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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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  • 11:06

    Bob (Chooch) Rivard – Track Car Cam Montage

    Garden scale (or G scale) layouts are one of the fastest-growing segments of model railroading. In this camera car video, we take a ride on Bob Rivard’s G scale model railroad, which he has been working on for over ten years. Bob Rivard’s backyard is about 35 x 40 feet. The model also runs into…

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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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  • 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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Track VideosShow More

  • 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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Scenery VideosShow More

  • 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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  • 7:13

    Making Bushes and Foliage from Sisal Rope

    Martin Tärnrot shows how to create realistic weeds, bushes, grass, and trees when making scenery for model railroads using a very low-cost item: sisal rope. CREATING DRY GRASS/WEED TUFTS The natural color of sisal rope matches a dry, desert environment. Martin takes a piece of sisal rope and untwines it, then cuts off a short…

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  • 6:36

    Paper Print Building

    Does your layout have some horizontal spaces that are too narrow to fit 3D buildings? Martin Tärnrot gives a tutorial on how to work with model railroad paper buildings to create depth in narrow spaces. Martin uses an area on his own layout where the rail line is very close to the backdrop, only two…

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Tips and ToolsShow More

  • 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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  • 9:09

    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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  • 7:02

    Simple Details That Make Your Locomotives Unique

    Model Railroad Academy Editor Ron Marsh shows how adding just a couple of details enhances the realism and prototypical look of a locomotive or piece of rolling stock. These details can also take a nice but ordinary locomotive and make it completely special to your layout. THE LOCOMOTIVE Ron recently bought a brand-new Atlas model…

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