• 2:46

    Josh Clark has a quick video on cleaning locomotive wheels. If you notice your locomotives and trains aren’t running the smoothest you could try cleaning the track. He also recommends cleaning locomotive wheels on occasion. This could be every once in awhile depending on how often they are run. His method is quick an easy,

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  • 12:32

    Once a DCC is installed on a layout, decoders have to be installed in the locomotives. In this video, modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley demonstrates decoder installation. The easiest way to have a decoder equipped on a locomotive is to buy one. The locomotive Barkley shows has one already installed and is ready to

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  • 2:08

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone gives some tips for the workbench in this video. When working on the workbench, tweezers are typically used to hold figures and other small objects. Unfortunately, tweezers can marr the paint on the figures, the sharp ends scraping the surface off. Sometimes figures even need to

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  • 2:18

    A finished skirt makes a model railroad look complete. Unfortunately, cloth can be expensive and may require a seamstress or knowledge of a sewing machine. National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows the cheap and easy way he hides everything underneath his layout. A layout skirt makes the underside of a model

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  • 2:36

    In this video, Allen Keller gives a brief overview of Bill Henderson’s Coal Belt model railroad. The railroad is a freelance version of several eastern railroads including the Redding and Delaware and Hudson. There are many camelback locomotives on the railroad. Camelback trains have the cab over the boiler so a larger firebox can be

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  • 5:45

    It is early morning in Pennsylvania as a locomotive on Bill Henderson’s Coal Belt model railroad leaves town. The 28-O camelback locomotive was built in 1905. The helper train number 341 was built in 1899. The rear train on the layout is a local passenger number 6. Number 168 moves past the engine house at

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  • 6:20

    Operations on Bill Henderson’s Coal Belt model railroad start with a storm. Camelback locomotive number 3 pulls out of Tresckova with a daily local. The crew rides on the engine as most locals on the coal belt don’t use cabooses. A huge coal breaker structure separates coal and slate near the track. Ducking under the

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  • 6:34

    Bill Henderson’s Coal Belt model railroad is a freelance based on Eastern Pennsylvania. It is a small helper district between two towns on a larger railroad. Bill chose to model this area because he worked there for a time and was fond of its appearance. He enjoyed the 80 year old equipment they used and

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  • 7:55

    Bill Henderson keeps his layout running so well by making sure all his gears are clean. It is important to remove any old dirty grease off of gears and replace them with new oil. Bill uses a pipe cleaner with some alcohol to remove old grease from his gears. New grease is applied with his

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