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October 2013

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Increase realism with scale couplers

Quick tips for swapping out common couplers with more prototypical Sergent couplers

A bit of Pennsylvania on the Gulf

This Galveston, Texas, double-deck HO layout models the Pennsy and nearby lines

O scale operating switch stands

Modifying an HO scale product to work in a larger scene

Scratchbuild a freight depot

This HO model of Union Pacific’s Glendale, Calif., station is built from styrene with a loading dock of real concrete

Use layered foliage to enhance your scenery

Multiple applications of trees, grass, shrubbery, and other foliage textures add depth and realism

One track plan, three options

This HO scale track plan can represent a cereal plant, steel mill, or automobile stamping plant

Turning Big Boys in 2 x 5 feet

This HO scale locomotive terminal lifts to the ceiling to clear a doorway


Five compact track plans.

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