• 2:14

    Overview of the Lakeside Lines

    The Lakeside Lines model railroad layout of Tom Harris runs between Chicago and Norfolk, Virginia in 1979. The model portion of this HO scale layout runs through only one Virginia town, North Franklin. Model railroading is a family affair. Outside the house, Tom’s wife Karen has built her own G scale railroad on the front…

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  • 9:15

    Touring Tom Harris’s Lakeside Lines

    We begin the tour of Tom Harris’s Lakeside Lines model railroad layout by entering North Franklin yard from Frost Tunnel. This is a train of empty hoppers. SD 45-2 Number 4491 eases by the North Franklin station, followed by two SD 40-2s. This half of North Franklin is called East Yard and contains arrival and…

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  • 5:26

    Modeling Gravel Roads with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates his method of making HO scale roads, and in particular, gravel roads. There are many methods to achieve a nice looking result, but the method he has used throughout my entire layout. For this video instruction, Martin made a small diagram, made from two inch thick Styrofoam. He prefers…

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  • 12:39

    Touring the Greeley Freight Station Museum Part 2

    In part one of the tour of the Greeley Freight Station Museum, the Rio Grande zephyr reached the summit of Quartz Mountain. Now it’s ready to head downgrade on the other half of the railroad. Gerhart Mountain Snowshed keeps the track clear, which is important as this area is subject to very heavy snowfall. Here…

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  • 1:56

    Overview of the Greeley Freight Station Museum Part 1

    The Greeley Freight Station Museum is one of the largest HO scale layouts in the world. The 55-square-foot, Oregon, California and Eastern is the dream of retired Newspaper Publishers David Trussell. He started building the layout in 2004, and by 2009 95% was complete and open to the public. A group of dedicated volunteers worked…

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  • 8:33

    Touring the Greeley Freight Station Museum Part 1

    The tour of the Oregon California and Eastern of David Trussell begins with the Rio Grande Zephyr leaving Chiloquin staging and heads to Klamath Falls. The lead F-unit is number 5771. Klamath Falls sits above the two tunnels. This town used to be one of the largest log producing areas in America. The zephyr continues…

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  • 2:00

    Overview of Seneca Valley Lines

    The Rochester Model Railroad Club recreates the Lehigh Valley railroad in the 1960s, but the club’s HO layout is called the Seneca Valley Lines. The 70 year old club has moved seven times over the years, its current location the basement of the church has been home for 20 years. That’s a long time for…

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  • 6:06

    Tour Chooch Rivard’s Model Railroad Layout

    In this Model Railroad Academy video, take a tour through Chooch Rivard’s model railroad layout as it runs through an operating session. Shot from the perspective of the conductor, this tour provides a great inside view of the layout. Chooch’s model railroad layout features flat land, green scenery, blue skies, utility poles and much more.…

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  • 4:26

    Creating Old-Style Model Street Lights with Martin Tarnrot

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate his technique for making model street lights in the old style with wooden poles. The material required is 2.5 mm PVC tubing, 0.7 mm brass tubing, SMD type LED lights with copper wires, and the lamp housing. To start, Martin gives the tubing some surface structure using a coarse sanding…

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