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Model Railroading Basics

Model Railroading Basics

Bob Ellis
August 2011



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This material is intended to be used as web pages if Internet access is available and/or as a live demo if run on a computer with the necessary software (TrainPlayer & AnyRail).

Model RR scales
Rolling stock: locos, cars
Typical track components
The problem of circle diameter
Overall layout size: space, reachability
Type of layout: toy train, scale
Operations; watch trains run, switching, mainline
Examples of good layouts
Benchwork: table top, open grid, shelf, modular
Track laying
Electrical: 2 rail/3 rail, DC/AC, command control

References; (The National Model RR Association (NMRA) is a primary resource) (Wikipedia has some good background information on model railroading) (A major publisher of books & magazines about trains & model railroading) (Kalmbach beginners books for model railroading)

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