• model railroad hobby
    3:04

    What captivates Bruce Carpenter and his operating buddies when they visit his outstanding layout, and what motivated him to build a basement-sized modern era railroad in the first place? Learn what originally sparked his interest in the model railroad hobby and keeps his interest piqued in preparing for and then managing a four-hour operating session

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    If you’re tired of spending your hard-earned money or your kids’ inheritance on your layout scenery, look no further than Mother Nature for an easy and inexpensive method of making model railway bushes! While they say “money doesn’t grow on trees,” lichen or fungus do – and they can be transformed into very realistic bushes

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  • 5:24

    As with all other scenery components on a layout, weathering the walls of your structures is highly important for adding realism and intrigue to your model railroad. Many real railroads feature buildings, tunnels and other structures in towns and along the tracks that were constructed from stone and concrete, so it’s only natural that some

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  • 2:36

    No one does Pennsylvania model railroads quite like David Holl. For more than two decades, this master modeler has been creating and refining his roughly 1,600-sq-ft. layout of Penn Valley Railroad, slowly but surely expanding the scene from its initial 200-sq-ft. into the sprawling masterpiece it is today. David’s HO scale layout, constructed with L-girder

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  • Model Railroad Switching Operations
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    Just because your layout doesn’t have five stops and three branch lines doesn’t mean you can’t run realistic model railroad switching operations on your layout. It just means you need to get a little bit creative with the way you utilize the trackage on a small layout. Whether it’s running laps to extend your train’s

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  • 10:57

    Any proficient modeler knows, if you take your time and apply the necessary effort to build good, sturdy model railroad track, your layout is going to last you a long, long time. Conversely, if you rush through the process of designing and installing model railroad track and you don’t pay attention to the details, you’ll

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  • 1:54

    For some modelers, the joy of the hobby lies in creating something in your mind that’s never existed on another railroad. For others, ultimate satisfaction comes from duplicating a once grandiose railroad in small scale. The buildings, the trackage, the landscape and scenery — all of it captured perfectly. Such was the goal of master

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  • 3:14

    Every modeler has their own preferences for building a layout, especially when it comes to building alone or with friends. Some use their railroad as an expression of their own unique creativity and standards, and so they build by themselves. Others prefer to be a part of a team and turn modeling into a group

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  • 6:49

    As with all components on a model railroad, the stuff that goes under the tracks is highly important for the functionality and appearance of your layout. From the framework to the subroadbed to the ballast, each component serves an essential purpose toward making a realistic and effective railroad. This is especially true for the model

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