• 2:46

    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

    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

    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 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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  • 5:30

    Weathering model railroad cars, one of the main components on a model railroad layout is one of the most important aspects for making your scenery as realistic as possible. Master modeler George Sellios is one of the hobby’s best at weathering model railroad cars and the many elements of his layouts. Mike Tylick is another

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  • 4:18

    By modeling four different periods over a 20-year stretch, Matt Snell of the Conrail New Jersey Division was faced with challenges in super-detailing his model train engines. He shows Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller how he goes about adding model railroad details to his diesel locomotives. First, Matt does extensive research using pictures and slides

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  • 5:10

    Have you ever visited a really well-done layout and noticed how realistically weathered the rolling stock looks and wondered how you might make yours look similar? Master Model Railroader, Gerry Leone, shares a great tip for weathering model railroad paint to look like the real deal with blistering, pock-marked and peeling finishes. He employs a

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    12:50

    Learn how to make your model locomotives run more smoothly and quieter with tips from Bruce Carpenter, whose BNSF HO layout features more than four dozen different locomotives during each ops session. Bruce shares with MRA’s Allen Keller how he overhauls each model locomotive, using a stock Athearn engine as an example. He shows how

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  • 4:11

    Weathering is an important component on a model railroad layout and is a major part of making your scenery as realistic as possible. Master modeler Allen Keller is known for his skills of weathering the elements of his layouts, and has done numerous kinds of weathering techniques over the years. There is one method of

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