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    The model railroad layout begins with the benchwork. In starting to design and plan a layout, the first component you have to consider is how to maximize your space and build a structure that suits your unique specifications. For a little bit of help deciding the best option, we like to turn to the experts… Read more »

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    George Sellios is famous in the model railroading world for his intricately built and weathered structures, so it’s no wonder we wanted to know how he plans the design and placement of the buildings he includes on his model railroad layouts. Host Allen Keller visited the master’s studio to get a closer look at the… Read more »

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  • MRA 011176f_U0619u_c
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    Laying down track is an essential component of creating your model railroad scenery. It’s also fun when you can get creative and add as much or as little detail as you want! In this video, Allen demonstrates how to quickly and easily lay down track without using any spikes or nails. First things first, you… Read more »

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  • Setting Up an Operating System
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    Although setting up the operating system can be a frustrating task for some modelers, it is a very important part of the hobby! In this segment, you will learn about the different components of the operating system and how they work together. You’ll discover how to use car cards and waybills which are an important… Read more »

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    Come along as we climb the high mountain rails of West Virginia to explore Tony Koester’s one-of-a-kind model of Allegheny Midland Railroad. Discover the breathtaking landscapes and perfectly recreated mining communities that have made Tony’s extension of Nickel Plate Road one of the most admired model railroads in the country. In this series, Tony explains… Read more »

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  • Making Model Train Scenery Trees
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    When it comes to making scenery for your model railroad layout, sometimes the simplest techniques are the most effective. Especially for forested areas, you can fill a ton of space on your layout without much effort by creating basic model railroad scenery trees that are inexpensive and look highly realistic. On Tony Koester’s HO model… Read more »

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  • Talking Custom Model Railroads with Tony Koester
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    There are many different ways to build custom model railroads; every modeler has their preferences and things they avoid. When it comes to creating a layout from the ground up, each component of the scenery, trackage and wiring is your choice and dictates the final result. You have a lot of options when planning your… Read more »

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  • Tony Koester on Becoming an Expert Model Railroader
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    Tony Koester’s HO scale layout of Allegheny Midland Railroad is a construction project more than two decades in the making, and still counting. Over twenty-plus years, Tony has put countless hours, thought and patience into building this remarkable scale extension of the Nickel Plate Road, a railroad that has fascinated Tony since he was a… Read more »

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    David Barrow’s magnificent recreation of barren West Texas is a lasting testament to the idea that model railroads don’t always have to feature high mountains or towering urban scenery. On David’s HO scale layout of Cat Mountain & Santa Fe Railway, you’ll find little evidence of water and life, but you’ll also discover a highly… Read more »

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