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  • 2:34

    Modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley uses a piece of test track as a programming track for programming his locomotives. He has two wires soldered to the two rails and connects the two wires to the programming output on the command station. The first wire is connected and screwed down to the connector, and he

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  • 2:46

    Josh Clark has a quick video on cleaning locomotive wheels. If you notice your locomotives and trains aren’t running the smoothest you could try cleaning the track. He also recommends cleaning locomotive wheels on occasion. This could be every once in awhile depending on how often they are run. His method is quick an easy,

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  • 2:03

    Lous Sassi’s Western Hoosic Division model railroad runs between Adam’s, Massachusetts and Bennington, Vermont and is based in the 1950’s. It’s an imaginary mine Lou invented that is operated by the Austin and Maine with an interchange for the runner. The HO layout has some of the best scenery anyone will see anywhere. Lou and

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    Lous Sassi’s Western Hoosic Division model railroad runs between Adam’s, Massachusetts and Bennington, Vermont and is based in the 1950’s. It’s an imaginary mine Lou invented that is operated by the Austin and Maine with an interchange for the runner. The HO layout has some of the best scenery anyone will see anywhere. Lou and

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  • 6:24

    Lou Sassi’s Western Hoosic Division daily mix train leaves the Bennington Engine facility with Number 32. As usual, this Rutland Makato and its crew will head to Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Rutland begins there at Bennington Station which also serves Williamstown, Massachusetts. The 282 crosses the Saco River plate girder bridge. The truss bridge in the

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  • 9:22

    Operation on Lou Sassi’s Western Hoosic Division model railroad begins in Adams. There the Boston Number 1478 glides out of the two stall engine house. The 260 runs out in front of B Saulet & Co. Supply where the crew will soon do some switching. Out in the yard Number 1478 couples to a Boston

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Track VideosShow More

  • 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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  • 4:32

    In this video, National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how he extends his track across a swinging door to accommodate a layout that crosses doorways. When building a model railroad layout, a modeler must consider the doorways in the space. Some modelers can design the track around doorways to not block

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Scenery VideosShow More

  • 5:38

    Layout Designer Doug Gurin gives some considerations when planning for realistic scenery on a layout in this video. For a layout to depict a certain part of the country, scenery planning should start immediately. Gurin suggests starting by collecting prototype images of signature landscape features of the area being modeled. It’s important to create a

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  • 10:59

    Model road layouts add interest and realism to a model railroad. Just like in real life, roads can almost always be found near a railroad track. In this video, Gerry Leone, National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader gives his tips for creating model train roads. Leone starts by building a gravel road. His gravel

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  • 3:35

    Modeler Lou Sassi demonstrates how he uses real dead leaves as ground cover for forest floors, lawns, and tree lines in his model railroad scenery. He starts by breaking off stems of dead leaves he has gathered and adds them to a blender, filling it about halfway. Water is added, filling half the blender. The

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Tips and ToolsShow More

  • 2:46

    Josh Clark has a quick video on cleaning locomotive wheels. If you notice your locomotives and trains aren’t running the smoothest you could try cleaning the track. He also recommends cleaning locomotive wheels on occasion. This could be every once in awhile depending on how often they are run. His method is quick an easy,

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  • 9:58

    Modeler Josh Clark shows how to renumber a factory painted locomotive in this video. Sometimes the locomotive being modeled in real life doesn’t come in the same number from the factory, so it must be renumbered. The whole thing can be repainted, but Josh shows a quicker easier method that requires simply removing the numbers

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  • 2:08

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone gives some tips for the workbench in this video. When working on the workbench, tweezers are typically used to hold figures and other small objects. Unfortunately, tweezers can marr the paint on the figures, the sharp ends scraping the surface off. Sometimes figures even need to

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