• 9:36

    Creating Realistic Aspen Trees with Martin Tarnrot

    In this Model Railroad Academy video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to make model trees, specifically Aspen trees. Aspen trees can be trickier to model because of their unique pattern and colors. Martin makes the trunk and branches from 0.03 inch thick steel wire. He starts the process by cutting 12 pieces of wire…

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  • 6:22

    Ballasting Track with HO Scale Ballast

    Josh Clark is at his father-son Norfolk Southern HO scale layout to demonstrate a quick and easy method of ballasting track. Even though Josh will be working with HO scale ballast in this video, the same techniques can be used for other scales. For this project, Josh uses a paint brush to spread the ballast,…

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  • 5:04

    Modeling Wooden Planks with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson with Martin Tarnrot, learn how to model wooden planks for your model railroad layout. These wood planks can be adapted for any scale from N and upwards and are a good match for layouts set in the early days of lumber and saw mills. Martin uses one sixteenth of an inch…

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  • 3:57

    Creating Black Spruce Trees with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson, you’ll learn how model railroader Martin Tarnrot models black spruce trees for layouts. Although black spruce trees do not grow everywhere, the modeling methods Martin uses can be applied almost universally to make other types of trees. The trunks are made from 4 mm flower support sticks or similar wooden sticks.…

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  • 2:16

    Overview of the New York, New Haven and Hartford

    This is the New York, New Haven and Hartford model railroad of Bill Aldrige. This HO layout is the result of extensive historical research and superb scratch-building skills. Bill fell in love with the New Haven as a child and this devotion continued through his working years as a member of the Board of Directors.…

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  • 5:13

    Touring the New York, New Haven and Hartford

    We begin the tour of Bill Aldrig’s New York, New Haven and Hartford model railroad with the Boston Local train number 555 leaving the Providence Union Station. To the right is coach yard 17. The consist today is an RPO baggage car and two American Flyer coaches. The train powered by a Class I-1 Light…

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  • 11:21

    Operations on the New York, New Haven and Hartford

    Operations on the New York, New Haven and Hartford model railroad of Bill Aldrige begin at the Charles Street Engine facility as a 282 heads for the roundhouse. It left the New England local at the Northrup Avenue Yard. A K1B mobile from Charles Street backs to the New London local PN1 as the streamlined…

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  • 13:43

    Owner Inspiration and Techniques on the New Haven

    In this video, learn about the owner inspirations and techniques on the New York, New Haven and Hartford model railroad of Bill Aldrige with Allen Keller. At the Charles Street Engine facility, a 282 heads for the roundhouse. It left a New London local at the Northrup Avenue Yard. A K1B mobile from Charles Street…

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  • 8:28

    Scratchbuilt Cars and Buildings with Bill Aldrige

    Bill Aldrige, owner of the New York, New Haven and Hartford shows one of the scratchbuilt coaches. Built from brass sheeting, these cars were built by the Pullman Standard company out of Chicago in 1930. The model has complete interior details including roof lights, lamps and activated air conditioning. On the interior, the vestibules operate,…

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