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.
Not every stop along a major railroad is complete with town center, service station and saloon–some components of a railway are just small stopovers en route to the final destination. This is the case for Cooper, a long passing siding that connects the main lines of C&S Railway. In our next segment covering the branchWatch Now >>
Next in our journey along the C&S Railway, we leave the main line and follow a branch line through Ruby Junction. Ruby Junction joins together Kebler Pass and Irwin, which sit in the high mountains of Colorado. To make the town of Ruby come to life, expert modelers took advantage of a variety of techniquesWatch Now >>
Forced perspective can be one of the most useful tools the model railroader has at his disposal. You can add a great amount of depth to your scene and create impressive illusions with proper angles and well placed model railroad scenery. These illusions are often necessary for building a convincing model if you are workingWatch Now >>
Setting the scene for a model railroad can be a very enjoyable experience, especially if you take the time to experiment with the layout and mood of the backdrop. When you choose to paint your own backdrop instead of using enlarged photographs, you allow yourself a greater deal of room for trial and error. That’sWatch Now >>