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    Overview of Seneca Valley Lines

    The Rochester Model Railroad Club recreates the Lehigh Valley railroad in the 1960s, but the club’s HO layout is called the Seneca Valley Lines. The 70 year old club has moved seven times over the years, its current location the basement of the church has been home for 20 years. That’s a long time for…

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  • 10:41

    Touring Seneca Valley Lines

    Coming from staging, the tour of the Rochester Model Railroad Club’s Lehigh Valley model railroad, or the Seneca Valley Lines begins with FFW-1 entering the spectacular Arthur Kill Bridge at Jersey City, New Jersey. Jersey City has an industrial town on the eastern end of the model portion of the Lehigh Valley that has a…

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  • 10:05

    Operations on Seneca Valley Lines

    Operations of the Rochester Model Railroad Club’s Lehigh Valley model railroad or Seneca Valley Lines begin with train SGA eastbound rounding the curve at the South Buffalo engine facility. The station platforms at Buffalo come into view. This GP-9 number 301 is one of only two that the Lehigh Valley owns. At Caledonia number 301…

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  • 2:00

    Overview of Seneca Valley Lines

    The Rochester Model Railroad Club recreates the Lehigh Valley railroad in the 1960s, but the club’s HO layout is called the Seneca Valley Lines. The 70 year old club has moved seven times over the years, its current location the basement of the church has been home for 20 years. That’s a long time for…

    Watch Now >>
  • 10:41

    Touring Seneca Valley Lines

    Coming from staging, the tour of the Rochester Model Railroad Club’s Lehigh Valley model railroad, or the Seneca Valley Lines begins with FFW-1 entering the spectacular Arthur Kill Bridge at Jersey City, New Jersey. Jersey City has an industrial town on the eastern end of the model portion of the Lehigh Valley that has a…

    Watch Now >>
  • 10:05

    Operations on Seneca Valley Lines

    Operations of the Rochester Model Railroad Club’s Lehigh Valley model railroad or Seneca Valley Lines begin with train SGA eastbound rounding the curve at the South Buffalo engine facility. The station platforms at Buffalo come into view. This GP-9 number 301 is one of only two that the Lehigh Valley owns. At Caledonia number 301…

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Track VideosShow More

  • 6:26

    Hyper Elevation with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to take the appearance of trains moving through curves to the next level by creating stunning hyper elevation. This hyper elevation, or the appearance of trains banking in a curve is achieved by gluing spacers under the outer rail. Martin uses Evergreen strip styrene for…

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  • 7:11

    Working with Curved Easements with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video with modeler Martin Tarnrot, he will discuss how to add curved easements. This adds to the appearance of the railroad and the functional reliability. The subroadbed is a 12 mm thick plywood sheet. This first step in laying the track is to mark the centerline of the track. He uses a homemade…

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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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  • 4:26

    Creating Old-Style Model Street Lights with Martin Tarnrot

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate his technique for making model street lights in the old style with wooden poles. The material required is 2.5 mm PVC tubing, 0.7 mm brass tubing, SMD type LED lights with copper wires, and the lamp housing. To start, Martin gives the tubing some surface structure using a coarse sanding…

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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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  • 7:11

    Working with Curved Easements with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video with modeler Martin Tarnrot, he will discuss how to add curved easements. This adds to the appearance of the railroad and the functional reliability. The subroadbed is a 12 mm thick plywood sheet. This first step in laying the track is to mark the centerline of the track. He uses a homemade…

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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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