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Husband And Wife Can’t Get Enough After 9 Model Railway Layouts

Every day we receive emails from enthusiastic model railroaders but this Husband and Wife model railroading team were perfect to profile this Valentines Day…

Meet Brian and Ann Silby from The Rylstone Wellingborough Northants England. Continue reading

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Mallory Needs Advice Setting Up ON30 Bachmann Train Sets

I’m coming into model railroading as a builder of miniature Christmas villages (Department 56, Lemax etc). I’ve purchased a couple of ON30 Bachmann train sets and fully anticipate that this will draw my husband into the hobby… 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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7 Ways to Eliminate Model Train Derailments

Are you frustrated because your model trains derail from time to time?

This was a major frustration for me. I would fix one section of the track and the next day the train would derail on another section.

It frustrated me to the point of wanting to give the hobby away..! Continue reading

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The Fat Finger Syndrome With Model Trains

A reader emailed asking how they could get past the fat finger syndrome… when trying to hold and work on their model train models… Continue reading

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How high can the track go & at what rate of speed?

I am building a ho gauge model railroad and need to know how high the track can go at what rate of speed?

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Looking for a buyer-I have an extensive collection of HO trains and accesories.?

I lost my husband of 22 years a year ago and he left me a extensive collection of HO trains that he bought in the late 70’s when he was 15-17 y.o. Is anybody interested in buying it? Does anybody … Continue reading

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I have an old HO model train called a Fleischmann Model number 1370- R , " What year was it made"?

You need to get a copy of Greenberg’s Guide to antique toy trains. That will give you a good idea. They grade on wear and tear. Model railroading lasts a lifetime.

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Do HO and OO model trains run on the same track?

my son whats thomas the tank engine but with all the OO and HO i dont know what to get? Yes. Here’s a link you might find helpful. http://www.hobbiesplus.com.au/scaleandgauge.htm

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How much ground clearance does a freight train have?

Like to the rail road ties,i was watching an old movie,and this guy hid by laying in the center,between the rails and the train went over him,is that possible? I think i’d have a heart attack to do that. Possible … Continue reading

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