The Beginner's Guide to Model Railroading show

The Beginner's Guide to Model Railroading

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


 Episode 13: Track Laying, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this episode, I go over all the background information required to lay track.

 Episode 12: Listener Questions 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:04

In this episode, I answer a second round of questions from various listeners, covering topics from layout design to turnout types to minimum radii. I also issue a correction from a previous episode and introduce you to OO scale.

 Episode 11: Benchwork! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:09

In this episode, we finally start construction of our model railroads as I describe the broad theory and individual techniques behind how to construct benchwork

 Episode 10: Terminology, Tools, and Trainiacs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:27

This episode details all of the terminology you will need to know to understand railroading and modeling, gives you a list of tools you will need to actually build a model railroad, and tells you how to use them safely. Additionally, at the end, there is a small bonus.

 Episode 9: Prototype Research (Track Planning Workshop, Part 3) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:14

In this episode, I describe how to choose a prototype railroad to model and how to research all the details necessary to model it.

 Episode 8: Listener Questions 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This is the first round of Listener Questions, where I answer your questions on the hobby

 Episode 7: Designing for Space (Track Planning Workshop, Part 2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:36

In this episode, I'll describe the components of a successful trackplan from the perspective of the modeler for whom it will be built.

 Episode 6: Designing for Operations (Track Plan Workshop, Part 1) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:58

In this episode, I'll describe the components of a successful trackplan with respect to the operation of the pike as if it were a real railroad.

 Episode 5: The Beginner's Bible | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:05

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.

 Episode 4: Train Sets and DCC | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:05

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.

 Episode 3: Scale and Gauge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:58

This episode gives an overview of all the different scales used in model railroading and defines the term gauge.

 Episode 2: Introduction to Model Railroading | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:34

In this episode, I will give you a history of model railroading as a hobby, explain a few key features about the hobby, and explain the general steps required to build a model railroad.

 Episode 1: I'm Baaaaaaaaack! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:44

Introductions to the podcast and myself.


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