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    Modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley introduces an advanced topic on wiring booster sections for your digital command control station. To better understand what a booster is, Barkley explains it as “a command station without a brain”. It’s a control unit that is slaved to your command station through 6-conductor telephone wire. All digital command

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    Connecting a computer to your digital command system is useful for controlling and monitoring your layout. In order to connect your computer to your digital command system, you will need to download DCC software. Modeler and DCC Expert Steve Barkley demonstrates how to use the program WinLok 2.1 to create a diagram of your layout.

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    Allow Steve Barkley be your go-to guy for anything DCC related. As both a modeler and an expert in the sphere of DCC, he offers excellent tips and advice for installing DCC. In this video, Steve demonstrates how to install panel connectors, which will ultimately allow for the use of throttles on your layout. Installing

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Allen Keller: Great Model RailroadsShow More

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    Harry Clark’s Indian Creek Valley Railroad is certainly one worth checking out. It’s one of the most incredibly built model railroads you’ll ever see. Nearly everything on the layout is scratch built by Harry, including thousands of model trees. To guide the tour, Allen Keller hosts this 9-part educational series on the Indian Creek Valley

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    In part two of the 9-part Indian Creek Valley Railroad series, Allen Keller narrates the tour as we venture into Harry Clark’s layout. We begin the tour as the Capital Limited pulls out of the station and slips past the huge freight yard. As stated in the overview of the Indian Creek Valley Railroad, the

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    The Indian Creek Valley Railroad takes us back in time to western Pennsylvania right after the Second World War. The area is thriving in spite of the poverty of many people. Coal and timber production are at a peak. The railroad is kept plenty busy with passenger and freight trains and the town is bustling

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    If you purchase a brand new Tortoise Slow-Motion Switch Machine for your model railroad layout, you will notice there is some assembly required as well as an installation process. Although the process is fairly easy and the product comes with instructions and templates, some modelers learn best from visual instruction. In this video, modeler George

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    Among all the decisions required to make when designing a model railroad, the style of track is very influential to the final outcome. There’s a few factors to consider when it comes time to choose between hand laid track versus flex track. Time and cost are two of the major influences on making that decision,

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  • 010629f_U0272U_c-Creating Realistic Roadbed
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    The quality of track-work on a layout plays a major factor in the overall appearance of a model railroad. A strong roadbed is key for a realistic model. The roadbed is the material between the track and the benchwork. It elevates the track from the basic ground. Creating roadbed can be executed in multiple ways

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  • MRA 014039f_U0866U_c Finishing Models PREMIUM
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    Every seasoned modeler begins to accumulate various weathering techniques over time. Each modeler has different tips and tricks to offer. With numerous techniques and products available to weather buildings and trains, its just a matter of discovering what ones work best for you. Finishing Models C.J. Riley explored many weathering techniques while building the Kanawha

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  • MRA 014042f_U0869U_c Making Trees PREMIUM
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    In part seven of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, C.J. Riley offers a step-by-step tutorial on making trees. He demonstrates how to make them on one of his sheet foam ridges on his layout. In this video, he is in the middle of adding the trees to the particular section so he walks

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  • Creating Realistic Model Railway Trees
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    Allen Keller describes Dick Elwell’s scenery as “state of the art.” Unlike most modelers, Dick doesn’t use sawdust, zip texturing, ground foam, or poly-fiber to create model railway trees. He has advanced from these techniques and uses 90% wild oregano for the foliage on his Hoosac Valley model railroad layout. Creating Realistic Model Railway Trees

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Tips and ToolsShow More

  • MRA 014037f_U0864U_c Owner Inspiration & Techniques PREMIUM
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    In part four of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller sits down with C.J. Riley to discuss the inspiration and technique behind the K&WA layout. Allen asks C.J. a total of seven questions regarding different aspects of layout planning and theming. Q&A with C.J. Riley C.J. Riley has plenty of model railroad

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  • MRA 014042f_U0869U_c Making Trees PREMIUM
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    In part seven of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, C.J. Riley offers a step-by-step tutorial on making trees. He demonstrates how to make them on one of his sheet foam ridges on his layout. In this video, he is in the middle of adding the trees to the particular section so he walks

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  • MRA 014044f_U0871U_c Moving the Layout PREMIUM
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    In part eight of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller questions C.J. Riley about the moving process of his layout. C.J. had the Kanawha & Western Allegheny in the basement of another house before moving homes. He was able to salvage some sections and transfer them to the new location. Moving a

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