• 7:11

    Working with Curved Easements with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video with modeler Martin Tarnrot, he will discuss how to add curved easements. This adds to the appearance of the railroad and the functional reliability. The subroadbed is a 12 mm thick plywood sheet. This first step in laying the track is to mark the centerline of the track. He uses a homemade…

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  • 5:04

    Modeling Wooden Planks with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson with Martin Tarnrot, learn how to model wooden planks for your model railroad layout. These wood planks can be adapted for any scale from N and upwards and are a good match for layouts set in the early days of lumber and saw mills. Martin uses one sixteenth of an inch…

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  • 8:35

    How to Lay HO Scale Track

    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

    Creating Ivy with Martin Tarnrot

    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

    Overview of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum

    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

    Touring the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum

    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 at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum

    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

    Owner Inspiration & Techniques: Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum

    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

    Scratch Building: Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum

    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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