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Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide 2019

Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide 2019 is 84 pages and 18 FREE companion videos packed with all the know-how (and fun!) you find at MR Video Plus! This special issue is full of cool projects and tons of tips and techniques that modelers of all skill levels will find useful.

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Model Railroad Planning 2019

Your favorite annual issue is back with all-new building stories for 2019! Year after year, Model Railroading Planning is the go-to source for the latest tips on design, construction, and operation.

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Model Railroad Scenery, Step by Step

Ideal for beginner, intermediate, and advanced modelers, Model Railroad Scenery, Step by Step includes 20 step‑by‑step projects on different aspects of creating realistic scenery.

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Great Model Railroads 2019

Each year Great Model Railroads brings you some of the best layouts you’ll ever see – and this year is no exception. Inside this special issue you’ll find our favorite new layouts in a variety of scales, locations, sizes, and eras. Plus, the 100-page edition is chock-full of how-to advice and operating tips for model railroaders of all skill levels!

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Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide

Model Railroading: The Ultimate Guide is 84 pages, 15 all-new projects, and 18 free companion videos packed with helpful features and inspiration you can use when building your layout! In this special issue, our experts show you tons of modeling tips, share track plans for HO, N, and On30 layouts, and take you along on some amazing, and inspiring railfan trips.

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Build a Small Model Railroad

Build a Small Model Railroad offers step-by-step advice and instruction on constructing small railroads for compact spaces!

The 84-page special issue includes HO and N scale railroads and an in-depth look at the staff-built Virginian layout - one of the most popular and versatile construction series of the past decade.

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Great Model Railroads 2018

Great Model Railroads 2018 includes a variety of scales (HO, N, and O), locations, and eras – from an O scale depiction of the Colorado Midland Railway in 1897, to a captivating mountain-railroading layout in present-day Europe. Each story features a completed layout, detailed track plan, how‑to tips, and stunning photographs. Whether you're just beginning your layout, or almost finished, you're sure to find inspiration on every page!

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Model Railroad Planning 2017

Inside this edition you'll find 100 pages of model railroads in the planning and construction phases. Model Railroad Planning 2017 features 14 stories covering layout advice, expert tips, and detailed instructions from the best in the field. An essential tool for all skill levels, you'll learn everything from track planning and yard construction, to scenery tricks and creating photogenic layouts. Includes layouts in HO, N, and O scales.

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Scenery & Structure Projects for Train Layouts digital

This special issue from Model Railroader will inspire you to add details to your model railroad to give it a more finished look. Scenery & Structure Projects for Train Layouts has more than 80 pages filled with tips, techniques, and ideas on projects that range from creating a deep rocky ravine to building and detailing small-town structures.

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How to Model Today's Railroads

How to Model Today's Railroads is an 84-page special issue from Model Railroader magazine that focuses on modeling today's railroads in any scale. You'll find expert advice from some of the magazine's best authors such as Pelle Søeborg, Lance Mindheim, Matt Snell, and Cody Grivno.

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How to Build Small Model Railroads digital

If you need creative solutions for building a layout in a small space, How to Build Small Model Railroads is the right fit for you. This special issue from Model Railroader demonstrates how to build a manageable layout that can be built in a short amount of time. If you’re looking to downsize your house or modeling area, this is the perfect guidebook to help you make the most of your space.

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103 Realistic Track Plans

You'll find the largest collection of track plans ever assembled by Model Railraoder in 103 Realistic Track Plans!

Loads of inspiring small, medium, and large track plans offer great options for your model railroad layout - all in one convenient special issue.

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How to Build a Model Railroad

Follow the expert advice in How to Build a Model Railroad and you’ll be able to complete any of the 12 inspiring layouts in this special issue from start to finish! Useful articles offer you:

• SIX basic lessons for beginners that cover the facts on track, modeling scales, control systems, scenery techniques, and rolling stock maintenance
• THREE in-depth start-to-finish how-to’s for N, HO, and O scale railroads
• NINE additional layouts, including one for G scale, with a wealth of useful tips and inspiration for track plans, setting, scenery, and more

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Trains4Kids Vol. 2

Kids Love Trains!

Trains4Kids Vol. 2 is a fun introduction to the exciting world of trains! This special magazine geared for kids will teach them all about trains and offers train-themed games, crafts, and puzzles provide loads of entertainment. Photos and highlights of the Walt Disney World Railroad, a story by David P. Morgan, a hump yard poster, and much more will educate and captivate the little conductor in your life!

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How To Operate Your Model Railroad

How to Operate Your Model Railroad gives you 34 operator-focused stories from Model Railroader magazine compiled into one convenient issue. You’ll learn to

• Route your freight cars
• Develop realistic freight yard operation
• Replicate passenger terminal operations (also includes a great track plan!)
• Understand the roles of the engineer, dispatcher, yardmaster and more
• Create instructional paperwork and prototypical timetables to dictate train movement

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How to Model Railroads of the 1950s

How to Model Railroads of the 1950s

With How to Model Railroads of the 1950s, you’ll have the expert insight you need to recreate an accurate re-creation of a bustling 1950s railroad.

  • Go back to when steam was departing and diesel arriving
  • See an N-scale Rock Island layout in all of its bustling glory
  • Get the lowdown on delivery trucks that competed with railroads 
  • Understand ‘50s rail operations 
  • And much more!

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Layout Projects

Layout Projects

Tips and techniques for any layout

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