• 2:30

    Power and Signal Lines on the New Haven

    Bill Aldrige’s New York, New Haven and Hartford model railroad layout is highly detailed. The layout has a detail that most layouts don’t have – the power and signal lines running with telephone and signal poles. Bill decided to include them simply because they were there. He used spandex for stringing the telegraph wire. The…

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  • 2:54

    Techniques for Realistic Locomotives with Bill Aldrige

    For owner Bill Aldrige, the challenge of weathering the New York, New Haven and Hartford was that the railroad was not noted for keeping their power clean. With the number of passenger trains the railroad had, they had no time to wash the engines. It was an interesting challenge to reproduce the grime and discoloration,…

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  • 3:58

    Laying Track and Ballast with Bill Aldrige

    The track on Bill Aldrige’s New York, New Haven and Hartford looks very realistic. His secret for replicating good looking track is using the three rail sizes that come in sections and look very realistic. The track sections are simply placed on top of the roadbed and a mixture of ballast is applied followed by…

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  • 7:32

    Creating River Waves with Bill Aldrige

    Modeler of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Bill Aldrige’s approach to modeling the Mystic River and all the river and water scenes is something that Allen Keller has never seen. Bill has created unusual depth using an idea from the Smithsonian Institute. A number of years ago he was looking at the military…

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  • 3:46

    Decaling – Changing the Number on a Boxcar

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how to change the numbers on the side of a manufacturer car in this video. The first thing to do is remove the existing number from the car. Modelers have found many different ways to do just that. Methods depend on the manufacturer, on the…

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  • 9:58

    Renumbering a Factory Painted Locomotive

    Modeler Josh Clark shows how to renumber a factory painted locomotive in this video. Sometimes the locomotive being modeled in real life doesn’t come in the same number from the factory, so it must be renumbered. The whole thing can be repainted, but Josh shows a quicker easier method that requires simply removing the numbers…

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  • 6:26

    Creating Nighttime Model Railroad Lighting

    Model railroad lighting is an important element of a layout and can help depict the movement from day to night during operation. In this video, learn some tips for enhancing your scenes with lighting featuring modeler Jim Eudaly. A lamppost is a great addition to nighttime model railroad lighting. To make a lamppost, start with…

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  • 3:35

    Making Ground Cover with Real Leaves

    Modeler Lou Sassi demonstrates how he uses real dead leaves as ground cover for forest floors, lawns, and tree lines in his model railroad scenery. He starts by breaking off stems of dead leaves he has gathered and adds them to a blender, filling it about halfway. Water is added, filling half the blender. The…

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  • 3:28

    Using Fake Fur For Grass

    Gerry Leone is a member of the National Model Railroad Association, and is a Master Model Railroader. In this video, he will demonstrate the use of a unique but effective material he uses to make model grass. Using the right materials can make a great impact on how real a model’s scenery can appear. Fake…

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