• Model Train Maintenance
    4:06

    In this final episode of the amazing Stony Creek & Western Rwy, owner Gil Freitag and Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller discuss model train maintenance issues on the large 28’ x 45’ HO scale layout. Gil shares some of his model train tips, and his most important one to viewers is simply – run trains!

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  • 6:59

    In Part 7 of his behind the scenes tour of the renowned Stony Creek & Western Rwy with owner, Gil Freitag, Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller hears about some of the lessons learned from one of the hobby’s most prolific model railroad builders. Gil has built almost 95% of the layout himself – handlaid track,

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  • 1:09

    It’s happened to all of us before – you’re in the middle of a scratchbuilding project and you grab for a scale ruler to measure a piece of wood, cut it and – it doesn’t fit! Why? In your haste to make progress, you accidentally grabbed the wrong scale ruler on your cluttered workbench! In

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  • model train show
    5:06

    Building a massive HO layout like Ray and Renee Grosser’s Soo Line that is designed solely for display at a model train show calls for a lot of creative planning before the first tie is laid. Watch as the couple describes how it put as much planning into designing a layout that could be easily

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  • 3:40

    Watch as NMRA Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows you how to reduce clutter and be more efficient with your scratchbuilding projects by making a cheap styrene sheet organizer. If you do any amount of scratchbuilding, you are bound to have full sheets and bits and pieces of styrene and wood lying on, above or

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  • 14:04

    Unless your layout is unscenicked, we all have the need for building model railway roads. It’s one of the basic and most common modeling elements. In this video, watch modeler Jim Kelly build a small concrete road with a road crossing using joint compound on his layout. While Jim models in N Scale, the techniques

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  • 1:05

    If you’re tired of spending your hard-earned money or your kids’ inheritance on your layout scenery, look no further than Mother Nature for an easy and inexpensive method of making model railway bushes! While they say “money doesn’t grow on trees,” lichen or fungus do – and they can be transformed into very realistic bushes

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  • 4:21

    Every modeler has their own preferences for how they like to weather the components on their model railroad layouts. For some it’s paints and chalks, for other it’s knifework and sanding. Whatever you choose, the fact is, weathering is an essential aspect of creating a realistic layout. One weathering technique that often goes underutilized is

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  • 10:57

    Any proficient modeler knows, if you take your time and apply the necessary effort to build good, sturdy model railroad track, your layout is going to last you a long, long time. Conversely, if you rush through the process of designing and installing model railroad track and you don’t pay attention to the details, you’ll

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