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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Mattel ( MAT ) , the largest company in the toy industry, reported a sharp drop in sales and earnings during the second quarter. Shares were down 6% on Thursday. Its traditional toys — iconic brands like Barbie — aren’t resonating as much in the digital age. Sales fell for most of Mattel’s leading brands, including a 15% drop for Barbie. Fisher-Price, which makes toys for infants and    .. more …

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The trains, they are a’coming. In fact, they’re rolling around the bend in anticipation of the fourth annual Colorado Rail Fair that will pull into the Pueblo Union Depot Aug. 2-3. Railroad aficionados and curious citizens alike will be treated to the Pueblo Model Railroad Association’s largest display of operational model railroads, numerous vendors and real-life caboose rides provided by the    .. more …

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (AP) – Twelve-year-old Andrew Gray loves trains – so much so that he and his family recently finished building a 250-foot railroad at their campsite at Plymouth Rock Camping Resort.Julie Gray and her husband Bill, of McHenry, Illinois, designed the project as a type of therapy for their son, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 8 years old.According to the Austism Society    .. more …

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

CROFTON, MD –(Marketwired – June 09, 2014) – InRoad Toys announced today the arrival of its new PlayTape Classic Rail Series, removable tape designed to look like railroad tracks. PlayTape Classic Rail Series complements the original and multiple award-winning Classic Road Series that the company released in February this year.”Playing with toy trains and pretending to be a train engineer is a    .. more …

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

LOS ANGEL ES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / July 7, 2014 / Modelbuildings.org, a website that features over five dozen downloadable model railroad buildings , has just announced that they are now offering a free giveaway of the popular little General Store model. Model railroads enthusiasts can visit the site at any time and quickly and easily download the realistic-looking little building that will look    .. more …

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

3:22pm Monday 2nd June 2014 in News THE annual Alresford Festival of Toy Trains returns to Perins Community School on June14 from 11am until 5pm. The show, now in its 22nd year, helps raise money    .. more …

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I have been wanting to put a track around the top of my walls for a while know and i started laying the track (ecept the corners) and i was wondering what size would be good for a big boy 4-8-8-4 system, like what scale/guage. i have been looking at some and the N scale seem pretty good since it is only like 12″ long, 18″ with tender. so could someone help me. plus who should i buy fromand by track i mean the wood shelf that would go along the top of the wall. and if you would have to pick what would be a good scale

I think you have your scales a little mixed up. Ho scale with tender would be about 12″ and N scale would be about 4″ with tender.We have a layout at one of the shops using a Lionel O guage and the track runs in two rooms around the tops of the wall.It was supposed to be a week long job and instead turned out to be a real nightmare. Cost 10x’s more then expected and took over a month. Looks neat, but I’d never do it again. The bigger the scale the better. Steer clear of N and HO. Go with a G scale or the older Lionel O. Stay away from those cheap new Lionel’s.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

im trying to compare prices between scales and I was wondering if N scale or even Z is the same quality as HO

They may be the same quality but since HO is the most popular scale there will be more of everything.More trains, more accessories, more information and the prices will probably be better too.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

I like g scale for its size and choices and I’d do 1:29th scale but I’m looking to do a huge yard and wanting to keep them indoors … The other scale is ho … I am just torn between the 2 I was looking for some pro and con of the two … Any help is appreciated

I have learned a bit about “large scale” recently form a friend that makes rolling stock kits. If you are a novice in model railroading I would say go with HO. Large scale indoors would look disproportionally cramped unless you have a massive space. Further since it IS large you might be forced to super detail the rolling stock.Perhaps you want to compromise & look at S Scale. (1/64 or 3/16″ = 1 foot) I am in S Scale for 22 years now.

I personally prefer HO over G scale because ho products are cheaper and theres more of a selection of products to choose from also you need alot of space for a g scale layout. I have looked into building a g scale layout but didnt realise the cost of just the track itself and the locos and rolling stock arent cheap either and thought i might aswell stick with ho instead.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

I want to find a good, inexpensive, yet still reliable, model railroad design. I have 2 sheets of 4×8 plywood, I believe, I haven’t measured the other piece of plywood yet. I also have like, at least a hundred or more pieces of track to work with. It NEEDS to be DC. There’s also 2 pieces of foam I have. I want to use both sheets of plywood. I will take any design that’ll fit into a medium-sized room. I also have 6 engines, 15 or so freight cars, 5 passenger cars, and some assorted scenery along with buildings. Thanks to those who may be reading this, and possibly, answering because this is THE longest question I have asked.Just measured the other sheet of plywood. it’s like, 10×14, I belive. I’m hoping to make a little yard for my layout, been experimenting with different combos, VERY hard to find the right one. Thanks for reading my queestion again.Another thing, I’m modeling in HO scale.

You can read books and you can view videos, but one of the most informative sources of information is to check the current and back issues of model train magazines and for really personal attention check out and become a forumite on one or more of these depending upon what RR scale you are modeling in: http://www.the-gauge.com/index.php?http://www.3rdrail.com/cgi-local/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgihttp://www.trains.com/trc/cs/forums/default.aspx?ForumGroupID=8http://www.trains.com/TRC/CS/forums/1/434295/ShowPost.aspx#434295http://www.trains.com/TRC/CS/forums/and my favorite since I model O gauge:http://ogaugerr.infopop.cc/eve/forums

This looks like it could help a little

http://www.model-train-help.com/sample-pages.html

http://www.housatonicrr.com/yard_des.html

http://www.hrtrains.com/classnotes13.html

Well this will give a little of starting information. Go to your local library I bet you will find lots of ideas there.

This is the site you need. It is the National Model Railroad Association of America’s site. They have information on layouts. I’m sure they would be more than happy to help another railroad enthusiast.

http://www.nmra.com/

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