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    In this video we complete the tour of Bill Briggs’ Musselshell and Yogo Peak mainline. Phantom Canyon is west of the Carrizzo Gorge location of the NP Vortex and the town of Maudlow. The branch to Vortex runs over the NP Vortex Branch Bridge #1. This bridge is mostly timber and runs 135 feet over

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  • 010447f_U0090U_c
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    Passing through the North Pacific short tunnel, the NP train enters the Palisade area. Palisade is a location along Bill Briggs’ Musselshell and Yogo Peak (M&YP) railroad line. It is not exactly a town, but a geographically unique site on the line. Its uniqueness is due to its large and steep rock face that the

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    The L&N Henderson Subdivision Model Railroad is a creation of Rick Rideout. The layout is 35 by 70 feet and resides in a custom designed basement. Rideout scaled down the 146 mile subdivision down to a 8 scale mile HO layout. He loves the L&N so much, that he built his house along a former

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  • 014287f_U0947U_c
    2:03

    The L&N Henderson Subdivision Model Railroad is a creation of Rick Rideout. The layout is 35 by 70 feet and resides in a custom designed basement. Rideout scaled down the 146 mile subdivision down to a 8 scale mile HO layout. He loves the L&N so much, that he built his house along a former

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  • 014288f_U0948U_c
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    In this video, Allen Keller gives a tour of Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision. Starting in the Chicago St. Louis staging area, this brief tour follows a 721 daily piggyback train to Nashville. It first passes in front of Continental Grain Company and then Reitz High School where Rick Rideout met his wife, Vicky. The

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  • 014289f_U0949U_c
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    In this video, watch Rick Rideout’s model railroad in operation as Allen Keller describes its movements along the layout. The 768 on the L&N Henderson Subdivision moves from Courtland and onto Springfield where it finds no work. Heading on toward Guthrie on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, it crosses over Red River. The switch list has

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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  • Creating Realistic Model Railway Trees
    2:47

    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

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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

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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

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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

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