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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....

A Brake for the Swamp Level Route

A hose level was used to create the level areas required for the layout - so I thought they were level. But my free-rolling car wheelsets found the minor variations in benchwork construction and decided to seek their own level. Nylon mono-filament fishing line to the rescue!...
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 4

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 4

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 model railroad trackwork....
Steps in Hand Laying a Turnout

Steps in Hand Laying a Turnout

I. Ties A. Glue down ties B. Stain ties C. Sand ties D. Restain ties E. Cut slot for points through bar II. Rail A. File a notch in the stock rails for the points B. File point rails C. File frog point rails D. Cut guard rails III. Laying rail A. Spike straight stock rail 1. Spike eve...
How to Hand Lay Model Railroad Track

Hand Laid Rail … It Can Be Done!

Tips and techniques to hand lay model train track....
Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Article & photo by Tom Troughton, MMR How many times have you entered a fellow model railroader’s train room to be awe struck at the magnificent layout before your eyes. There’re several hundred feet of meticulously constructed hand laid track, on tie plates even, trac...
Cheap Killer Ballast

More Cheap Tricks – Cheap Killer Ballast

Low Cost Tips to Improve Your Railroad Modeling Photo by Richard Schumacher Trackwork is the most visible representation of your model railroad. It does not matter if the train is even on the track, the track is still there for all critical eyes to critique. It defines from where your...
Scratchbuilt Searchlight Signal

Home Made Searchlight Signals

Although the cost of the materials is small, you can produce a very believable searchlight signal with these simple parts....