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December 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 a retail coal dealer

A timeless, space-saving destination for loaded hoppers

A compact coal trestle you can build

A small-town coal terminal for layouts in the 1940s and ’50s

How to weather coal hoppers

Tips for using an airbrush and acrylic paints to enhance cars inside and out

A rural short line junction in HO

This room-sized track plan is based on prototype site maps

Taking large scale on the road

The Sundance Central is a 40 x 45-foot sectional layout

>>Subscriber Bonus video: The large scale Sundance Central. Coming soon!

How to build a deep rocky ravine

An impressive scenic feature greets visitors

Streamliners along the Mississippi

Famous passenger trains and the upper Midwest inspired the 15 x 40-foot LaCrosse Division



How to personalize your model railroad.

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