• 5:38

    Considerations When Planning your Layout: Realistic Landscapes

    Layout Designer Doug Gurin gives some considerations when planning for realistic scenery on a layout in this video. For a layout to depict a certain part of the country, scenery planning should start immediately. Gurin suggests starting by collecting prototype images of signature landscape features of the area being modeled. It’s important to create a…

    Watch Now >>
  • 10:01

    Ensuring Reliable Track Work and Preventing Derailments

    Douglas Hodgdon from Model Railroad Academy and Track Talk Live is alongside Michael Swiridow, the curator of the Pine County History Museum Model Railroad Club in this video to talk reliable track work and preventing derailments. When Hodgdon lays track, he uses ribbon rail track gauges. The track gauges are laid across rail joints to…

    Watch Now >>
  • 22:35

    Cutting Tool Tips

    Modeler George Sebastian-Coleman discusses the varieties and uses of various cutting tools in the hobby. Cutting tools come in three basic varieties – knives, saws, and files. A hobby knife is common in modeling and useful for making small cuts on wood and styrene. It’s important to have a board underneath the cutting surface so…

    Watch Now >>
  • 2:47

    Highlights of the Kanawha & Western Allegheny

    In part six of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller and C.J. Riley discuss the best features of the model railroad. C.J. believes the most unusual feature on his layout is the ridges and mountains. He shares his technique of how he achieves lots of height without taking up a lot of…

    Watch Now >>
  • 1:05

    The Hobby of Model Railroading

    In the conclusion of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller and C.J. Riley wrap up the series with a final discussion on the model railroading hobby in general. Allen asks C.J. what aspect of the hobby provides him with the most fun. C.J. gives a few answers, as it’s difficult for him…

    Watch Now >>
  • 3:59

    How to Incorporate Signaling Systems into Model Railroads

    The invention of railroad signaling systems was introduced when automobile traffic became more prevalent in the 1900’s. Signaling systems are a crucial part of the railroad today. Detection and signaling prevent collisions, keep the trains on schedule and support a safer environment. Due to the high importance of signaling systems, they are critical for your…

    Watch Now >>
  • Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized
    1:08

    Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized

    A model railroad display, by its very nature, is miniature. The N scale is one of the smallest scale measurements with a ratio of 1:160. Small buildings nestle amongst the town, tiny people occupy the sidewalks, pocket-sized trees fill the landscape, and little trains run the tracks in model railroad layouts. Modeling is a work…

    Watch Now >>
  • 4:39

    Model Airbrushing Techniques

    Each store bought model structure kit requires planning, assembly, painting and detailing. For an impressive model railroad display, the goal is to transform the kit to appear as realistic as possible. To avoid the plastic sheen, you can’t simply take it straight out of the box and place it on your layout as is. There…

    Watch Now >>
  • 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 >>