Kalmbach Publishing Co.
A collection of various articles from the Model Railroader magazine that are related to laying track on your layout.
Title / Description
Flextrack for smooth operations
Describes how to lay flextrack. Describes rail code sizes.
Laying Flextrack on Curves
How to create smooth curves with flextrack.
Railroading Without Derailments
This chapter provides a checklist to make sure everything works to keep the equipment on the track, such as making sure the track is in gauge, turnouts are smooth, wheels are in gauge, and use of good couplers.
Superelevating HO Flextrack
This chapter describes how to raise the outer rail of curved track to make the track appear superelevated, just like the prototype.
How To Handlay Track
This chapter covers the tools and materials needed to handlay track, and also describes how to cut the ties, stain the ties, laying the ties, laying the rail, dealing with rail joint gaps, attaching power feeders, and ballasting.
Better N Scale Tracklaying Techniques
Describes how to lay flextrack on foamboard layout, and covers painting the track, ballasting, and adding details.
Working with Turnouts
This chapters covers the terminology, types, and troubleshooting of turnouts. Included are topics about insulated frog and power routing turnouts.
Building a Turnout from Scratch
This chapter takes you step-by-step through the process of building an HO-scale turnout.
Handlaying Code 40 Turnouts in N Scale
This chapter takes you step-by-step through the process of building an N-scale turnout.
Hide Those Switch Motors
Techniques for hiding the twin-coil and Tortoise switch machines under the layout.
This chapter shows how to mount a Tortoise switch machine some distance from the turnout it controls. Also covers how to use an easy-to-remove connector.
This chapter describes the various roadbed profiles depending on the purpose of the track.
Name That Track
This chapter describes the various tracks and what their purposes are.
Ballast: The Finishing Touch
Covers preparing the track and ballasting. Also includes a diagram of Boston & Main RR track cross-sections.
Weathering Track for Realism
Painting track to make it look more realistic.
Track and Lineside Details
Studying prototype track photos reveals many details to that can be used to enhance the track's realism in our models.
What they are and how to model them.
Bridge Guard Rails
Describes bridge guard rails and how to model them.
Bumping Posts and Car Stops
Describes the various types, with some modeling suggestions.
Switch Stands and Targets
Covers the various stands and targets, and also describes how to model a working switch stand in various scales.
Switch Stand Appurtenances
Further details we can add to our turnouts to improve their appearance.
Railroad Line Poles
This chapter covers telegraph and signal lines. Also provides some suggestions for how to model them.
Mileposts and Scale Miles
Covers the various mile posts and how to effectively model them on our layouts.
Railroad Speed Signs
Describes the various speed signs and how we can model them.
What they are and how we can model them.
What they are, and a brief note on how they can be modeled.
Instrument Cases and Where to Find Them
This chapter describes what they are. It includes exploded diagrams.
Describes what instrument houses are, and provides exploded diagrams for a number of them.
Build a Slide-detector Fence
Describes what a slide-detector fence is and how we can model them.
Model an HO Scale ACI Scanner
Describes the device and how we can model them.
Automatic Bad-order Detector
This chapter describes a "talking" hotbox and dragging-equipment installation.
Describes the device that finds and reports train equipment failures.