• 9:48

    Ideas for Creating Realistic Model Railway Sounds

    Conrail New Jersey’s builder/operator, Matt Snell, tells Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller that adding sound was a natural outgrowth of observations that his nighttime operations were too quiet. So he added various model railway sounds via modules with speakers spread throughout his basement and his layout came to life! In a step-by-step tutorial, Matt shares…

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  • 8:06

    How to Design a Model Railway Timetable & Schedule

    When most modelers think about creating a model railway timetable, they incorrectly think that just means creating a schedule by which their trains will run. But as we learn from expert builder/operator, Matt Snell, creating a timetable is so much more than just making a model railroad schedule. Matt attempts, as much as possible, to…

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    Model Train Maintenance Tips for Smooth Operations

    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

    Expert Tips and Lessons for Model Railroad Builders

    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

    Measuring Tips for Using the Right Scale Ruler

    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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    Setting Up at a Model Train Show: The Soo Line

    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

    Reduce Clutter with a Cheap Styrene Sheet Organizer

    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

    Creating Roads Using Joint Compound

    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

    Ideas for Model Railway Bushes Grow on Trees!

    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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