• 5:57

    Rick Rideout’s Rix Products Inc

    Rick Rideout’s start in selling and manufacturing his own model railroad products came from a need for a product that wasn’t available. The first items he produced were inspired by a lack of throttles that did not get hot in the hand. He was able to redesign an old throttle to be able to handle…

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  • 12:06

    Operating Systems on the L&N

    Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision houses miles of wire, command control detection circuits, signals, and a computer. Rideout views his computer as simply a system of relays with an on and off switch. The computer in his layout room automatically loads the programs and sets the railroad up. The computer’s interface is located under the…

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  • 1:57

    Scratch-Built Searchlight Signals

    Rick Rideout uses scratch built searchlight signals on his L&N Henderson Subdivision. He starts by sautering a signal head to the top of a piece of tubing. He then drills a hole through a century boundary relay box and runs tubing through to connect to a relay box under the signal. Rideout uses brass wire…

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  • 3:30

    Modifying Standard House Kits

    In this video, Allen Keller sits down with Rick Rideout as he demonstrates ways that a modeler can modify Rideout’s own Rix Products Inc house standard kits. Rideout first describes how to change the roofline on the houses to create one continuous roof instead of the two tiers that come standard. Using an extra house…

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  • 5:51

    Lye-Lowe Branch Line Tour

    The Lye-Low Branch Line of the Musselshell and Yogo Peak (M&YP) Railroad is a Montana layout which features 7 tunnels and over 9 bridges over a long, circuitous track. All bridges are timber scratch built trestles. The tracks are high in the mountains and travel from the Palisades and east to Winstead, making a western…

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  • 7:06

    Jim EuDaly’s Layout Considerations

    In this video, discover the many considerations that modeler Jim EuDaly put into his large and beautiful layout. The lighting on EuDaly’s layout features 60 watt halogen bulbs, in clamps that are mounted on the ceiling at 5 foot intervals. Halogen lights are preferable to EuDaly as they emit a more white light. The scenery…

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  • 2:19

    Introduction to Musselshell & Yogo Peak Railroad

    The Musselshell and Yogo Peak Railroad, or the M&YK for short, is a layout created by Doug Hodgdon and Bill Briggs. In this video, Hodgdon gives an introduction to the layout, and details how he started in the model railroading hobby and profession. The Musselshell and Yogo Peak Railroad is a Montana railway modeled after…

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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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