Beginners Guide

The Model Railroad Beginners Guide

Intermediate modelers also find this information valuable.

The Guide is a complete collection of all the specialized information you need:

  • How to quickly and easily get started with your dream model train layout… explained in a step-by-step format.
  • How to avoid the common beginner mistakes and what to look for… Planning to save time, money and frustration.
  • How to create a realistic, but functional layout… clever ideas and useful tips for building realistic looking scenery.
  • How to quickly and easily repair minor problems yourself… maintenance and repairs made easy.

And here are some specifics topics.

  • How to pick and build the perfect layout to suit your budget and the space you have available? One that will provide loads of fun for years to come.
  • What is a DCC system and can analog locomotives be run with decoders on a DCC system?
  • How do you convert your analog layout to a DCC system and should you even consider DCC?
  • Why you need boosters in your system and how to calculate how many locomotives you can run at one time with 1 transformer?
  • How to avoid those frustrating electrical shorts on your turnouts?
  • Which model train scale should you consider and why? The pros and cons of the different scales.
  • What to buy and from where, so you get more value for your money? We tell you what to buy cheap and upgrade later and which items you should never skimp on.
  • How to avoid the BIG mistake when making natural looking trees?
  • The easiest way to build and add realism to your tunnels?
  • The 7 common household items that can be used to build fences, scenery, rocks, roads and more.
  • The best way to create grassed meadows and fields and fire scenes!
  • How to create a pond, stream or river that your friends and family will believe it’s real water.
  • The 4 different track options explained and compared to allow you to make an informed decision on what you should be using.
  • Which locomotive and rolling stock should you buy and where? Why there are certain locomotives you should definitely avoid.
  • All the track cleaning methods explained and what not to do. Easy ways to maintain and keep your layout clean… easily keep your trees and scenery free from dust and cobwebs.
  • What repairs you should do yourself and when you should use an experienced repairer.
  • The secrets to creating realism and an aged look… how to create rust, mud and tire marks on your rolling stock.
  • Which power pack should you use to get a more realistic stop and start motion from your locomotives?
  • Which track underlay you should be using to muffle the noise levels of your layout?
  • How to wire your layout for more than 1 train operation.
  • A full glossary to explain the model train language.
  • And much, MUCH more…

This has been just the presentation of a summary of the Guide.

To read complete information about the Guide for Beginning And Intermediate Modelers, click here.







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