing Signal on a Model Train Layout
Install a working railroad crossing signal with flashing lights to protect a road on your layout.

Install a Working Railroad Crossing Signal on a Model Train Layout
Install a working railroad crossing signal with flashing lights to protect a road on your layout.

Install a Working Railroad Crossing Signal on a Model Train Layout
Install a working railroad crossing signal with flashing lights to protect a road on your layout.

Install a Working Railroad Crossing Signal on a Model Train Layout
Install a working railroad crossing signal with flashing lights to protect a road on your layout.

Install a Working Railroad Crossing Signal on a Model Train Layout
Install a working railroad crossing signal with flashing lights to protect a road on your layout.

Building Model Railroad Scenery From Foam Insulation
Building model railroad scenery from foam insulation boards.

Building Model Railroad Scenery from Foam Insulation Sheets
Building model railroad scenery from foam insulation boards.

Building Model Railroad Scenery from Foam Insulation Sheets
Building model railroad scenery from foam insulation boards.

Building Model Railroad Scenery from Foam Insulation Sheets
Building model railroad scenery from foam insulation boards.

Building Model Railroad Scenery from Foam Insulation Sheets
Building model railroad scenery from foam insulation boards.

How to Properly Clean Your Model Trains
How to clean model trains. Model Railroad Trains.

BLMA F89J Pipe Service Flatcar Model Product Review
The new HO scale BLMA F89J pipe service flatcar is a well detailed model of a distinctive prototype.

Interior Lights - Adding Interior Lights to Model Buildings
Adding interior lights to model buildings.

Choosing Miniature Light Bulbs for Model Buildings
Choosing the right bulb is essential to getting the most out of any lighting project.

EMD FL9 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's FL9 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD F7 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's F7 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD F3 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's F3 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

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

Northern (4-8-4) Steam Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history the Northern type of steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD GP40 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's GP40 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD GP39-2 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's GP39-2 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Build a Static Grass Applicator for Model Train Scenery
Build your own static grass applicator to apply fine scenic ground cover to model railroads and other miniature scenes. This simple tool has many uses and can be built with only a few basic tools for around $10.

Build a Static Grass Applicator for Model Train Scenery
Build your own static grass applicator to apply fine scenic ground cover to model railroads and other miniature scenes. This simple tool has many uses and can be built with only a few basic tools for around $10.

Build a Static Grass Applicator for Model Train Scenery
Build your own static grass applicator to apply fine scenic ground cover to model railroads and other miniature scenes. This simple tool has many uses and can be built with only a few basic tools for around $10.

Build a Static Grass Applicator for Model Train Scenery
Build your own static grass applicator to apply fine scenic ground cover to model railroads and other miniature scenes. This simple tool has many uses and can be built with only a few basic tools for around $10.

Build a Static Grass Applicator for Model Train Scenery
Build your own static grass applicator to apply fine scenic ground cover to model railroads and other miniature scenes. This simple tool has many uses and can be built with only a few basic tools for around $10.

Build a Static Grass Applicator for Model Train Scenery
Build your own static grass applicator to apply fine scenic ground cover to model railroads and other miniature scenes. This simple tool has many uses and can be built with only a few basic tools for around $10.

EMD SD38 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SD38 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD SD38-2 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's SD38-2 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD GP38-2 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's GP38-2 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

EMD GP38AC Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of EMD's GP38AC diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Model Power Model Trains Manufacturer Profile
Manufacturer profile of Model Power trains.

E-44 Electric Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of the E-44 electric locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Model Trains Questions - Frequently Asked Model Trains Questions
Answers to common questions about model trains and railroads.

Wire Gauge Standards for Model Train Layouts
Standards and guidelines for selecting the right wire for your model railroad.

Electronics Glossary for Model Trains
A quick guide to basic electronic components common in model railroading.

DCC Glossary for Model Trains
Glossary of common DCC terms for model railroads.

DCC Glossary for Model Trains
Glossary of common DCC terms for model railroads.

EMD 40 Series Locomotives
Profiles of EMD's prolific 40 series of locomotives including the best-selling SD40-2 and comparable models you could add to your layout.

Toy Train Size: Electric Train Scales for Children
Are you confused about the sizes of toy trains? Here's a guide to choosing the scale, or size, of an electric train set for a child. This article focuses on cost and available space as the primary concerns and proposes smaller electric train scales, resulting in more track layout options for your available space, as a method of maintaining a child's interest in their train sets. When starting a child in model railroading the size of trains can make all the difference.

Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotive Model Listing
Listing and comparison of features and costs for models of Norfolk Southern's Heritage locomotive in all scales.

Alco RS-3 Diesel Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history of Alco's RS-3 diesel locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Challenger 4-6-6-4 Steam Locomotive Profile
Prototype history the Alco 4-6-6-4 type of steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

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

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

Building Subroadbed - Building Subroadbed for the Rio Grande Project Layout
Building subroadbed for the Rio Grande Project Layout

Model Train Tools - Guide to Model Train Tools
Essential tools for working with model trains.

Intermodal Trains - Intermodal Trains Modeling and History
Hub for intermodal railroading modeling topics.

Making Easements with Segmented Model Railroad Track Pieces
Easements can be simulated using segmented model railroad track pieces. A true easement is a parabolic curve. This means its radius is different at any point along it's path. Unless you are using flex-track, model railroad track curves have fixed radii. But you can simulate an easement by placing segments of smaller radii inside of segments with greater radii when building your curves.

Tomix N Scale Thomas and Friends
N scale Thomas the Tank Engine and friends are manufactured by the Japanese model train company Tomix. They offer Thomas, Henry, James, and Percy models in N scale.

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

Model Railroading 101
What every beginner needs to know about model railroading.

Wheels of Time PC-90 Piggy Packer Model Review
Review of the new Wheels of Time PC-90

Master Airbrush Paint Booth Reviewed
Review of the Master Airbrush paint booth.

Noch Weathering Cream Reviewed
Review of Noch weathering creams.

Monster Model and Laserworks Miniature Tie Plates Product Review
Review of Monster Model and Laserworks scale tie plates for model trains track and scenery details.

Book Review - Industrial Railroading In Color Vol 1 and 2
Review of Stephen Timko's Industrial Railroading In Color books from Morning Sun publishing.

Blackstone Models Narrow Gauge Frameless Tank Car Review
Product review of the HOn3 frameless narrow gauge tank car from Blackstone Models

Athearn Genesis GP40-2W HO Model Locomotive Product Review
Athearn's brand new HO scale GP40-2W recreates an interesting variation of a popular locomotive.

TrainCat Models Wilson Auto Ramp Reviewed
Review and assembly tips for the TrainCat Models Wilson auto ramp.

Tangent Scale Models ACF gondola review
Product review of Tangent Scale Models HO scale ACF 70 ton gondola.

Modeling Diesel Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in servicing diesel locomotives makes modeling the process and facilities much easier.

Modeling Diesel Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in servicing diesel locomotives makes modeling the process and facilities much easier. Page 2.

Modeling Diesel Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in servicing diesel locomotives makes modeling the process and facilities much easier. Page 3.

Modeling Diesel Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in servicing diesel locomotives makes modeling the process and facilities much easier. Page 4.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 10.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 11.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 12.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 2.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 3.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 4.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 5.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 6.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 7.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 8.

Updating Old Toy Trains
Upgrade an old toy train into a detailed scale model. A rare Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola serves as the example for a complete model conversion. Page 9.

Weathering Model Trains with Alcohol Pens
Alcohol paint pens make a convenient weathering tool for models. Learn the tricks to making the most out of these simple markers. Page 3.

Weathering Model Trains with Alcohol Pens
Alcohol paint pens make a convenient weathering tool for models. Learn the tricks to making the most out of these simple markers. Page 2.

Weathering Model Trains with Alcohol Pens
Alcohol paint pens make a convenient weathering tool for models. Learn the tricks to making the most out of these simple markers.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Machines in Unconventional Ways for Tight Spaces
Mount a Tortoise (or other brands) of switch machines in different locations to counter challenging space or access problems

Installing Model Railroad Switch Machines in Unconventional Ways for Tight Spaces
Mount a Tortoise (or other brands) of switch machines in different locations to counter challenging space or access problems. Page 2.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Machines in Unconventional Ways for Tight Spaces
Mount a Tortoise (or other brands) of switch machines in different locations to counter challenging space or access problems. Page 3.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Machines in Unconventional Ways for Tight Spaces
Mount a Tortoise (or other brands) of switch machines in different locations to counter challenging space or access problems. Page 4.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Machines in Unconventional Ways for Tight Spaces
Mount a Tortoise (or other brands) of switch machines in different locations to counter challenging space or access problems. Page 5.

Modeling Steam Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in

Modeling Steam Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in

Modeling Steam Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in

Modeling Steam Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in

Modeling Steam Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in

Modeling Steam Locomotive Servicing
Understanding the steps involved in

Building a Railroad Crossing for Model Trains
Step-by-step instructions to pave a railroad crossing on your model railroad.

Building a Railroad Crossing for Model Trains
Step-by-step instructions to pave a railroad crossing on your model railroad. Page 2.

Building a Railroad Crossing for Model Trains
Step-by-step instructions to pave a railroad crossing on your model railroad. Page 3.

Building a Railroad Crossing for Model Trains
Step-by-step instructions to pave a railroad crossing on your model railroad. Page 4.

Building a Railroad Crossing for Model Trains
Step-by-step instructions to pave a railroad crossing on your model railroad. Page 5.

Building a Railroad Crossing for Model Trains
Step-by-step instructions to pave a railroad crossing on your model railroad. Page 6.

Building a Railroad Crossing for Model Trains
Step-by-step instructions to pave a railroad crossing on your model railroad. Page 7.

Building a Wye for a Model Railroad
How to build and wire a wye to turn locomotives or trains on a model railroad.

Model Railroad Track Plan - South Street Railroad
Track plan for a 2x12' HO scale model railroad featuring multiple industries and a challenging track plan.

Turntables - Prototype and Modeling
The turntable is one of the iconic structures from the steam era. They can be a great addition to a model railroad as well.

Turntables - Prototype and Modeling
The turntable is one of the iconic structures from the steam era. They can be a great addition to a model railroad as well. Page 2.

Making scale model pipe for model trains and dioramas
Making scale model pipe for model railroads and other miniatures. Page 3.

Making scale model pipe for model trains and dioramas
Making scale model pipe for model railroads and other miniatures. Page 2.

Modeling Steel Fiber Loads in Rail Cars
Using polyfiber scenic material to model a scrap steel load. Page 2.

Installing Steel Fiber Loads in Rail Cars
The scrap load can be pressed into just about any car and is easy to remove and reuse. Page 3.

Shredded Steel Loads in Railcars
Scrap steel can take many forms, shredded steel as seen on the car here is easy to model in any scale.

Packing and Storing Model Trains
Tips for packing and storing your model train collection.

Packing and Storing Model Trains
Tips for packing and storing your model train collection. Page 2.

Making scale model pipe for model trains and dioramas
Making scale model pipe for model railroads and other miniatures.

Tree trunks for Miniature Forests
Making miniature forests - building the trunks

Adding Branches to the Miniature Forest for Model Trains
Adding branches to create a canopy for a miniature forest. Page 2.

Finishing a Miniature Forest for Model Trains
Finishing the model forest with a canopy of leaves. Page 3.

Adding Scenery to Model Train Layouts and Dioramas
Materials and tools to add scenery to model train layouts and dioramas.

Adding Ground Cover to Model Railroad Scenery
Adding ground cover to scenery. Model Railroad Trains. Page 2.

Gluing Scenic Ground Cover for Model Trains and Dioramas
Gluing scenic ground cover to the scenery on model trains and dioramas. Page 4.

Presoaking Scenic Materials when Making Model Layouts or Dioramas
Presoaking scenic materials to prevent beading with miniature scenic cover for model trains and dioramas. Page 3.

Applying Faded Decals to Model Buildings
Applying faded decals to model buildings or train cars. Page 2.

Aging Decals
Aging decals to model faded paint or signs.

Fixing Out of Gauge Model Train Wheels
Fixing out-of-gauge and derailing model train wheels.

Fixing Out of Gauge Model Train Wheels
Fixing out-of-gauge and derailing model train wheels. Page 2.

List of Model Train Set Manufacturers
List of model train manufacturers offering complete sets in various scales.

Heisler Steam Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history the Heisler type of steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Shay Steam Locmotive Prototype and Model Overview
Prototype history the Shay type of steam locomotive and a list of available scale models.

Locomotive Class Lights
Locomotive class lights and flags; what they mean and how you can use them on your model railroad.

Dynamic Brakes for Locomotives
What are dynamic brakes and how do they work?

Blackstone Models K-27 - Blackstone Models K-27 Product Review
Product review of Blackstone Models HOn3 K-27 steam locomotive.

Blackstone Models Economy Door Boxcar - Blackstone Models Economy Door Boxcar Product Review
Product Review of Blackstone Models D&RGW

G Gauge Scales - Comparison of G Gauge Scales
G Gauge trains are actually made in different scales. See how each manufacturer sizes up.

Athearn Trains - Profile of Athearn Trains
Profile of Athearn model trains.

Interchange - Modeling a Railroad Interchange
Modeling a railroad interchage and its operation.

Toy Trains - Toys Trains to Get Your Child Started in Model Railroading
A guide to train toys for children from 18 months to young adults.

Fascia Panels for Model Railroads - Cutting Fascia Panels for Model Railroads
Cutting fascia panels to size for model train platforms.

fascia panels - installing fascia panels on a model railroad
Installing the fascia panels on the Rio Grande project layout. Page 2.

Fascia Panels - Supporting Fascia Panels for Model Train Layouts
Adding vertical supports to the back of the fascia. Page 3.

Fascia Panels - Finishing Fascia Panels
Finishing the fascia panels for a model railroad. Page 4.

Attaching Subroadbed to Supports - Attaching Subroadbed To Supports for the Project Railroad
Attach the subroadbed to the supports.

Temporary Bridge Support - Attaching a Temporary Bridge Support
Make a temporary support for the canyon bridge. Page 2.

Completed Subroadbed - Completed Subroadbed for Rio Grande Layout
Completed subroadbed helps establish the character of the layout. Page 3.

Preparing a Model for Weathering - Preparing a Model for Weathering with an Airbrush
Prepare a model for weathering with an airbrush first by masking off areas not to be painted that can't be removed

Fading Paint with an Airbrush - Fading Paint with an Airbrush Weathering for Model Trains
How to apply paint with an airbrush to fade the paint on model trains. Page 2.

Removing Paint Masks - Removing Paint Masks from Model Trains
Removing painting masks from model trains. Page 3.

Faded Paint Effect - Completed Faded Paint Effect on Model Trains
Completed faded paint effect on a model caboose. Page 4.

Model Bridges Benchwork - Locating Model Bridges Benchwork
Determining the location and length of the gap to be cut in the subroadbed for model bridge benchwork.

Model Bridges Benchwork - Cutting the Gap for Model Bridges Benchwork
Cutting the gap in the subroadbed for the bridge. Page 2.

Installing the Power Bus - Installing the Power Bus for the Rio Grande Layout
Installing the bus wires for the Rio Grande Project Layout.

Choosing a DCC System
Choosing the right DCC system for your layout.

Installing a DCC System - Mounting the Receptical
Installing the facia receptical for a DCC system. Page 2.

Wiring a DCC System to a Model Railroad
Wiring the NCE Power Cab to the layout. Page 3.

Attaching Power to a Power Cab DCC System
Plug in the transformer and the wiring for the NCE Power Cab is complete. Page 4.

Power Cab DCC Running Trains
Running trains with the Power Cab. Page 5.

Assemble the Lower Frame - Assemble the Lower Frame of the Train Platform Support
Start assembly of the platform support with the four pieces of the lower frame.

Benchwork Support - Attach the Legs to the Benchwork Support
Add the legs to the lower frame to assemble the benchwork support for the Rio Grande project layout platform. Page 2.

Benchwork Support - Install the Upper Frame of the Benchwork Support
With the lower frame and legs complete, assembly of the benchwork support can proceed with the upper frame. Page 3.

Set up for drilling - Set up for drilling the bolt holes to attach the platform
Clamp the platform and suppport to drill the holes.

Invisible Track Wires - Making Feeders for Invisible Track Wires
Making the feeder wires to attach to model railroad tracks without being seen.

Building Model Bridges - Building Model Bridges from a Micro Engineering Kit
Basic Micro Engineering kit tips and materials and tools needed.

Open Grid Benchwork Train Table - Open Grid Benchwork Train Table Plan
Diagram for a basic open grid train platform.

Open Grid Benchwork Train Table - Open Grid Benchwork Train Table Frame
Assemble the outer frame of the platform first. Page 2.

Open Grid Benchwork Train Platform - Open Grid Benchwork Train Platform Cross-braces
Finish the platform frame with cross-braces. Page 3.

What is a Clean-out Track
Prototype clean-out tracks and what they do.

Modeling a Clean-Out Track
Modeling a simple clean-out track for boxcars, gondolas and flatcars on a model train yard. Page 2.

Kitbashing Project - RTTX Flatcar Kitbashing Project
Kitbashing a paired RTTX flatcar from two Walthers HO models.

removing lettering - removing lettering from the RTTX flatcars
removing old lettering from the RTTX flatcar models to prepare for new decals. Page 2.

decals - decals for the RTTX flatcar kitbash
A end Decals. Model Railroad Trains. Page 3.

decals - RTTX Flatcar decals
B End decals. Model Railroad Trains. Page 4.

RTTX Flatcar Kitbash - Drawbar and Details for the RTTX Flatcar Kitbash
Details and a drawbar for the RTTX flatcar kitbash. Page 5.

weathering - weathering RTTX No. 165276
weathering the RTTX flatcar conversion. Page 6.

RTTX Flatcar Model - RTTX Flatcar Model Finished Kitbash
The finished model is loaded and ready for service. Page 7.

Classification Yard - Planning a Model Classification Yard
The difference between an efficient classification yard and an operations nightmare is all in the planning. Learn the steps to design the right yard for your purpose.

Yard Benchwork - Classification Yard Benchwork for Model Railroads
With a little advance planning, benchwork can be tailored to make building a yard much easier. Page 2.

Yard Tracks - Classification Yard Tracks for Model Railroads
Best practices for laying track in a model railroad classification yard. Page 3.

Powering Yards - Powering Yards for Model Railroads
Powering a model railroad yard can be as simple as attaching wire leads to the tracks, or feature more elaborate features like power districts, blocks and even automated turnout controls. Page 4.

Scenery for Yards - Scenery for Yards for Model Railroads
There is a lot more scenic detail in a freight yard than just tracks and ballast. It's the small details that often make the difference. Page 5.

Model Railroad Yard Office - Building a Model Railroad Yard Office
If you're modeling the operations of the yard as well as the appearance, you'll want to take care of the operator's needs as well. Page 6.

Modeling Modern Security Lights - Prototypes for Modeling Modern Security Lights
A quick look around reveals many simple styles and sizes of security lighting that can be easily reproduced in many scales.

checking coupler gauge - checking coupler gauge for low height
checking the height of a low coupler

Model Railroad Trains Layout Scenery - Add Riverbanks with Hardshell Scenery to Your Model Railroad Trains Scenery
Plaster and papertowels put a skin on the riverbanks and tie the scene together. Page 9.

HO OO Scale Model Trains - HO OO Scale Model Trains Definition
Definition of HO and OO Scale Model Trains

Digital Command Control (DCC) - Model Trains Terms Digital Command Control (DCC)
definition of DCC and link to about.com page

Double Stacks - Model Trains terms Double Stacks
Definition of double stack cars and trains.

Fallen Flag Railroads - Definition of Fallen Flag Railroads
Definition of

Gauge - Model Railroad Trains Terms Gauge
Definition of Gauge. Model Railroad Trains.

Hundman Publishing
Major publisher of model railroading related periodicals and books.

Frateschi Electric Trains
A profile of Frateschi Electric Trains, South America's only manufacturer of model railroad trains. The Frateschi Company is located in Brazil and specializing in South American and New Zealand prototypes.

Scale - Model Trains Terms Scale
definition of scale. Model Railroad Trains.

standard gauge - definitions of standard gauge for model trains
With model trains,

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

Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors - Installing a Below-Grade Switch Motor
Introduction to installing a Tortoise brand switch motor. Page 2.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors - Preparing the Layout for Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors
Switch motors can be installed in new or existing railroads. Some simple preparations must be made to the train platform first. Page 3.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors - Preparing the Motor for Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors
Prewiring the Tortoise will make electrical hook-up much easier when working under the benchwork later. Page 4.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors - Installing Tortoise Model Railroad Switch Motors
Keep everything in line during these last steps and trouble-free operation is easy. Page 5.

Derail - What is a Derail
Railroad use derails to prevent more serious accidents.

Derail - Modeling a Derail
Like the prototype, derails take many forms. Most are easy to recreate in almost any scale. Page 2.

Derail - Making a Derail Operational
Your model derail can be made operational with a manual or motorized turnout control. Page 3.

Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors - Introduction to Installing Model Railroad Switch Motors
What is a switch motor and what can it do?

Wiring with Kato Connectors
Kato Connectors: How to make extensions and adapters for Kato wiring using mini tamiya and koyosho connectors.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading. Page 2.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading. Page 3.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading. Page 4.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading. Page 5.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading. Page 6.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading. Page 7.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading. Page 8.

Jim O'Connell #4
A gallery of images featured in the About.com Model Railroad Trains blog Wordless Wednesday posts. Page 22.

Philippe Coquet 2
Philippe Coquet's S scale American prototype layout. Page 20.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 2.

Randall Roberts photo. East Valley Lines Model Railroad Club
Model Railroad Trains. Page 19.

BPRR Hopper 8060 - Freght Car Images BPRR Hopper 8060
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog - BPRR former RI hopper. Page 3.

CSXT Hopper 942842 - Freght Car Images CSXT Hopper 942842
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog - CSX hopper carrying railroad ties. Page 2.

LBR Hopper 50560 - Freght Car Images LBR Hopper 50560
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog - LBR former P&LE hopper. Page 4.

ARMN 1100082 Refrigerator - Miscellaneous Freight Cars Photos ARMN 1100082 Refrigerator
ARMN (Union Pacific) reefer No. 1100082 at North Platte, Nebraska. Page 7.

Pennsylvania Railroad Hopper - Pennsylvania Railroad Hopper 33164 Photos
Pennsylvania RR class GL hopper no. 33164. Page 5.

Norfolk Southern 150277 hopper
Norfolk Southern hopper 150277 has been hastily patched. Page 6.

GATX 63356 - Freght Car Images GATX 63356
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog. Page 3.

PGTX 400371 - Freght Car Images PGTX 400371
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog. Page 2.

Freight Car Images - Freght Car Images for Model Railroads
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog. Page 2.

CSX Covered Hopper 228208 - Freght Car Images CSX Covered Hopper 228208
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog - CSX covered hopper No. 228208. Page 3.

SRCX Covered Hopper 1911 - Freght Car Images SRCX Covered Hopper 1911
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog - SRCX covered hopper No. 1911. Page 4.

CRDX 8936 Covered Hopper -CRDX 8936 Covered Hopper Freight Car Photo
CRDX 8936 covered hopper at Enola, PA 3/26/2011. Page 5.

CCLX Tankcar - CCLX Tankcar 1974 Freight Car Photos
Tankcar photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog - CCLX 1974. Page 4.

Norfolk Southern Gondola 187706
Norfolk Southern gondola 187706. Page 7.

SIRX Covered Hopper
SIRX covered hopper 475849. Model Railroad Trains. Page 6.

Freight Car Images - Freght Car Images CR 589044
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog. Page 2.

Freight Car Images - Freght Car Images for Model Railroads
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog. Page 4.

Freight Car Images - Freght Car Images CSXT 498736
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog. Page 3.

CSXT 198801 Boxcar - CSXT 198801 Boxcar Photos
CSX insulated boxcar No. 198801 at Fairhope, PA. Page 5.

TTHX 92530 - Flatcars Photos TTHX 92530
TTHX 92530 carrying Caterpillar dozer. Page 5.

AMGX 5109 Gondola - AMGX 5109 Gondola Freight Car Photos
AMGX gondola 5109. Model Railroad Trains.

Freight Car Images - Freight Car Images for Model Railroads
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog. Page 5.

RBMN Gondola - RBMN Gondola Freight Car Photos
RBMN gondola No. 3701. Model Railroad Trains. Page 6.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images Bailey Yard
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 3.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 4.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 5.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 6.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 7.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 8.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 9.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 10.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 11.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 12.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. This image helped inspire the new project railroad for About.com. Page 13.

Circus Train - Inspirational Images Circus Train
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 14.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 15.

Barstow Sunset - Inspirational Images Barstow Sunset
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 16.

Company Houses - Inspirational Images Company Houses
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. Page 17.

Children's Toy Train Tables and Boards
Here are some children's train table and train board space planning ideas. A toy train table or train board can be used to keep a child's toy train track layout intact between play-sessions. This helps avert the tedium of having to put away track between uses, which may detract from a child's enjoyment of their electric trains.

Electric Train Do's and Don'ts For Parents
Specific things parents need to think about when buying electric trains and other toy trains for children.

O Scale Issues
Three Reasons I Don't Recommend O Scale for Children's toy train sets.

Drybrushing Technique - Drybrushing Technique for Weathering Model Trains
Make subtle additions to a model with this simple paint technique.

Adding Wire Details - Adding Wire Details to Model Trains
Achieve a higher degree of realism by adding seperate wire detail parts to your model trains.

GATX Tankcar 16337 - Freght Car Images GATX Tankcar 16337
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog - GATX Tankcar No. 16337.

Freight Car Images - Freght Car Images for Model Railroads
Freight car photos from the Freight Car Friday Blog.

D&RGW Narrow Gauge Layout - Building the D&RGW Narrow Gauge Layout
Build a model railroad based on the narrow gauge operations of the Denver and Rio Grande Western.

Getting Started in Model Railroading
How to make informed choices when buying your first model railroad equipment.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer.

electric locomotive
An electric locomotive is defined as a locomotive that runs on electrical power supplied by overhead pickups or a third rail.

brakeman
Train crew member who is assistant to the conductor.

NIB - New In Box
The meaning of the acronym NIB is

prototype
In model railroading the meaning of the term

reefer
A reefer in railroading is defined as a refrigerated box car for transporting perishable goods.

tender, locomotive
A locomotive tender is defined as a railroad car that

observation platform
Definition of observation platform: an open platform on the back of observation cars on older passenger trains.

Van Dorn
The definition of Van Dorn end: A corrugated end stamped in a bullseye pattern to add structural strength to the end panels.

blind (wheel)
Definition of blind as applied to railroad train wheels: A wheel lacking a raised rim on the inside of its rail, also known as a flangeless wheel.

Weathering Model Trains - Model Railroad Terms Weathering Model Trains
defines weathering as aging effects for model trains

DCC Made Easy
A DCC primer and buyer's guide from Kalmbach Books.

Floquil Paint Pens - Product Review of Floquil Paint Pens
Product review of paint pens for model railroaders

Digitrax Zephyr DCC System
The Digitrax Zephyr all-in-one DCC system is perhaps the most powerful DCC starter system for the money.

American Z Line Morning Daylight Sets
AZL's Morning Daylight sets give Z scalers their own Southern Pacific Morning Daylight trains.

Buying Toy Trains for Children
This Parents Guide to Toy Trains and Model Railroading was prepared to assist parents in selecting toy trains for their children and using them as educational tools as well as an entertaining pastime.

Mothers' Day Trains
A list of Mothers' Day train excursions.

Mothers' Day Trains
A list of Mothers' Day train excursions.

Freight Car Images - Freght Car Images Union Pacific Covered Hopper
Union Pacific covered hopper No. 77782

Model Railroad Industry Association (MRIA)
A professional association of companies in the model railroading industry.

Scales and Gauges In Model Railroading
In model railroading the term

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images of Model and Prototype Railroads
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer.

Model Railroading on About.com Newsletter Archive
Archive of About.com Model Railroad Trains Newsletters

Modeltrainz Model Railroad Videos
Links to Joe Fugate's modeltrainz model railroad video samples on YouTube.

Inspirational Images - Inspirational Images Fiber Optic Marquis
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer.

Getting Started - Inspirational Images Getting Started
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer.

Animated Playground - Inspirational Images Animated Playground
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer. An animated O scale playground is real crowd-pleaser.

Prairie Sunset - Inspirational Images Prairie Sunset
Every picture tells a story, and these inspire us to the best our hobby has to offer.

Designing an Inventory for Model Trains
Set up and maintain an inventory for your model train collection.

Manufacturer Review Hub Page
central page for links to manufacturer profile pages on Model Railoading.about.com

Glossary
glossary

Local Hobby Stores (LHS) - Central Time Zone
Links to local hobby stores.

Local Hobby Stores (LHS) - Pacific Time Zone
Links to local hobby stores.

Local Hobby Stores (LHS) - Eastern Time Zone
Links to local hobby stores.

Hobby Stores - Worldwide
A list of Hobby Stores located outside of North America.

Local Hobby Stores (LHS) - Eastern Time Zone
Links to local hobby stores.

Manufacturers of Model Railroad Trains, Accessories, and Equipment


Calendar of Model Railroading Events
A calendar of model railroading, railway, and railfan shows, conventions, and events.

http://modeltrains.about.com/od/onlinesuppliers/Online_Suppliers_of_Model_Railroad_Trains.htm


Model Railroad Train and Equipment Sources
This is a directory of manufacturers, local hobby stores (LHS), and online stores specializing in model railroading products.