• 2:09

    Overview of the Southern Railway

    In this video, Allen Keller will provide an overview of the Southern Railroad of Bob Lawson. This HO scale railway in Kentucky is Bob’s vision of small town Appalachia. Bob is an architect, engineer and builder who is known for creating dioramas that tell stories of life in the 1940’s and early 50’s. As a…

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  • 1:34

    Operations on the Southern Railway

    In this video, view the model railroad operations on Bob Lawson’s Southern model railroad with Allen Keller. Bob modeled the Southern railway in the steam to diesel transition period of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Allen Keller asks why he chose this specific railroad and period to model. From a child, Bob wanted to…

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  • 14:47

    Touring the Southern Railway

    In this video, Allen Keller narrates a tour of Bob Lawson’s Southern Railroad of Kentucky. At Ferguson Yard, Train 55 passes the Somerset Coal Tower. On the point is an F3-A and B, an RS3 and another F3. Above one can see the town of Coddle Creek. The F guides its cars past North Tower…

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  • 8:03

    Owner Inspiration and Techniques on the Southern Railway

    Coal mining is the big industry in eastern Kentucky. Allen Keller asks modeler of the Southern Bob Lawson about the feeling he is trying to capture with his coal trains and coal mining towns. Since coal was the major product being hauled by the railroad, and Bob finds the coal mines interesting as they are…

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  • 7:07

    Weathering Using Oils with Bob Lawson

    In this video, Bob Lawson will demonstrate his model railroad weathering techniques on his Southern Railway. He has used oil stains for years for many instances from weathering buildings to cars. There are a variety of brands available in the colors burnt sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, black, white, and some oranges for rusty colors.…

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  • 9:07

    Cloth and Foam Scenery with Bob Lawson

    In this video, modeler of the Southern Railway, Bob Lawson models scenery with foam and cloth. One of the things that Bob has found very helpful in his railroad is being able to go into areas he doesn’t want to leave unfinished and undecided and being able to test it out on model railroad benchwork…

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  • 16:16

    Building a Diorama with Bob Lawson

    Bob Lawson, modeler of the Southern Railway is famous for his dioramas that can fit into his Southern Railway layout. One of the most frequently asked questions people ask is how he goes about building a diorama with elevation changes. For diorama materials, he likes to begin his diorama with foam, mapping out what he…

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