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Introduction to Live Steam Shay (Part 1)

Friday, February 15th, 2013

If you’ve ever thought about getting into small-scale (G gauge)Live Steam, here’s the basics of running an Accucraft 3-cylinder Shay.
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DCC Introduction

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

This video gives a DCC introduction and demonstrates the differences between DC and DCC The DCC Demonstration is intended to show the many advantages of digital command control over direct current

An Introduction To N Scale Model Railroading

Monday, October 17th, 2011

One of the smaller scales of model train, the N in N scale model train stands for the number nine; the space between the rails used for these trains is nine millimeters. This scale is significantly smaller than the other popular scales of model train: O and HO, making this ideal for those model train hobbyists who don’t necessarily have a lot of room to devote to their hobby but want to maximize their use of space. N scale is also a good choice for those who want to run longer trains in their layouts. These trains have the advantage of being smaller and lighter and as such, they need less power than do the larger model railroad scales. Even with their smaller size, these trains generally have a lot of detail and realism, often more than O and HO scale trains. N scale trains allow hobbyists to create complex layouts which have a lot of realism in far less space than a larger scale train may take. This makes this scale of model trains a great choice for transporting layouts to expositions and other public exhibits. These trains are used enough that hobbyists have access to a wide variety of scenery elements and accessories for their N scale model railroads. You can find scenery for these trains which are just as detailed and realistic as those available for larger scales. There are also N scale steam locomotives which make real steam due to their use of boilers. Another advantage of these smaller trains is that you can use batteries or an ordinary power supply to run your model railroad. N scale model trains are small enough that you can set up your layout even if you live in a smaller apartment or have only half of a room to dedicate to your hobby. You can make even large and elaborate N scale model railroad layouts on one relatively small plywood sheet which can be transported with ease – you can look at examples of these layouts online, including videos. You can also find instructional videos and books which can help you to get started building your own layouts. Many people are of the opinion that a less popular scale such as N scale doesn’t offer a lot of choices to hobbyists in terms of accessories and scenery items – but as it happens, there is plenty available to N scale enthusiasts. While you might not see everything you’re looking for in a local hobby shop, you can easily find all of the N scale accessories you need on the web. There are websites which specialize in sets and accessories for this scale of model train. Those who are newer to the hobby or to this scale will find a lot to like about Bachman’s N scale model railroad sets such as the White Christmas Express. This set includes enough track for a 34″ by 24″ oval, a steam locomotive, a tender car, two cars and caboose as well as a power pack, a working headlight and speed controller. There are also plenty of other choices – Bachman offers a wide variety of other sets and accessories which anyone who loves N scale model trains is sure to love.

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One of the smaller scales of model train, the N in N scale model train stands for the number nine; the space between the rails used for these trains is nine millimeters. This scale is significantly smaller than the other popular scales of model train: O and HO, making this ideal for those model train hobbyists who don’t necessarily have a lot of room to devote to their hobby but want to maximize their use of space. N scale is also a good choice for those who want to run longer trains in their layouts. These trains have the advantage of being smaller and lighter and as such, they need less power than do the larger model railroad scales.

Even with their smaller size, these trains generally have a lot of detail and realism, often more than O and HO scale trains. N scale trains allow hobbyists to create complex layouts which have a lot of realism in far less space than a larger scale train may take. This makes this scale of model trains a great choice for transporting layouts to expositions and other public exhibits.

You can create just about any sort of layout you’d like for your N scale model trains even if you happen to have just part of a room available for your model railroading – even an elaborate layout can be built on just one sheet of plywood while being small enough that it can be taken anywhere you like. There are videos and photos both offline and online as well as books which can help you to get started creating your own N scale model train layouts.

Some people believe that the lower popularity of these small trains means that there just aren’t enough products on the market, but this isn’t really the case. While local stores don’t always offer the best selection, a simple search online will help you turn up a number of specialty retailers. There are sites that specialize in just N scale!

Those who are newer to the hobby or to this scale will find a lot to like about Bachman’s N scale model railroad sets such as the White Christmas Express. This set includes enough track for a 34″ by 24″ oval, a steam locomotive, a tender car, two cars and caboose as well as a power pack, a working headlight and speed controller. There are also plenty of other choices – Bachman offers a wide variety of other sets and accessories which anyone who loves N scale model trains is sure to love.

The Author is a Model Train enthusiast, he has helped many hobbyists to create the layout of their dreams thanks to his 10 Days Email Mini-Course. Visit his website ModelTrainsLessons.com to subscribe to this Free course or simply to find more information on n model railroad.

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Build a model train layout: Model railroad introduction with Michael Gross WGH

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, will teach you the simple how-to workshop techniques you need to know to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. We’ll show you how to build a 4×8 model train table (benchwork) from plywood, lay sections of track, create easy realistic scenery using foam and paint, assemble model buildings, and wire your layout with a DC power pack. When you’re done, youll have a railroad that operates well and looks real. Our techniques would work in N, O, S, G, or Z scale also. This video is scene 1, Introduction For more information and a free booklet with more tips visit greatesthobby.com. The World’s Greatest Hobby program is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the fun, relaxing, and fascinating hobby of model railroading. Primary sponsors of our series are Atlas Model Railroad Co., Bachmann Trains, Kato Precision Railroad Models, Wm. K. Walthers Inc., and Kalmbach Publishing. Co, publisher of Model Railroader and Classic Toy Trains magazines. To contact the World’s Greatest Hobby e-mail info@greatesthobby.com Visit our website at www.greatesthobby.com

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