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!
When it comes to adding natural elements to your model railroad scenery, there’s nothing better for achieving realism than using the real thing. This is especially true for dirt–you can recreate its likeness with brown paint, but it clearly doesn’t feel the same without the texture of actual particulates. Plus, getting real dirt is simple;… Read more »Watch Now >>
The Musselshell & Yogo Peak model railroad is a representation of Montana and designed by Bill Briggs and Doug Hodgdon. The terrain is mountainous, the cities are remote, and ghost towns are apparent. With over twenty years in the making, this layout sure is a sight to see. Follow along for some behind-the-scenes footage as… Read more »Watch Now >>
Stony Creek & Western’s Gil Freitag really enjoys model train operations, but used to spend ‘way too much time preparing for an ops session. Now, he’s streamlined the process to just ten minutes, and he shares his tips for model railroad operations with Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller in Part 5 of his series on… Read more »Watch Now >>
The model railroad layout begins with the benchwork. In starting to design and plan a layout, the first component you have to consider is how to maximize your space and build a structure that suits your unique specifications. For a little bit of help deciding the best option, we like to turn to the experts… Read more »Watch Now >>