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60 Minute Modeling

By December 11, 2012

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We all have a lot of things competing for our "free" time around the holidays. How do you make time to keep up with your model railroad?

A simple project like installing a decoder in a locomotive can take about an hour (or less!) and gives you a new model for your roster at the end of the night.
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Even an hour can be hard to come by in December, but you'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in just 60 minutes. And if you can make that 60 minutes a part of your regular routine throughout the year, your railroad will be the talk of the town.

It is a bit of a myth that the people who have finished layouts have endless free time to spend on them. Most I know have all said the same thing - it's one hour a day. This seems to be just the right amount of time to get something done, clear your mind and put you at ease, and make you want to come back for more. Even a big project becomes much more manageable if done in one hour increments.

Just like getting your body in shape, regular steady commitment and progress is far more effective than sudden and sporadic spurts. So after the decorations are hung, the cards mailed, the presents wrapped, make a little time for you and head to the train room. To help you get started, here is a list of a few 60 minute modeling projects that you can do in an hour - or less! Maybe you have some ideas you'd like to add to the list?


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