• Model Train Layout Design on Dick Elwell’s Hoosac Valley Railroad

    Dick Elwell claims he didn’t know much about model railroads when he started his journey, but he knew he loved trains. That passion drove him to become the modeling expert he is today. He describes himself as someone who doesn’t plan, but rather credits his layout to luck. He began building Hoosac Valley in 1959…

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  • Touring the Carrizzo Gorge

    The Musselshell & Yogo Peak model railroad layout is a replication of the Montana rail lines. The geography of the west is represented through beautiful mountainous scenery and narrow valleys. In previous videos, we toured the cities of Bill, Two Dot, and Lombard on the M&YP railroad as well as Canyon Springs. The next and…

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  • A Look into Canyon Springs

    A strong narrative fuels the operations behind a model railroad display. The realism of a fabricated town is strengthened by naming the buildings and establishing creative stories for a layout. Bill Briggs did an excellent job of developing the narrative for his Musselshell & Yogo Peak model railroad. Bringing Life to Canyon Springs In this…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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  • 7:55

    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…

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  • 5:21

    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…

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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…

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