• 1:24

    The Reading Model Railroad Layout

    Model railroading serves as an opportunity to bring new life to a fading past. Layouts often preserve historically important eras and locations. It’s a hobby that goes far beyond a creative outlet. The time, research, and detailing that goes into model railroads can be very extensive. For example, the Reading Railroad layout takes observers back…

    Watch Now >>
  • 0:39

    Overview of Jim Hertzog’s Reading

    In part 2 of the 11-part series, Allen Keller gives an overview of the HO-scale Reading model railroad layout built by Jim Hertzog, portraying the Pennsylvania coal mines set in the 1950’s. Nestled in his basement, the layout spans an area of 30 by 40 feet. The Reading’s walk in style layout is built on…

    Watch Now >>
  • 8:59

    A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Reading Railroad Layout

    The King Coal passenger train makes its way deep in the coalfields of Pennsylvania. The 300 foot mainline services 12 mines and processing plants. The trains travel through the diverse terrain of the Coal Region. The grades are steep due to the many valleys and mountains that fill the landscape. Helpers are required in the…

    Watch Now >>
  • 13:14

    Exploring Operations on the Reading Railway

    Jim Hertzog’s HO scale model of the Pennsylvania coal region is a remarkable recreation of history. He accurately portrays the diverse landscape of the coal mines of the 1950’s with carefully planned grades. Helper action assists as elevation poses a threat. The locomotives make their way up and down the mountainous track. The grades are…

    Watch Now >>
  • 9:13

    Q&A with Allen Keller and Jim Hertzog

    Jim Hertzog skillfully modeled the function of the coal mines in Pennsylvania. Before the impressive layout came to fruition, there was an extensive amount of track planning. Jim put a lot of thought behind his layout, and pulled inspiration from various means. The concept of the layout completely evolved during the planning process. In fact,…

    Watch Now >>
  • 3:38

    A Colliery Explained and the Operations

    If you are interested in creating a model train layout set in the coal mines, you’ll quickly learn how complex coal mining operations can be. Fortunately, Jim Hertzog has done the necessary research and wants to share his knowledge. There is much to learn from his experience and dedication to the model railroad hobby. In…

    Watch Now >>
  • 3:06

    Tips for Creating Model Train Roads

    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and…

    Watch Now >>
  • 2:32

    Model Railroad Operations: Preparing for an Operating Session

    The amount of time and effort that goes into designing and constructing an incredible layout is no doubt obvious to the eye, but it may just surprise you how much planning goes into the model railroad operations as well. Impressive layouts not only have realistic scenery, but they also operate much the same as actual…

    Watch Now >>
  • 4:34

    Make the Most of Your Fascia

    The Reading model railroad is a big operation involving several operators in one session. Jim Hertzog understands how important it is to keep the tracks neatly labeled to help the crew. Organization is key when it comes to railroad operations. In this segment of the Reading Railway series, Jim Hertzog demonstrates how to add lettering…

    Watch Now >>