The Adaptability of Digital Command Control (DCC) In Model Railroading

The Adaptability of Digital Command Control (DCC) In Model Railroading A simple DC (Direct Current) transformer will give you a nice chugging locomotive going one way on your model train track, however, with a DCC (Digital Command Control) unit you can have the flexibility of having an entire train-switching yard happening right in front of your eyes! That is the adaptability that is available with this coming-of-age technology in the model railroad hobby! Assuming you have already done all that you can with the standard controller that you got with your train set, whether that is a Bachmann, Kato, Marklin, … Continue reading The Adaptability of Digital Command Control (DCC) In Model Railroading

00 Gauge Layouts From Planning To Construction Stage

00 Gauge Layouts From Planning To Construction Stage 00 gauge layouts are arguably the most popular scaled layouts in the UK. This is mainly because of the manufactures Hornby and Bachmann provide a big range of ready-to-run stock and starter sets for people to enjoy. Also, 00 originally came from HO but changed because the large propulsion mechanisms in HO scale models would not fit into the small British prototypes, so the scale was changed without altering the gauge. 00 gauge is similar, but not exactly the same size as HO scale. This has caused some complications with modeling, but … Continue reading 00 Gauge Layouts From Planning To Construction Stage

The Advantages Of N Scale Train Layouts And Why They Are The Space Savers

The Advantages Of N Scale Train Layouts And Why They Are The Space Savers Space restrictions should not keep you from being able to create a great model train layout, that’s why you should think about an N scale train layout because of the scaling size. The goal for an N scale layout is to have as much functionality, if not more, within a more limited space. With a scale ratio of 1:160, N scale is toward the smaller end of scales, providing you with more room to work but with more difficulty because it is more precise due to … Continue reading The Advantages Of N Scale Train Layouts And Why They Are The Space Savers

How To Reach Realistic Scale Speed Operation On A Model Railroad Layout

How To Reach Realistic Scale Speed Operation On A Model Railroad Layout If you are like many others in the hobby you’ll want your model railroad layout to be reasonably realistic in appearance and your trains to operate in a realistic way. A mistake that many make (especially when starting in the hobby) is to run their trains too quickly. You might like to have your trains whizzing around the track at high speed, but that can cause problems (like derailments), and it doesn’t usually look realistic. The best thing is to avoid the temptation to go to fast and … Continue reading How To Reach Realistic Scale Speed Operation On A Model Railroad Layout

The Key To Keeping Trains In Mint Condition Protected From Dirt, Dust And Grime

The Key To Keeping Trains In Mint Condition Protected From Dirt, Dust And Grime Model railway locomotives and rolling stock all need to be kept clean and well-maintained, as does the track-work and layout in general. It can be a constant job to keep things operating efficiently and protecting trains and structures from dirt, grime and dust build up. Some veterans in the hobby give the scenery and track a light spray with distilled water as one method of maintaining it in good condition. There are various other tasks including track cleaning and locomotive lubrication that need to be done … Continue reading The Key To Keeping Trains In Mint Condition Protected From Dirt, Dust And Grime

Deciding a Track Plan Before Building Your Model Railroad Layout

Deciding a Track Plan Before Building Your Model Railroad Layout When planning construction of a model railroad there are all sorts of possible track configurations and plans to consider. It really depends on the space you have at your disposal and what type of train operation you would most enjoy. Real railroads (prototype) run from one destination to another rather than go around in a circle. In reality, real railroads usually have hundreds, if not thousands, of miles of track to work with. Even in a scaled down form, most model railroads lack the space to fully replicate this, so … Continue reading Deciding a Track Plan Before Building Your Model Railroad Layout

Inexpensive Ways to Make Trees and Ground Cover For Your Model Railroad Layout

Inexpensive Ways to Make Trees and Ground Cover For Your Model Railroad Layout One of the most exciting aspects of model railroading is creating the scenery to enhance the landscape of a layout. The scenery is what adds the personality and interest to a layout to make it truly unique. There are all sorts of scenery accessories you can purchase from online model train stores, but many things can be made from everyday items around the home. You do not always need to spend money when there are things around you for free. Twigs from your back yard are a … Continue reading Inexpensive Ways to Make Trees and Ground Cover For Your Model Railroad Layout

Tragic schoolgirl, 15, dies after being hit by train while trying to take selfie

apple.news/Ajg0YkIHOTyOZpbUxVC-ISQ Karina Baymukhambetova was “cut into pieces” by the freight train in Orsk, Russia, local media reports A teenage girl was killed by a freight train as she tried to take a selfie at the side of the tracks . Karina Baymukhambetova, 15, was struck by the train at the weekend in Orsk, Russia. She was reportedly “cut into pieces” in the horror. An unnamed boy with her – a relative – managed to jump free from the track. “The train driver spotted people on the railway line and sounded his horn,” said a local media report. “He applied the … Continue reading Tragic schoolgirl, 15, dies after being hit by train while trying to take selfie

Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Amtrak Train in Bowie

apple.news/AXcyK45NWS-Skb7ON5rzpkg Published Mar 26, 2019 at 7:35 AM | Updated at 8:23 AM EDT on Mar 26, 2019 A pedestrian was killed Monday night after being hit by an Amtrak train in Bowie, Maryland. It happened at 11th Street and Chestnut Avenue, Prince George’s Police said. The train, Acela 2171, was traveling south at the time, an Amtrak spokesperson said. Two people were trespassing on the tracks about 9:45 p.m. when they “came into contact” with the train, the spokesperson said. There was no word on the victim’s identity or the condition of the second person. • Get Breaking News … Continue reading Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Amtrak Train in Bowie

4 Amtrak deaths reported in two days; company encourages rail safety

apple.news/AiAZvqo4kQtquWvzEzMUokg Updated 5:02 pm EDT Mar. 26, 2019 At least four people have been killed by Amtrak trains in the past week, with one of the most recent incidents taking place Tuesday in New York.  An Amtrak train traveling from Manhattan to Albany struck and killed a pedestrian Tuesday in rural Columbia County, according to Richard Mazzone, Troop K commander of the New York State Police.  Police said the man, whom they did not identify by name, was found dead along the rail line. The official cause of death remains under investigation. This wasn’t the only Amtrak-related fatality to occur … Continue reading 4 Amtrak deaths reported in two days; company encourages rail safety