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  • 1:59

    The HO Santa Cruz Northern model railroad is an operation oriented layout set in the early 1970’s. Jim Providenza made this double decker so he could railfan his favorite spots in California. The Santa Cruz Northern is a bankrupt, down on its luck carrier that is owned by the Santa Fe and the Western Pacific.

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  • 8:12

    The Santa Cruz Northern model railroad of Jim Providenza is a subsidiary of the Western Pacific Number 3007 here at San Jose. It’s come off the Western Pacific connection at Stockton.The US Cold Storage plant is at the right. The Western Pacific main also ties into the Santa Cruz Northern here in Western Pacific junction.

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  • 11:23

    We start the video showing operations on the Santa Cruz Northern model railroad of Jim Providenza with a Western Pacific in motion. Two F units and a Falco C-425 will do the work. F3 Number 803-A picks up a PFE refer, a boxcar, and a Southern Pacific Bulkhead Flat. Then it is on to Zayante

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  • 1:59

    The HO Santa Cruz Northern model railroad is an operation oriented layout set in the early 1970’s. Jim Providenza made this double decker so he could railfan his favorite spots in California. The Santa Cruz Northern is a bankrupt, down on its luck carrier that is owned by the Santa Fe and the Western Pacific.

    Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 8:12

    The Santa Cruz Northern model railroad of Jim Providenza is a subsidiary of the Western Pacific Number 3007 here at San Jose. It’s come off the Western Pacific connection at Stockton.The US Cold Storage plant is at the right. The Western Pacific main also ties into the Santa Cruz Northern here in Western Pacific junction.

    Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 11:23

    We start the video showing operations on the Santa Cruz Northern model railroad of Jim Providenza with a Western Pacific in motion. Two F units and a Falco C-425 will do the work. F3 Number 803-A picks up a PFE refer, a boxcar, and a Southern Pacific Bulkhead Flat. Then it is on to Zayante

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Track VideosShow More

  • 14:52

    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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  • 4:32

    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

  • 3:46

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how to change the numbers on the side of a manufacturer car in this video. The first thing to do is remove the existing number from the car. Modelers have found many different ways to do just that. Methods depend on the manufacturer, on the

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  • 5:38

    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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Tips and ToolsShow More

  • 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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  • 9:58

    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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