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Getting started in model railroading. Your first layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1990 (v.57#2) pg. 40

N scale Burlington Northern. Part 1. Introduction to the project for modeling the Cassville-to-Prairie Du Chien (MN) subdivision.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1990 (v.57#2) pg. 94
Added Info MODEL RAILROADER Apr 1990 (v.57#4) pg. 15

N scale Burlington Northern. Part 2. Includes trick for making any layout look larger.
MODEL RAILROADER Mar 1990 (v.57#3) pg. 80

N scale Burlington Northern. Part 3. Building the benchwork in six lightweight sections for easy moving.
MODEL RAILROADER Apr 1990 (v.57#4) pg. 80

Bookcase railroading. Simple 2x12-ft. layout for a large scale train allows only back and forth movement. Landscaping includes live cactus.
MODEL RAILROADER Apr 1990 (v.57#4) pg. 93

Tip on keeping your layout clean.
MODEL RAILROADER Apr 1990 (v.57#4) pg. 127
Added Info MODEL RAILROADER Jul 1990 (v.57#7) pg. 20

The mosquito module. How to make strong, lightweight, portable railroad layout modules (24"x48") from pine and plywood.
MODEL RAILROADER Nov 1990 (v.57#11) pg. 113

Port of Los Angeles project railroad. Part 1. Constructing a 30"x60" module which rolls on two wheels.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1990 (v.57#12) pg. 104

Especially for beginners. Step-by-step through the construction of a beginners layout. Part 1. Building a foam core train board. Using Unitrack. Installing a power pack.
MODEL RAILROADER Jan 1991 (v.58#1) pg. 117

Port of Los Angeles project railroad. Part 3. Structures and the "setting" bring the module to life.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1991 (v.58#2) pg. 94

Four basic fiddle yard designs. Included in an article on British model railroad exhibition layouts.
MODEL RAILROADER Mar 1991 (v.58#3) pg. 86

The Crown Mountain Divison. An On3 switching layout you can build. Part 1. Benchwork and roadbed.
MODEL RAILROADER Apr 1991 (v.58#4) pg. 62

Especially for beginners. Part 5. Using foam core board to add roads to a layout.
MODEL RAILROADER May 1991 (v.58#5) pg. 100

A railroad that folds into a cabinet. A 4x6-ft. train board folds up (Murphy-bed style) into a storage cabinet with display shelves.
MODEL RAILROADER Nov 1991 (v.58#11) pg. 88

Midwest Mod-U-Trak HO scale railroad. Description of a portable, modular layout system consisting of 14 modules and folding benchwork which can transported in one full-size van, one minivan and a station wagon. Setup takes about 1 hour.
MODEL RAILROADER May 1992 (v.59#5) pg. 80
Correction MODEL RAILROADER Sep 1992 (v.59#9) pg. 19

Hometown in a dining table. Oak dining table (60"x36") features a glass-covered display area in the center. Suitable for an N scale model railroad layout or some other collection.
MODEL RAILROADER Oct 1992 (v.59#10) pg. 98

It's September 1950 on the Pennsylvania RR. Introducing a portable HO layout you can build. Part 1.
MODEL RAILROADER Jan 1993 (v.60#1) pg. 102

It's September 1950 on the Pennsylvania RR. Part 2. Building lightweight portable benchwork.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1993 (v.60#2) pg. 106

Traveling Tascosa & Calico. Building a compact, portable HOn3 railroad layout. Part 1. Concept, track plan and roadbed.
MODEL RAILROADER Oct 1993 (v.60#10) pg. 66

A dream N-scale layout you can build. A layout for the Colorado & Rio Grande Central RR that can be built in two stages. Details on building the open-grid benchwork, legs, subroadbed, and backdrops.
MODEL RAILROADER Jan 1994 (v.61#1) pg. 97

"Pop-out" scenery. Lightweight construction techniques for layout access hatches.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1994 (v.61#2) pg. 102

Grades and model railroads. Includes a home-built leveling tool which determines the grade of the surface that it's sitting on.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1994 (v.61#2) pg. 132

Pioneer Valley RR. Construction details for a small O scale shelf layout that will fit in almost any bedroom, is portable, and will cost less than an HO or N scale layout of the same size. Part 1. Table and legs, foam scenery base, trackwork, and electrical.
MODEL RAILROADER Sep 1994 (v.61#9) pg. 60

Building a roadbed with Micore 300 building panels as an alternative to Homasote. Includes instructions for constructing a helix 6-ft. in diameter.
MODEL RAILROADER Sep 1994 (v.61#9) pg. 78

Tip on protecting your layout from pets, dust, etc. by installing removable plastic windows in front of the layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Oct 1994 (v.61#10) pg. 142

Building a 4x8-ft. layout of the Red Wing Division of the Soo Line Railroad. Step-by-step instructions on benchwork, tracklaying, scenery, etc. A related article covers wiring.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1994 (v.61#12) pg. 88, 30

Silver City Central. Benchwork construction details for an N scale mountain railroad.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1994 (v.61#12) pg. 120

Pioneer Valley RR. Part 4. Adding details, cabinets and shelves.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1994 (v.61#12) pg. 126

The latest on foam-board layout construction. Using 2" thick extruded polystyrene foam insulation board as the major benchwork member.
MODEL RAILROADER Mar 1995 (v.62#3) pg. 80

Outline for operation. Part 1. How to plan your layout. Includes ideas for segmental design.
MODEL RAILROADER Jun 1995 (v.62#6) pg. 70

Outline for operation. Part 2. How to build your layout. Sectional construction methods for a permanent look.
MODEL RAILROADER Aug 1995 (v.62#8) pg. 106

Building your benchwork on skids to make your layout more movable and accessible.
MODEL RAILROADER Oct 1995 (v.62#10) pg. 115

Build the Alkali Central. A 4x8-ft. HO layout featuring mountain and desert scenery. Part 1. Benchwork, track layout, and wiring.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1995 (v.62#12) pg. 100
Correction MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1996 (v.63#2) pg. 30

Tight Yankee or compact Dixie. Ideas for a small bedroom-size HO scale layout (12x12-ft).
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1996 (v.63#2) pg. 88

South Plains District. Introducing a sectional HO scale railroad designed for operation. Consists of standardized 18"x48" layout sections (called "dominoes") that are easy to move and may be rearranged or expanded with additional units. Part 1. Construction details for a straight domino and a corner unit.
MODEL RAILROADER Sep 1996 (v.63#9) pg. 56

Fiddle shelf staging. Add staging to a layout without the need for a staging yard. A removable "fiddle shelf" section (48" longx4" wide) contains two straight lengths of track which are used to store trains until needed. Multiple shelves are stored on shelf brackets within easy reach above the layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Sep 1996 (v.63#9) pg. 96

Build the N scale Carolina Central. Part 1. Installing the track layout on an ordinary 28"x80" interior door equipped with folding legs.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1996 (v.63#12) pg. 92

Investigating the mushroom (double-deck) layout concept. Part 1. History, comparing various layout configurations, connecting the levels, etc.
MODEL RAILROADER Jan 1997 (v.64#1) pg. 80

Modular railroading. Basic information on constructing a standardized Ntrak module which can be 2, 4, 6, or 8-ft long. Individual modules are combined with modules built by others to form a working layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1997 (v.64#2) pg. 80

Investigating the mushroom (double-deck) layout concept. Part 2. Designing and building a mushroom layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1997 (v.64#2) pg. 110

Roads and grade crossings. Making realistic highways from sheet styrene.
MODEL RAILROADER May 1997 (v.64#5) pg. 92

Wisconsin Central in N scale. Part 1. Looking at the prototype for a new project layout series.
MODEL RAILROADER Jul 1997 (v.64#7) pg. 56

The HO scale Madison Central. Tips on building a 4x8-ft layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Jul 1997 (v.64#7) pg. 84

Wisconsin Central in N scale. Part 3. Benchwork ideas that can be used in any scale.
MODEL RAILROADER Sep 1997 (v.64#9) pg. 66

HO scale Northwest Timber Co. Build a beginner's layout. Part 1. Features an irregular hexagon-shaped top instead of the traditional 4x8-ft piece of plywood. How to construct the benchwork, foam subroadbed, roadbed and track, and backdrop.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1997 (v.64#12) pg. 82

Foam board construction tips for model railroad layouts. Includes laying out curves, adjusting track, and adding turnout linkages.
MODEL RAILROADER Apr 1998 (v.65#4) pg. 94

Allegheny Midland's Coal Fork Extension. Details on the design, construction, and operation of a 13x19-ft. addition to a model railroad layout. Part 1.
MODEL RAILROADER Jun 1998 (v.65#6) pg. 58

Allegheny Midland's Coal Fork Extension. Part 2. Planning.
MODEL RAILROADER Jul 1998 (v.65#7) pg. 68

Allegheny Midland's Coal Fork Extension. Part 3. Benchwork and wiring.
MODEL RAILROADER Aug 1998 (v.65#8) pg. 64

Allegheny Midland's Coal Fork Extension. Part 6. Conclusion.
MODEL RAILROADER Nov 1998 (v.65#11) pg. 82
Correction MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1998 (v.65#12) pg. 13

Cactus Valley. Construction of a 4x8-ft. HO layout illustrates a framework which can be disassembled for storage or transportation.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1998 (v.65#12) pg. 78

Starting out small. A modest N scale train set can be the beginning for a nice layout built almost entirely out of foam.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1998 (v.65#12) pg. 92

Plywood benchwork. Open-grid construction provides improved stability and economy.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1998 (v.65#12) pg. 108

Tip on using the cloth skirt around a layout as a dust cover when the model railroad is not in use.
MODEL RAILROADER Jan 1999 (v.66#1) pg. 45

Arkansas & Missouri regional railroad. Part 1. Background for an N scale layout you can build.
MODEL RAILROADER Feb 1999 (v.66#2) pg. 74

Layout planning using graph paper, pencil, eraser, plastic scale template, and a French curve.
MODEL RAILROADER Mar 1999 (v.66#3) pg. 117

Benchwork. Basic instructions for designing and constructing a good framework for your layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Apr 1999 (v.66#4) pg. 119

You do have room for a layout. Ideas for using and storing a layout in a small space.
MODEL RAILROADER Jun 1999 (v.66#6) pg. 100

Staging yards for model railroads. Pros and cons of the various layouts.
MODEL RAILROADER Oct 1999 (v.66#10) pg. 124

Table with folding legs is built for a small layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Nov 1999 (v.66#11) pg. 125

Fascia ideas which can contribute greatly to the operation of a model railroad layout.
MODEL RAILROADER Nov 1999 (v.66#11) pg. 129

Recessed fascia panels keep plug-in connectors out of the way.
MODEL RAILROADER Dec 1999 (v.66#12) pg. 135

Compensated baseboards (benchwork). How to build 24"x48" platforms which allow for variation in floor level. These "flexible" modules are locked into position before use.
MODEL RAILWAYS [2] Apr 1990 (v.7#4) pg. 205

Making tracks. A 12-part series aimed at helping a family develop a first time layout that will be enjoyable to build and fun to operate. Part 1. Introduction.
MODEL RAILWAYS [2] Oct 1993 (v.10#10) pg. 24

Making tracks. Part 2. Planning the layout to incorporate into a child's bedroom. Tips on involving children in the entire process.
MODEL RAILWAYS [2] Nov 1993 (v.10#11) pg. 20

Making tracks. Part 3. Layout design and compromises.
MODEL RAILWAYS [2] Dec 1993 (v.10#12) pg. 20

Making tracks. Part 4. Constructing the baseboards (benchwork) and removable legs for the layout. These lightweight benches are built of plywood with reinforcement at the joints.
MODEL RAILWAYS [2] Jan 1994 (v.11#1) pg. 16