• 11:37

    Marv Koenig – Track Car Cam Montage

    In our latest car cam video, we observe another spectacular Soo Line layout, this one by Marv Koenig and set in the late 1970s in the environs of Byron, Wisconsin. This is a G scale garden layout and takes full advantage of the outdoor setting. The Soo Line is hauling lumber in this video and…

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  • 4:49

    Creating a Traffic Control System with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will be talking about model railroad control systems, often referred to as computer control. He has drawn a simplified sketch of his view of a digitally controlled model railroad. On the lowest level are the engines, turnouts, and the signals. These devices are more or less just receivers of…

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  • 2:51

    Operations on the Kanawha & Western Allegheny

    In part three of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller delivers an inside look at the operations of the model railroad devised by C.J. Riley. He offers a brief overview of the American Coal Industry during the 1940’s to provide insight into the operations of the Kanawha & Western Allegheny. The Kanawha…

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  • 10:01

    A Look into Operations on the Hoosac Valley Railroad

    Close your eyes at the Hoosac Valley model railroad and you will be transported to New England. The realism of the sights and sounds are unparalleled. Modeler Dick Elwell is a genious when it comes to model railroad operations. He has an unmistakable talent for bringing layouts to life through narrative. Dick designed Hoosac Valley…

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  • 7:02

    Trackwork and Operations on the Hoosac Valley Railroad

    Dick Elwell is a prodigy when it comes to wiring and scenery. It’s rare for a modeler to be carefully skilled in both areas of modeling since they are contrastingly different from one another. Allen Keller describes wiring as regimented and linear, whereas he describes scenery as free form. Dick essentially engineered both the wiring…

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  • 13:14

    Exploring Operations on the Reading Railway

    Jim Hertzog’s HO scale model of the Pennsylvania coal region is a remarkable recreation of history. He accurately portrays the diverse landscape of the coal mines of the 1950’s with carefully planned grades. Helper action assists as elevation poses a threat. The locomotives make their way up and down the mountainous track. The grades are…

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  • 2:32

    Model Railroad Operations: Preparing for an Operating Session

    The amount of time and effort that goes into designing and constructing an incredible layout is no doubt obvious to the eye, but it may just surprise you how much planning goes into the model railroad operations as well. Impressive layouts not only have realistic scenery, but they also operate much the same as actual…

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  • Model Railway Control Panel

    Designing a 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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  • 12:17

    Operations on the Franklin & South Manchester, New England

    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…

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