• 15:20

    Tour the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center Layout

    The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad was more commonly known as The Milwaukee Road. In this video, we take a tour of the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center layout, with good views of the layout’s painted scenic backgrounds, modeled scenery, and behind the scenes views of the lighting and wiring. The Milwaukee Road Heritage…

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  • 9:02

    Fundamentals of Model Railroad Staging Yard Design

    In this premium video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot discusses some fundamentals of model railroad staging yard design. Staging yards are basically parking lots for trains. If a modeler has a line or model railroad with a terminal station in both ends plus some yards and installations, there are very limited possibilities for having multiple trains.…

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  • 11:34

    The Ford Plant Has Two Sides

    Modeler Rich Mahaney presents model railroad clinics all across America. In this video, Rich will discuss a layout in Missouri that features a huge industry that was built on the Mexico Texas and Western model railroad, also known as the Mexico Train Works in Mexico, Missouri. When Rich lived in Mexico, he was a member…

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  • 4:11

    Planning a Model Railroad with Josh Clark

    Modeler Josh Clark is back with a video on how to build a model train layout from start all the way to the end. This video will cover everything from designing the layout to the final touches of scenery. The first step is determining what to build and model. Today Josh is in Hendersonville, North…

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  • 1:00:40

    Best Tips of Great Model Railroads

    Allen Keller compiles structure building ideas from his Great Model Railroad series. This video is divided into three segments. The first segment features tips for planning structures, second is ideas for building them, and third is extra details to make the structure stand out. Beginning with tips for planning structures, hear from Al Lindop who…

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  • 2:54

    Considerations for Layout Plans: Designing Curved Track Sections

    Layout Designer Doug Gurin provides some considerations when planning a layout in this video, specifically designing curves. It is important to consider curve radii when setting up a model railroad layout. Prototype railroads use much broader curves than model railroads, but model railroad equipment is able to negotiate sharper curves. When selecting an appropriate curve…

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  • 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…

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  • 6:26

    Creating Nighttime Model Railroad Lighting

    Model railroad lighting is an important element of a layout and can help depict the movement from day to night during operation. In this video, learn some tips for enhancing your scenes with lighting featuring modeler Jim Eudaly. A lamppost is a great addition to nighttime model railroad lighting. To make a lamppost, start with…

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  • 7:06

    Jim EuDaly’s Layout Considerations

    In this video, discover the many considerations that modeler Jim EuDaly put into his large and beautiful layout. The lighting on EuDaly’s layout features 60 watt halogen bulbs, in clamps that are mounted on the ceiling at 5 foot intervals. Halogen lights are preferable to EuDaly as they emit a more white light. The scenery…

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