Category Archives: Beginners

Thoughts About Layout Design 2

Thoughts About Layout Design 2 Starting with a start set By Ernest H. Robl In a previous post, Christmas in July, I wrote about how start sets were a good way to

Thoughts About Layout Design 1

Thoughts About Layout Design 1 Commentary By Ernest H. Robl New model railroaders often want advice on how to design their first layout — or where to find appropriate layout plans. They

Tips and Things to Consider 1

Tips and Things to Consider 1 First in a series of random hints and ideas By Ernest H. Robl A somewhat random collection of thoughts and things I’ve learned along the way

Interior Car Lighting and Marker Lights

Interior Car Lighting and Marker Lights By Roger Heid   Not much has been written about interior car lights and end-of train (EOT) marker lights. Some people outright dislike interior lighting for

Catenary Issues Update

Catenary Issues Update By Roger Heid   Some time ago, I published a blog dealing with overhead catenaries. This blog is meant to be a follow up and update to the previous

Christmas in July

Christmas in July Thoughts about digital starter sets   By Ernest H. Robl   Earlier this month — July 2, 2015, to be exact — I received the largest single shipment of

Proper Oiling and Lubrication

Proper Oiling and Lubrication By Roger Heid The Squeaky Wheel It is said that the wheel that squeals the loudest gets the most grease. Well, on my model railroad layout I never

Model Railroad Signals

Model Railroad Signals By Roger Heid   Somewhere along the line you have decided to add some signals to your layout. There has been some confusion as to how to go about

What is a Digital Decoder?

What is a Digital Decoder? By Roger Heid   This article addresses all those who are new to digital systems and may not have any clue as to what this is about,

Basic Wiring and Connection Techniques

Basic Wiring and Connection Techniques By Roger Heid   This article addresses all you beginners who are unfamiliar with wiring and connectors. It is not intended to teach you which wire goes