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Hello everyone!



I have started a section on my web site to help people who are just starting on their first model train set by giving them some information and help in growing their train set from the kit supplied 36" circle of iron track into a larger layout with scenery, miles of track and so on.

Although the model train section page is in it's infancy, I hope you will read it and help me out with pointers. It's a sort of online "workshop" that I developed from my in-store train workshops. Hopefully it will translate well from the "Real Life" situation into the computer world.

Please read my article and let me know if you like it or not. http://www.monster-hobbies.com/modeltraintips.htm

Thank you again!

Mad Cap Romanian
 

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Might I suggest this order of subjects (and books you NEED)

Choosing an area for the layout.
Budget
age of participants
Scale
Real or make believe railroads?
era
level of details ($$$)
Planning the layout(using info from John Armstrong's book "Track Planning for Realistic Operation"
Code 100 or Code 83?
Minimum turnout sizes.
Diesels or Steam (don't EVER buy cheap steam)
DC or DCC
Kay-Dee couplers
Structures
Scenery
 

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I might suggest a page on tools that might be necessary.
Tips on scenery. Plaster vs Joint Compound and Paper Mache.
Benchwork, shelves vs on the floor.
Richard
 
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