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August 2012

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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Build an 1880s oil refinery

An early plant that turned crude oil into consumer products

Scratchbuild a farm structure

Styrene sheet and strip make this HO corn crib easy to build

5+ multi-deck layout design and construction tips

Height, lighting, cost, spacing, and other considerations

Mountain scenes on the Boston Maine

The HO scale Bedford Division features benchwork-to-ceiling scenery

How to make removable utility wires

Removable crossarms make it easy to take wires out of the way when needed

Tip a switch motor on its side

Try this time-saving technique for installing slow-motion switch motors under any layout

The Long Island & Lake Erie

Handlaid track is the highlight of this freelanced HO scale model railroad



How to personalize your model railroad.

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