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  • 1:59

    Overview of the Piermont Division of the Western Maryland

    This is Howard Zane’s HO scale model railroad layout, a masterpiece that features the 1955 Western Maryland railroad. His Piermont Division is considered a great artistic achievement in the modeling community. The colors, textures, scenery, and structures were all artfully and methodically placed and with incredible detail. Zane has a background in sculpting, designing and…

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  • 11:36

    Touring the Piermont Division of the Western Maryland

    In this video, Allen Keller narrates the movement of trains across Howard Zane’s Piermont Division of the Western Maryland Railroad. The tour begins near Lost Mine, the main coal producer on the railroad with miner homes living near their work. The Daily Train Eastbound Number 4 handles the black diamonds and interchanges at Piermont for…

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  • 8:09

    Operations on the Piermont Division of the Western Maryland

    Allen Keller’s description of operations on Howard Zane’s Western Maryland Piermont Division begins in Hanover. This is an area on the layout that sees a lot of switching activity. Here a Western Maryland 28-O 772 meets with an eastbound mix train. A Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola hooks up with Norfolk and Western hoppers and…

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Allen Keller: Great Model RailroadsShow More

  • 1:59

    Overview of the Piermont Division of the Western Maryland

    This is Howard Zane’s HO scale model railroad layout, a masterpiece that features the 1955 Western Maryland railroad. His Piermont Division is considered a great artistic achievement in the modeling community. The colors, textures, scenery, and structures were all artfully and methodically placed and with incredible detail. Zane has a background in sculpting, designing and…

    Watch Now >>
  • 11:36

    Touring the Piermont Division of the Western Maryland

    In this video, Allen Keller narrates the movement of trains across Howard Zane’s Piermont Division of the Western Maryland Railroad. The tour begins near Lost Mine, the main coal producer on the railroad with miner homes living near their work. The Daily Train Eastbound Number 4 handles the black diamonds and interchanges at Piermont for…

    Watch Now >>
  • 8:09

    Operations on the Piermont Division of the Western Maryland

    Allen Keller’s description of operations on Howard Zane’s Western Maryland Piermont Division begins in Hanover. This is an area on the layout that sees a lot of switching activity. Here a Western Maryland 28-O 772 meets with an eastbound mix train. A Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola hooks up with Norfolk and Western hoppers and…

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  • 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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  • 5:26

    Modeling Gravel Roads with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates his method of making HO scale roads, and in particular, gravel roads. There are many methods to achieve a nice looking result, but the method he has used throughout my entire layout. For this video instruction, Martin made a small diagram, made from two inch thick Styrofoam. He prefers…

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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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  • 16:09

    Model Railroad Maintenance Hacks

    It may not be the funnest part of the hobby, but model railroad maintenance and cleaning is necessary in order for model trains to run smoothly. From cleaning up the ballast, to the turf, the landscape details should be secured down so they don’t end up on the tracks and cause problems during operation. Similarly,…

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  • 5:26

    Modeling Gravel Roads with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates his method of making HO scale roads, and in particular, gravel roads. There are many methods to achieve a nice looking result, but the method he has used throughout my entire layout. For this video instruction, Martin made a small diagram, made from two inch thick Styrofoam. He prefers…

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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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