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“Finally, A High Quality, Content Rich, Model Train Newsletter Written For The Beginner”
Ian McConnell

The Great Model Trains Hobby !

United states of America  Model train layouts and how to get started in model railroading

Could it be one of the greatest hobbies in the world ? I think so.

Its has everything a creative passionate person could want in a hobby, although perhaps Im a little too passionate, if there is such a thing.

This website will hopefully be of great use to the ispiring beginner or seasoned pro.

Remember to check out the great resources on the right which can save you time, money and frustration.

learning from those who have already made typical beginners mistakes can really help you get ahead fast in this hobby.

Many modellers spend a great deal of time during the winter months working on their layout.

Such a fantastic way to spend the winter…gives you creative energy and drive which is quite important especially as one is getting older.

Advice in how to get started in the model railroading hobby can be so critically important if you want a great hassle free layout.. and to save money-

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Rank City State Land area (sq mi) Land area (km²) Water area (sq mi) Water area (km²) Total area (sq mi) Total area (km²) Population (2010)

1 Sitka Alaska 2,870.3 7,434.1 1,941.0 5,027.3 4,811.4 12,460.8 10,323

2 Juneau Alaska 2,701.9 6,998.0 552.0 1,429.6 3,253.9 8,427.5 31,275
3 Wrangell Alaska 2,541.5 6,582.4 920.6 2,384.3 3,462.1 8,966.7 2,545
4 Anchorage Alaska 1,704.7 4,415.1 256.3 663.9 1,961.0 5,079.0 291,826
5 Jacksonville Florida 747.0 1,934.7 138 330.6 885 2,265.3 821,784

6 Anaconda Montana 736.5 1,907.6 4.7 12.1 741.2 1,919.7 8,302
7 Butte Montana 716.2 1,855.1 0.6 1.5 716.8 1,856.6 34,200

8 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 601.11 1,556.87 19.23 34.27 620.34 1,606.67 579,999

9 Houston Texas 599.6 1,553 27.9 72.3 627.8 1,625.2 2,099,451

10 Phoenix Arizona 516.7 1,338.3 1.2 3.2 517.9 1,341.5 1,445,632

11 Nashville Tennessee 475.1 1,230.6 21.7 56.3 496.8 1,286.8 601,222

12 Los Angeles California 468.7 1,213.9 34.0 88.1 502.7 1,302.0 3,792,621

13 San Antonio Texas 460.9 1,193.8 5.8 15.0 466.7 1,208.8 1,327,407

14 Suffolk ** Virginia 400.2 1,036.4 28.9 74.9 429.1 1,111.3 84,585

15 Buckeye Arizona 375.3 971.9 0.1 0.3 375.4 972.3 50,876

16 Indianapolis Indiana 361.4 936.1 6.6 17.1 368.0 953.2 820,445

17 Chesapeake ** Virginia 340.8 882.7 10.1 26.1 350.9 908.8 222,209

18 Dallas Texas 340.5 881.9 45.3 117.4 385.8 999.3 1,197,816

19 Fort Worth Texas 339.8 880.1 8.0 20.8 347.9 901.0 741,206

20 Louisville Kentucky 325.2 842.4 17.0 43.9 342.2 886.3 597,337

21 San Diego California 325.2 842.2 47.2 122.3 372.4 964.5 1,307,402

22 Memphis Tennessee 315.1 816.0 8.9 23.2 324.0 839.2 646,889

23 Kansas City Missouri 313.5 815.7 4.1 10.6 319.0 826.3 463,202

24 New York City New York 302.6 783.8 165.8 429.5 468.5 1,213.4 8,175,133

25 Augusta Georgia 302.5 783.4 4.2 10.9 306.7 794.3 195,844

26 Austin Texas 297.9 771.5 7.2 18.6 305.1 790.1 790,390

27 Charlotte North Carolina 297.7 771.0 2.0 5.1 299.7 776.1 731,424

28 Lexington Kentucky 283.6 734.6 1.9 4.9 285.6 739.6 295,803

29 El Paso Texas 255.2 661.1 1.0 2.6 256.3 663.7 649,121

30 Macon Georgia 250.0 650.2 5.6 15 255.0 660.0 156,388

31 Virginia Beach ** Virginia 249.0 644.9 248.3 643.2 497.3 1,288.1 437,994

32 Cusseta Georgia 248.7 644.2 2.4 6.3 251.2 650.5 12,153

33 Chicago Illinois 227.1 588.3 6.9 17.8 234.0 606.1 2,695,598

34 Tucson Arizona 226.7 587.2 0.3 0.8 227.0 588.0 520,116

35 Columbus Ohio 217.2 562.5 5.9 15.4 223.1 577.8 787,033

36 Columbus Georgia 216.4 560.4 4.6 12.0 221.0 572.4 189,885

37 Valdez Alaska 216.2 560.0 59.6 154.5 275.9 714.5 3,976

38 Preston Georgia 209.1 541.6 1.1 3.0 210.3 544.6 2,799

39 Huntsville Alabama 209.1 541.4 1.3 3.5 210.4 544.9 180,105

40 Boulder City Nevada 208.5 540.1 0.0 0.1 208.6 540.2 15,023

41 California City California 203.5 527.1 0.1 0.3 203.6 527.4 14,120

42 Tulsa Oklahoma 196.8 509.6 4.2 11.0 201.0 520.6 391,906

43 Colorado Springs Colorado 194.5 503.9 0.4 0.9 194.9 504.8 416,427

44 Goodyear Arizona 191.5 495.9 0.0 0.1 191.5 496.0 65,275

45 Albuquerque New Mexico 187.7 486.2 1.8 4.7 189.5 490.9 545,852

46 Scottsdale Arizona 183.9 476.4 0.5 1.2 184.4 477.6 217,385

47 Hibbing Minnesota 181.8 470.9 4.6 11.9 186.4 482.8 16,361

48 Norman Oklahoma 178.8 463.0 10.7 27.6 189.4 490.6 110,925

49 San Jose California 176.5 457.2 3.4 8.9 180.0 466.1 945,942

50 Peoria Arizona 174.4 451.7 3.6 9.2 178.0 460.9 154,065

51 New Orleans Louisiana 169.4 438.8 180.8 468.2 350.2 907.0 343,829

52 Corpus Christi Texas 160.6 416.0 329.0 852.1 489.6 1,268.0 305,215

53 Montgomery Alabama 159.6 413.3 2.4 6.1 161.9 419.4 205,764

54 Wichita Kansas 159.3 412.6 4.3 11.1 163.6 423.7 382,368

55 Aurora Colorado 154.7 400.8 0.7 1.8 155.4 402.6 325,078

56 Denver Colorado 153.0 396.3 1.6 4.2 154.6 400.5 600,158

57 Sierra Vista Arizona 152.3 394.4 0.3 0.7 152.5 395.1 43,888

58 Georgetown Georgia 151.2 391.7 9.3 24.2 160.6 415.9 2,513

59 Birmingham Alabama 146.1 378.3 2.5 6.6 148.6 384.9 212,237

60 Fayetteville North Carolina 145.8 377.7 1.9 4.8 147.7 382.6 200,654

61 Carson City ** Nevada 144.7 374.7 12.6 32.6 157.2 407.3 55,274

62 Raleigh North Carolina 142.9 370.1 1.1 2.8 144.0 373.0 403,892

63 Bakersfield California 142.2 368.2 1.4 3.7 143.6 371.9 347,483

64 Mobile Alabama 139.1 360.3 40.7 105.3 179.8 465.6 195,111

65 Detroit Michigan 138.8 359.4 4.1 10.7 142.9 370.0 713,777

66 Bunnell Florida 137.5 356.0 1.1 2.9 138.6 358.9 2,676

67 Mesa Arizona 136.5 353.4 0.6 1.6 137.1 355.0 439,041

68 Las Vegas Nevada 135.8 351.8 0.1 0.1 135.9 351.9 583,756

69 Chattanooga Tennessee 135.2 350.2 8.0 20.7 143.2 370.9 167,674

70 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 134.1 347.3 8.6 22.3 142.7 369.6 1,526,006

71 Portland Oregon 133.4 345.6 11.7 30.2 145.1 375.8 583,776

72 Atlanta Georgia 133.2 344.9 0.9 2.2 134.0 347.1 420,003

73 Winston-Salem North Carolina 132.4 343.0 1.2 3.2 133.7 346.3 229,617

74 Brownsville Texas 132.2 342.7 14.0 36.1 146.3 378.9 175,023

75 Columbia South Carolina 132.2 342.4 2.7 7.0 134.9 349.5 129,272

76 Lynchburg Tennessee 129.2 334.7 1.2 3.1 130.4 337.8 5,740

77 Marana Arizona 121.5 314.6 0.7 1.9 122.2 316.5 13,556

78 Yuma Arizona 120.3 311.5 0.1 0.4 120.4 311.9 77,515

79 Athens Georgia 117.8 305.0 0.5 1.2 118.2 306.2 115,452

80 Little Rock Arkansas 116.2 301.0 0.6 1.6 116.8 302.5 193,524

81 Omaha Nebraska 115.7 299.7 3.2 8.2 118.9 307.9 408,958
82 Lubbock Texas 114.8 297.4 0.1 0.3 114.9 297.6 229,573
83 Tampa Florida 112.1 290.2 58.5 151.6 170.6 441.9 335,709
84 Eloy Arizona 111.5 288.8 0.1 0.2 111.6 289.0 10,375
85 Unalaska Alaska 111.0 287.5 101.3 262.4 212.3 549.9 4,283
83 Orlando Florida 102.4 265 8.3 21 110.7 287 238,300
84 Salt Lake City Utah 109.1 282.5 1.3 3.3 110.4 285.9 186,440
85 Henderson Nevada 107.53
86 Surprise Arizona 105.75 [1]
86 Babbitt Minnesota 105.7 273.6 1.1 2.8 106.7 276.4 1,670
87 Cape Coral Florida 105.2 272.4 9.9 25.7 115.1 298.1 154,305
88 Abilene Texas 105.1 272.3 5.5 14.2 110.6 286.5 117,063
89 Palmdale California 105.0 271.8 0.1 0.4 105.1 272.2 152,750
90 Jackson Mississippi 104.9 271.7 1.9 5.0 106.8 276.7 173,514
91 Greensboro North Carolina 104.7 271.2 4.5 11.8 109.3 283.0 269,666
92 Fresno California 104.4 270.3 0.4 1.1 104.8 271.4 494,665
93 Shreveport Louisiana 103.1 267.1 14.6 37.9 117.8 305.1 199,311
95 North Las Vegas Nevada 101.35 216,961
94 St. Marys Pennsylvania 99.3 257.2 0.2 0.4 99.5 257.7 14,502
95 Sacramento California 97.2 251.6 2.1 5.4 99.2 257.0 466,488
96 Charleston South Carolina 97.0 251.2 17.1 44.3 114.1 295.5 120,083
97 Nightmute Alaska 97.0 251.2 4.6 11.8 101.5 263.0 208
98 Plymouth Massachusetts 96.5 250.0 37.5 97.0 134.0 347.0 51,701
99 Milwaukee Wisconsin 96.1 248.8 0.9 2.2 96.9 251.0 594,833
100 Arlington Texas 95.8 248.2 3.2 8.3 99.0 256.5 365,438
101 Tallahassee Florida 95.7 247.9 2.5 6.6 98.3 254.5 181,376
102 Clarksville Tennessee 94.9 245.7 0.7 1.8 95.5 247.5 132,929
103 Durham North Carolina 94.6 245.1 0.3 0.7 94.9 245.8 228,330
104 Palm Springs California 94.2 244.1 0.8 2.2 95.1 246.3 42,807
105 Lancaster California 94.0 243.5 0.2 0.5 94.2 243.9 156,633
106 Knoxville Tennessee 92.7 240.0 5.4 14.1 98.1 254.0 178,874
123 Laredo Texas 90.01 1.1 2.8 79.6 206.0 236,091
107 Amarillo Texas 89.9 232.7 0.4 1.2 90.3 233.9 190,695
108 Dothan Alabama 86.6 224.3 0.2 0.5 86.8 224.9 57,737
109 Oak Ridge Tennessee 85.5 221.6 4.4 11.3 89.9 232.9 27,387
110 Edmond Oklahoma 85.1 220.5 2.8 7.3 87.9 227.8 68,315
111 Beaumont Texas 85.0 220.2 0.9 2.4 85.9 222.6 118,296
112 Waco Texas 84.2 218.1 11.3 29.3 95.5 247.4 124,805
113 Seattle Washington 83.9 217.2 58.7 152.0 142.5 369.2 608,660
114 Port Arthur Texas 82.9 214.8 60.8 157.6 143.8 372.3 57,755
115 Baltimore ** Maryland 80.8 209.3 11.3 29.2 92.1 238.5 620,961
116 Toledo Ohio 80.6 208.8 3.5 8.9 84.1 217.8 287,208
117 Kansas City Kansas 124.3 321.8 3.6 9.2 127.8 331.0 145,786
118 El Reno Oklahoma 80.0 207.1 0.4 1.2 80.4 208.3 16,212
120 Jonesboro Arkansas 79.6 206.3 0.4 0.9 80.0 207.2 55,515
121 Ellsworth Maine 79.3 205.3 14.6 37.7 93.8 243.0 7,741
122 Caribou Maine 79.3 205.4 0.9 2.3 80.2 207.7 8,312
124 Fort Wayne Indiana 79.0 204.5 0.2 0.4 79.1 204.9 253,691
126 Independence Missouri 78.3 202.9 0.1 0.3 78.5 203.2 116,830
127 Riverside California 78.1 202.3 0.3 0.7 78.4 203.0 303,871
128 Cincinnati Ohio 78.0 201.9 1.6 4.1 79.6 206.1 296,943
129 Las Cruces New Mexico 77.9 201.4 1.2 4.7 81.6 200.9 99,788
130 Cleveland Ohio 77.6 200.9 4.8 12.5 82.4 213.5 396,815
131 Baton Rouge Louisiana 76.8 199.0 2.2 5.7 79.1 204.8 229,493
132 Fremont California 76.7 198.6 10.4 27.0 87.1 225.6 214,089
133 Presque Isle Maine 75.7 196.2 1.8 4.7 77.5 200.4 9,511
134 Des Moines Iowa 75.8 196.3 1.5 3.8 77.2 200.1 203,433
135 Port St. Lucie Florida 75.5 195.7 1.1 3.0 76.7 198.6 164,603
136 Lawton Oklahoma 75.1 194.6 0.0 0.0 75.1 194.6 92,757
137 Rome New York 74.9 194.1 0.7 1.9 75.7 196.0 34,950
138 North Port Florida 74.8 193.7 0.8 2.0 75.5 195.6 57,357
139 Savannah Georgia 74.7 193.6 3.4 8.7 78.1 202.3 136,286
140 Lincoln Nebraska 74.6 193.3 0.7 1.9 75.4 195.2 258,379
141 Enid Oklahoma 74.0 191.6 0.1 0.2 74.1 191.8 47,045
142 Rio Rancho New Mexico 73.4 190.2 0.1 0.2 73.5 190.4 51,765
143 Apple Valley California 73.3 189.9 0.3 0.8 73.6 190.7 54,239
144 Springfield Missouri 73.2 189.5 0.6 1.7 73.8 191.1 159,498
145 Victorville California 72.8 188.5 0.5 1.4 73.3 189.9 64,029
148 Plano Texas 71.6 185.4 0.1 0.2 71.6 185.5 259,841
149 Grand Prairie Texas 71.4 184.9 10.1 26.3 81.5 211.2 175,396
150 Wichita Falls Texas 70.7 183.1 0.0 0.1 70.7 183.1 104,553