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    A digital command control system will transform your layout and make it easier to operate. If you are considering upgrading your layout with DCC components, then you may want to do some research prior to installation. If you are completely new to DCC systems, you’ll want to check out a quick overview provided by modeler… Read more »

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  • 010652f_U0295U_c-Weathering
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    NMRA Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone says, “Track is a model too, so it only makes sense to make your track look as good as your rolling stock, your locomotives and as your structures.” In this video, Gerry shares five easy techniques for weathering your track. Gerry provides a step-by-step tutorial for a few of… Read more »

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  • MRA 014034f_U0861U_c Touring the Kanawha & Western Allegheny PREMIUM
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    In part two of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller provides a complete run down of the journey traveled by AG-1 on the Appalachian rails of C.J. Riley. You will learn more about the scenic elements on the layout and the American industries of 1942 when steam power was at its peak…. Read more »

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  • MRA 014031f_U0858U_c Awards and Building Cars PREMIUM
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    In the conclusion of the 8-part South Ridge Line series, Dean Freytag provides a quick tutorial on how to weather a car. The segment begins with a sneak peek of Dean’s work area in the basement. He clearly spent a lot of time working on his model trains judging by the mess. Over the years,… Read more »

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  • MRA 014029f_U0856U_c Steel Mills and Hump Yard PREMIUM
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    Dean Freytag’s inspiration for the South Ridge Line was based on his love for building structures. In this series, Dean expresses his love for building large structures. The American steel industry allowed him to pursue that passion because steel mills are big and high. Steel Mills In part seven of the 8-part South Ridge Line… Read more »

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  • MRA 014028f_U0855U_c The Hobby FREE
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    Dean Freytag has won regional and national contests for his modeling work. Dean is very proud of his awards and has been rightfully recognized for all the effort and time put into the model railroad hobby. After retirement, he became national contest chairman for the National Model Railroading Association. He stayed involved in the hobby… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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  • MRA 010635f_U0278U_c
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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,… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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  • 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… Read more »

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  • MRA 014042f_U0869U_c Making Trees PREMIUM
    4:21

    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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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