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December 2004

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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Steam in the Appalachians

A day at Greenbrier Ridge on a free-lance branch line of the C&O

Ten tips for freight yard design and operation

Advice from an experienced model railroad yardmaster

Secrets of veteran layout builders

Ideas help maintain continuous progress

King of the fair

An amazing scratchbuilt No. 1 scale British locomotive

Simple control panels

Make your railroad user-friendly

Pencil this in

Realistic stone structures from wood and an old no. 2

Bright white LED headlights>>Online Bonus: Read Richard E. Napper's "White LED headlights - a brighter idea" from the April 2000 MR

Light-emitting diodes and acrylic optical fibers are all it takes

Climbing mountains on the Western Maryland>>Online Bonus: See Armstrong's original HO track plan from the December 1959 MR

HO plan inspired by John Armstrong's Montana & Puget Sound


From the Editor
News & Products
Railway Post Office
Workin' on the Railroad
Coming Events
Step by Step
Trains of Thought
Information Desk
DCC Corner
Trackside Photos
Season's greetings from the MR staff
Index of advertisers
Model Railroading is Fun


How to personalize your model railroad.

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