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    Modeler Roger Russell is a man who does narrow gauge modeling in a big way. He has three separate layouts in different scales, the SN-3 Denver Rio Grande and Southern, the ON-3 Colorado and Southern, and the 3/8th inch scale Russell Creek Lumber Company. His exposure to Colorado narrow gauge influenced his modeling. Roger has

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    Roger Russell and Allen Keller start their tour of the 3 Narrow Gauge model railroad layouts at the San Juan on its way to Sargent. It’s powered by a K-28 Number 473, a 282. Behind the depot is the Ridgeway engine facility where an RGS goose heads into the roundhouse. Trout Lake has a spur

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  • 9:29

    In this video, watch operations on Roger Russell’s 3 narrow gauge model railroad layouts. Another Makato 491 with a freight is leaving Sargent with a massive coaling dock. The train backs into the Trout Lake Tunnel. Above is the Trout Lake Trestle, the K-37 completes its turn and heads for Jaks Cabin. Later a C-19

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Track VideosShow More

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    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how he wires a model railroad turnout in this video. Turnouts can be a frustration on a model railroad layout. Cars can derail from mechanical problems and engines can stall from electrical problems. In this video, Leone shows how to help solve these stalling issues.

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  • 10:47

    Tony Koester talks micro-slide switches in this video. Tony uses a single pull double throw slide switch for his railroads. The microswitch has three pulls or wires; the center pull where the power is going out, and the outer two pulls where the power is coming in. On a turnout on a layout, the frogger

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    In this video, National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how he extends his track across a swinging door to accommodate a layout that crosses doorways. When building a model railroad layout, a modeler must consider the doorways in the space. Some modelers can design the track around doorways to not block

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Scenery VideosShow More

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    Layout Designer Doug Gurin gives some considerations when planning for realistic scenery on a layout in this video. For a layout to depict a certain part of the country, scenery planning should start immediately. Gurin suggests starting by collecting prototype images of signature landscape features of the area being modeled. It’s important to create a

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  • 10:59

    Model road layouts add interest and realism to a model railroad. Just like in real life, roads can almost always be found near a railroad track. In this video, Gerry Leone, National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader gives his tips for creating model train roads. Leone starts by building a gravel road. His gravel

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  • 3:35

    Modeler Lou Sassi demonstrates how he uses real dead leaves as ground cover for forest floors, lawns, and tree lines in his model railroad scenery. He starts by breaking off stems of dead leaves he has gathered and adds them to a blender, filling it about halfway. Water is added, filling half the blender. The

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Tips and ToolsShow More

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    Modeler Josh Clark shows how to renumber a factory painted locomotive in this video. Sometimes the locomotive being modeled in real life doesn’t come in the same number from the factory, so it must be renumbered. The whole thing can be repainted, but Josh shows a quicker easier method that requires simply removing the numbers

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    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone gives some tips for the workbench in this video. When working on the workbench, tweezers are typically used to hold figures and other small objects. Unfortunately, tweezers can marr the paint on the figures, the sharp ends scraping the surface off. Sometimes figures even need to

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  • 2:18

    A finished skirt makes a model railroad look complete. Unfortunately, cloth can be expensive and may require a seamstress or knowledge of a sewing machine. National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows the cheap and easy way he hides everything underneath his layout. A layout skirt makes the underside of a model

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