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Model Railroading often requires some research. If you do more than lay down some track and run a train around in a loop, you will need to learn more about the hobby, which can be quite expansive once you get into it. In order to learn how to build your own model railroad, you should get some references and resources. This section will provide a look at those resources and provide the knowledge that you need to optimize your enjoyment of the hobby. The more you get into it, and the more you know about it, the more you like it.
If you're just starting out, one of the best ways to learn about this great hobby of model railroading is to read as much as you can about the history of the railroads, delve into the magazines containing inspiring articles and tips from other model railroaders and look through the many how-to books that are available.
You could start by reading our comprehensive, information-based website containing lots of tutorials on how to do anything and everything related to model railroading with more articles and references being added all the time. You can also learn by joining a model railroad club and see what others are doing first hand.
If you're like me, though, you will still want to go beyond that and read everything you can find on the subject. Learn about all the different kinds of locomotives and rail-cars. Look into the history and geography of the railroads, how they served people, industries, cities and countries. Learn how to build benchwork, lay track, build terrain and beautiful scenery. Learn how model railroading is an art as well as a science. Learn carpentry, electronics, soldering, wiring, painting and many other skills.
Start building a small library of these books and magazines that you can refer to periodically that will teach what you need to know to develop your knowledge and skills in the hobby. Here is a sampling of some of the best books and magazines on model trains and railroads, handpicked as the most helpful of all the hundreds that are out there...