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  • 30:41

    Bulkhead Flatcar Modifications

    We join modeler Bob Rivard at his workbench. After he buys a new freight car, he does some prototype research, looking for a perfect photo online that shows the car on the line he’s modeling and from the correct time. In Bob’s case, this is the Soo Line circa 1977. Bob recently purchased a CB&Q…

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  • 4:41

    Offloading Bulk Cargo Into Containers

    How do you manage the freight cargo on your layout? MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot loads and offloads cargo at destinations because he believes that adds an extra dimension of realism to the freight traffic. You have waybills that list what type of cargo and how much to offload at different destinations. Some cargo is…

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  • 9:34

    Super Detailing the Main Line

    The main line of your layout may just be tracks and gravel, but you can do a lot of things to detail it, creating scenes that make it special. Modeler Martin Tärnrot hopes this video will inspire you to get creative with your main line. MATERIALS Martin is working with Line Side Set #LINE-0002 for…

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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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  • 9:34

    Super Detailing the Main Line

    The main line of your layout may just be tracks and gravel, but you can do a lot of things to detail it, creating scenes that make it special. Modeler Martin Tärnrot hopes this video will inspire you to get creative with your main line. MATERIALS Martin is working with Line Side Set #LINE-0002 for…

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  • 7:30

    Homemade Pro-Level Ballast

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes homemade professional-level ballast. If you have a large layout, you need a substantial amount of ballast. By using this method, you reduce the ballast cost by at least 70%. (For a video about laying the road bed, tracks and ballast, see Martin’s “How To Ballast Fast and Easy.”) BUYING…

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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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  • 9:34

    Super Detailing the Main Line

    The main line of your layout may just be tracks and gravel, but you can do a lot of things to detail it, creating scenes that make it special. Modeler Martin Tärnrot hopes this video will inspire you to get creative with your main line. MATERIALS Martin is working with Line Side Set #LINE-0002 for…

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  • 7:30

    Homemade Pro-Level Ballast

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes homemade professional-level ballast. If you have a large layout, you need a substantial amount of ballast. By using this method, you reduce the ballast cost by at least 70%. (For a video about laying the road bed, tracks and ballast, see Martin’s “How To Ballast Fast and Easy.”) BUYING…

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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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  • 7:48

    Creating Lumber Stacks Pre-1960 Style

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes lumber stacks for flatbed cars – the type of lumber stacks that were made when everything was done manually, before 1960. The lumber was stacked on the car manually and then a cage was built around the lumber to keep it in place during transportation. OLD AND NEW METHODS…

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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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