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Track Talk Live: August 2016

August’s Track Talk Live with MRA’s Allen Keller, Doug “Clickety” Hodgdon and Steve “Clack” Doyle featured a wide range of topics including news from the recent NMRA Convention, advances in decoder technology and how to foster the growth of model railroading among young boys and girls. Participants from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, South…

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Track Talk Live: July 2016

July’s Track Talk Live featured MRA’s Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon in a lively hour of questions and answers on many facets of model railroading, including layout building, roadbed and track-laying, intermodal operations, DCC installation and weathering. Viewers from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland engaged in multi-scale discussions with the…

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The Roots of My Modeling Passion

When I’m giving tours of my layout it seems that I get more questions about “how did you get started” in the hobby from NON-railroad guests than by actual enthusiasts. It could be that many model railroaders share similar roots – we witnessed and experienced prototype railroading when we were younger and perhaps – as…

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Welcome to Model Railroad Academy

Welcome rail enthusiasts! My name is Douglas Hodgdon and along with Steve Doyle, we’re developing educational and thought-provoking material for the NEW Model Railroad Academy – a website dedicated entirely to educating you in the art of model railroad craftsmanship through video and online tutorials. We want to develop – and encourage – a conversation…

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