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How-To

How-To videos offer instruction on both the basics and the finer points of building a model train layout.
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Beginners

Beginners to model railroading, in any scale, should start here. Learn what you need to get off to a good start.

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Benchwork

Benchwork is the structure that supports scenery, tracks, and the entire model railroad. Learn how to do it well with our videos!

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DCC Wiring

Virtually all model railroads use electricity. Learn the different ways to power and control model trains in our DCC & Wiring video section.

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Expert Tips

Expert Tips include those hints, tips, tricks, and solutions to common problems that require a little wisdom that we're happy to share with these videos.

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Operations

Operations videos show how to run model trains in ways that help add realism and satisfaction to completed and in-progress layouts alike.

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Painting

Painting & Weathering videos show you how to use paints and coloring products to customize model railroads from buildings to scale scenes to specific pieces of equipment and trains.

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Scenery

Scenery videos help model railroaders understand how to use materials to simulate nature in miniature.

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Track Planning

Track planning videos help model railroaders decide how best to incorporate track to help with train operations or achieve a desired look and feel.

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