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  • 4:11

    Modeler Josh Clark is back with a video on how to build a model train layout from start all the way to the end. This video will cover everything from designing the layout to the final touches of scenery. The first step is determining what to build and model. Today Josh is in Hendersonville, North…

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  • 2:02

    This is Paul Dolkos’s beautiful Boston and Maine railroad. This HO layout is set in 1952 New Hampshire. Paul has been in the hobby since he was a child and has been taking pictures of trains almost that long. Today he is one of the hobby’s best known model photographers, so his layout scenes are…

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  • 9:38

    We begin the tour of Paul Dolkos’s HO scale Boston & Maine New Hampshire Division model railroad with a JD 1 from White River Junction arriving via Southriver. This train, powered by an AB set of F unites, works through the Woodsriver wind. The mixed cuts back by the Woodsriver station on its way to…

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  • 2:02

    This is Paul Dolkos’s beautiful Boston and Maine railroad. This HO layout is set in 1952 New Hampshire. Paul has been in the hobby since he was a child and has been taking pictures of trains almost that long. Today he is one of the hobby’s best known model photographers, so his layout scenes are…

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  • 9:38

    We begin the tour of Paul Dolkos’s HO scale Boston & Maine New Hampshire Division model railroad with a JD 1 from White River Junction arriving via Southriver. This train, powered by an AB set of F unites, works through the Woodsriver wind. The mixed cuts back by the Woodsriver station on its way to…

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  • 10:25

    Operations on Paul Dolkos’s HO scale Boston & Maine New Hampshire Division model railroad begin with the local called White Field South powered by a JP-7 1571. It takes the west siding at Wells before crossing the Barre and Chelsey. The train has two cars waiting on the Wells pickup track. The Jeep has picked…

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Track VideosShow More

  • 8:35

    In this video modeler Josh Clark will demonstrate how to install model railroad trackwork. As discussed in another of Josh’s Model Railroad Academy videos, sturdy benchwork will be a good foundation for the track and roadbed. To install the roadbed Josh uses cork. For the HO scale track he will use code 83 and code…

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  • 14:52

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how he wires a model railroad turnout in this video. Turnouts can be a frustration on a model railroad layout. Cars can derail from mechanical problems and engines can stall from electrical problems. In this video, Leone shows how to help solve these stalling issues.…

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  • 10:47

    Tony Koester talks micro-slide switches in this video. Tony uses a single pull double throw slide switch for his railroads. The microswitch has three pulls or wires; the center pull where the power is going out, and the outer two pulls where the power is coming in. On a turnout on a layout, the frogger…

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Scenery VideosShow More

  • 4:20

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to make a cobblestone path, perfect for a model railroad city park. The foundation of the pathway is made up of styrofoam. He glues the styrofoam foundation in place with PVA glue. On top of this, he glues the pathway and secures it down to dry…

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  • 4:55

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates how to make model trees from scratch, specifically, a miniature oak tree. He pulls inspiration from the oak trees on Avery Island, which are excellent eye catchers for a layout. The trunk and branches are made from .07 millimeter steel wire. Martin cuts them into ten inch pieces, twisting…

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  • 3:57

    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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Tips and ToolsShow More

  • 8:57

    In this video, modeler Josh Clark demonstrates how to lay ho scale track, specifically benchwork. Building sturdy benchwork is a very important aspect of an ho scale train track. Josh shares model railroad track laying tips and techniques and demonstrates the creation of cost-effective, long-lasting benchwork that will not collapse or bend over time. To…

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  • 8:35

    In this video modeler Josh Clark will demonstrate how to install model railroad trackwork. As discussed in another of Josh’s Model Railroad Academy videos, sturdy benchwork will be a good foundation for the track and roadbed. To install the roadbed Josh uses cork. For the HO scale track he will use code 83 and code…

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  • 3:35

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot welcomes you to another Model Railroad Academy video. One method for adding depth with model railroad accessories is adding sacks on pallets. Sacks like these are commonly used to store onions, seeds, and other goods. Martin shows an example of how these sacks of seed look when placed on a model. The…

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