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January 2014

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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Build a 5 x 8 harbor railroad (pg. 40)

Part 1: Meet Model Railroader’s new project layout


How to scratchbuild a freelanced factory (pg. 48)

Wood siding, plastic window castings, and other materials yield a building full of character

Landmark scenes along the Water Level Route (pg. 54)

The HO scale Hudson Division models the New York Central in the late steam era

Twisting trees from wire (pg. 61)

An old technique for making realistic armatures is faster and cheaper than you think

John Armstrong designs an N&W main line (pg. 64)

A commissioned O scale track plan that captures heavy-duty railroading

Quick and easy well car weathering (pg. 68)

Give these modern cars a used look with paint and powdered pastels

Conceal trackwork in a city scene (pg. 72)

Now you see it, now you don’t: tips for using structures and photos to hide track in an urban setting
Layout Projects

Layout Projects

Tips and techniques for any layout

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