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  • 4:41

    In this free video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot shows you how to lay model railroad ballast fast and easy. He learned this method from a friend after he expressed how difficult and time consuming he found the process. The base material he will use is styrofoam and the track bed is Woodland Scenics ballast in…

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  • 2:25

    The Argentine Industrial District Railway of Chuck Hitchcock is his answer to the question: is it possible to outgrow a famous 30-year-old layout? This former Santa Fe Argentine division was famously known as one of the first layouts to be operated in a prototype manner and was a subject of Great Model Railroads Volume 29.…

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  • 9:05

    In this video, tour the Argentine Industrial District HO scale switching railway of Chuck Hitchcock with Allen Keller. The tour begins at the Strongheart Dog Food company. Engine 2099 passes the scrap yard and Dresser Furniture in back. The Alco RS2 with steam generators is kept on the property for this kind of service. With…

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  • 2:25

    The Argentine Industrial District Railway of Chuck Hitchcock is his answer to the question: is it possible to outgrow a famous 30-year-old layout? This former Santa Fe Argentine division was famously known as one of the first layouts to be operated in a prototype manner and was a subject of Great Model Railroads Volume 29.…

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  • 9:05

    In this video, tour the Argentine Industrial District HO scale switching railway of Chuck Hitchcock with Allen Keller. The tour begins at the Strongheart Dog Food company. Engine 2099 passes the scrap yard and Dresser Furniture in back. The Alco RS2 with steam generators is kept on the property for this kind of service. With…

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  • 12:44

    Operations on the Argentine Industrial District Railway of Chuck Hitchcock start as the Santa Fe transfer run, hidden by the freight house, comes onto the district with a cut of grain boxcars. These empty, unloaded cars are headed to Elevator A. In the foreground, the switchers pull a block of empty refers from the produce…

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  • 4:41

    In this free video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot shows you how to lay model railroad ballast fast and easy. He learned this method from a friend after he expressed how difficult and time consuming he found the process. The base material he will use is styrofoam and the track bed is Woodland Scenics ballast in…

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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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  • 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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  • 3:44

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how he models a forest hill without making any actual model railroad trees. Martin makes them smaller than they would normally be to enhance the forced perspective. To begin, Martin shows a forest that is close to where he lives. One can notice that there is a…

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  • 17:32

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how he models harbors. When it comes to model railroad scenery techniques, harbors are a beautiful and unique way to add more operations to a layout. The wooden jetty and stone dock are scratch built and will also be demonstrated in this video. The scratch build of…

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  • 4:11

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will paint, assemble and weather a resin and etch model railroad kit. These kits require special attention for cleaning and priming. The model will be a Ford TT truck from the 1920s. The kit contains both from resin modeled parts and etched based parts. He is using a kit…

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  • 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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