• MRA 014036f_U0863U_c Operations on the Kanawha & Western Allegheny FREE

    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… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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  • 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… Read more »

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  • 011208f_U0649u_c-Operations on the Franklin & South Manchester, New England (Part 3)

    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

    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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