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20 tips to improve your layout

Ideas every hobbyist can use
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The MTH version of the Pennsylvania RR’s streamlined Torpedo is drawing as much attention from the O gauge travelers on Hal’s 26 x 28-foot model railroad as the full-sized K4 4-6-2 Pacific did more than 70 years ago.
Jim Forbes
ONE Learn about the new technology in the hobby, but never forget the advantages of the old

TWO Make good use of operating signals when controlling your layout

THREE Paint the inside and outside of the rails

FOUR Use the best turnouts you can afford

FIVE Have fun – just go ahead and run trains from different eras

SIX
Install miniature drivers in automobiles and as passengers in trains

SEVEN Check out all the great features – lights and sounds – added to the latest locomotives

EIGHT Ballast main lines and yard tracks – and be sure to use different colors and textures

NINE Try making your own trees and ground cover – it’s easy and saves money

TEN Stick HO structures on your layout to create a sense of forced perspective

ELEVEN
Fill up your cities, railroad stations, factories, and more with figures that represent your friends and members of your family

TWELVE
Experiment with scratchbuilding – start with a model of your home

THIRTEEN Buy inexpensive brands of latex house paint for a scenery base

FOURTEEN
Reduce the amount of noise produced by trains with the roadbed you install

FIFTEEN Dye sawdust and sponges for inexpensive scenery materials

SIXTEEN Remember there are so many different approaches to this hobby – and all of them are correct, just as long as they bring plenty of enjoyment

SEVENTEEN
Inject memories of your life and family into your model railroad

EIGHTEEN
Share your layout with others and thereby pass along your love of trains

NINETEEN
Patronize a good local hobby shop that can supply quality merchandise and advice

TWENTY
Freely share your information and hobby experiences with others

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