Monthly Archives: December 2008

Alice and 10 Years of Modeling a Christmas Village

Often we get so much mail it is very hard to reply to everyone individually… but this email from Alice caught our attention. Alice has been modeling a Christmas village for the last 10 years and is obviously very passionate about it.

We know that a lot of our readers struggle with the electrical side of model trains and here is a perfect example of modeling that requires no electrical skills at all.

This is what Alice had to say… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Choose the Right Model Train Scale To Suit You

If you are a model train beginner then you might be asking… “Which model train scale is best suited for me?”

A common mistake for model train beginners is to confuse scale and gauge.

Let me explain… scale is the proportion of the replica to the real thing. For example, HO scale locomotives are 1/87 the size of the real life locomotive. Model train gauge is the width between the inside running edge of the track…. Continue reading

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An Inspiring Model Train Layout – 4 Scenes in 1

It always blows me away when I see awesome model train layouts like the one in this video. The effort and patience would have been absolutely huge… but the end result was so worth it. Continue reading

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7 Tips to Save Money on Your Model Trains

If you have been a model railroader for some time you will understand that the costs of model trains can add up very quickly. Model trains are the best hobby in the world, but if you are going to pay full retail price for everything you buy, it will soon become the most expensive hobby you have ever had!

Here is how to save money on your model trains… Continue reading

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