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!
As with most components of a layout, all model railroaders have unique preferences for how they like to put together their trackage. Some like to build their tracks from scratch, while others opt for commercial kits that piece together without any need for additional work. And then there are those who go for the middle… Read more »Watch Now >>
For many years, George Sellios has been famous in the world of model railroading for his intricately detailed and high-quality structures. Followers of his products began to wonder when they’d ever get to see behind the scenes of one of his layouts, and friends, the day has finally arrived. Host Allen Keller visited George’s workshop… Read more »Watch Now >>
When you look at some of the best model railroads built by experts, you’ll notice that they don’t usually feature buildings with clean white walls and elements fresh from their boxes. There is almost always some form of weathering, especially for scenes set in rural scenes or in past decades. That’s because weathering components of… Read more »Watch Now >>
If you’re building a long backdrop for your model railroad layout, you’re going to have to connect the boards together using nails or staples, which means you’ll end up with a fairly visible seam. Expert modelers generally have a couple options during the process of model railroad backdrop construction to cover this seam, but we’ve… Read more »Watch Now >>