Using DCC to Control Model Railroad Signals

Duration: 1:20

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!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, John. Sorry about that. We’ll have to look into that one. A local club here in town is using JMRI to operate their signals.

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  1. GREG

    What is this, a teaser? I’m a member, I want some information on this topic: power supplies, wiring tips, typical controller boards, finding the right equipment for my era (1956 SP, Southern Oregon). Come on MRA where is the beef?

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  2. LEON

    Could have given more info. Also you have almost nothing on O gauge. Very Dissatisfied & Disappointed!

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