• Model Railway Control Panel
    3:23

    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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  • 011208f_U0649u_c-Operations on the Franklin & South Manchester, New England (Part 3)
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    In the hustle and bustle of New England lies the tracks of the F&SM. They twist and turn through the small dreary towns greeting monstrous industrial buildings and steep rocky mountains along the way. The F&SM locomotive travels through Manchester, Chesterville and Belverton providing some close and personal perspectives of the towns. Join along as… Read more »

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  • 011210f_U0651u_c-Design and Inspiration for the Franklin & South Manchester, New England (Part 3) - PREVIEW
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    It’s fascinating to delve into the mind of an expert when you are passionate about a particular hobby. There are many great model railroad design experts. One notable modeler goes by the name of George Sellios. He is the owner of Fine Scale Miniatures, a business that creates wooden structure kits for model railroad layouts…. Read more »

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    George’s F&SM fast became one of the world’s greatest model railroad layouts for its historical accuracy and breathtaking attention to detail. Host Allen Keller visits George’s studio at Fine Scale Mechanics to get an update on his progress with making additions to the Franklin & South Manchester Railroad layout. In this segment, witness a test… Read more »

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    The Conrail New Jersey Railroad of Matt Snell and Debie Baker operates along prototypical rules as much as possible. Discover some model railroad operation tips as Allen Keller’s cameras follow a mixed freight leaving Oak Island Yard bound for Allentown Station, on a busy journey of set-outs and pick-ups along the way. With dozens of… Read more »

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    When most modelers think about creating a model railway timetable, they incorrectly think that just means creating a schedule by which their trains will run. But as we learn from expert builder/operator, Matt Snell, creating a timetable is so much more than just making a model railroad schedule. Matt attempts, as much as possible, to… Read more »

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  • Model Train Operations Session
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    Stony Creek & Western’s Gil Freitag really enjoys model train operations, but used to spend ‘way too much time preparing for an ops session. Now, he’s streamlined the process to just ten minutes, and he shares his tips for model railroad operations with Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller in Part 5 of his series on… Read more »

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  • 011099f_U0542u_c-Operations on the Utah Colorado Western
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    The Utah Colorado Western’s amazing scenery forms a realistic backdrop for the number one reason the layout exists – model railroad operations! In Part 3 of Allen Keller’s series on the UCW, we follow the action which makes the monthly operations sessions on Lee Nicholas’ HO layout such a fun experience. Follow a fast freight… Read more »

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  • 011102f_U0545u_c-Active Staging
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    One of the most fun aspects of model railroading is operating your layout much as the prototypes used to do – using a car card system to make up trains. Careful planning of model railroad staging is necessary for a smoothly operating system on a large layout like the Utah Colorado Western. Learn how modeler… Read more »

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