• Touring the East Canyon Springs

    Making use of model railroad structure kits doesn’t mean your layout will be cookie cutter. Craftsman kits offer major opportunity for customization, creativity, and originality. The Musselshell & Yogo Peak Model Railroad designed by Bill Briggs offers an excellent example of this. The highly detailed buildings of the M&YP are primarily made from kits. Each… Read more »

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  • Model Train Layout Design on Dick Elwell’s Hoosac Valley Railroad

    Dick Elwell claims he didn’t know much about model railroads when he started his journey, but he knew he loved trains. That passion drove him to become the modeling expert he is today. He describes himself as someone who doesn’t plan, but rather credits his layout to luck. He began building Hoosac Valley in 1959… Read more »

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    Dick Elwell is a prodigy when it comes to wiring and scenery. It’s rare for a modeler to be carefully skilled in both areas of modeling since they are contrastingly different from one another. Allen Keller describes wiring as regimented and linear, whereas he describes scenery as free form. Dick essentially engineered both the wiring… Read more »

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    The Hoosac Valley Railroad was built in 1959 and is now several decades old yet is still an advanced example of fine modeling. Although the main track line has stayed fairly consistent, Dick Elwell is constantly thinking of ways to update the layout. He continues to incorporate new technology and new techniques into Hoosac Valley… Read more »

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  • Tips on Detailing Model Railway Roads

    All the scenic material used on the Hoosac Valley Railroad comes from Dick Elwell’s backyard. Using natural materials such as soil from the earth on your model railway roads enhances your layout and bring the realism to new levels. You can purchase materials from a craft store to create model railway roads, but why not… Read more »

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    Dick worked for a phone company for many years, so it’s no wonder why his model railroad wiring is so precise and neat. He paid special attention to the utility poles on the Hoosac Valley model railroad and developed fine skills when it comes to making them. Scratchbuilding Utility Poles In the conclusion of the… Read more »

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  • A Look into Canyon Springs

    A strong narrative fuels the operations behind a model railroad display. The realism of a fabricated town is strengthened by naming the buildings and establishing creative stories for a layout. Bill Briggs did an excellent job of developing the narrative for his Musselshell & Yogo Peak model railroad. Bringing Life to Canyon Springs In this… Read more »

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  • A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Chesapeake & Ohio

    The exploration of expert model layouts can lead to a world of inspiration. The creative and innovative Chesapeake & Ohio layout by Mike Burgett may help spark the imagination for your very own design. The layout is set in August of 1965 when the coal industry was flourishing throughout the mountains of Virginia. Although Mike… Read more »

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    It can be easy to get wrapped up in the appearance of a model train layout, but operation design is an aspect worth studying. Layout scenery planning and design can take an abundance of time and effort, but the most remarkable layouts give careful thought and planning to the operations as well. Understanding railroad operations… Read more »

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