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Top 5 Must-Have Tools for Model Railroading

Top 5 Must-Have Tools for Model Railroading

As you get more involved in model railroading, you may need to start investing in some special tools. These tools allow you to build layouts and perform maintenance on your trains more easily and efficiently. Keep reading to learn about the top five must-have tools for model railroading.1. Standards GaugeA standards gauge is a piece of metal that you can use to measure things like points, wheels, and coupler heights. Each standards gauge is set to a specific model train scale, so you’ll need to …
3rd Feb 2023 Steven Atwell
3 Tips for Designing a Model Train Railroad Yard

3 Tips for Designing a Model Train Railroad Yard

If you’re looking for ways to expand your model railroad, you should consider adding a yard. A yard is a network of tracks off the main line where you can simulate train operations like pulling aside cars for repair and making up new train configurations. It’s a fun way to make your track even more interactive. Keep reading to learn three tips for designing a model train railroad yard.1. Classification Track LengthYou can use classification tracks to sort your cars into different industries (coa …
2nd Feb 2023 Steven Atwell
The Difference Between Passenger and Freight Trains

The Difference Between Passenger and Freight Trains

Many still consider travel by train to be fun and romantic, but the number of people actually riding trains has decreased. Declining public demand has led to some drastic changes in the American railway system, including the separation of passenger and freight trains. Keep reading to learn about train history and the difference between passenger and freight trains.The History of Train TypesIn the early years of the twentieth century, almost everyone traveling between cities did so by train. Trai …
25th Jan 2023 Steven Atwell
5 Railroad Hobby Shows for Train Enthusiasts To Visit

5 Railroad Hobby Shows for Train Enthusiasts To Visit

Model railroading is often a solo activity, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a thriving hobby community. From online groups to in-person events, there are plenty of ways to meet your fellow model railroaders. Some vendors will even give you early access to new products! Check out these five railroad hobby shows for train enthusiasts to visit.The Great American Train ShowsThe Great American Train Shows (GATS) is a collection of railroad hobby shows by the same organization. These include four di …
25th Jan 2023 Steven Atwell
A Quick Guide to Cleaning Your N Scale Train

A Quick Guide to Cleaning Your N Scale Train

Cleaning model trains is a delicate business. If you use cleaners that are too harsh, you could take off some of the paint. With N scale trains, things are more difficult because the models are so small. For the best train care, follow our quick guide to cleaning your N scale trains.Gathering SuppliesTo clean your model train, you’ll want to gather some special supplies. Here’s what you need:A foam cradleDish soapWaterRubbing alcohol or white vinegarSoft brushesCompressed airMakeup spongesUsing …
18th Jan 2023 Steven Atwell

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