In this class, you’ll see how easy it is to get started with model railroading in any of the major scales using sectional track.
The idea of using sectional track is the building block concept with fixed, straight, and curve radius pre-fab sections. It’s hard to go wrong using sectional track, especially as there are many track planning books available. Some sectional track even comes with a pre-formed roadbed.
In this class, your instructor is Doug Hodgdon, and he’ll go through many examples of tracks and radii of multiple manufacturers and scales from Z through O. There’s a lot to choose from. Your choice requires some study – and Doug will help you through the process.
For the novice, sectional track is the best choice, but as you, the layout builder, become more proficient, you can graduate into other forms of track laying, including flex track or, even hand laid track, custom built switches, and the layout of your dreams. Wow!
Let Doug help you get started. Model railroading is fun!
BONUS MATERIALS FOR THIS CLASS
Class Guide PDF
Download this Guide as a reminder of the key details you’ll see in the video instruction.
Video: Meet Your Instruction
Download this short video to meet your class instructor, Doug Hodgdon.
Video: More thoughts on Track
Listen to Doug talk about the diversity of track options and attributes of each.
Session 1: Introduction
In this opening session, Doug introduces himself and gives you a broad perspective on what he’ll cover in this class – and why this is truly the World’s Greatest Hobby.
Session 2: Track Catalogs
Session 3: N Scale
N scale has become very popular as a way to get a lot of railroading into a smaller space. In this session, Doug will cover the popular brands and track specifications.
Session 4: HO Scale
HO scale has been the most popular size track for model railroading for decades. If you’re looking for a good balance between room size and reliable operation, HO might be the choice for you. In this session, Doug explains various HO track options.
Session 5: O Scale
O scale track has been around for many decades. It was the standard in the old days. If you are one of the many modelers who enjoy the size and feel of those big trains, this is a fun session.
Session 6: G Scale
Session 7: Basic Model Railroad Electronics
Doug describes the Atlas wiring components for basic Digital Control (DC) operation. They have been the standard for layout wiring for decades. We’ve included wiring examples as graphics.
Session 8: Basic Track Work Tools
Track tools can be pretty basic. Doug will show you a selection of his own track tools, including hand tools and his power rotary rail cutting tools.