Category Archives: Helpful Hints

Seven Items You Likely Won’t Find at the Hobby Shop

Seven Items You Likely Won’t Find at the Hobby Shop But which are very useful for model railroaders By Ernest H. Robl Okay, there are lots of different hobby shops, including some

Tracks in Concrete

Tracks in Concrete A quick project with tempered fiberboard By Ernest H. Robl In many industrial areas and even at some railroad facilities, tracks are embedded in concrete, much like streetcar tracks

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

The C-Line #62058

The C-Line #62058 It’s not a locomotive but can still help keep your layout moving By Ernest H. Robl I’ve written before about problems with model railroad product documentation, mostly noting that

Layout Design Choices

Layout Design Choices Deciding What to Build and How to Build it By Fred Preller You stare at the blank sheet of paper, pencils sharp, rulers, protractors, triangles, french and spline curves

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 dissertation.

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

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