Category Archives: Helpful Hints

Electric Locomotive Pantograph Arcing

Electric Locomotive Pantograph Arcing By Roger Heid   When I was a kid, I frequently got to ride on a trolley, also called street car. The first trolleys were horse drawn. Now,

Turnouts/Switches – Analog or Digital?

Turnouts/Switches – Analog or Digital ? Pros and Cons / Installation Hints By Roger Heid This is a much disputed perennial question. There is no right answer; there is no wrong answer.

Feeder Wire Installation and Hook Up

Feeder Wire Installation and Hook Up By Roger Heid   Once your track layout expands beyond your initial starter kit, it will be advantageous to add additional feeding points to your tracks.

Soldering Equipment and Techniques

Soldering Equipment and Techniques By Roger Heid   In your quest to improve your model railroad skills and experience you might, sooner or later, try to do some soldering. You may already

Flickering Interior Car Lighting

Flickering Interior Car Lighting By Roger Heid   So you finally managed to install interior lights into a few passenger cars. Great!  Now you put the whole thing to a test, but,

Why does my locomotive not work?

Why does my locomotive not work? By Roger Heid This is one of the most frequently asked questions, by beginners and advanced users alike. The question reflected in the blog title is

HO Scale Model Railroad Couplers

HO Scale Model Railroad Couplers By Roger Heid and Ulrich Albrecht   In this blog, we will try to shed some light into couplers and the associated issues, primarily for HO Scale

Memories of Old: My First Model Passenger Train

Old Memories: My First Model Passenger Train By Roger Heid   On Christmas 1956, my railroad system did not see much expansion. I guess there were more pressing issues in the budget.

Model Catenary Issues

Model Catenary Issues By Roger Heid Comments by Ernest Robl  Catenaries are the wires which electric locomotives are suspended from.  On the roof of an Electric Locomotive you can see some kind

Maerklin DCC: Getting Started

Maerklin DCC: Getting Started By Roger Heid   In this blog I will address all those who are considering or already have decided to enter the wonderful world of the Maerklin Digital