New grade crossing, pickup truck, two tracks, ground cover

Part Two: How to Build a Grade Crossing on an HO Scale Model Railroad – Project Completed!

In Part One, I gave the details about cutting balsa pieces to make forms for a grade crossing using plaster. The photo shows foam two-faced tape in place on both sides of the track. I pressed the balsa form onto the tape against the roadbed and track. You can read part one by clicking this …

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Detail Scenes of the Maple Valley Short Line HO Scale Model Railroad

Maple Valley Manufacturing is a large facility just outside of town. Three Tower Bridge stands between the small town of Maple Valley and the factory. Close-up views of the inside of the factory provide detailed scenes on the HO scale model railroad. To create the illusion of depth and detail in the facade, I built …

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Street, houses, Christmas tree, hills, cars

Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 34: The Christmas Disaster

Someone, no one knows who, or where, or when, said, "If something bad is going to happen, it will happen first in Maple Valley." I take exception to that notion. There are lots of things that happen in other places first. What generally follows is that the good folks in Maple Valley claim they were …

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Two Mistakes to Avoid as You Build Your HO Scale Model Railroad

I understand that experience is a great teacher. With model railroading, however, small mistakes can have a cascading effect that will make operating your railroad a frustrating experience. If you are going to use extruded foam as the base of your layout, be sure to notice the edges of the foam. Undoubtedly, there will be …

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Sheriff Terkinberry, wearing work clothes, approaches site where bones were found.

Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 30: The Bones Investigation

It's difficult to say what has become of our happy little community in Maple Valley. Gossip has always been one of our strongest characteristics, but it's getting ridiculous. Last week, Vee Burthrap was convinced Shorty Cloverton was having an "uncommon relationship," as she called it, with Wilomena Shermer, the good reverend's wife. Vee Burthrap doesn't …

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Make Your Own Static Grass Applicator for Realistic Scenes

This definitely has to go in the category, "If I can do this, absolutely anyone can." I made my own static grass applicator that really works! I've been working steadily on the scenery of The Maple Valley Short Line Model Railroad. I'm creating scenes with more detail than I have on any other layout. On …

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Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 28: Hank Rider and the Saddlehorns

Another Founders' Day celebration has come and gone. Except for a few minor problems including a bunch of chickens escaping from a farm float during the parade and running through the streets of Maple Valley, it was a great success. The special guest band for the main event was Hank Rider and the Saddlehorns. It's …

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Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 26: Events Turn

There's good and weird news coming out of Maple Valley. Folks have been waiting for months to hear about the suit that was brought against Shorty Cloverton and several members of the town council including Sheriff Pete Terkinberry and Mayor Alvin Thrashborn. For those who may not know, which, not ever wandering very far from …

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