• 011096f_U0539u_c-Introduction to the Utah Colorado Western Layout
    1:44

    Building a layout with convincing model railroad scenery is the goal of most hobbyists, but few have succeeded in creating one in such a spectacular way as Lee Nicholas. His Utah Colorado Western HO Scale layout is the subject of this month’s Allen Keller series on great model railroads and it promises to be enlightening,

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  • 011097f_U0540u_c-Utah Colorado Western-A Behind the Scenes Tour
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    Go behind-the-scenes of the Utah Colorado Western railroad and see how Lee Nicholas has blended an amazing mix of realistic model railroad backdrops and structures into a truly believable HO Scale rendition of railroading through the rugged mountainous region between Denver and Salt Lake City. In Part 2 of Allen Keller’s series on the UCW,

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  • 011099f_U0542u_c-Operations on the Utah Colorado Western
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    The Utah Colorado Western’s amazing scenery forms a realistic backdrop for the number one reason the layout exists – model railroad operations! In Part 3 of Allen Keller’s series on the UCW, we follow the action which makes the monthly operations sessions on Lee Nicholas’ HO layout such a fun experience. Follow a fast freight

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  • 011101f_U0544u_c-Design and Inspiration for the Utah Colorado Western
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    In Part 4 of Allen Keller’s series on the Utah Colorado Western (UCW), learn what was behind modeler Lee Nicholas’ design and inspiration for planning his model railroad layout. Many modelers who operate freelanced railroads have created elaborate fictional stories for why and where their layout is located, and how it operates the way it

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  • 011102f_U0545u_c-Active Staging
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    One of the most fun aspects of model railroading is operating your layout much as the prototypes used to do – using a car card system to make up trains. Careful planning of model railroad staging is necessary for a smoothly operating system on a large layout like the Utah Colorado Western. Learn how modeler

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  • 011104f_U0547u_c-Using a CTC Machine
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    Using a Centralized Traffic Control – CTC – machine to control signals and switches on layout is one of the most prototypical practices in which model railroad hobbyists can engage. In this segment of Allen Keller’s tour of the spectacular Utah Colorado Western (UCW) railroad, expert modeler Lee Nicholas demonstrates his CTC machine which emulates

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  • 011105f_U0548u_c-Plastering on Scenery
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    As well-known as it is for its operations-aspect, Lee Nicholas’ Utah Colorado Western railroad has a national reputation for spectacular scenery. In this segment with Great Model Railroad’s Allen Keller, UCW’s resident- scenery expert, Kelly Newton, demonstrates the techniques used to achieve such realistic and believable effects using model railroad plaster. The secrets and tips

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  • 011107f_U0550u_c-Innovative Message Tubes
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    When confronted with a problem or challenge, the model railroad hobbyist is often known to think “outside the box” for an innovative solution! See what modeler Lee Nicholas developed to quickly move his waybill information between dispatcher and train operators and make his model railway operations more efficient. As he shows Allen Keller, he used

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  • 011109f_U0552u_c-Electrical Connection without Wiring
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    When it comes to model railway wiring, Lee Nicholas – owner/operator of the Utah Colorado Western – keeps it simple. He shows Allen Keller his method for hooking up his bus and feeder wires. Lee has two bus wires of different colors running beneath his layout, but when it comes to attaching feeder wires, he

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