Before diving into the process of wiring your layout, be sure to check out this video on DCC Command Stations and Throttles! Now that you’ve seen exactly what you need in regards to equipment for a DCC equipped layout, it’s time to start wiring all of the pieces together! DCC expert and modeler Steve Barkley goes step-by-step with you in successfully wiring your layout. The first thing you are going to build is a control bus. Find out what materials you need to create control bus wires. See how building your own wire out of telephone wires is more beneficial than buying them. Not only are you saving money, but you have more control over the length of the wire when you build it yourself. Creating control bus wires has never been more easy and enjoyable until now when you use these wiring techniques.
One of the great things about the model railroad backdrop is its versatility and its ability to affect the mood of a model. Depending on the scene you are attempting to create, your backdrop might benefit from more than those standard peaceful blue skies. Painting model railroad backdrops that are busier and more dynamic can…Watch Now >>
When building a new model railroad scene, you may encounter a situation where your track must travel outside the backdrop. This might be because you want to create the illusion of a tunnel or you need to change levels for some reason. No matter why you want to put in the hole in your railroad…Watch Now >>
For those of us who haven’t been blessed with artistic talent, the idea of painting backdrops for model railroad scenes can be pretty nerve-racking. But fear not, there are a number of excellent alternatives available to help create a beautiful scene without ever having to pick up a paint brush. One such option is to…Watch Now >>
At the northwest corner of our expansive model railroad scene we find Floresta Junction, a large staging yard for the C&S and D&RGW railways. In the yards of Floresta, trains travelling both the Colorado & Southern and Denver and Rio Grande Western railways drop shipments and are turned around and reloaded for return journeys, but…Watch Now >>