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  • Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized
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    A model railroad display, by its very nature, is miniature. The N scale is one of the smallest scale measurements with a ratio of 1:160. Small buildings nestle amongst the town, tiny people occupy the sidewalks, pocket-sized trees fill the landscape, and little trains run the tracks in model railroad layouts. Modeling is a work… Read more »

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  • Model Train Scenery Plaster Techniques
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    Model train scenery plaster is a useful product to utilize if you are looking to add mountainous terrain to your layout. There are many types of model plasters and several techniques for putting them to use. In this video, modeler Jim Eudaly highlights the best products to use and demonstrates specifically how to use the… Read more »

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    Each store bought model structure kit requires planning, assembly, painting and detailing. For an impressive model railroad display, the goal is to transform the kit to appear as realistic as possible. To avoid the plastic sheen, you can’t simply take it straight out of the box and place it on your layout as is. There… Read more »

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Allen Keller: Great Model RailroadsShow More

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    Model railroading serves as an opportunity to bring new life to a fading past. Layouts often preserve historically important eras and locations. It’s a hobby that goes far beyond a creative outlet. The time, research, and detailing that goes into model railroads can be very extensive. For example, the Reading Railroad layout takes observers back… Read more »

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    In part 2 of the 11-part series, Allen Keller gives an overview of the HO-scale Reading model railroad layout built by Jim Hertzog, portraying the Pennsylvania coal mines set in the 1950’s. Nestled in his basement, the layout spans an area of 30 by 40 feet. The Reading’s walk in style layout is built on… Read more »

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    The King Coal passenger train makes its way deep in the coalfields of Pennsylvania. The 300 foot mainline services 12 mines and processing plants. The trains travel through the diverse terrain of the Coal Region. The grades are steep due to the many valleys and mountains that fill the landscape. Helpers are required in the… Read more »

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Track VideosShow More

  • Hand Laid Turnouts
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    There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing track for your model railroad. Code 55 or 40 is appropriate for N scale mainline but unfortunately turnouts aren’t widely distributed for either. In this case, factory made track is not always available making hand laid turnouts the only solution for building this particular scale…. Read more »

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    For master modeler and kit builder George Sellios, there’s no big secret or unorthodox technique necessary for creating a realistic scene, it’s all about keeping things simple while adding as much detail as possible. In this segment, host Allen Keller sits down with George Sellios to find out what model railroad scenery techniques he uses… Read more »

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    Track plans evolve over the lifetime of a layout, and often we’re faced with expanding a scene and we need to add model railroad turnouts to our existing model train layout design. As we learn from NMRA Master Model Railroader, Gerry Leone, it’s not that difficult and, in fact, can be relatively easy. How to… Read more »

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Scenery VideosShow More

  • Model Train Scenery Plaster Techniques
    9:29

    Model train scenery plaster is a useful product to utilize if you are looking to add mountainous terrain to your layout. There are many types of model plasters and several techniques for putting them to use. In this video, modeler Jim Eudaly highlights the best products to use and demonstrates specifically how to use the… Read more »

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    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and… Read more »

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    Jim Hertzog’s Reading model railroad layout is built on narrow shelves of about 12-16 inches, meaning the seams are fairly shallow. He developed a way to avoid running into scenic issues while working with limited horizontal shelf space. Because Pennsylvania has a very mountainous terrain, Jim was able to work vertically with the model foliage… Read more »

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Tips and ToolsShow More

  • Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized
    1:08

    A model railroad display, by its very nature, is miniature. The N scale is one of the smallest scale measurements with a ratio of 1:160. Small buildings nestle amongst the town, tiny people occupy the sidewalks, pocket-sized trees fill the landscape, and little trains run the tracks in model railroad layouts. Modeling is a work… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 011194
    3:06

    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and… Read more »

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  • Trammel
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    A useful tool to have in your arsenal of model railroad train supplies is a trammel. Essentially, a trammel is a large compass that will help you accurately draft curves before placing the sub-roadbed and laying flextrack. Building your very own trammel is cheap, easy, and requires few materials. This tool will assist you in… Read more »

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