TRACK TALK LIVE: January 2017

Model Railroad Academy’s Clickety and Clack (Doug and Steve) fielded a wide variety of live questions from viewers on the latest edition of Track Talk Live. Among the topics discussed are DCC (use it!), flower foam for scenery (don’t!), creating smooth transitions for inclines (cookie cutter method), making basic turnouts DCC-ready (cut gaps), replacements for

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Ideas for Adding Personality to Model Railroad Layouts

I’m digressing a bit for this installment. I’ve had many great experiences designing and building model railroads for over fifty years now and met rail modelers from many avocations. For me the most inspiring part of that experience has be the emotional connection that develops while working and sharing creative ideas with fellow modelers. So,

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Track Talk Live: December 2016

December’s Track Talk Live with Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle was the final installment of 2016, and featured many questions regarding paint stripping, basic track design and electrical hookups, selling vintage post-war trains, adding DCC to engines and best materials for creating mountains. MRA members and live Track Talk Live viewers from around the world

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Track Talk Live: November 2016

Track Talk Live’s Pre-Thanksgiving program didn’t serve up any turkeys, but there were plenty of pre-submitted and live questions for Clickety and Clack (aka Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle). As model railroading season chuffs into high gear, viewers needed answers about sub-roadbeds, laser-cut kits, bubbles in realistic water, materials for mountains, rail sizes, DCC systems,

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Track Talk Live: October 2016

October’s Track Talk Live with Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon continued to field model railroad questions from as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Ireland regarding intermodal modeling – an exciting niche in the “world’s greatest hobby.” There were also several questions on construction materials for mountains, waterfalls and roads, as well as building

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Tips on Trackwork

How about trackwork? The trains we love can’t do much without track. In the next installment of our series, I’ll present some track and track laying options to think about when planning your model railroad layout. Here’s a fun fact to get us started: The famous “Big 10” curve west of Denver on what used

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