• 7:13

    Making Bushes and Foliage from Sisal Rope

    Martin Tärnrot shows how to create realistic weeds, bushes, grass, and trees when making scenery for model railroads using a very low-cost item: sisal rope. CREATING DRY GRASS/WEED TUFTS The natural color of sisal rope matches a dry, desert environment. Martin takes a piece of sisal rope and untwines it, then cuts off a short…

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  • 9:09

    Hacks and Tricks for Reliable Operation

    Martin Tärnrot presents some hacks and tricks to improve the performance and reliability of your model railroad, focusing on three important areas: trucks and wheels, couplings, and tracks. TRUCKS AND WHEELS Why replace wheels? If you have plastic wheels, you’ll get a lot of operational benefits in terms of increased reliability by changing to metal…

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  • 15:20

    Tour the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center Layout

    The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad was more commonly known as The Milwaukee Road. In this video, we take a tour of the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center layout, with good views of the layout’s painted scenic backgrounds, modeled scenery, and behind the scenes views of the lighting and wiring. The Milwaukee Road Heritage…

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  • 7:02

    Simple Details That Make Your Locomotives Unique

    Model Railroad Academy Editor Ron Marsh shows how adding just a couple of details enhances the realism and prototypical look of a locomotive or piece of rolling stock. These details can also take a nice but ordinary locomotive and make it completely special to your layout. THE LOCOMOTIVE Ron recently bought a brand-new Atlas model…

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  • 13:48

    Upgrading Rolling Stock from Swap Meet to Layout

    What can we do with older cars to make them great additions to our fleets on our model railroad layouts? Model Railroad Academy Editor Ron Marsh recently attended a model railroad swap meet and picked up a few older cars. In this video, he shows ways to upgrade new old stock cars with mechanical upgrades…

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  • 6:36

    Paper Print Building

    Does your layout have some horizontal spaces that are too narrow to fit 3D buildings? Martin Tärnrot gives a tutorial on how to work with model railroad paper buildings to create depth in narrow spaces. Martin uses an area on his own layout where the rail line is very close to the backdrop, only two…

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  • 12:01

    Powerbus Made Easy

    Martin Tärnrot assembles a Powerbus. What is Powerbus? You need to have track feeds on multiple places along the line to maintain good quality of the digital control signal coming from your command station. Otherwise the engines will not listen to the commands because the quality of the signal is too poor. Typically you route…

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  • 2:44

    Overview of the Erie Railroad

    In the first video of this series, Allen Keller introduces the Erie Railroad of Harold Werthwein. As a young man, Harold rode the Erie, watched it, and loved it. This affection for one railroad evolved into a lifetime of study and exploration. Then he modeled the Delaware Division between Port Jervis and Binghamton, New York…

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  • 9:41

    Touring the Erie Railroad

    Allen Keller narrates a journey on the Delaware Division of the Erie Railroad as modeled by Harold Werthwein. Allen notes points of historic, geographic, scenic, and railway interest. Viewers will appreciate the camerawork showcasing the details of the layout, which include not only the Erie but also stations, creameries, mills, forested hills, bridges, a tunnel,…

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