It's exciting to think about - developing your own empire right in your own home - an artistic, working, operating masterpiece that you created. You can enlist the help of your friends or family, or you can create the whole thing on your own and then invite them in for an operating session. You could go there by yourself after a long day of work and "get away from it all".
Model railroading is the most versatile hobby in the world. It incorporates multiple disciplines including history, civil and mechanical engineering, carpentry, electrical wiring and circuitry, digital command control, sound and lighting, painting, airbrushing, various kinds of artistry, using multiple types of material to create structures, terrain and scenery. The model railroader essentially becomes a jack of all trades as he works in a "labor of love" to create his or her dream.
These pages were conceived and written to help put together whatever I have learned in 20 years of experience in working with model trains and train layouts - along with the experiences of many others who have shared my passion - in order to provide you with all the information, tools and techniques you need to build your own realistic, artistic and fully operational model railroad empire.
As you look through this guide, I hope you will become excited and impassioned to start your own layout or, if you already have one, to enhance it with the tools and techniques you find here.
My mission is to make this the best site available as a resource to help you build the best model railroad possible.
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(To learn how this site was built, go to the Site Building Page. You could have your own site up and running within a couple of weeks!)
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The Navigation Bar at the left and the Table of Contents listed below contain the main categories of pages available on this site. There are many other pages on the site that are accessible through the links in the text on the main category pages. The Sitemap contains links to all the pages on the site.
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I hope these user-friendly features will help you find the information you want quickly. However, if you just want to browse around the site, that's okay too.
If you are a beginner, the first 8 or 9 buttons on the Navigation Bar may be the most useful to you in the early stages. If you are more of an intermediate or advanced hobbyist, you may be more interested in the Special Effects category.
The Resources Page is a great place to see what else is out there. It contains a listing of lots of books, magazines and informative websites that have been helpful to me along the way. There is also a section of the page with a list of favorite places to get supplies if your local hobby shop doesn't carry what you need.
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