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  • 11:34

    Modeler Rich Mahaney presents model railroad clinics all across America. In this video, Rich will discuss a layout in Missouri that features a huge industry that was built on the Mexico Texas and Western model railroad, also known as the Mexico Train Works in Mexico, Missouri. When Rich lived in Mexico, he was a member…

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  • 2:05

    In this video, Allen Keller introduces the Baltimore & Ohio L&S Division model railroad. This railroad is a result of 50 years of trial and error. Ed Lorence’s HO scale Baltimore and Ohio is the culmination of lessons learned on previous layouts. This railroad runs from Grafton, West Virginia to Fairport, Ohio in 1954. Although…

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  • 9:44

    The Allen Keller tour of Ed Lorence’s Baltimore and Ohio L&S Division model railroad starts as the B&O EM1 Number 7600 passes the engine facility and roundhouse at East Elkins. The big building in the back of downtown Elkins is Riesen Bakery. Its pleasant aroma fails to mask the odor of the other business in…

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Allen Keller: Great Model RailroadsShow More

  • 2:05

    In this video, Allen Keller introduces the Baltimore & Ohio L&S Division model railroad. This railroad is a result of 50 years of trial and error. Ed Lorence’s HO scale Baltimore and Ohio is the culmination of lessons learned on previous layouts. This railroad runs from Grafton, West Virginia to Fairport, Ohio in 1954. Although…

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  • 9:44

    The Allen Keller tour of Ed Lorence’s Baltimore and Ohio L&S Division model railroad starts as the B&O EM1 Number 7600 passes the engine facility and roundhouse at East Elkins. The big building in the back of downtown Elkins is Riesen Bakery. Its pleasant aroma fails to mask the odor of the other business in…

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  • 16:50

    Operations on Ed Lorence’s HO scale Baltimore and Ohio L&S Division with narration by Allen Keller starts with a B&O 282 Class Q4 coming out of the Grafton roundhouse. Number 4635 will be the power for the local today. Before it gets out of the yard, the Mecado has to drop his UTLX tank car…

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Track VideosShow More

  • 8:35

    In this video modeler Josh Clark will demonstrate how to install model railroad trackwork. As discussed in another of Josh’s Model Railroad Academy videos, sturdy benchwork will be a good foundation for the track and roadbed. To install the roadbed Josh uses cork. For the HO scale track he will use code 83 and code…

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  • 14:52

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how he wires a model railroad turnout in this video. Turnouts can be a frustration on a model railroad layout. Cars can derail from mechanical problems and engines can stall from electrical problems. In this video, Leone shows how to help solve these stalling issues.…

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  • 10:47

    Tony Koester talks micro-slide switches in this video. Tony uses a single pull double throw slide switch for his railroads. The microswitch has three pulls or wires; the center pull where the power is going out, and the outer two pulls where the power is coming in. On a turnout on a layout, the frogger…

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Scenery VideosShow More

  • 3:27

    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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  • 4:20

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to make a cobblestone path, perfect for a model railroad city park. The foundation of the pathway is made up of styrofoam. He glues the styrofoam foundation in place with PVA glue. On top of this, he glues the pathway and secures it down to dry…

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  • 4:55

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates how to make model trees from scratch, specifically, a miniature oak tree. He pulls inspiration from the oak trees on Avery Island, which are excellent eye catchers for a layout. The trunk and branches are made from .07 millimeter steel wire. Martin cuts them into ten inch pieces, twisting…

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Tips and ToolsShow More

  • 3:27

    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

    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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  • 8:35

    In this video modeler Josh Clark will demonstrate how to install model railroad trackwork. As discussed in another of Josh’s Model Railroad Academy videos, sturdy benchwork will be a good foundation for the track and roadbed. To install the roadbed Josh uses cork. For the HO scale track he will use code 83 and code…

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