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!
Model Railroad Academy provides plenty of tips to picking the best roadbed, but cork is one of the most common methods used. In this video, NMRA Master Modeler Gerry Leone offers helpful advice for using cork roadbed on your layout and presents a step-by-step tutorial on how to install it. Gerry starts off the tutorialWatch Now >>
David Holl’s Penn Valley Railroad stands as a prime example in modern model railroading of a mountainous HO layout that expertly incorporates intersecting railroads. In this behind-the-scenes tour, you’ll discover how David operates this magnificent Pennsylvania railway, and follow Local 172 as it heads eastbound from station at Erie in the early hours of theWatch Now >>
Mike Burgett aims to fully immerse the operators in the Chesapeake & Ohio model railroad. He desires to give them a sense of actually working a shift on the railroad. His dedication to realism is beyond the imagination. As a matter of fact, Mike explains that there are times when operating sessions get so intenseWatch Now >>
A layout as large as 34′ x 18′ that is portable enough to display at model train shows is fairly unique in model railroading, so Allen asked the Grossers from what did they draw their inspiration for the portability and design of their massive Soo Line pike? They visited the Midwest Valley Modelers Club inWatch Now >>