Getting Started with Sectional Track

with Doug Hodgdon

$9.99

You Get with Your Class:

  • In-depth Instruction
  • On-demand video access ­anytime
  • Indefinite access. Pay once, view forever
  • Bonus materials, including references and extra videos
  • Access to Class-only Q&A with railroading experts

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!

Doug Hodgdon

Douglas Hodgdon has been a part of the Model Railroad Academy since 2016 and really enjoys helping folks follow their passion for trains. He got his first train set for Christmas at just three years old. It was a Marx wind-up and he was mesmerized by it! He’s had model trains ever since. Doug worked at a hobby store as a teenager, and that evolved into a business of building model railroads as a full-time vocation for over 50 years. He’s worked on model railroads from Z scale to 1 1/2” to the foot (1:8) scale. As you may know from Track Talk Live, he models in S scale, the Proto 64 variety, operating his Southern Pacific “Citrus District”. It’s a 2’ x 18’ switching layout and uses a waybill system. Doug’s theory of model railroading is that it’s called “The World’s Greatest Hobby” for a big reason. It can be a fantastic hobby with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. It can truly be three dimensional art. In hosting classes for the Model Railroad Academy, his goal is to create a shared inspiration for the hobby.

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Bonus Materials Included

  • Class Guide PDF
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  • Video: Meet Your Instruction
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  • Video: More thoughts on Track
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