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!
Chuck Hitchcock’s HO scale model of the Argentine Division of Santa Fe Railway was a truly innovative layout for its time. Chuck’s focus on the urban surroundings of industrial Kansas City in 1953 paved the way for future modelers to create similarly breathtaking cityscapes. In this segment, Allen Keller walks you through a typical runWatch Now >>
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