• 2:03

    Overview of the Tuolumne Forks Railroad

    In this video you’ll get an introduction to narrow gauge modeler Bob Brown’s Tuolumne Forks Model Railroad. Tuolumne Forks is a O&3 freelanced narrow gauge logging and mining railroad. The layout combines mining and logging with a tourist line. The operation follows the Lake Tahoe Railway and Navigation Company’s transport of tourists from Workshop to…

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  • 13:33

    Touring the Tuolumne Forks Railroad

    In this video we tour Bob Brown’s Tuolumne Forks model railroad. The tour begins at the Lake Tahoe Railway and Navigation Company headquarters in the town of Workshop. An X Denver and Rio Grande Western 28-O Number 15 train interchanges with a standard gauge line bringing in tourists and supplies to the Tuolumne Forks area.…

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  • 3:24

    Bob Brown’s Inspiration & Techniques

    Bob Brown’s Tuolumne Forks is a California logging railroad with a tourist line called the Lake Tahoe Railway and Navigation Company. Allen Keller sits down with the narrow gauge modeler to understand his owner inspirations and techniques. Brown chose a logging line because the prototypes normally did not interchange with other railroads and usually the…

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  • 4:07

    Planning & Inspiration of the Tuolumne Forks Model Railroad

    Allen Keller sits down with narrow gauge modeler Bob Brown to discuss the planning and inspiration for his Tuolumne Forks model railroad. Brown has been able to inspire the devotion of the narrow gauge community through his modeling and the publishing and editing of his magazine, The Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. Brown has what…

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  • 2:01

    Wood Staining Techniques

    Narrow gauge modeler Bob Brown has two staining techniques that he uses on his Tuolumne Forks model railroad. The stain is created by mixing isopropyl rubbing alcohol with a few drops of black leather dye in a small container. It is important to test the mixture with a scrap piece of wood to make sure…

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  • 2:36

    Scenery on the Tuolumne Forks Model Railroad

    Narrow gauge modeler Bob Brown is often asked why there are no mountains on his Tuolumne Forks model railroad when it is a mining and logging layout. The answer is that mountains take up a lot of space on a ¼ inch scale model. What Brown enjoys most about his scenery is the buildings, so…

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  • 1:52

    How to Make Model Railroad Water

    In this video, narrow gauge modeler and creator of the Tuolumne Forks model railroad, Bob Brown, demonstrates how he creates model railroad water for his layout alongside Allen Keller. Brown uses Environtex for his water, which has a polymer coating and can be found in most arts and crafts stores. Brown emphasizes the importance of…

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  • 1:52

    Choosing a Railroad Concept

    Bob Brown, narrow gauge modeler and owner of the Tuolumne Forks model railroad has written in his Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette about choosing a good concept for model railroads. Brown had about a year to develop a concept for his Tuolumne Forks railroad and it was hard for him to decide what he wanted…

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  • 6:25

    Creating Clutter on Tuolumne Forks

    Bob Brown’s Tuolumne Forks model railroad is full of details and clutter. Brown believes these details are important for a railroad’s overall atmosphere. Most real railroads are cluttered with equipment, so it also makes the layout more realistic. Brown loves when observers notice all the little details that bring the model to life. Brown tries…

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