• 011287f_U0693U_c

    The Hoosac Valley Railroad was built in 1959 and is now several decades old yet is still an advanced example of fine modeling. Although the main track line has stayed fairly consistent, Dick Elwell is constantly thinking of ways to update the layout. He continues to incorporate new technology and new techniques into Hoosac Valley… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 011291f_U0697U_c

    Dick worked for a phone company for many years, so it’s no wonder why his model railroad wiring is so precise and neat. He paid special attention to the utility poles on the Hoosac Valley model railroad and developed fine skills when it comes to making them. Scratchbuilding Utility Poles In the conclusion of the… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • modelairbrushingtechniques

    Each store bought model structure kit requires planning, assembly, painting and detailing. For an impressive model railroad display, the goal is to transform the kit to appear as realistic as possible. To avoid the plastic sheen, you can’t simply take it straight out of the box and place it on your layout as is. There… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 011201

    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…. Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 011214f_U0655u_c-Weathering with Alcohol, Ink, and Paint

    George Sellios is known for making countless model train weathering techniques famous. Many techniques used in his layouts have been replicated and recognized as essential procedures for realistic modeling. For example, George doesn’t claim to be the first to use authentic dirt in his layout, but he made it famous. While experimenting with his layout,… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • model railroad yard design

    George Sellios sits down with Allen Keller to discuss a few simple things he uses for his model railroad yard design that add a great deal to the railroad. George expresses five of the most common details that he has used in his model railroad yard design, which are broken pieces of glass, scrap wood,… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 011056f_u0515u_c

    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… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • mra-011238f_u0679u_c

    As part of his research on the Conrail New Jersey Division, expert modeler Matt Snell carefully studies photographs before weathering model trains for his layout. Model railroad weathering usually is more subtle than most modelers apply, so he uses some unconventional materials and techniques which he shows MRA’s Allen Keller in this final episode on… Read more »

    Watch Now >>
  • 010645f_u0288u_c

    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… Read more »

    Watch Now >>