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Powerbus Made Easy

Martin Tärnrot assembles a Powerbus. What is Powerbus? You need to have track feeds on multiple places along the line to maintain good quality of the digital control signal coming from your command station. Otherwise the engines will not listen to the commands because the quality of the signal is too poor. Typically you route…

Ideas for Creating Realistic Model Railway Sounds

Conrail New Jersey’s builder/operator, Matt Snell, tells Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller that adding sound was a natural outgrowth of observations that his nighttime operations were too quiet. So he added various model railway sounds via modules with speakers spread throughout his basement and his layout came to life! In a step-by-step tutorial, Matt shares…

Model Railroading: Where to Begin

Most of us can remember our first experience with trains. It may have been a Lionel steam set under the Christmas tree or an afternoon trackside with your grandfather. For myself, I still remember sitting at Pig’s Eye Yard in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With a Happy Meal in hand and endless waves of SD40-2s, I…

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Helpful Tips for Model Railroad Wiring

Wiring for a model railroad layout can be easy or complicated. I like to manage my wiring so that later on, I’ll be able to trace each wire back to its source. Years ago, I developed my own personal wiring color codes along with standardized schematics for repetitious situations that I keep in a notebook…

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NMRA National Convention & Train Show 2016 Recap

Model Railroad Academy sent me to Indianapolis this year to take in the 2016 NMRA National Convention and Train Show July 8th through the 10th. My primary interest in attending the show was to check out all the vendors and see what is new and exciting in the hobby this year. If you didn’t get…

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A New Way to Attend a Train Event

For some time now modelers have discussed the costs of going to model railroad conventions and meets. Often the cost has been too much for some people, but the Southeastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association has come up with a solution… the Mini-Meet. Other regions have sponsored Mini-Meets in the past, particularly the…

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Midwest Railways 5-Download Set

Description 5-Download Set: Midwest Railways The Midwestern part of the U.S. can be represented by mountains or plains. These series of videos will show you how others have created depth in limited space with hills and even flat terrain. 294 minutes. Tony Koester’s Allegheny Midland Railroad – 59 minutes Join us as we take a…

Making Fence Posts with Barbed Wire

Modeler Cliff Powers uses toothpicks to make fences for his Mississippi, Alabama and Gulf model railroad. He uses the toothpicks that are already pre-notched which works particularly well for barbed wire because of the even spacing. He stains the wood with alcohol and India Ink before he brings them to the layout. With a ruler,…

Hacks and Tricks for Reliable Operation

Martin Tärnrot presents some hacks and tricks to improve the performance and reliability of your model railroad, focusing on three important areas: trucks and wheels, couplings, and tracks. TRUCKS AND WHEELS Why replace wheels? If you have plastic wheels, you’ll get a lot of operational benefits in terms of increased reliability by changing to metal…

Control and Operating Systems: Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum

President of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum, Ray Mueser uses computer control systems in regular operating sessions as well as during public shows. The computer is designed to give operators the ability to run sessions with a hands off approach where the trains chase each other around the layout without hitting one another. The…