TRACK TALK LIVE: August 2018

Check out the recap of our monthly Track Talk Live with model railroad expert and long-time train enthusiast Doug Hodgdon. Doug answers your model railroad questions live on the air in this fun, interactive, and informative Q&A.


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10 Responses to “TRACK TALK LIVE: August 2018”
  1. bbbjim

    Is it realistic to consider an N Scale layout of 2′ x 7′? My main concern is how narrow the width is. Can I maintain an appropriate turning radius in turns throughout th layout. I am also considering a second level (Mountain level) but again not sure if that such a small layout area allows for a secondary level primarily in a rear corner? THANKS!

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    • Dan SPARKS

      It would be very tight if you use the tightest radius of just under 12″ and short cars and locos. I’d recommend 30″ min if you can manage it.

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  2. John

    Hi… I have an S Scale layout in Houston….what is the best place to purchase 3D background flats? Or, the kits or plans to build them…. thanks…

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  3. spencer21215

    I have an n scale layout and on the outer track run two DCC locomotives powered by the E-Z command–I am a hands-off person meaning that I like to set the controls and watch. What would be my least expensive upgrade to be able to set the average speed of each one to the same thing so that I don’t have to continually adjust the speed of one or the other.

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  4. John Geiger

    Dc or Dcc for door size, 2 min line & switching yard. Is worth cost difference? saving for Dcc as a one time setup. Im scenery guy,want the trains running smooth, track laying not my skills at all.

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  5. Terry ketcham

    What are your thoughts on overhead lighting for a train room with a suspended ceiling ?

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    • spencer21215

      depending on the size what I did was to install an inexpensive 3-bulb with open globe fixture and fit it with LED bulbs that can change color by remote; that way you can create blue for night, red for sunset, etc;

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  6. Robert Brady

    My dad was a foreman for Croton Harmon NY railroad shops F7′ diesels and electrics. At that time the line was New York central then Penn Central I Know trains,LOL!

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