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April 2012

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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Weathering cars for individuality

How to approach each piece of rolling stock as a unique model with its own history

How to use an airbrush for weathering

Easy techniques for making your locomotive look like the real thing

Do-it-yourself graffiti

Paint markers and an airbrush make it easy to “tag” your modern rolling stock

Changing times on a multi-deck UP layout

The HO scale Denver, Front Range & Western models modern-era railroading in 25 x 40 feet

Build the Virginian: A 4 x 8 with more

Part 4: Our HO scale layout gets some mountain scenery

45 years on the Chemung Northern

This freelanced O scale road is the result of careful planning

5 compact track plans

5 compact track plans

Pack lots of fun into a small space.

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