• 4:12

    Weathering Cars

    In the conclusion of the 8-part South Ridge Line series, Dean Freytag provides a quick tutorial on how to weather a car. The segment begins with a sneak peek of Dean’s work area in the basement. He clearly spent a lot of time working on his model trains judging by the mess. Over the years,…

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  • 6:04

    Creating Steel Mills

    Dean Freytag’s inspiration for the South Ridge Line was based on his love for building structures. In this series, Dean expresses his love for building large structures. The American steel industry allowed him to pursue that passion because steel mills are big and high. Steel Mills In part seven of the 8-part South Ridge Line…

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  • 2:29

    The Hobby of Model Railroading

    Dean Freytag has won regional and national contests for his modeling work. Dean is very proud of his awards and has been rightfully recognized for all the effort and time put into the model railroad hobby. After retirement, he became national contest chairman for the National Model Railroading Association. He stayed involved in the hobby…

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  • 3:19

    Making Model Railroad Vents

    In part five of the 8-part South Ridge Line series, Dean Freytag offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to create industrial vents like the ones found on his American steel industry themed model railroad. Dean came up with the clever idea to repurpose the caps from the air freshener bottles his wife used to buy.…

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  • 2:45

    Operations on the South Ridge Line

    In part three of the 8-part South Ridge Line series, Allen Keller examines the operations of the model railroad engineered by Dean Freytag. He begins the segment by providing a historical background on the American steel industry to offer a better understanding of the operations. The South Ridge Line and the American Steel Industry The…

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  • 2:10

    Overview of the South Ridge Line

    Allen Keller takes the show on the road with an overview of The South Ridge Line created by the late Dean Freytag. The South Ridge Line was located in the basement of Dean’s home in Ohio. Dean found purpose in model railroading and viewed it as a “way of life.” His passion and devotion for…

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