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January 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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Seven decades of model railroading

A brief look at where we've been and where we're going

Styrene to streamliner

Scratchbuilding techniques for making the car you want

Dream layout

Tehachapi realized on San Diego's La Mesa Club layout

Build this layout for less than $500

Part 1: See how a small investment can lead to a great layout

Creating the new Virginian & Ohio

Allen McClelland's new V&O will be even better than the last

Bridges on the levee>>Online Bonus: Click here for decal tips

This N scale project uses materials from all decades of the hobby

Model mechanical interlockings

Trackside rods show how the tower was connected to the plant

Signaling made easier

Part 1: A way to build a flexible computerized signal system

Visiting Pennsy's hometown>>Online Bonus: Click here to find museums and model railroads on display

An HO display layout dedicated to the railroaders of Altoona, Pa.

Roque Bluffs, Part 4: realistic track

Great handlaid track starts with simple tools and techniques


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News & Products
Railway Post Office
Workin' on the Railroad
Coming Events
Step by Step
Information Desk
DCC Corner
Trains of Thought
Trackside Photos
Ad Index
Model Railroading is Fun


How to personalize your layout.

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