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  • Senior Center opens 'J & J Railroad'

    For years, Joe and Jeanne Sylvestro enjoyed their electric train set. Over the years they added buildings, lights and trees around the tracks and changed the scenery to reflect the seasons. Joe delighted in his diesel and passenger trains, while Jeanne collected steam and freight trains and decorated the layout.

  • A giant miniature train set engineered with passion

    When lawyer David Lee had his house built in Dundas 50 years ago, he asked that slots be left in the concrete-block foundation. And into those slots he inserted beams. It was the first step of his master plan.

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The San Juan Car Co. Truck Tutorial

San Juan trucks look and preform well and come in several styles. Often rolling stock kits come wtihout turcks and the modeler needs to supply his/her own. This is a review of the San Juan Car Co. On30 West Side Type 1A Truck Kit.



  • Quick and Easy Fences

    Quick & Easy Fences by Scott Jay,    I wish this was an original idea, but it's not. I first saw this type of fence a few years ago on a friend's layout. I was shocked at the simplicity of it. What is it? It's nails, or brads, for an air nailer. The ones I am using are 18Ga. brad nails from 1.5" to 2.5" long. N-Scalers might want to try 22Ga. pins for your little fences. ;^)

  • Weathering Rolling Stock using Artists Chalks

    I suspect there are many model railroaders that feel overwhelmed by the thought of weathering their own rolling stock, I used to be one of them.  

  • Making Detailed Oaks and Maples

    Making wire trees is amazingly simple and cheap.

3D Printing

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  • Using Sketchup's Match Photo

    Every so often I see someone on a forum make a statement similar to this: "I have a photo of a building that I would like to model. How do I get scale dimensions of the photo to make a plan?". The answer is .. Sketchup Match Photo. I will walk you though doing just this.

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  • CLIP 3D Printing Technology

    Instead of printing an object layer-by-layer, which leads to incredibly slow speeds as well as a weak overall structure similar to that of shale, this new diaprocess harnesses light as a way to cure the resin, and oxygen as an inhibiting agent, to print in true 3-dimensional fashion.

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Model Rail Radio

  • Tom chats with Dave Barraza about his shelf layout design contest entry and his plans for the basement. James Wright gives a one year update, talks about the bluetooth offering in the hobby and about what he is going to put in a new set of layout build videos. Bob Richard has changes his layouts since he last called in and provides an Old Sparky update. Simon Hill builds live steam locomotives in the UK. Al Popwell has an O scale distillery layout. Mike King has a powered switching layout he is working on. Ron Pare has been on a road trip and talks about carnival modeling. Lionel Strang joins the fray talking about experts. Mike Deverell is making solid progress with his layout. Andy Dixon provides a recap of the past six months.


  • Introduction to Model Railroad Photography

    Bob's website is quick to get you to some fatastic tips. I am positive amateurs and experienced photographers can learn something from this website.

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  • Taking photographs of your models...

    I have a rather inexpensive mid-sized digital camera (Canon PS630) and with proper lighting, it gives really nice pictures. In fact, with the right lighting , any digital camera will give excellent results. Most digital cameras today  - small or big, inexpensive or expensive - have excellent lenses. It is really about how to maximize on the full capacity of the lens. 

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  • Model Railway Photography

    I’m always being questioned about photographing model railways, so here is a ‘reprint’ from an article I penned for Model Rail July 2008 issue. Cameras have moved on a little since then in that most are capable from producing a good quality A3 print, but the basic rules are the same - ‘light it well, keep it still’.

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AML with Lionel Strang

  • Clark Kooning, longtime NMRA member tells us why he'd be best suited for the position of NMRA President. Clark has held many offices in the association as well as running the succussful Modeling with the Masters program. So take a listen and cast a vote.

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