This section provides tech files, tips, tricks, and general information about model railroading gathered by the members of EMRRC, the Elkhart Model Railroad Club. (click on the link or picture to link to an article)


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Clinic; Tuning Rolling Stock to Run at EMRRC


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Clinic; N-Scale Operation Part 2 with Chuck Hart

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Clinic; N-Scale Operation Part 1 with Chuck Hart

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Clinic: 3D Printing Part 1 with Ben Brubaker


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Clinic; Detailing Freight Cars with Gary Pressnell

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Clinic; Grafitti with Ken Prager

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Clinic; Background Painting with Jay Freet.

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Clinic; Cheap Flat Car Loads With Ben Brubaker


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Clinic; Military Flat Car Loads with Randy Robbins


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 Clinic: Track Ballasting with Steve Storey


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Clinic: Building a Portable Programming Station with Matt Glassman


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 Track Treatment with Graphite

 Using graphite for contact enhancement on track



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Ben Brubaker's Blog on "Concrete Sewer Pipe Load in a Weekend".

A great little article on a gondola load that's quick and easy.


Cover for Acrylic Painitng 







Guide to Acrylic Painting

A complete guide to acrylic paint substitutes for Floquil Paints by Model Railroad Hobbyist


Gon For Broke 

Take a simple kit that you can find cheaply, and make it into a worthy addition to a fleet of detailed models. You may have to join this group on to download the file.


A Paper Industry Essential

Modeling Sodium Chlorate Cars in HO. You may have to join this group on to download the file.


 Modeling With Paper Clinic?

Getting The Architectural Details Right.


Using Archer, MicroMark, and Harvested Rivets For Patterns and Models

Model Rivets For Modeling and Pattern Making including Harvested Rivets


  • Jay Freet shows how to paint backgrounds and clouds.

Jay Freet BGs




  • Everything you want to know about Truss Rod end freight cars

Truss Rod







  • Integrating flex track directly into bridge decking avoiding the inevitable joint between the two types of tracks as well as not having to hide feeder wires inside and underneath a bridge.

 bridge 1







  • Member David Menges has become our club's resident circus train expert. He produced several  Facebook postings on putting together a large circus train based on the Great Circus Train. CLICK HERE or on the circus wagon picture for a PDF of that series  

 David Menges Circus26




  • Belgian Block Streets in N-Scale by Lance Mindheim

 Belgian Blocks NScale



  • Models Roads by Lance Mindheim






  • Making Conifer Trees with Furnace Filter Material

Furnace Filter Trees



Making miniature deciduous trees with Super Trees from MRH

Super Trees




  •  Google built a tiny Street View car to map out one of the world's largest model cities, and the results are incredible

Google Car Wunderland




  • Powdered Ballast Glue Process from Lance Mindheim

LM Weld


  • A detailed guide into building a durable and reliable static grass applicator.

 Static Grass


  • "What's Neat in Model Railroading". Tips from Model Railroad Hobbyist.

  Whats Neat in MR






  • A nice group of photos showing weathered rolling stock by artist & corrosionist mellowmike  Weathered rolling stock.


  • Here's a tip from member Paul Ewing, if you're tired of trying to find coupler springs that have flown across the room.

Restraining Springs



  • This is not our tip but it's a good one. Tom Bacarella, Janek Bringle, and Chris Palomarez of Athearn Trains demonstrate how to remove numbers, heralds, and lettering from boxcars and engines. Thanks to Rod1208 on the Southern Pacific Modeler's Forum for this technique with the paper towels & MicroSol. Ryan M-Mart pioneered this technique long ago with Micro-Sol, but without the towels which make a huge difference!  Here you go give it a try.