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April 2011

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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Workshop Tips: Enhancing realism

A little dirt and grime helps bring out diesel details

5 ways to weather

How to simulate dirt, rust, faded paint, and more

Weathering gallery

A showcase of various models expertly detailed

Weather a steam locomotive realistically

Paint and powder improve the look of a steam engine

Weather: the final frontier

Operating in inclement weather offers the ultimate realism

Model a maintenance-of-way shop

Lineside details and track vehicles enhance a compact scene

6 tips for layouts in small spaces

Ideas to help you fit a layout where you didn’t think you could

September 1955 on the C&NW

Operations on Jim Munns’ freelanced HO Christie Division

Building Bay Junction, part 4

How we kitbashed two industries for our HO project layout

Rio Grande in my garage

Animation and sound effects bring this On21⁄2 layout to life

Trackside Photos



How to personalize your layout.

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