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  • 5:38

    Realistic Wooden Flatbed Decks

    If you offload cargo at its destination and run empty cars back to where they came from, the wooden decks on the flatbeds are now exposed. Have you weathered the decks for a more realistic look? MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot shares one of his techniques for weathering flatbeds. ADDING EFFECTS TO A WOODEN DECK…

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  • 11:37

    Marv Koenig – Track Car Cam Montage

    In our latest car cam video, we observe another spectacular Soo Line layout, this one by Marv Koenig and set in the late 1970s in the environs of Byron, Wisconsin. This is a G scale garden layout and takes full advantage of the outdoor setting. The Soo Line is hauling lumber in this video and…

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  • 7:49

    Concrete Tunnel Portals

    Tunnel portals are present on almost every model railroad, so we need to know how to make them. MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot has previously covered how to scratch build stone tunnel portals, with bricks engraved into styrofoam. Now Martin shows how to make a concrete tunnel portal, which is very easy to cut, unlike…

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  • 2:44

    Overview of the Erie Railroad

    In the first video of this series, Allen Keller introduces the Erie Railroad of Harold Werthwein. As a young man, Harold rode the Erie, watched it, and loved it. This affection for one railroad evolved into a lifetime of study and exploration. Then he modeled the Delaware Division between Port Jervis and Binghamton, New York…

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  • 9:41

    Touring the Erie Railroad

    Allen Keller narrates a journey on the Delaware Division of the Erie Railroad as modeled by Harold Werthwein. Allen notes points of historic, geographic, scenic, and railway interest. Viewers will appreciate the camerawork showcasing the details of the layout, which include not only the Erie but also stations, creameries, mills, forested hills, bridges, a tunnel,…

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  • 12:46

    Milk Run on the Erie Railroad

    It’s double duty in this video, as Allen Keller follows a milk run on the Erie Railroad from Port Jervis to Binghamton, New York, and he checks back in at Port Jervis regularly to see what’s happening there. The milk run starts at Port Jervis, a railroad town that was created as a division point…

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  • 10:01

    Trackwork: Building a Helix

    A helix is a spiral-shaped piece of track and road bed that transports a train from one level to another on a model railroad. Depending on what kind of configuration you have on your layout, a model railroad helix can either be placed inside a mountain and thereby hidden, or placed in an adjoining room.…

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  • 9:09

    Hacks and Tricks for Reliable Operation

    Martin Tärnrot presents some hacks and tricks to improve the performance and reliability of your model railroad, focusing on three important areas: trucks and wheels, couplings, and tracks. TRUCKS AND WHEELS Why replace wheels? If you have plastic wheels, you’ll get a lot of operational benefits in terms of increased reliability by changing to metal…

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  • 12:01

    Powerbus Made Easy

    Martin Tärnrot assembles a Powerbus. What is Powerbus? You need to have track feeds on multiple places along the line to maintain good quality of the digital control signal coming from your command station. Otherwise the engines will not listen to the commands because the quality of the signal is too poor. Typically you route…

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  • 5:42

    Super Detailing the Office Shed

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot adds details to a standardized office shed. This is standard kit that you can buy. Martin hopes to inspire you to take similar buildings on your layout and add realistic details to them, which can be done without adding much cost or significant time. Let’s look at a few potential…

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  • 11:11

    Scratch Building a Shed

    Martin Tärnrot takes us step by step through making a shed from scratch. Martin has a 1950s-style sawmill in his layout, and this shed is used to dry and store sawdust. The shed includes a window for light and a plate roof. Martin shares his techniques for modeling this type of building. PLANNING AND PAINTING…

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  • 8:06

    Creating Water Surface Effects

    Martin Tärnrot shows how to create model railroad water surface effects, focusing on surface effects typically seen after motorboats, such as swells and turbulence. MATERIALS When creating model railroad water surface effects, a transparent gel is the base material. Martin uses a medium-strength gloss gel from Liquitex. It’s white when it comes out of the…

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  • 9:01

    Realistic Lumber Stacks

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes realistic, scale-correct lumber stacks (post 1960 style) that you can put on your layout, on center beams or bulkhead flat cars. THE OLD WAYS There are a few ways to build lumber stacks, including scratch building them from thin pieces of lumber, gluing them together and wrapping them. This…

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  • 11:11

    Scratch Building a Shed

    Martin Tärnrot takes us step by step through making a shed from scratch. Martin has a 1950s-style sawmill in his layout, and this shed is used to dry and store sawdust. The shed includes a window for light and a plate roof. Martin shares his techniques for modeling this type of building. PLANNING AND PAINTING…

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  • 8:06

    Creating Water Surface Effects

    Martin Tärnrot shows how to create model railroad water surface effects, focusing on surface effects typically seen after motorboats, such as swells and turbulence. MATERIALS When creating model railroad water surface effects, a transparent gel is the base material. Martin uses a medium-strength gloss gel from Liquitex. It’s white when it comes out of the…

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