• 7:48

    Creating Lumber Stacks Pre-1960 Style

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes lumber stacks for flatbed cars – the type of lumber stacks that were made when everything was done manually, before 1960. The lumber was stacked on the car manually and then a cage was built around the lumber to keep it in place during transportation. OLD AND NEW METHODS…

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  • 5:38

    Realistic Wooden Flatbed Decks

    If you offload cargo at its destination and run empty cars back to where they came from, the wooden decks on the flatbeds are now exposed. Have you weathered the decks for a more realistic look? MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot shares one of his techniques for weathering flatbeds. ADDING EFFECTS TO A WOODEN DECK…

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  • 9:01

    Realistic Lumber Stacks

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes realistic, scale-correct lumber stacks (post 1960 style) that you can put on your layout, on center beams or bulkhead flat cars. THE OLD WAYS There are a few ways to build lumber stacks, including scratch building them from thin pieces of lumber, gluing them together and wrapping them. This…

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  • 13:48

    Upgrading Rolling Stock from Swap Meet to Layout

    What can we do with older cars to make them great additions to our fleets on our model railroad layouts? Model Railroad Academy Editor Ron Marsh recently attended a model railroad swap meet and picked up a few older cars. In this video, he shows ways to upgrade new old stock cars with mechanical upgrades…

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  • 3:46

    Decaling – Changing the Number on a Boxcar

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how to change the numbers on the side of a manufacturer car in this video. The first thing to do is remove the existing number from the car. Modelers have found many different ways to do just that. Methods depend on the manufacturer, on the…

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  • 2:46

    Cleaning Locomotive Wheels with Josh Clark

    Josh Clark has a quick video on cleaning locomotive wheels. If you notice your locomotives and trains aren’t running the smoothest you could try cleaning the track. He also recommends cleaning locomotive wheels on occasion. This could be every once in awhile depending on how often they are run. His method is quick an easy,…

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  • 12:32

    Locomotive Decoder Installation

    Once a DCC is installed on a layout, decoders have to be installed in the locomotives. In this video, modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley demonstrates decoder installation. The easiest way to have a decoder equipped on a locomotive is to buy one. The locomotive Barkley shows has one already installed and is ready to…

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  • 9:58

    Renumbering a Factory Painted Locomotive

    Modeler Josh Clark shows how to renumber a factory painted locomotive in this video. Sometimes the locomotive being modeled in real life doesn’t come in the same number from the factory, so it must be renumbered. The whole thing can be repainted, but Josh shows a quicker easier method that requires simply removing the numbers…

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  • 6:02

    Weathering Model Trains

    Weathering model trains gives the impression of a railroad that has been in commission for a long period of time. For Jim Hertzog, weathering the Reading was crucial for the full effect. In order to accurately replicate the Coal Region in the Reading layout, Jim had to portray the years of waste and mining activity.…

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