• 5:38

    Considerations When Planning your Layout: Realistic Landscapes

    Layout Designer Doug Gurin gives some considerations when planning for realistic scenery on a layout in this video. For a layout to depict a certain part of the country, scenery planning should start immediately. Gurin suggests starting by collecting prototype images of signature landscape features of the area being modeled. It’s important to create a…

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  • 10:59

    Making Gravel and Asphalt Roads

    Model road layouts add interest and realism to a model railroad. Just like in real life, roads can almost always be found near a railroad track. In this video, Gerry Leone, National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader gives his tips for creating model train roads. Leone starts by building a gravel road. His gravel…

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  • 14:10

    Scratch Building Real Wood Loading Docks

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone notes that many plastic structure kits come with simulated wood loading docks, but it is difficult to make the plastic look like wood. In this video, Leone demonstrates how to scratch build a loading dock using real wood. First determine the size of the dock, docks…

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  • 2:03

    Overview of Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision

    The L&N Henderson Subdivision Model Railroad is a creation of Rick Rideout. The layout is 35 by 70 feet and resides in a custom designed basement. Rideout scaled down the 146 mile subdivision down to a 8 scale mile HO layout. He loves the L&N so much, that he built his house along a former…

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  • 9:28

    Touring the L&N Henderson Subdivision

    In this video, Allen Keller gives a tour of Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision. Starting in the Chicago St. Louis staging area, this brief tour follows a 721 daily piggyback train to Nashville. It first passes in front of Continental Grain Company and then Reitz High School where Rick Rideout met his wife, Vicky. The…

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  • 12:27

    Operations on the L&N Henderson Subdivision

    In this video, watch Rick Rideout’s model railroad in operation as Allen Keller describes its movements along the layout. The 768 on the L&N Henderson Subdivision moves from Courtland and onto Springfield where it finds no work. Heading on toward Guthrie on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, it crosses over Red River. The switch list has…

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  • 4:24

    Owner Inspiration & Satisfaction on the L&N Henderson Subdivision

    In this video, Allen Keller talks to Rick Rideout about his owner inspiration and satisfaction. Rideout chose to model the L&N and Nashville Evansville area because it was the only railroad that he was really familiar with. He just assumed all railroads looked gray and yellow like the L&N he was accustomed to. The railroad…

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  • 2:37

    Scratchbuilding the Ohio River Bridge

    When Rick Rideout modeled the Ohio River Bridge on his L&N Henderson Subdivision, he photographed and made drawings from his observations of the real bridge. The actual Ohio River Bridge spans five lengths, but Rideout has only ten feet on the main span and an additional ten to twelve feet for the approach to work…

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  • 5:52

    Track Plan and Sub-Roadbed

    Rick Rideout is able to accomodate his large L&N layout room, wide isles, and over 500 feet of main line in the basement of his home. Luckily for Rideout, it was easy for him to make room for his layout because he was able to build his entire house from scratch. Rideout worked with his…

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