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    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,… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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  • Model Railway Control Panel

    The model railway control panel serves a crucial role in the operations of the layout. It is sometimes overlooked in the modeling process and created after the layout is complete. There are numerous types and styles of control panels. A centralized traffic control board (CTC) is one method of communicating with the dispatcher. Unfortunately, incorporating… Read more »

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  • 011216f_U0657u_c-Q&A with Allen Keller and George Sellios

    Allen Keller and George Sellios sit down to discuss topics regarding model railroading. George fills us in on his past and current experience with the craft. His extensive background in modeling is beyond compare. No other model railroad has had as much coverage as the Franklin & South Manchester layout created by George. The layout… Read more »

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  • 011221f_U0662u_c-Final words with Allen Keller & George Sellios

    George Sellios has given us a private tour of his Franklin & South Manchester layout as well as provided step-by-step weathering instructions. He also graciously shared his insights and knowledge of model railroading. In this video, Allen Keller and George Sellios wrap up the tour of the F&SM. Final words with Allen Keller & George… Read more »

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  • Model Railroad Layouts and Scenery

    Flatland or prairie railroading can be challenging when it comes to blending scenery into the backdrop. A mountainous layout is much easier to hide the interception, but there are a few methods to blend the joint in a flatland layout. Allen Keller shares two distinctive ways to blend your model railroad layouts and scenery. Blending… Read more »

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    Join Model Railroad Academy as we take a closer look at our mainlines. Our tour begins at the east end of the layout in Pine Canyon. This scenic canyon is a gateway to the layout for the Milwaukee Road. Pine Canyon begins outside of the layout room in an impressive 19-foot railroad display case located… Read more »

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    A great deal has changed with the Franklin & South Manchester Railroad layout since Allen Keller’s first visit for Great Model Railroads Vol. 2: Part 1 eight years ago. In this segment, George Sellios sits down with host Allen Keller to discuss the major changes he has made to his remarkably realistic sceneries. George begins… Read more »

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    In 1985, George began construction on Franklin & South Manchester Railroad, a hugely creative and detailed layout and one of the best the hobby has ever witnessed. Allen Keller visited George’s layout a second time to see for himself how the Franklin & South Manchester Railroad has advanced! He sat down with George to ask… Read more »

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