Video: PR Anthracite Lines by the Short Line Model Railroad Club

Watch this tour of the Pennsylvania Reading Anthracite Lines, an excellent source of ideas and inspiration for your layout, built by the Short Line Model Railroad Club of Ephrata, PA.


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How to Make Model Railroad Sub Roadbed

Here’s an interesting approach from Geoff A to create sub roadbed that utilizes more of your expensive material with a minimum of waste.  Using this approach enables you to create gentle and realistic easements without having to guess angles or memorizing what you may have already put in place.

From the looks of his layout, he’s going to have a spectacular railroad when he’s done!




Video: Take a ride on Bob Wundrock’s Layout

We’ve seen videos of layouts before from the viewing angle of a engineer, but Bob Wundrock’s perspective is unique in that he has a graphic overlay of what an engineer would actually be seeing!

This made us think, with the explosion of FPV (or First Person View) in the drone / quadcopter market, how could we merge this technology with our model railroads?  Instead of merely “running” our trains around the layout, what if we were to actually put an FPV camera in our locomotives and DRIVE our trains?!  We already have realistic LED lighting and controls so that you actually have to pay attention to speed restrictions, lights, and crossings.  An interesting concept that we’d like to see more of!