• 1:05

    The Hobby of Model Railroading

    In the conclusion of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller and C.J. Riley wrap up the series with a final discussion on the model railroading hobby in general. Allen asks C.J. what aspect of the hobby provides him with the most fun. C.J. gives a few answers, as it’s difficult for him…

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  • 12:40

    Hand-Laying Track: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Among all the decisions required to make when designing a model railroad, the style of track is very influential to the final outcome. There’s a few factors to consider when it comes time to choose between hand laid track versus flex track. Time and cost are two of the major influences on making that decision,…

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  • Tips for Model Railroading Tools: Parallel Jaw Pliers
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    Tips for Model Railroading Tools: Parallel Jaw Pliers

    Model railroading construction requires various tools depending on the task at hand. You likely already have most of the basic tools you will need for your model railroad in your toolbox, but there are some tools you may have never heard of that can make your modeling process much easier. Most specialized tools are fairly…

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  • Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized
    1:08

    Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized

    A model railroad display, by its very nature, is miniature. The N scale is one of the smallest scale measurements with a ratio of 1:160. Small buildings nestle amongst the town, tiny people occupy the sidewalks, pocket-sized trees fill the landscape, and little trains run the tracks in model railroad layouts. Modeling is a work…

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  • 3:06

    Tips for Creating Model Train Roads

    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and…

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  • Trammel
    5:15

    Tips for a DIY Model Railroad Trammel

    A useful tool to have in your arsenal of model railroad train supplies is a trammel. Essentially, a trammel is a large compass that will help you accurately draft curves before placing the sub-roadbed and laying flextrack. Building your very own trammel is cheap, easy, and requires few materials. This tool will assist you in…

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  • 1:46

    Make the Most of Your Model Railroad Fascia

    Installing model railroad fascia board can serve multiple purposes. For instance, it marks the edge of your layout and provides an overall polished look to your entire design. Fascia board can also provide valuable space for hanging informational materials and organizing your railroad model essentials. Expert Allen Keller explains how to make the most of…

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  • Model Railroad Tips
    8:00

    Four Classic Model Railroad Tips

    Enhancing the quality of your model railroad layout doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are various common household items that can transform the overall look of your design. NMRA Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shares four of his favorite model railroad tips that require few resources but ultimately produce significant upgrades to…

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  • 1:48

    Cleaning Your Model Train Layout

    In this segment, George Sellios addresses how having a model train layout located in the area where he holds a lot of his shop materials requires a bit of cleaning. Keeping and maintaining a layout as big as his can be difficult at times. To help you keep your own layout clean, George demonstrates his…

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