Welcome Back to Part two of our beginner series in Model Railroading. This post is all about the basics of building kits, the different track types, DCC, types of trains, what the numbers on a steam locomotive mean and painting terms.
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Plastic Model Building Kits:
1. Pre-Built Plastics [model buildings].
2. Build your self plastics
3. Build your self-Wood.
Scenery Materials: Various: Main one is Woodland Scenics, Trost’s own, Bachmann, Heki. These are just a few of the brand names. Almost all scenery lines are geared to function with most or all scales.
People, Vehicles, Railroad parts i.e. crossing signs, lights, etc.
Woodland scenics, Model Power, Miniatures By Eric, Excel, Hobits, Micro Engineering, Trost’s Own, Herpa, Athearn, Wiking, McHenry, Kadee to name a few.
Track: HO and N scales: Peco; Atlas; EZ Bachmann – O scale; Atlas O, RealTraxx
There is quite a lot for variety in most scales.
Different Types of Model Railroad Track
A question that always comes up first is – What type of model train track should I use? There are several different brands and sizes available. Mostly what you use is personal preference. One thing to remember is that the size of the rails is reported as the code. For example code 83-model railroad track has larger rails than code 55 tracks.
The difference between Atlas HO Code 83 and Code 100 track: Literally, the code of a piece of track is the height of the rail in thousandths of an inch (meaning code 83 rail is .083" high; code 100 rail is .100" high). The significant difference lies in the physical appearance of the two types of track. Atlas Code 83 track has fine, brown ties whereas Code 100 has slightly thicker black ties. Because of
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