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December 2014

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Update on the Nickel Plate

Contributing editor Tony Koester’s multi-deck model railroad gets closer to completion

RFID for model railroad operations

Using radio-frequency identification and a computer to track rolling stock opens new possibilities for operation

Creating mirror magic

Using mirrors on streams, structures, streets, roads, and roadbeds can make layouts seem larger

Build an uncoupling tool for passenger cars

This frame fits around car diaphragms to release magnetic couplers

A tall tale come true

A Denver & Rio Grande Western branch that existed only in rumor takes shape in On30

How to model a patched out locomotive

Add variety to your fleet with these easy-to-follow techniques

Build a gate to hide a furnace

This clever design allows a layout to expand
Great Scenery Tips

Great Scenery Tips

Realistic creeks and streams.

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