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Model Railroading 101 Class at the Museum of Transportation

“Model Railroading 101” Class at the Museum of Transportation

On December 16, 2017 the Gateway Division hosted their first “Model Railroading 101” class open to the public at the Museum of Transportation. Greg Gramlich demonstrated how to build a simple layout using Bachmann EZ-Track on a 42"x60” piece of 2" thick extruded foam board. The hands-...
Wildwood (St. Louis) Hobby Manufacturer 3D Prints Detail Parts

Wildwood (St. Louis) Hobby Manufacturer 3D Prints Detail Parts

Jack and Ellen Bray started JEB Mfg., LLC about 4 years ago to create "what is not being made that people want" and "things that are not made anymore" using 3D printing. He started with one 3D printer and added another with a smaller nozzle for detail parts. The models are made in O, ...
Gregor Moe Hidden Turnout Controls

Hidden In Plain Sight

When Gregor Moe relocated from St. Louis to Chatham some modules from his original layout moved with him. For this module he extended the scenery on both sides of the original trackwork, and hid the slide-switch turnout controls within the new highly-detailed scenery....
Completed Steak 'n Shake Model Railroad Billboard

Build A Steak ‘n Shake Billboard For Your Model Railroad

An easy-to-make one-hour project: a Steak 'n Shake billboard of the 50s using a gift card and some plastic strips....
Build a Retaining Wall With Packing Styrofoam

Build a Retaining Wall With Packing Styrofoam

Our round-robin railroad group has been working on large 3-rail “O” gauge layout. It has a long (about 8 feet) grade that climbs to cross over a river bridge and mostly parallels an edge of the layout - leaving a problem for the scenery along the edge. We decided to build a Styrofoam ...
Detailing a Model Railroad Yard Scene

Detailing a Model Railroad Yard Scene

Scenes need to look realistic in order to be credible. See how to achieve this with a few details along with items from the parts box....
Styrofoam Scenery

Styrofoam Scenery

Create your landscape with materials that come free with items bought on-line. Here's how I used it combined with other techniques and products....

Tricks for Tracks – Super Tree Material

Keep the branch structure of super tree material free of leaves by rolling the trees in a shallow pan of glue mixture rather than dunking the entire tree. Then pour the leaf material over the tree. The exterior of the tree will hold the leaf material and the inner branch structure wil...
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 6

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 6

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, teaches you simple how-to techniques to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. This episode discusses scenery techniques....
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 7

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 7

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, teaches you simple how-to techniques to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. This episode discusses additional scenery topics....

Easy Trees for the Backdrop

For those with limited painting skills, applying trees to the backdrop to transition from three-dimensional to two-dimensional scenery can be daunting. With the judicious application of scissors to sponges, simple shapes may be created to allow you to stamp trees onto your backdrop....
Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Techniques for modeling concrete, brick and asphalt streets, and concrete grade crossings, on your model railroad layout with the Walthers Cornerstone street system....