• Painting Model Railroad Backdrops: Storm Scenes

    Painting Model Railroad Backdrops: Storm Scenes

    One of the great things about the model railroad backdrop is its versatility and its ability to affect the mood of a model. Depending on the scene you are attempting to create, your backdrop might benefit from more than those standard peaceful blue skies. Painting model railroad backdrops that are busier and more dynamic can…

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  • Model Railroad Backdrop Painting Through Stippling

    Model Railroad Backdrop Painting Through Stippling

    When it comes to painting clouds and other aspects of weather backdrops for your model railroad scenes, there are a few different ways to achieve the mood you want. Using just a couple basic colors and reusable cloud templates that are available at any craft store, you can add impressive depth to your backdrops and…

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    Hide a Hole in Your Model Railroad Backdrop

    Oftentimes, holes and gaps in a model railroad backdrop are essential in order to have a train end up somewhere else in the scene. These holes in a structure help give it more depth and add to the aesthetic appeal and realistic nature of your model. However, when left exposed they can have the opposite…

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    Build Model Railroad Scenery for Depth and Realism

    Here’s some great news for all you artistically challenged builders out there: adding realistic backdrops to your model railroad doesn’t require a degree in the arts or a great eye for detail. You no longer need craft lessons or expensive equipment to build model railroad scenery; thanks to photo-editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop, adding…

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    Introducing Bob Hayden’s C&DR Railway

    Travel the lumber-hauling tracks of Carrabasset and Dead River Railway as they existed in 1941 with Bob Hayden’s remarkably executed HO scale model. In this behind-the-scenes tour of Bob’s C&DR Railway, host Allen Keller shows you around the small towns and breathtaking landscapes that made up 20th-century Maine. You’ll enjoy a closeup look at some…

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  • Travelling Bob Hayden's Carrabasset & Dead River Railway

    Travelling Bob Hayden’s Carrabasset & Dead River Railway

    In this behind-the-scenes model railroad tour, Allen Keller takes you for a quick trip down the rails of Maine’s Carrabasset and Dead River Railway. You’ll get an upclose look at Bob Hayden’s spectacular handywork on his HO scale recreation of the C&DR, tailing Engine 35 in its travels from station in the small railway town…

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  • Exploring Operations on Bob Hayden's C&DR Railway

    Exploring Operations on Bob Hayden’s C&DR Railway

    Some models you just have to see to believe. Such is the case for Bob Hayden’s scale model of Carrabasset & Dead River Railway, the prototype of which was used mostly for hauling lumber and coal across Maine in the 1940s. Allen Keller gives you a brief behind-the-scenes tour of the operations that occur on…

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  • Design and Inspiration for Bob Hayden's C&DR Railway

    Design and Inspiration for Bob Hayden’s C&DR Railway

    Bob Hayden’s two-and-a-half-foot, narrow gauge model of Carrabasset & Dead River Railway is truly a sight to behold. His remarkably designed and executed layout of this lumber-hauling railroad is a testament to the importance of just building for fun. While Bob based this beautiful HO scale model on a prototype that operated in central Maine…

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  • Making Removeable Model Railroad Structures

    Making Removable Model Railroad Structures

    Cleaning and maintaining your model railroad layout can be a long and painstaking process, especially when it comes to those tight corners and smaller objects. Dust, dirt and grime build up over time, and if you want to keep your layout in tiptop shape without losing your patience, it’s important to find ways to ease…

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