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Model Railroad Operations on the Utah Colorado Western

The Utah Colorado Western’s amazing scenery forms a realistic backdrop for the number one reason the layout exists – model railroad operations! In Part 3 of Allen Keller’s series on the UCW, we follow the action which makes the monthly operations sessions on Lee Nicholas’ HO layout such a fun experience. Follow a fast freight…

Railway Routing on the Ohio Interchange System

Bruce Carpenter had virtually given up the hobby of model railroading back in the 1990s when he got a jolt of inspiration that lead to the design and building of his BNSF layout. He tells MRA’s Allen Keller that he’d participated in clubs and even tried modeling alone, but had lost all interest and had…

The Conrail New Jersey – Model Railroad Operation Tips

The Conrail New Jersey Railroad of Matt Snell and Debie Baker operates along prototypical rules as much as possible. Discover some model railroad operation tips as Allen Keller’s cameras follow a mixed freight leaving Oak Island Yard bound for Allentown Station, on a busy journey of set-outs and pick-ups along the way. With dozens of…

Applying Rules of Model Railroad Operation

Now that we’ve gone over some of the basic rules of model railroad operation that are essential for using a timetable train order system, it’s time to put these rules to use. To do this, we head back to Paul Dolkos’s model of the New Hampshire stretch of B&M Railroad, and observe one of the…

Model Train Operations on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe

While Bruce Carpenter has built a lot of mainline heavy freight action into his model train operations, in Part 3 of this Burlington Northern Santa Fe series, Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller follows a system local working various jobs between yards in Chicago and Kansas City staging areas in the year 2002. With a GP-38…

Model Railroading Introduction to Digital Command Control

There’s probably no single advancement in running model railroad locomotives in the last half-century more significant than Digital Command Control, or DCC. It simply has revolutionized the way we run and control not only trains but signals, turnouts and many other functions – all from a hand control throttle known as a cab. Veteran modeler…

Running Model Railroad Switching Operations On a Small Layout

Just because your layout doesn’t have five stops and three branch lines doesn’t mean you can’t run realistic model railroad switching operations on your layout. It just means you need to get a little bit creative with the way you utilize the trackage on a small layout. Whether it’s running laps to extend your train’s…

Basic Model Railroad Operations Rules

When it comes to model railroad operations, it’s highly important for a well functioning timetable train order system that you always fall the operating rules established for a specific model. For most models that utilize a timetable train order, there are only a handful of essential rules one must learn in order to operate their…

Moving Cars on the BNSF Railway

Another fascinating and unique feature of Bruce Carpenter’s HO scale model railroad portrayal of the BNSF is the practice of moving cars. MRA’s Allen Keller learns that with seven different railroads interchanging on his layout, his friends get to run their favorite home road cars on the BNSF. At the start of each four-hour session,…

Soo Line Operations: Traversing the Minnesota Plains

Having the ability to videotape the Grosser’s sectional Soo Line layout in bright sunlight adds a sense of realism which artificial light just can’t match. In this episode, Allen’s camera follows railway operations on a typical day’s trick; compare this to what other’s do in operations. In the early morning sunlight, headed up by a…