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Robert Anderson        

Robert Anderson  


Discover all the expert techniques, tips, and secrets you need to design, build, repair, and maintain YOUR OWN amazingly realistic model railroad, just like the ones you’ve seen at model train shows...

  orange check markA layout that’s incredibly well detailed?
  orange check markA layout where the trains run reliably without derailments, and without erratic stops and starts?
  orange check markA layout where you can save up 72% off the retail price of model trains and accessories?
  orange check markA layout that will fit within the space you have available?
orange check markAnd one you CAN complete inside your budget… no matter how restricted your space or budget might be?

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For a start, you’ll need the right information, laid out in the right way, so you can make the right decisions. And a knowledge of how to avoid the common mistakes that almost every rail modeler makes … not to mention those frustrating problems that waste so much time, or cost a small fortune to fix.

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Problem is; starting off in the hobby, or upskilling, can seem daunting, expensive AND time wasting… especially if you have to search all over for the right information.

Fortunately, when it comes to model railroading, most problems are either preventable or fixable. But, it’s easiest when you start out by knowing the best way to do things, where to find the answers, and how to solve and fix any problems quickly and easily yourself.

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That’s where this Beginners Blueprint series of 6 e-books can save you time, money, and frustration. Each e-book is SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND, QUICK & EASY TO DOWNLOAD (delivered almost instantly to your computer in the popular simple-to-use PDF format). You’ll get to see proven step-by-step techniques and solutions to problems, to make all the difficult tasks EASY! 

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What better way to relax than to create your very own miniature model train world of your dreams. A model train layout where all your family, friends, and children can share in the fun and enjoyment as your favorite diesel or steam loco hauls its load across a trestle bridge before disappearing momentarily into a tunnel, only to appear from the otherside as if by magic!

"The Beginners Blueprint" has been developed over many years from more than 5,600 readers (ranging from beginners to very experienced veterans) providing feedback, comments, and advice... so it's guaranteed to answer ALL your questions.

Indeed, "The Beginners Blueprint" can help you make the right decisions to create your layout in the correct sequence starting from the ground up. It will take away the guesswork of planning and constructing the perfect model railway... complete with natural looking trees, a raging waterfall, rippling stream, a fire scene with smoke, easy to build roadways, authentic buildings, an interesting to operate branch line, a classification yard, fields and fencing, spectacular mountain scenery with curved tunnels... it's all here for you!

The moment you have this valuable resource in your hands, it will be only a matter of time before you’ll have your feet up, relaxing, and enjoying the fun of operating your model trains!

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Now, I know what you’re probably thinking... can I really and truly create my very own model railroad layout? Yes you can...

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check mark How to master projects like like a pro. All explained - making your own trees, roads, grassed fields, fences, rocks, smoke, mountains, tunnels and even a raging waterfall and rippling steam! (with clever tips and useful ideas to save you cash!)
check mark New easy-to-follow photo tutorials including: the easiest way to build a frame and baseboard, how to electrically join two baseboards, how to lay ballast, solder track, and more!
check mark How do you convert your DC layout to DCC, and is it worthwhile? The truth on buying a DCC system, and the startling omission most people do not expect.
check mark A model train veteran for 32 years "spills the beans" on how to make model trains run smoother and better without continually slowing down!
check mark The rails that require most cleaning... what to avoid. How rail-joiners operate... and, how to stop them disconnecting causing derailments.
check mark How to select and construct the perfect layout to fit your budget and space availability. A layout that will give endless fun for years to come.
check mark Mysteries to weathering revealed: The fast and simple ways to give structures and rolling stock and an "aged" look with the feel of wear and tear... and, what NOT to do if you want your structures to look real!
check mark Where to begin when buying rolling stock. What to watch for... how to choose what's right for you... and what you categorically MUST avoid. Which train couplers to select and what to spend.
check mark The ingeniously easy ways to skillfully repair minor faults yourself WITHOUT needing to pay the cost of repairs.
check mark How and where to research if automobiles, signage, people figures, and other details are right for the setting... PLUS the 9 essentials for creating more natural-looking scenery.

Let’s face it; creating and operating your own model railroad shouldn’t be frustrating… it should be FUN!

The “Beginners Blueprint” series will give you straight-forward, no-nonsense REAL answers to everything you ever wanted explained… all step-by-step in 6 easy-to-download e-books.

You can have the complete "Beginners Blueprint" series at your fingertips within 5 minutes... so there's no waiting... and no shipping to pay.

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After you've progressed from the beginner stage and have your layout up and running, you may want to expand and take your layout to the next level, with more advanced techniques and skills.

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You may be worried that "The Beginners Blueprint" will cost you the earth... actually; you won't need to fear about that. My personal policy is to always provide value for money and that's precisely what I'm presenting here. I've had customers say I should be charging $180, $250 or more for the valuable information in these e-books.

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This e-book expands on the details for building a layout, selecting the best track plan for your space, constructing background and below track level scenic features, and very low-cost industries to make. You'll even get 2 tutorials taking you step-by-step through the planning and construction of a small layout.

Now... I'm the first to admit, although comprehensive, this e-book won't detail absolutely everything. FACT IS; it would take thousands of pages to cover every facet of this compelling topic, but this e-book condenses the most helpful ideas into 107 pages of useful advice.

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This e-book explores various avenues of this wonderful hobby. Obviously to canvas everything would take up an entire library, so instead it looks at many of the most asked about topics. I get hundreds of letters and emails each week so have compiled this ebook with the frequently asked questions in mind.... a wide range of answers on soldering and solving derailments, LED lighting, through to coping with S curves... and so much more!

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 "Confessions of a Mobile Layout Builder" gives the ins-and-outs of constructing a transportable train layout. It walks you through track design possibilities, construction modes, operation and expansion options... with loads more ideas to keep the process easy. A must read!

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"110 Handy Tips" is exactly what the name implies. This is a handy reference guide chock-full of tips and answers to everyday problems that confound most in the hobby at some point or another. Packed with tips for: turnouts, ballasting, couplers, flywheel problems, power supply, track cleaning, track access, decoders, making scenery, and lots more!

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You'll also receive 4 fascinating and informative video clips sure to interest anyone keen on learning more about this wonderful hobby. They are easy to download and save to your computer as a future reference.

PLUS  -  An audio with model railroad veteran Tom Hobson who has installed 46 decoders in locomotives and shares a few tips from his experience.

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With the Right Guidance I Could Design and Build My Own Scale Railroad...

"Every time I visit a train show I'm impressed with the detailing other model railroaders have put into the craftmanship of their railroads. I wouldn't call myself creative, but I reckon with with the right guidance I could design and build my own scale railroad..."
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Working On The Layout With My Grandson...

"My fascination with model railroading resurfaced not long after becoming a grandfather 6 years ago. As my grandson gets a bit bigger we'll be able to work on my layout together. At the moment he loves watching the trains, and is already asking tricky questions. I want to teach him some of the hand-on skills I've acquired and encourage him to be creative and resourceful without relying on television and video games..."
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For model train operators at levels, from the trainee to master controller...

“As a trainee (pun intended) builder/designer/planner /operator of a model train layout I recently purchased the set of 6 Blue Print e-books. As I commenced reading through them I kept repeating why did I not get these years ago?

I have been plodding along with my layout, rectifying issues as they were discovered. I used many sources for advice and guidance, magazines, internet forums, fellow railway modellers, till I came across Robert Anderson’s model rail club group of sites on the internet. What a gold mine of information for the model train operator, written in plain language with limited use of jargon.

I was blown away by the solutions and guides discovered in latest offer of a set of 6 Blue Print e-books. Covering all the basics of getting started to general operation, with simple step-by-step solutions (no jargon), that I was able use immediately.

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These reference books are of extreme value to model train operators at levels, from the trainee to master controller. The information supplied covers more than the basics, it should be a definite requirement for all model train operator to have in their library. Thank you Robert Anderson”
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I Have a Much Clearer Idea of Exactly Where to Start and What’s Required…

“About 3 years ago I got started building the track plan I’d had always wanted since my early teens. It’s taken me quite a few years to even begin, what with bringing up a family, working, and running a household etc. Now it’s my time to relax and have fun. I started laying out the track with absolutely NO clue as to what I was going after that. That’s now finished and I’ve test run my first engine with 8 cars. After a few adjustments it’s running smoothly without derailing. Now the real fun begins, planning what to do for scenery and structures. I’m thinking of an industrial scene with a yard off the mainline, and a small 1960’s town street scene etc. This is where the help has been appreciated. I have a much clearer idea of exactly where to start and what’s required...”
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I Have Learned More Than I Could Have Ever Found Out On My Own...

“Right now I’m in the process of ‘starting over’ as I had a train set when I was young. I’m still at the planning stage, so I value all the help. Already I’ve learned more than I could have ever found out on my own. Its great knowing all the techniques and seeing what others are doing. I’ve got a big space in the garage for my setup and can’t wait to get into it…”
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I Made Just About Every Mistake That I Could Have...

“4 years ago I had a go building an 8x4 HO scale layout and got very discouraged and packed it in. Trouble was; I had no idea what I was doing. Then, a couple of months back I decided to give it another try. After going through everything I got from you, I realize I made just about every mistake that I could have. I’m confident I can complete what I originally started, and even expand on it...”
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yes  8 steps to choosing the right scale for your needs. The pro's and con's of choosing OO, HO, O, N or Z. Get this right and you'll prevent problems later! 
yes The 5 low-cost (and no-cost) fun methods for making real-looking shrubs & trees (tree profile drawingsincluded...all explained step by step. The HUGE MISTAKE to absolutely avoid with tree making.
yes Stunning ideas for making your own realistic grassed meadows and mountainous landscapes!.
yes The single MAJOR cause for model trains to operate erratically.

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yes  How to properly lay and fix track ballasting to avoid stoppages, and for a most realistic effect! 
yes EXPOSED: The critical MISTAKE and BIGGEST difficulty with building a layout...and how to avoid stumbling into the same trap!
yes Knowing what to purchase and how much to spend... the options and what NOT to do!
yes Why the lowest price isn't necessarily the best...even on a tight budget. The things that don’t work... and what you can grab for FREE!

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yes  Cut through all the technical gobble-dy-gook. Terms like: "back emf", "boosters", "HOn3", "narrow gauge", "turnout", "circuit breaker", "minimum radius" and "command control"... all made easy to understand!
yes The correct track geometry for the laying parallel track... shown step-by-step.
yes The very best methods for making your own roads. 2 easy-to-follow techniques explained one step at a time with clever detailing ideas for amazing realism.
yes REVEALED: The simplist way to construct your own realistic tunnels... and how to finish them off with dramatic effect.

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yes  Learn the techniques for wiring a reverse loop. Step-by-step diagrams.
yes The way to prevent motor burnouts! Try my simple test to see if your loco is working too hard.
yes Stuck or defective coupler, twisted wheel, broken flange, track out of alignment... what to look for, and what to do.
yes What to do if your loco freezes when the current still flows.

weathering model trains

yes  The right ways to plan your track-work and extensions to your layout when built. Tricks of the trade shared!
yes Discover the little details that require attention (they’ll make a BIG BIG difference to your railroad.)
yes Add an industry to your layout. The 19 industries that allow you greatest variety in rolling stock and operational enjoyment.
yes The little known insider secrets to bringing cheaper rolling stock to life!

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yes  13 steps to constructing a better layout...with easy-to-follow instructions with diagrams & drawings to your fully functioning layout! 
yes 4 track planning options to consider (plans included) and the one NOT to choose.
yes WAYS TO SAVE MONEY... and how to find the best buys in train accessories.
yes Secrets to 'test-driving' your new loco and exactly what to watchout for!

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yes  The very best way to prevent wiring problems!
yes REVEALED: The 6 ways to stop expensive mistakes when purchasing a locomotive.
yes The correct ways to put a stop to cars rolling off the track!
yes Discover the secrets to smoother acceleration with better control at lower speeds.

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yes  How DC and DCC compare. What's best? The pros and cons revealed!
yes 5 track cleaning techniques explained and one thing you MUST NEVER do.
yes The ingeniously easy techniques for replicating grime, rust, mud including tire marks for extra realism! The simple-as idea that will definitely impress others!
yes The hidden errors that will get spotted... and are simpler to fix during construction.

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yes  Do's & Don'ts of building with modules. Actual track plan examples and construction diagrams included.
yes Learn the best way to wire a reverse loop. With step-by-step diagrams.
yes The right way to cut & solder track. How to electrically join 2 baseboards - photo tutorials.
yes The true reasons of derailments... the causes pin-pointed and SOLVED

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yes  Using LED lighting - what you need to know.
yes DCC track wiring diagrams made EASY to understand.
yes The amps you'll require to confidently run 1, 2, 3, or 4 trains!
yes EXPLAINED: How circuit breakers work to protect your railroad accessories!

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yes  The tricks to properly using clearances and curves to minimize messy dreailments!
yes Adding easements with curves for your scale trains to negotiate with ease...and avoiding the dangers of wrongly designed S curves.
yes Want to learn the easiest and most impressive ways to make backdrop buildings, weeds, ponds, rocks, and even hay to improve visual realism on your railroad?
yes Discover how a loco engine functions and why some engines out-perform others.

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yes  Find out the way to operate more than 1 turnout motor from 1 switch.
yes Storage suggestions explained. The way to safely store your prized engines... what you should NEVER do.
yes The BEST track-underlay to reduce noise levels on your railroad.

The ingenious simple tip for detecting an engine decoder.

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yes  Where NOT to locate your railroad layout... plus safety suggestions to prevent disasters!
yes Find out the small adjustment to prevent damage to buffers.
yes The common cause why locengines become wobbly or fail to pick-up electricity. The tire type to avoid at ALL COSTS!

Find out if/when you should oil your trains, and with what?

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yes  3 ways to test if your locomotive stops frequently, or slows at same spot on your track. What to do when your loco sits and hums... and fails to move.
yes How to dislodge small decals without damaging the paintwork!
yes Discover the 2 ways to prevent a locomotive from abruptly speeding up, or dropping off the track.

What all the technical terms (and abbreviations) mean in simple everyday English. All the complex technical stuff made simple to understand.

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yes  Precisely how to configure an interchange track... and why it's worthwhile including plenty of switching moves.
yes The way to use flywheels for more realistic smoother running. The simple ways to complete advanced things such as track section wiring or turnout motor wiring.
yes Insider secrets to using boosters...pilot lights, clearance markers, operation modes, extra terminals for accessories e.g. walkaround control and wireless throttles... what to look for.

The commonly used household items that make incredible ground cover, roads, rocks, fences and other scenic props for little or no cost.

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Miniature figurines of people and animals can really bring a layout to life.

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Effective use of "low-relief" buildings and photographic backdrops can give the appearance of a scale model railroad that extends further than it really does.

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Find out how much fun yard operations can be, and how to plan a classification yard for efficient problem-free operations. Plans included.

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Where to source the highest quality photo-realistic plans for backdrop buildings, and how to save up to 72% off the normal price.

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