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The Beginner's Guide to Model Railroading

BGTMRRING is a free podcast explaining the basics for how to partake in the marvelous hobby of model railroading.

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Episode 6: Designing for Operations (Track Plan Workshop, Part 1)

Nobody will ever be able to completely synthesize all the information you will need to build a successful track plan, but these episodes should hopefully give you a good primer. This episode will focus on railroad operation, and the components there with associated, and the next episode will focus on space usage and design from the human perspective.

50mins

6 May 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 5: The Beginner's Bible

This episode gives an overview of and solutions to common beginner pitfalls, with an eye towards the future and planning properly for it. If you have any suggestions or additions that you'd like to recommend, please use the contact page on the website to submit your feedback, and I will make updated versions of this episode. Special thanks to the Scathing Atheist Podcast, found at https://scathingatheist.com or on iTunes

28mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 9: Prototype Research (Track Planning Workshop, Part 3)

In this episode, I describe how to choose and research a prototype railroad. The most important take-home message I can give you is that you should never underestimate the value of some good in-person research at a historical society or university library.The website I reference in the episode is thusly: https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=262:1:19084355468963::::: and contains a complete archive of all the USGS maps ever recorded. Just search by state and quadrat name, and you will get a downloadable list of the files for maps made of that area.Also please visit the links page of the website, which has a new, very detailed section on resources prototype research.

28mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 4: Train Sets and DCC

In this episode, I give an overview of what the beginner will find in a train set, and explain the difference between DC and DCC. This will hopefully help the beginner to understand if they should buy a train set or use DCC.

28mins

5 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 7: Designing for Space (Track Planning Workshop, Part 2)

Nobody will ever be able to completely synthesize all the information you will need to build a successful track plan, but these episodes should hopefully give you a good primer. This episode will focus on layout design from a modeler perspective and in the context of a layout room. Other topics also covered are that of modeler personality, track planning software, and making a layout for your own interests.

50mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #5