• Model Railway Control Panel
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    The model railway control panel serves a crucial role in the operations of the layout. It is sometimes overlooked in the modeling process and created after the layout is complete. There are numerous types and styles of control panels. A centralized traffic control board (CTC) is one method of communicating with the dispatcher. Unfortunately, incorporating… Read more »

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  • 011221f_U0662u_c-Final words with Allen Keller & George Sellios
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    Model railroading has proven to be a complex hobby mixed with creativity, art, and history. Layouts are often influenced by actual locations and time periods. In fact, many modelers have created layouts that are accurate replications of history. Any dedicated modeler can recreate a genuine work of railroad art with a bit of research and… Read more »

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    George Sellios is notorious for the eye catching model railroad scenes in his Franklin and South Manchester layout. Look closely and you will find city folk scattered all around. Scenes of fishermen, window-shoppers, farmers, policemen, and pedestrians bring the layout to life. Incorporating accessories into trackside scenes does an incredible job of transforming your layout… Read more »

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    Installing model railroad fascia board can serve multiple purposes. For instance, it marks the edge of your layout and provides an overall polished look to your entire design. Fascia board can also provide valuable space for hanging informational materials and organizing your railroad model essentials. Expert Allen Keller explains how to make the most of… Read more »

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  • model railroad structures
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    There is a certain realism and charm in certain kits that can make your railroad more unique and visually interesting. The build runs for wooden kits tend to be a bit smaller than plastic kits, so the manufacturers have the flexibility to model specific model railroad structures. See how the detail on modern laser cutting… Read more »

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    Many modelers think when they finish building and painting a model railroad structures on the outside, the project is over and done. But modeler Mike Tylick shares some tips for adding model railroad building interiors that will take your layout to another level of realism. Basically, Mike says, adding any kind of detail that can… Read more »

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    If you like building structures, few tools are more valuable in gluing model railroad buildings together than clamps. They help ensure tight, square joints which makes assembly easier and finished structures look better. NMRA Master Model Railroader, Gerry Leone, shares tips on the wide range of clamps available, from simple and inexpensive to more costly… Read more »

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    When it comes to capturing the gritty industrial areas and action-packed Northeastern rail corridor activity, few model railroad layouts can match the efforts of Matt Snell and Debie Baker. Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller visits the duo and learns the Conrail New Jersey division portrayed in HO scale grew out of Matt’s discovery and exploration… Read more »

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    Ever wonder about museum-quality tips that can give your model train layout room a more-finished, quality look. Or perhaps a space adjacent to your layout where your guests can feel welcome and comfortable as they watch your trains pass, or perhaps take a break from a busy operating session? Furnishing a Model Railroad Room NMRA… Read more »

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