• 3:18

    There are countless considerations that go into designing and building model train layouts. From the benchwork to the paint scheme, every action you make on your layout requires a decision, be it minor or major. When it comes to the architecture of model railroad layouts, you may make these decisions years in advance when you…

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  • 1:51

    When it comes to building the benchwork and structure for model railroads, there are a variety of options you can choose depending on the type of layout you want to create. Some experts will tell you that a certain technique is preferable over all others, but the fact is that each has its upsides and…

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  • 2:04

    The nonlinear model railroad layout has largely become the preferred choice for modelers in recent decades, as it allows for more involved scenes and tends to better keep the viewer’s attention. However, there are still many loud proponents of the linear design who tout its unique benefits and, oftentimes, realism. One of these supporters of…

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  • 2:28

    Different types of model railroad staging yards offer distinct benefits and drawbacks to the operation of your layout, and it’s entirely up to personal preference and your unique circumstances which system you choose. The choice could depend upon space constraints, operational methods, appearance or a range of other factors. In the case of David Barrow’s…

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  • 3:02

    Designing and constructing an impressive model railroad is no easy task. It takes many years, much thought and plenty of patience to develop a layout that is both easy on the eye and well operated. Figuring out how to design model train layouts also takes learning from the innovative experts who have taken the hobby…

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  • 1:55

    The linear design of David Barrow’s masterful layout of Cat Mountain & Santa Fe Railway catches many of his new visitors off guard, as this maze-like form of model railroading is rarely utilized. That which surprises the average viewer about David’s layout is also what makes him a true innovator of the hobby, and was…

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  • 5:47

    One of our favorite parts of the model railroad community is getting to learn from each other, and especially the masters who have made this hobby their central passion for decades. We think it’s extremely important in bettering yourself in any hobby that you take notes from those who came before you and took steps…

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  • 8:39

    While improvisation can often yield surprising results for a scene, your best bet for creating a successful model railroad layout is to plan ahead. This is certainly true for landscapes and buildings, but planning is especially important for trackage. The last thing you want as a modeler is to map out all of your scenery…

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  • Making Track Templates for Curves/Laying Out Track With a Template
    7:14

    Building a model railroad track from scratch can present some interesting challenges, especially when it comes to navigating tricky landscapes and wide curves. For curved regions of a layout, in particular, experienced modelers know the benefits of using model railroad track templates to take the unnecessary steps out of drawing the path of their tracks.…

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