• 7:44

    In large scale and small, ballast is a vital component for a successful railroad. Good, uniform ballast on a full-scale railroad helps secure ties and keep them dry from the elements. On a model railroad, ballast serves to add realism and depth to your scene (when done correctly). When it comes to selecting model railroad…

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  • 1:24

    You don’t need any special skills or background in electrical engineering to properly connect the trackage on your model railroad layout to your digital command center. All it takes to safely and correctly wire tracks to the DCC on your layout is a basic understanding of resistance and wire gauge, along with a quick trip…

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  • 12:29

    NMRA Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone says, “Track is a model too, so it only makes sense to make your track look as good as your rolling stock, your locomotives and as your structures.” In this video, Gerry shares five easy techniques for weathering your track. Gerry provides a step-by-step tutorial for a few of…

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  • 8:01

    When it comes to controlling a turnout on your layout, you have a number of different options to choose from! NMRA master model railroader Gerry Leone introduces to you an array of options and tools for controlling a turnout on your layout in this premium video. Find out the benefits of each option presented to…

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  • 9:41

    Wiring a model railroad track is an essential part of any model railroad layout. Find out how important and helpful it can be to keep your wiring neat early on when wiring model railroad tracks. When you go under your layout after everything is complete, and you’re trying to troubleshoot an electrical problem, having neat…

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  • 4:49

    There are so many ways to make your model railroad track look good and unique! Allen Keller teaches you a few tips and techniques to make your track look outstanding. Allen goes through each step of executing this technique with you. Start by getting a simple HO track and begin cutting the ties off with…

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  • 3:00

    Weathering the components on a model railroad layout is one of the most important aspects for making your scenery as realistic as possible. All railroads, no matter how old or well constructed, will experience aging and wear and tear, especially the trackage. Rust, warping and dirt happen to real railroad tracks, so naturally they should…

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  • 3:31

    Laying down track is an essential component of creating your model railroad scenery. It’s also fun when you can get creative and add as much or as little detail as you want! In this video, Allen demonstrates how to quickly and easily lay down track without using any spikes or nails. First things first, you…

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  • The secret to curving flextrack
    5:19

    As with most components of a layout, all model railroaders have unique preferences for how they like to put together their trackage. Some like to build their tracks from scratch, while others opt for commercial kits that piece together without any need for additional work. And then there are those who go for the middle…

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