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  1. HO Scale
    I have found 3 budgeting tips to help you start your first layout on chores or make a huge dream layout that doesn’t break the bank. #1: Cheaper realistic water I found that clear elmers school glue is great for large water areas that still look nice. And you can buy a gallon of it cheaper that...
  2. Technical Model Train Forum
    I picked up a Lionel Type 4050 60-W transformer and the speed control when in the off position still has power. I have never worked on a transformer before, does anyone have a resource on how I might fix this problem. Other than not going to "off" the transformer does not hum or get hot -- it...
  3. General Model Train Discussion
    I have a 4ft by 8ft table and I dont know if I should use a N scale or a Ho scale. I am all about detail and I am going to be making a passenger route through a city area using an FP40 and 6-11 Bi level passenger cars. This is my secound time making a railroad but the first time was when I was...
  4. Beginner Q & A
    Hello Everyone, I'm brand new to the forum and to Model Railroading as a whole. I'm in my late 20s and remember the joy toy and model trains brought as a child, and am looking to delve into the world of Model Railroading. I've already been to two shops near me, one of which was helpful...
  5. HO Scale
    My grandfather passed away almost 15 years ago and his collection has remained untouched since. My grandmother was just diagnosed with cancer and she felt that it was time to let some items go. (We have already picked out items that are to remain within the family). Being the computer wiz in the...
  6. Layout Design Forum
    Ok, let me start by saying I am brand new to the model train world. I would like to start a project for my sons and I to work on together and enjoy. We are surrounded by the W & LE Railroad and would love to do a track layout based off of the Brewster Station. I will explain what I have to work...
  7. O Scale
    Hi All, Just joined this forum! I used to be an HO scale fiddler...made a few 4 foot square under-tree setups that had, shall we say, great liberties taken with accuracy (my trains ran thru a little diorama of a scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey...) but I've been away from trains for about 15...
  8. HO Scale
    I am new to the hobby and am planning my first layout and I would appreciate any comments on the attached sketch from more experienced modellers. Specifically I would like to know if you see any pitfalls with this layout. Here are the specifics; - DCC operation only. - There are no reversing...
  9. HO Scale
    Calling all Ye wise and experienced Master Engineers: (notice I used "experienced", not the "O" word!) :worshippy::worshippy::worshippy: We, the Aforementioned Beginners seek your guidance so our labors for our meager funds are not wasted repeating the same mistakes as you have already made...
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