• 2:16

    Overview of the Bluff City Southern Part 2

    Here is a look at Allen Keller’s own Bluff City Southern model railroad featuring five railroads in the second installment of his video series. Since his part one overview in 2001, he has completed the Tennessee peninsula, so now the layout consists of three peninsulas including Bluff City Yard in Memphis, which is the main…

    Watch Now >>
  • 9:52

    Touring the Bluff City Southern Part 2

    The tour of the Bluff City Southern model railroad of Alllen Keller starts out with the Illinois Central City of New Orleans coming from Chicago powered by E-8 number 4011. The brown and orange cars pass by downtown with Dixie manufacturing and a tanner on southern trackage. The City glides by the freight house and…

    Watch Now >>
  • 2:45

    Owner Inspiration & Techniques on the Bluff City Southern

    Bluff City Southern has an operating scheme that is different from any other model railroad with five railroads interchanging in Memphis. Allen Keller’s wife, Janet asks him how that all works. Cars interchange in Memphis in Bluff City Yard, The Frisco comes in from Arkansas, and the Missouri Pacific comes in from Arkansas running on…

    Watch Now >>
  • 7:24

    Allen Keller’s Lessons

    Allen Keller knows that you can’t learn everything you would possibly want to know about model railroading from instructional manuals and magazine articles alone. For example, you don’t have to model straight lines, his curved peninsula creates a more interesting effect. The other thing to consider is fatia, it’s a good idea to drop the…

    Watch Now >>
  • 5:11

    Making Cotton Fields with Allen Keller

    Allen Keller models many cotton fields on his Bluff City Southern model railroad layout because the area he modeled of the South in the 1950’s was primarily a cotton growing area of the Mississippi Delta and West Tennessee. He goes on to demonstrate how he creates these fields. To start, he takes a piece of…

    Watch Now >>
  • 8:56

    Vehicle Bashing and Operating

    Following this demonstration, you can take any metal vehicle and damage them to make them look like they are wrecked for an abandoned field. The tools you will need is a dremel tool with a round ball burr bit of a small diameter, some cutters, a needle nose pliers, a hobby knife, a razor saw,…

    Watch Now >>
  • 8:54

    Making Swamps on the Bluff City Southern Model Railroad

    Something often found in the South is a swamp. Allen Keller has two swamps on his Bluff City Southern model railroad layout. One swamp is down by the Mississippi River and the other is in the area between Toone, Tennessee and Jackson and the Hatchie River Bottoms. His swamp at the Hatchie River Bottoms is…

    Watch Now >>
  • 3:34

    Arranging Urban Structures on the Bluff City Southern

    Many model railroaders don’t have enough space to create large city scenes. Allen Keller’s downtown Memphis area on his Bluff City Southern model railroad is about seven feet deep. It has the illusion of having a lot of buildings, but there are really not that many. Some of his buildings are even removable and blank…

    Watch Now >>