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Starting out new on trains has been many many years since i last had any, question is..DC verses DCC..i see where the newest thing out is the DCC are they alot better or what..?? Checked out some of the garden train set up..all i can say is WOW was wild how people do those things i even looked at the trains that you can ride way to rich for my blood, any ways any and all help you can offer would be great.

         Thanks

         Kirk

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Kirk,

I would explore the local hobby shops in your area for ideas and input from your local hobby dealer. They will guide you with the best advice on which way to go. For some reading materials to purchase and study is a great set of softcover books published by Kalmbach Publications. They
can be purchased at major bookstore chains or on line through Kalmbach Publications. com

You want to look for their book on introduction to DCC model railroading, etc.

My advice to you is look first of what you want to model. Location, Railroad Prototype, Era and space allotted in your home to build a layout. And last, how much money you want to invest.

The rest is up to you. Good luck and congratulations with heading towards model railroading as a hobby. The hobby there is !!

Please take a look at my website. It should inspire you of what can be done. Go to: www.modelrailroadsbyjohn.com

Regards,

John Schaub
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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.

Experience

Model railroader since childhood. And that's quite a few years ago. My experience includes: Planning, Design, Benchwork Construction, Trackwork, Conceptualizing the placement of the basic scenic shell and future structure placement. Developing a "vision" of what the layout' them will be. Historical research. Model builder. Painter, Detailer and Weathering. Scenery Artisan, Model train room decorator. Freight car builder. Engine detailer. Turned my passion for model railroading to a full time career in 1998. I now design, build and construct model railroads. Focusing my skills on planning and design, model kit building services, scenery and structure installations, painting, weathering and detailing.

Organizations
Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rutland Railway Association.

Publications
Classic Toy Trains, January 2013

Education/Credentials
Self-taught Model Railroader turned professional consultant New York Institute of Technology, Communication Arts Degree C.W. Post College, Computer Graphics-Desktop Publishing Certificate Program Molloy College, MacIntosh Computer Studies-Certificate Program

Past/Present Clients
Sorry, I can not reveal their names. I will tell you that my clients range from 5 year olds to 75 year olds. My layout commissions are in private homes, hobby shops, hotel lobbies, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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