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 pictures to link to an article)


  • 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

  • $5 Basic Stay Alive

Basic Keep Alive









  • Build Your Own Stay Alive

Stay Alive



  • Belgian Block Streets in N-Scale by Lance Mindheim

 Belgian Blocks NScale



  • Models Roads by Lance Mindheim




  • EMRRC Tree Clinic Making Trees with dried hydrangea flowers

4062018 Meeting Tree Clinic2


  • Making Conifer Trees with Furnace Filter Material

Furnace Filter Trees



Making miniature decidious trees with Super Trees from MRH

Super Trees


  • Weathering With Oils  

Weathering Oils



  •  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


  • Rock Clinic, Using Molds and Hydrocal

  Rock Molds



  • Powdered Ballast Glue Process from Lance Mindheim

LM Weld


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

 Static Grass


  • "What's Neat in Model Railroading". Tips from Model Railroad Hobbiest posted by Paul Ewing

  Whats Neat in MR


  • Backdrop Painting with "Jumping" Jay Freet







  • 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


  •  Long time member Stan Shatto shows you how to save  money and build storage tanks and water towers out of PVC.



  • 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, hearlds 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.


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