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Meeting a Tank Train

 

The Alaska Railroad Denali Star takes to the siding as it meets a tank train full of north slope oil headed to Anchorage.  Both rail and the pipeline transport oil.

  

 
 
 
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Sierra Scale Models

 
Sierra Scale Models provides information, products, and photographs related to model railroad scenery and structures. 

Learn techniques for building model train layouts, applying cedar shingles, constructing wood log car kits, painting  backgrounds, installing scale glass, making  molds, and weathering. Aspects of logging industry scenery, such as tree stumps, logging turf, and sawmill wood are included.

 
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Articles

Click an article to learn tips and techniques for building a realistic model railroad. These articles are relevant for all railroad scales, including Z, N, HO, S, O, G, and narrow gauge.

Realistic Cedar Shingled Roofs

Lumber Stacks: Inexpensive and Easy to Build 

Painting Backdrops with Ease

Design Guidelines for Early Western Structures: 1870 1913

Master Mold Making: Design and Duplication

Lighted Turnout Indicators

Lighting Protection Systems for under a Dime

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Products

Our products, including wood car kits, scale glass, weathering fluids, brass cams, lightning rods, cedar shingles, sawmill wood, power lines, and forest turf, reflect 40 years' experience in model railroading. They have been instrumental in numerous awards, including Master Model Railroader designation by the NMRA.

The products listed at the bottom of the page can enhance the realism of your models, while being safe and easy to use. Most of the materials are natural, and detailed instructions are included.  If you have a specific application or suggestion, please feel free to let us know. We are always looking for new ways to enhance our hobby-related techniques. 

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Gallery

Are you looking for ideas for model structures or scenery?  Our Gallery provides photographs of some of the most famous railroads. The photos of the Texas Western Model Railroad layout illustrate modeling techniques for logging.

 

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Car Kits

   Cedar Shingles

Forest Turf

 Natural Stumps

Cams/Plating

Sawmill Wood

 Scale Glass

  Power Lines

   Weathering