• 3:01

    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…

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  • 4:04

    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…

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  • 6:15

    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…

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  • 7:26

    Matt Snell’s earliest interests in northern New Jersey railroading began as a railfan in the early 1980s. When he started his model railroad layout planning, he turned to what he most familiar with – Conrail New Jersey in the 1980s, and modeling the gritty industrial areas of north Jersey. In Part 4, Allen Keller discovers…

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  • Stony Creek & Western

    For Gil Freitag of the Stony Creek & Western, model railroading has been in his blood since he was six years old. As one of eight kids, he bought some Lionel locomotives from his local hobby shop and built a small layout he operated until he was in college. He tells Model Railroad Academy’s Allen…

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  • 4:32

    Most model railroaders’ first layouts utilize sectional track of fixed curves and straight pieces. While convenient and easy to install, sectional track is limiting in variety and realism. In this video, learn how laying flex track is easy to do and can take your layout to a whole new level of realistic and reliable track…

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  • 2:34

    In Part 4 of Allen Keller’s series on the Utah Colorado Western (UCW), learn what was behind modeler Lee Nicholas’ design and inspiration for planning his model railroad layout. Many modelers who operate freelanced railroads have created elaborate fictional stories for why and where their layout is located, and how it operates the way it…

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  • model train shows

    A layout as large as 34′ x 18′ that is portable enough to display at model train shows is fairly unique in model railroading, so Allen asked the Grossers from what did they draw their inspiration for the portability and design of their massive Soo Line pike? They visited the Midwest Valley Modelers Club in…

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  • working on a model railroad

    In this final episode, Ray and Renee Grosser speak with Allen Keller about what they enjoy most about working on a model railroad, sharing their Soo Line layout with others at train shows? Ray professes he gets the most fun out of collaborating with his wife on structures and scenery. He also gets a lot…

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