• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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