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    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to create ivy for a scene. Martin creates the look of ivy climbing up a brick wall using twine. For this ivy, he uses kitchen twine, commonly used to tie up a roast before putting it in the oven. Holding it up to the wall to

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    This overview video of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum starts with a great view of the layout. It’s modeled after the early 1950’s, where steam, steel and stamina power the economy. The people around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland are hard at work building back American post-war prosperity. The country will soon revel in

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    The tour of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout begins at the Wabash Bridge over the river in downtown Pittsburgh. The pride of the line, the Constellation heads eastbound. This Pullman extra fair train is powered by PA 220 and PB 221. The silver structure is the Smithfield Street Bridge. Next the trains move

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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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  • 3:16

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to create ivy for a scene. Martin creates the look of ivy climbing up a brick wall using twine. For this ivy, he uses kitchen twine, commonly used to tie up a roast before putting it in the oven. Holding it up to the wall to

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  • 3:35

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot welcomes you to another Model Railroad Academy video. One method for adding depth with model railroad accessories is adding sacks on pallets. Sacks like these are commonly used to store onions, seeds, and other goods. Martin shows an example of how these sacks of seed look when placed on a model. The

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    In this video, model railroader Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to model water jets. Martin’s water jet is made of microfibre and water effect. The water beam needs a stiff center, so a steel wire of precisely 0.6 millimeters thick is used. Unfortunately, Martin’s wire is not white, but it can easily be painted. The

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  • 3:35

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot welcomes you to another Model Railroad Academy video. One method for adding depth with model railroad accessories is adding sacks on pallets. Sacks like these are commonly used to store onions, seeds, and other goods. Martin shows an example of how these sacks of seed look when placed on a model. The

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  • 2:03

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone talks wiring in this video. If your layout is like most modelers, then there are tons of wires underneath it, making it hard to find the one you are looking for. Gerry’s tip will help you keep things in order. He mounts inexpensive shower curtain hooks

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  • 2:46

    Josh Clark has a quick video on cleaning locomotive wheels. If you notice your locomotives and trains aren’t running the smoothest you could try cleaning the track. He also recommends cleaning locomotive wheels on occasion. This could be every once in awhile depending on how often they are run. His method is quick an easy,

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