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MRA GOLD LIVE: Introduction of ESU LokProgrammer

DCC systems and decoders have come a long way in the past few years. Decoders today offer many more functions and sounds than it did just a few short years ago. These advancements mean that programming decoders is much more complicated than it used to be. Generic programmers do not always do the trick. Many…

The Ultimate Model Railroading 11-Video Set with 3 Tools

11-Video Set: The Ultimate Model Railroading 11-Video Set with 3 Tools (DVD + Download) This is the most comprehensive collection of tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration that a model railroader will need. Improve your skills on every key aspect of building, maintaining, and improving great model railroad layouts. This set includes 11 videos, with nearly…

The Ultimate Model Railroad Collection with X-ACTO Knife Set

Bundle: The Ultimate Model Railroading 11-DVD Set with X-ACTO Knife Set This is the most comprehensive collection of tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration that a model railroader will need. Improve your skills on every key aspect of building, maintaining, and improving great model railroad layouts. This set includes the 11 DVDs noted below, with nearly…

Installing an Engine Decoder Power Pack with Martin Tarnrot

In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to assemble a cheap model train power pack. Using cheaper power packs can save a modeler a lot of money, and the assembly is the same for most packs. Model train power packs, or batteries onboard locomotives, have grown in popularity in the hobby. Specifically in…

Making Realistic Model Railway Signs for Your Layout

If you’re looking for one single, easily added detail that can take your layout to the next level of realism – think signage! In the next in his video series on the Conrail New Jersey, Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller finds out from builder, Matt Snell, how easy it is to make model railway signs.…

Wiring a Booster Section to Your Layout

Modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley introduces an advanced topic on wiring booster sections for your digital command control station. To better understand what a booster is, Barkley explains it as “a command station without a brain.” It’s a control unit that is slaved to your command station through 6-conductor telephone wire. All digital command…

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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Setting Up at a Model Train Show: The Soo Line

Building a massive HO layout like Ray and Renee Grosser’s Soo Line that is designed solely for display at a model train show calls for a lot of creative planning before the first tie is laid. Watch as the couple describes how it put as much planning into designing a layout that could be easily…

Resistance Wheelsets on Gary Hoover’s Santa Fe Model Railroad

The signal systems that Gary Hoover has for the DCC on his Santa Fe model railroad requires current between two rails. For the freight cars to accomplish this, he adds a resistor that bridges from one metal wheel to the other metal wheel. There are two types of resistors that modelers can use, one is…

Control Systems on the Union Pacific Cheyenne Division

Allen Keller asks John Gray how he likes to operate the Union Pacific Cheyenne Division model railroad. The control system that John uses on the layout is a Linn Hanson Westcott “How to Model a Model Railroader 1959”. He tries to run it single-handed as much as he can, which means he can do only…