• 0:36

    DCC Components

    Modeler and DCC Expert Steve Barkley provides a quick overview of Digital Command Control Systems (DCC). If you’re thinking about converting to DCC, Steve suggests constructing a sample layout so you can watch the system in action. You will also have the opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with DCC components before you convert your…

    Watch Now >>
  • 4:29

    Installing a Tortoise

    If you purchase a brand new Tortoise Slow-Motion Switch Machine for your model railroad layout, you will notice there is some assembly required as well as an installation process. Although the process is fairly easy and the product comes with instructions and templates, some modelers learn best from visual instruction. In this video, modeler George…

    Watch Now >>
  • 3:59

    How to Incorporate Signaling Systems into Model Railroads

    The invention of railroad signaling systems was introduced when automobile traffic became more prevalent in the 1900’s. Signaling systems are a crucial part of the railroad today. Detection and signaling prevent collisions, keep the trains on schedule and support a safer environment. Due to the high importance of signaling systems, they are critical for your…

    Watch Now >>
  • 9:48

    Ideas for Creating Realistic Model Railway Sounds

    Conrail New Jersey’s builder/operator, Matt Snell, tells Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller that adding sound was a natural outgrowth of observations that his nighttime operations were too quiet. So he added various model railway sounds via modules with speakers spread throughout his basement and his layout came to life! In a step-by-step tutorial, Matt shares…

    Watch Now >>
  • Electromagnetic Uncoupler

    How to Build an Electromagnetic Uncoupler for Your Train

    If you enjoy model railroad switching operations like Stony Creek & Western’s Gil Freitag, you’ll often find you need two hands to hold the cab throttle and speed knob, and a third hand to uncouple with a pick! Gil has come up with a solution to that problem, and he shows Model Railroad Academy’s Allen…

    Watch Now >>
  • 3:05

    Model Railway Wiring and Dust Cleaning Techniques

    When it comes to model railway wiring, Lee Nicholas, owner/operator of the Utah Colorado Western, prefers to keep it simple. He shows Allen Keller his method for hooking up his bus and feeder wires. Lee has two bus wires of different colors running beneath his layout, but when it comes to attaching feeder wires, he…

    Watch Now >>
  • 2:23

    Model Railroading Introduction to Digital Command Control

    There’s probably no single advancement in running model railroad locomotives in the last half-century more significant than Digital Command Control, or DCC. It simply has revolutionized the way we run and control not only trains but signals, turnouts and many other functions – all from a hand control throttle known as a cab. Veteran modeler…

    Watch Now >>
  • model train decoder

    Techniques for Installing a Model Train Decoder

    For those modelers who are intimidated by the thought of installing a model train decoder, watch as Ray Grosser takes you step by step through the process with an HO steam locomotive. He begins by separating the superstructure (boiler, etc.) from the frame, including the wires where they’re connected to the motor. He gently unsolders…

    Watch Now >>
  • 1:20

    Using DCC to Control Model Railroad Signals

    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…

    Watch Now >>