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Model Railroad Locomotive

Scale Model Railroad Locomotives. Popular brands like: KATO, Bachmann, Athearn, Walthers, Life-Like etc.

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Discount Model Trains Scenery

Building Model Railroad Scenery the Easy Way: Recommendations and techniques to help beginners build realistic model train scenery!

Scenery Techniques



Model Railway Buildings

Choose the right model railway Buildings and Structures for your layout. Buy Woodland Scenics, Walthers Cornerstone, DPM models and more!

Model Train Buildings


Scenery Kit Review

Model Steam Locomotive and Railroad Scenery

Video review of the Woodland Scenics "The Scenery Kit S927." It's a great tool for learning how to build model railroad scenery, mountains, track balasting, and more; the right way!

The kit comes complete with all the materials you'll need to build the diorama. Click below to view our review.

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Train Room Projects

Videos of recent model trains projects we are working on here at RailroadHobby.Com

  • Building a Beginner Hollow Core Door N Scale Train Table
  • Our Train Room Video

Project Videos

Reading Room

Model train books and subscriptions to discount model railroad magazines like Model Railroader, Railway Modeller, and others; are a great learning resource for new and experienced railway hobbyists.

They provide tips, hints, and step-by-step information on a variety of topics including benchwork, scenery, track laying, painting and weathering, etc…

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Discount Model Trains: Popular Locomotives

Locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars are the most important pieces of railway equipment you can have on your layout. Without them your train table would be just a table with buildings, mountains, trees, and other model train scenery.

There are many discount model trains and locomotives for sale today. Steam Era, diesel, and electric are all represented. There are a variety of wheel arrangements, road names, and model train scales available. The pages below highlight a sampling of some of the steam, diesel, and electric locomotives you may want to add to your collection.

Steam Locomotives

The Steam Era is a hugely popular period among model railroads enthusiasts. There are many classic steam engines to choose from. "The General" American 4-4-0, Consolidation 2-8-0, Atlantic 4-4-2, and the GS2 Class 4-8-4 "Daylight Limited" are just a few examples of American steam locos. A few British and European steam locomotives that may interest you are: LNER 4-6-2 Class A3 'Flying Scotsman' (Great Britan), or the 240.P1 4-8-0 (France).

Diesel Locomotives

If you prefer to build a more modern model trains layout, then diesel might be just the ticket. A beautiful 1930's era diesel locomotive is the Burlington Zephyr. A few other diesels you might choose are: Alco RS-1, EMD F7 and EMD GP20, GP35, GP38 and others. There is also a wide array of European and British diesel locos too.

Electric Locomotives - The Crocodile Electric Locomotive (Germany) is very unique looking. It may fit right in on your train table if you're modelling a European railway. A popular American Electric Loco is the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1, introduced in 1934. And, if you prefer the ultra modern or futuristic look; the Japanese Shinkansen train, or the French Trains A Grande Vitesse (TGV), or other Bullet Train may be right up your alley.

Which Model Train Scale Is Right For You?

Today's model railroad hobbyist has a wide selection of model train scales from which to choose. From the tiniest micro trains like Z Scale and N Gauge, all the way to large Garden Railways, the model trains hobby has something for railroaders of every age and skill level.

Currently, the two most popular model railroad scales available are HO Gauge, and N Scale. There are also other discount model trains scales to choose from and...

Model Train Scales

Track Plans and Layouts

Model Railroad Track Plans and Layouts

When you're building model train layouts, predesigned model railroad track plans are a great place to start. There are track plans available for various brands of model railroad track. Atlas, Arnold, Kato, Bachmann, Life-Like and others are represented in popular track plan books.

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Model Train Rolling Stock

Model Train Rolling Stock

Box Cars, Passenger Cars, Tankers, Coal Cars and other heavy freight rolling stock for modern and steam era model railroads. Buy railcars to fit the era you are modelling. O, HO, N scale, and Z scale discount model trains from well known model railroad hobby manufacturers! Great Buys! 

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Making Mountains for Your Train Layout

Creating realistic mountains, water, terrain, and other scenery for your model railway layout is fun and easy if you have the right scenery materials. Two of the most popular lines of model train scenery are: Woodland Scenics, and Scenic Express.

Their product lines offer model railroaders all of the supplies, accessories, and instructional information to make building mountains and other train scenery a breeze.

Various methods of mountain making have been developed over the years. Discover which method and products are best for you.

Make Mountains

Recommended Model Railroad Hobby Tools

There are a variety of tools that you will need to have when building your model train layout. Some of them, like ballast spreaders, and track alignment gauges, are scale or gauge specific. Others, like pliers, tweezers, soldering irons, and modeler's knives; are not.

For a quick overview of some of the discount model trains tools you might find helpful, and a brief outline of their common uses... 

Hobby Tools

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Kato ALCO RSC-2 SAL #1500 N Scale Locomotive

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Kato EMD SD40 ATSF #5010 N Gauge Locomotive

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