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!
Who knew adding intrigue to your model railroad scenes could be as simple as spray painting a couple colors on the backdrop? Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! You may not have known that with just a store-bought template and two cans of model railroad spray paint (or regular spray paint), you can… Read more »Watch Now >>
Model railroading has proven to be a complex hobby mixed with creativity, art, and history. Layouts are often influenced by actual locations and time periods. In fact, many modelers have created layouts that are accurate replications of history. Any dedicated modeler can recreate a genuine work of railroad art with a bit of research and… Read more »Watch Now >>
Those of us model railroaders who have urban scenes on our layouts are often dismayed at the high cost of buying building kits to create realistic scenes to fill vast spaces. Finding enough variety of building shapes and architectural styles is also problematic. Watch as Expert Modeler Tom Lund creates urban model railroad buildings at… Read more »Watch Now >>
When it comes to operating a realistic model railroad, a well organized schedule should be top priority. Ask any master modeler what it takes to run proper operations, and they’ll tell you it’s all about the schedule. Whether you opt for timetable, card or any other operating system, if you make it easy for your… Read more »Watch Now >>