The Model Railway Show – Episode 0046

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High Tech and High Art

In this episodeā€¦

Seth Neumann and Chris Drome, layout builders and electronics gurus.
Troels Kirk, layout builder and artist.

RFID for car tracking

The model railway hobby is full of sub-hobbies, and for Seth Neumann and Chris Drome one of those sub-hobbies is electronics. They enjoy developing high-tech systems to enhance operation on Seth’s HO scale, modern-era layout.

Taking their cue from today’s full-size railroads, which use Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) systems to track rolling stock, Seth and Chris have developed a similar system for Seth’s layout. It relies on Radio Frequency Identification – a proven and popular system for inventory control, lost pet identification, and other tracking needs.

As Seth and Chris tell Trevor, the layout’s RFID system uses tags on each piece of equipment to be tracked, plus readers to track them. They note the installation has proven to be very reliable and has enhanced operating sessions. They also offer some suggestions for those looking for more information, including the RFID for Model Railroading Yahoo Group.

Effective use of color on model railways: an artist’s perspective

Troels Kirk doesn’t like airbrushes and he doesn’t believe hobbyists need dozens of custom-mixed paint colors. He also prefers paper over wood or styrene when building structures.

While many modelers may find those approaches unconventional, there’s no question that the approach works for Troels, who is building a stunning narrow gauge railway set on the Maine coast. In just a few short years, the On30 Coast Line RR has become a hugely influential layout for narrow gauge enthusiasts around the globe.

Troels, a Danish artist living in Sweden, is a prolific model-builder who regularly publishes progress photos on the Coast Line RR’s page on Facebook, offering a near-daily dose of inspiration. His techniques are described on a one-hour DVD called Realistic Color for Railroad Modeling, available directly from Troels.

He joins Jim to discuss his interest in Maine railroading, his use of color, and how his work as an artist influences his approach to the hobby.

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Next time on The Model Railway Show:

Jim speaks with Brooks Stover about how a website for his S scale layout evolved to become the de facto home of the Buffalo Creek and Gauley Railroad historical society.

Trevor talks to James McNab about how he’s faithfully modeling an industrial track operated by the Iowa Interstate Railroad.

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