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  • 2:11

    Overview of the Piermont Division Model Railroad

    The Piermont Division is one of the most artistic layouts in our hobby. Its builder, Howard Zane is a graduate of the famous Parsons School of Design. He has worked professionally as a painter, sculptor, and industrial designer and this training and talent are apparent everywhere on this masterpiece layout. This HO railroad runs through…

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  • 9:51

    Touring the Piermont Division

    The tour of the Piermont Division of Howard Zane begins with two big articulateds from Clinchfield leaving the Bond engine terminal. The lead engine is a Number 742, a 2882, and the second engine is Number 670, a challenger. In the back of Ticknor Yard is the city of Old Bridge. The two giants will…

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  • 9:14

    Operations on the Piermont Division

    Operations on the Piermont Division model railroad of Howard Zane begin at Ticknor Yard, as ABA set of F7s leaves town with the Bond Engine terminal off to the left. The leased C&O units come out of One Mile Tunnel and pass the Cola Marshalling Yard. Then it’s on to Gilbert’s Gulch and then Morgan.…

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  • 2:11

    Overview of the Piermont Division Model Railroad

    The Piermont Division is one of the most artistic layouts in our hobby. Its builder, Howard Zane is a graduate of the famous Parsons School of Design. He has worked professionally as a painter, sculptor, and industrial designer and this training and talent are apparent everywhere on this masterpiece layout. This HO railroad runs through…

    Watch Now >>
  • 9:51

    Touring the Piermont Division

    The tour of the Piermont Division of Howard Zane begins with two big articulateds from Clinchfield leaving the Bond engine terminal. The lead engine is a Number 742, a 2882, and the second engine is Number 670, a challenger. In the back of Ticknor Yard is the city of Old Bridge. The two giants will…

    Watch Now >>
  • 9:14

    Operations on the Piermont Division

    Operations on the Piermont Division model railroad of Howard Zane begin at Ticknor Yard, as ABA set of F7s leaves town with the Bond Engine terminal off to the left. The leased C&O units come out of One Mile Tunnel and pass the Cola Marshalling Yard. Then it’s on to Gilbert’s Gulch and then Morgan.…

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  • 6:22

    Ballasting Track with HO Scale Ballast

    Josh Clark is at his father-son Norfolk Southern HO scale layout to demonstrate a quick and easy method of ballasting track. Even though Josh will be working with HO scale ballast in this video, the same techniques can be used for other scales. For this project, Josh uses a paint brush to spread the ballast,…

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  • 4:41

    How to Ballast Fast and Easy with Martin Tarnrot

    In this free video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot shows you how to lay model railroad ballast fast and easy. He learned this method from a friend after he expressed how difficult and time consuming he found the process. The base material he will use is styrofoam and the track bed is Woodland Scenics ballast in…

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  • 8:35

    How to Lay HO Scale Track

    In this video modeler Josh Clark will demonstrate how to install model railroad trackwork. As discussed in another of Josh’s Model Railroad Academy videos, sturdy benchwork will be a good foundation for the track and roadbed. To install the roadbed Josh uses cork. For the HO scale track he will use code 83 and code…

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  • 9:36

    Creating Realistic Aspen Trees with Martin Tarnrot

    In this Model Railroad Academy video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to make model trees, specifically Aspen trees. Aspen trees can be trickier to model because of their unique pattern and colors. Martin makes the trunk and branches from 0.03 inch thick steel wire. He starts the process by cutting 12 pieces of wire…

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  • 12:53

    Creating Asphalt Roads with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot demonstrates how he models asphalt roads for model railroad layouts. Though modeling asphalt may seem simple, with the right technique, it can elevate a railroad to the next level. The base Martin uses for his diorama is a two inch thick styrofoam. The actual road is made from a…

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  • 11:38

    Take a Tour of Bill Brigg’s Layout

    Bill Brigg’s Musselshell and Yogo Peak railroad layout is a stunning example of what can be done with unique backgrounds and scenery. Jump on the Musselshell and Yogo Peak model train and take a tour of this fantastic layout. As the train moves through its circuit, watch as the backdrop changes from sunsets, to rain…

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  • 3:27

    How to Paint Realistic Rocks

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot is back with another video on improving model railroad scenery. In this video, Martin will demonstrate how to paint realistic rock sides, specifically those that have a lot of iron in them. The prototype is a rockside with streaks of reddish mineral iron. He begins by casting these rocksides with rubber molds…

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  • 8:57

    How to Build Sturdy Benchwork

    In this video, modeler Josh Clark demonstrates how to lay ho scale track, specifically benchwork. Building sturdy benchwork is a very important aspect of an ho scale train track. Josh shares model railroad track laying tips and techniques and demonstrates the creation of cost-effective, long-lasting benchwork that will not collapse or bend over time. To…

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  • 8:35

    How to Lay HO Scale Track

    In this video modeler Josh Clark will demonstrate how to install model railroad trackwork. As discussed in another of Josh’s Model Railroad Academy videos, sturdy benchwork will be a good foundation for the track and roadbed. To install the roadbed Josh uses cork. For the HO scale track he will use code 83 and code…

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