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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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    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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  • 011104f_U0547u_c-Using a CTC Machine
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    Using a Centralized Traffic Control – CTC – machine to control signals and switches on layout is one of the most prototypical practices in which model railroad hobbyists can engage. In this segment of Allen Keller’s tour of the spectacular Utah Colorado Western (UCW) railroad, expert modeler Lee Nicholas demonstrates his CTC machine which emulates… Read more »

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  • 011107f_U0550u_c-Innovative Message Tubes
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    When confronted with a problem or challenge, the model railroad hobbyist is often known to think “outside the box” for an innovative solution! See what modeler Lee Nicholas developed to quickly move his waybill information between dispatcher and train operators and make his model railway operations more efficient. As he shows Allen Keller, he used… Read more »

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    There’s probably no single advancement in running model railroad locomotives in the last half-century more significant than Digital Command Control, or DCC. It simply has revolutionized the way we run and control not only trains but signals, turnouts and many other functions – all from a hand control throttle known as a cab. Veteran modeler… Read more »

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