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Model Railroad General Description

May 31, 2013

Involvement ranges from possession of one train set to spending hours and large sums on a large and exacting model of a railway and the model scenery through which it passes, called a layout. Hobbyists, called railway modellers or model railroaders, may maintain models large enough to ride (Live steam, Ridable miniature railroad and Backyard railway). Modellers may collect scale model trains, building a landscape for the trains to pass through, or operate their own railway in miniature. For some modelers, the goal of building a diorama is to eventually run it as if it were a real railway or as the real railway did (if the diorama is based on a prototype). If modelers choose to model a prototype, they may reproduce track-by-track reproductions of the real railway in mini, often using prototype track diagrams and historic maps or pictures.

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