• 12:01

    Powerbus Made Easy

    Martin Tärnrot assembles a Powerbus. What is Powerbus? You need to have track feeds on multiple places along the line to maintain good quality of the digital control signal coming from your command station. Otherwise the engines will not listen to the commands because the quality of the signal is too poor. Typically you route…

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  • 6:03

    Installing an Engine Decoder Power Pack with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to assemble a cheap model train power pack. Using cheaper power packs can save a modeler a lot of money, and the assembly is the same for most packs. Model train power packs, or batteries onboard locomotives, have grown in popularity in the hobby. Specifically in…

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  • 2:34

    Wiring your Layout: Attaching the Programming Track

    Modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley uses a piece of test track as a programming track for programming his locomotives. He has two wires soldered to the two rails and connects the two wires to the programming output on the command station. The first wire is connected and screwed down to the connector, and he…

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  • 12:32

    Locomotive Decoder Installation

    Once a DCC is installed on a layout, decoders have to be installed in the locomotives. In this video, modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley demonstrates decoder installation. The easiest way to have a decoder equipped on a locomotive is to buy one. The locomotive Barkley shows has one already installed and is ready to…

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  • 14:52

    How to Wire a Model Railroad Turnout

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how he wires a model railroad turnout in this video. Turnouts can be a frustration on a model railroad layout. Cars can derail from mechanical problems and engines can stall from electrical problems. In this video, Leone shows how to help solve these stalling issues.…

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  • 10:08

    Using Heat Shrink Tubing

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone talks heat shrink tubing in this video. Electricity is essential to model railroading and when two wires touch that shouldn’t, they short-circuit and cause problems on a layout. Short-circuits can be prevented with measures like heat shrink tubing. The tubing comes in variety packs and can…

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  • 10:47

    Installing Micro-Slide Switches with Tony Koester

    Tony Koester talks micro-slide switches in this video. Tony uses a single pull double throw slide switch for his railroads. The microswitch has three pulls or wires; the center pull where the power is going out, and the outer two pulls where the power is coming in. On a turnout on a layout, the frogger…

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  • 5:49

    Troubleshooting Your DCC System

    Fixing problems on your Digital Command Control system does not have to be hard if you know efficient ways to troubleshoot. It can be a great inconvenience if you discover an issue after building out an entire layout. In this video, Steve Barkley emphasizes the importance of testing out small portions of your layout’s DCC…

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  • 4:38

    Getting Started in DCC – Choosing a DCC System

    As Steve Barkley states in this video, getting started with Digital Command Control does not have to be complicated or expensive. There are many DCC systems that are available in the market, and they can be as low as a hundred, to a couple hundred dollars. Barkley shows and details the subtle differences in a…

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