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January 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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Building Bay Junction

Part one: The track plan, benchwork idea, and a tour of our staff-built HO scale layout

A modelers guide to USRA locomotives

These standardized engines served on many railroads

Diamond stacks in the desert

This detailed HO layout depicts railroading in the late 1800s

Operate turnouts with RC servo motors

Radio control components make an inexpensive alternative

How to model modern roofs

Three easy techniques for making realistic flat-roof structures

A plan for passenger operations

The freelanced Metropolitan Union Passenger Terminal

Add wear and tear to a steel gondola

They don’t look new for long, so your models shouldn’t either

Model an N scale demolished house

Use scrap pieces from old laser-cut wood kits

Trackside Photos



How to personalize your layout.

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