• The Model Railway Show - Episode 0015

    Posted May 31, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0015 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with O Scale Trains managing editor Mike Cougill about making the hobby more relevant in a time when real trains have faded from everyday life for many people. We also speak with Russ Reinberg - publisher of the Logging, Mining & Industrial An...

  • track this

    Posted May 28, 2011 by Cap't.Jack Scrymgeour

    well folks i did something i never said i would do. took up 95% of my track. i had it all running; 12 isolated tracks, 22 turn outs all powered, and two isolated main lines.It was fun when i just had a few docksiders running about, but as i got more and more engines, trollys and trams. i found that ...

  • Earning a customer forever

    Posted May 26, 2011 by Andrew Kiely

    Gentlemen:  You may remember recently I related a story about how my carelessness cost me a nice locomotive.  While cutting some track, my hand slipped inadvertantly and the moto-tool I was using made a nice cut into the side of my SF Warbonnet FP45.  The shell was ruined.  I was...

  • Not a nut and bolt counter,BUT......

    Posted May 22, 2011 by Darrin Godwin

    I know that model manufacturing companies produce a lot of different locos,cabs,strctures,rolling stock, etc... In order to keep cost down they will pick a generic boxcar(for example) and paint many roadnames on it. Even if the RR had one close to it. For the most part that is OK, bec...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0014

    Posted May 15, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0014 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Mary Miller about how to encourage more women to join, and enjoy, the hobby. We also talk with Pierre Oliver about why you might want to hire a professional builder for all those rolling stock kits that are tucked under the layout. The M...

  • Saga continuation

    Posted May 11, 2011 by David Lutkehaus

    Okay, well, I made the plunge, I purchased the NCE Power Cab system along with two DCC locomotives.  A Sante Fe SD45-2 and a 4-8-0 consolidated.  So now, even though I don't have a layout, I have laid a programing track with a switch and a siding and I can operate a back and forth.  I...

  • SAFETY

    Posted May 11, 2011 by Darrin Godwin

    I have used knifes for years and always practice safe cutting(I have had some close calls). I was using a utility knife, the kind with the screw in the side that holds the body together. The back of the blade kicked out of the handle cutting my thumb and index finger. Seven stitches in the thumb an...

  • what Jack O'lack thinks!

    Posted May 10, 2011 by Cap't.Jack Scrymgeour

    had a good night down stairs in the train dungon, as much fun as a guy can have working with 3 link chain and buffer couplers, problems #1 how to link up wagons with out losing my eye sight, and on top of that how to hook chan couplers with exsiting horn hook, well, right off take a big magnet to yo...

  • Track 1.

    Posted May 10, 2011 by Karl Rethwisch

    Track and track details. Since track, on a model RR, is a model, may I offer a few hints and tricks I have used to replicate realistic lookin’ track ? Some of THE most pleasing structures to look at are railroad track and related equipment. The pleasing nature of track structure is primari...

  • Hurry up and ...... wait.....

    Posted May 8, 2011 by Rick Phipps

    When I first started into this hobby I was gung ho to get started. Of course, since it was to be in a shack that I had been using as a small workshop, there was going to be more work than just to build the framing. Not only was I going to be framing the layout but I was going to be putting in sheetr...