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January 2010

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The inspiration for a small layout

The Salt Lake Route part 1

Add simulated fusees

Including a prototype practice lengthens operation

Model the meat-packing industry

Part 1: Packing plants, branch houses, and rail traffic

Don't finish that project!

Construction in progress creates interesting scenes

Kitbash a GE steeplecab

A commercial kit and stock drive are the starting point

Dual-gauge HO track plan

1900s steam railroading on the California desert

>>Online Bonus: John Armstrong's "To Hardscrabble the hard way"

Add a river scene to your layout

How to model a bridge, river, beach, and more

DCC sound for a Stewart F unit

Installing a Tsunami decoder with a Kato drive

>>Online Bonus: Andy Sperandeo's values programmed into Tsunami CVs

Zephyrs across the prairie

Running trains on the HO scale Brookfield Division


Plan and design an around the room track plan.

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