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  • Exploring the Towns of the M&YP
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    Bill Briggs love for Western history inspired him to bring into existence a model railroad replica of the Wild West. He chose to model the Montana rail lines because it was his favorite state to visit. The model includes the Northern Pacific, the Milwaukee Road, and the Burlington. The towns of the M&YP model railroad… Read more »

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    The Musselshell & Yogo Peak model railroad is a representation of Montana and designed by Bill Briggs and Doug Hodgdon. The terrain is mountainous, the cities are remote, and ghost towns are apparent. With over twenty years in the making, this layout sure is a sight to see. Follow along for some behind-the-scenes footage as… Read more »

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  • A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Chesapeake & Ohio
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    The exploration of expert model layouts can lead to a world of inspiration. The creative and innovative Chesapeake & Ohio layout by Mike Burgett may help spark the imagination for your very own design. The layout is set in August of 1965 when the coal industry was flourishing throughout the mountains of Virginia. Although Mike… Read more »

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  • A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Chesapeake & Ohio
    12:06

    The exploration of expert model layouts can lead to a world of inspiration. The creative and innovative Chesapeake & Ohio layout by Mike Burgett may help spark the imagination for your very own design. The layout is set in August of 1965 when the coal industry was flourishing throughout the mountains of Virginia. Although Mike… Read more »

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    It can be easy to get wrapped up in the appearance of a model train layout, but operation design is an aspect worth studying. Layout scenery planning and design can take an abundance of time and effort, but the most remarkable layouts give careful thought and planning to the operations as well. Understanding railroad operations… Read more »

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    Model railroad experts with exceptional layouts commonly serve as influencers for the hobby. For example, Mike Burgett has dedicated many hours, skill and hard work to the Chesapeake & Ohio layout and he graciously shares it with the model railroading community. Many modelers seek help and guidance from well-known experts to improve their skills. Experts… Read more »

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  • Hand Laid Turnouts
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    There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing track for your model railroad. Code 55 or 40 is appropriate for N scale mainline but unfortunately turnouts aren’t widely distributed for either. In this case, factory made track is not always available making hand laid turnouts the only solution for building this particular scale…. Read more »

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    For master modeler and kit builder George Sellios, there’s no big secret or unorthodox technique necessary for creating a realistic scene, it’s all about keeping things simple while adding as much detail as possible. In this segment, host Allen Keller sits down with George Sellios to find out what model railroad scenery techniques he uses… Read more »

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    Track plans evolve over the lifetime of a layout, and often we’re faced with expanding a scene and we need to add model railroad turnouts to our existing model train layout design. As we learn from NMRA Master Model Railroader, Gerry Leone, it’s not that difficult and, in fact, can be relatively easy. How to… Read more »

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  • Model Train Scenery Plaster Techniques
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    Model train scenery plaster is a useful product to utilize if you are looking to add mountainous terrain to your layout. There are many types of model plasters and several techniques for putting them to use. In this video, modeler Jim Eudaly highlights the best products to use and demonstrates specifically how to use the… Read more »

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    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and… Read more »

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    Jim Hertzog’s Reading model railroad layout is built on narrow shelves of about 12-16 inches, meaning the seams are fairly shallow. He developed a way to avoid running into scenic issues while working with limited horizontal shelf space. Because Pennsylvania has a very mountainous terrain, Jim was able to work vertically with the model foliage… Read more »

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  • Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized
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    A model railroad display, by its very nature, is miniature. The N scale is one of the smallest scale measurements with a ratio of 1:160. Small buildings nestle amongst the town, tiny people occupy the sidewalks, pocket-sized trees fill the landscape, and little trains run the tracks in model railroad layouts. Modeling is a work… Read more »

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  • 011194
    3:06

    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and… Read more »

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  • Trammel
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    A useful tool to have in your arsenal of model railroad train supplies is a trammel. Essentially, a trammel is a large compass that will help you accurately draft curves before placing the sub-roadbed and laying flextrack. Building your very own trammel is cheap, easy, and requires few materials. This tool will assist you in… Read more »

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