Want to add some fun and a great bit of realism to your layout? Consider adding model railroad signals. Watch as modeler and DCC expert, Steve Barkley, describes how a signal driver card operates your model railroad signals system. Actually, they operate like a decoder for your signaling system. Steve grew up in the 1950s watching the Northern Pacific railroad operate semaphores to give a green (Go), yellow (Proceed with Caution) or red (Stop) signal to oncoming trains. He wanted the same kind of realism for his NP layout which models from Livingston to Billings, Montana. He found some DCC companies manufacture signal driver cards that operate either colored lights or semaphore systems. Choose the model railroad signals system that’s right for your railroad in the era in which you model and get ready for an added texture of realism for your pike!
For the next stop on our tour of the Colorado and Southern Railway, we explore the layout and scenery of Baldwin. Baldwin, which is located in Gunnison County, Colorado and serves as midpoint in the Ohio Creek Extension, was once an important hub for the C&S Railway. Toeing the narrow ledges of coal mines buried…Watch Now >>
Nothing completes a model railroad quite like a well-made backdrop. You can add a remarkable amount of realism to your model railroad layouts by setting the scene for a nice blue sky day with a painted backdrop. To create your own illuminating backdrops for model railroads, all you’ll need are a few basic materials and…Watch Now >>
Oftentimes when building a model railroad layout, it’s beneficial to utilize a stacked scene with multiple levels. Multilevel model train benchwork offers a number of unique advantages to a scene, one of which being the illusion of grander scale. For instance, you might employ the layout of the multilevel model train benchwork if you were…Watch Now >>
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 branch…Watch Now >>