• 8:35

    In this video modeler Josh Clark will demonstrate how to install model railroad trackwork. As discussed in another of Josh’s Model Railroad Academy videos, sturdy benchwork will be a good foundation for the track and roadbed. To install the roadbed Josh uses cork. For the HO scale track he will use code 83 and code…

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  • 3:16

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to create ivy for a scene. Martin creates the look of ivy climbing up a brick wall using twine. For this ivy, he uses kitchen twine, commonly used to tie up a roast before putting it in the oven. Holding it up to the wall to…

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  • 2:18

    This overview video of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum starts with a great view of the layout. It’s modeled after the early 1950’s, where steam, steel and stamina power the economy. The people around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland are hard at work building back American post-war prosperity. The country will soon revel in…

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  • 6:10

    The tour of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout begins at the Wabash Bridge over the river in downtown Pittsburgh. The pride of the line, the Constellation heads eastbound. This Pullman extra fair train is powered by PA 220 and PB 221. The silver structure is the Smithfield Street Bridge. Next the trains move…

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  • 9:03

    Operations on the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum begin with two Western Maryland Consolidations leading Train 43 into Cumberland on the Mon Valley Line. the 280s head through the narrows at Wills Creek with the B&O Viaduct in the foreground. The Narrows were once the passage west through the mountains. Ekhardt Junction is next. At…

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  • 8:24

    The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum models the area from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland in July of 1952. President, Ray Mueser picked this area and this time frame because at that time steel and the mills were still open and running well. The railroads were very strong and they were phasing out the steam locomotives…

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  • 4:44

    This video demonstrates modelers of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout scratch building structures using a computer-aided drafting produced simple house structure on illustration board. The objective is to create a house cutout structure from the illustration board and the house image. It is important to spray the image and not the illustration board…

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  • 5:20

    It’s hard to model Pittsburgh without the bridges. There are a number of bridges on the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout. Jake Thompson is the major bridge builder for the museum layout. Bridges have been his specialty on the layout, having built nearly 17 of them. Many of those bridges have more than one…

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  • 3:58

    President of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum, Ray Mueser uses computer control systems in regular operating sessions as well as during public shows. The computer is designed to give operators the ability to run sessions with a hands off approach where the trains chase each other around the layout without hitting one another. The…

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