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September 2011

Model Railroader has been the leading model train magazine for the past 75 years.  Each month, we bring you step-by-step modeling projects, fascinating photo tours of model train layouts, unbiased product reviews, new product announcements, tips from the experts and much more!

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Heavy industry in a compact space

An O scale coke plant switching layout in 6 x 101⁄2 feet

Build a roundhouse from two kits

Kitbashing produces a four-stall home for steam locomotives

Patch and weather a brass diesel

Use decals, paint, and powdered pastels for realistic results

A small Pennsylvania RR freight house

Scale drawings for a trackside structure you can model

Better turnout control with switch motors

Part 2: Wyes, crossovers, and double-slip switches

From shelf to empire

How an N scale shelf layout was expanded to fill a basement

Expand operations with a temporary mine branch

Portable sections extend this HO layout into the family room on operating nights

Build a highway overpass

A simple solution for crossing a busy railroad

A junction town on four Ntrak modules

Part 2: A oNetrak junction adds operating interest

Trackside Photos

5 compact track plans

5 compact track plans

Pack lots of fun into a small space.

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