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How to cast plaster rocks for your model railroad

Rubber rock molds and lightweight Hydrocal plaster make it easy to add cliffs, ourcroppings, and other rocky features to your model train layout. Check out these basic techniques. GET THE ARTICLE.
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How to transfer a track plan from paper to model railroad benchwork
This simple method lets you scale up a track plan from a magazine or sketch onto your model train table
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The basics of car switching
Tips for operating your model railroad like the real thing
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Tips for building plaster cloth model railroad scenery
Plaster cloth is an easy way to add a scenery base to a model train layout
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Tracklaying: adhesives, nails, or spikes?
Check out the different options for laying track on your model train layout
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Digital Command Control resources for model railroaders
DCC bonus articles, videos, and product reviews to help add Digital Command Control to your model train layout
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Stuff We Use How to use a scribing tool
Learn how to use this essential model-building tool
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DIY graffiti for modern model railroad freight cars
Paint markers and an airbrush make it easy to "tag" your modern-era model trains
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The train dispatcher and model railroads
Get an overview of this job on the prototype and learn how to incorporate it into a model railroad operating session
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How to model hardwood trees
Use peppergrass, floral tape, and paint to get all-star results on your model railroad scenery
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How to uncouple model railroad train cars on tracks
How to use magnets and uncoupling tools on model railroad freight cars and keep them on the track
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Track troubleshooting tips and tricks, Part 2: Avoiding derailments at turnouts

Turnouts, switches, or headaches?! Using this method will help you keep flanged wheels on model rails

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Airbrushing basics for model railroadersSubscriber Access Only
Tips and techniques for learning this essential model railroading skill
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Track ballasting made easy
Learn how to make a model railroad right-of-way look like the real thing
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Editor's Pick from the Model Railroader Archive

Check out this archive article with drawings and photos of the 1938 New York Central 20th Century Limited passenger train.

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