oorail.com | Beginners guide to OO gauge model railways

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This video from oorail.com is an introduction to the basics of OO gauge model railways. In this video we explain everything a beginner would need to get started. We look at track, explain the difference with track codes, fish plates, track pins, different radius curves (including 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th radius track, also 15″,18″,22″ and 24″ Atlas track). We explain flex track and demonstrate how to cut flex track. We look at how to connect power to the track, the problems with track power clips and the difference between DC and DCC. We go over the basics of points and explain how to isolate with points in DC layouts. The video shows how to connect two independent tracks together using points and insulated fish plates. Finally the video wraps up by looking at accessories such as buffer stops, and useful tools to help the railway modeller. The last segment of the video shows the charts we used for our layout and the way we created the layout with a manual track plan.

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oorail.com says:

you're welcome… let me know if there is something specific you would like to see

MrOrmesby says:

My dad died when I was very young…. on my birth certifiicate his occupation was stated as Rail Plate Layer…. could anyone please let me know what that actually entailed…

oorail.com says:

Railway Platelayers were responsible for maintaining and inspecting the railway infrastructure (called the permanent way). Their duties would have included inspecting the rails, sleepers, bolts, fishplates etc for wear and tear, as well as maintenance duties like greasing points. Depending on how old you are they would have either done this on foot or in a track inspection / observation coach. I've seen photos of the latter from the early 1970s onwards.

MrOrmesby says:

Thank you for your reply. Born in 1963… so now I have a good idea of his work.

oorail.com says:

You're welcome. I would imagine he probably did a lot of track inspection by foot then. Do you know what area he worked out of? There are quite a lot of photographs available on flickr these days, might be a bit of a long shot but depending on where he worked out of, you might have some luck finding photos…

daz1975ify says:

Just got the track rubber,great film most helpfull now need to get some fishplates.

66CLASS says:

nice video 5/5 its helped me out lots thank you .

oorail.com says:

Thanks and you're welcome, if there is anything you'd like us to cover in the future feel free to ask.

Edward Foster says:

i like your fake pocket knife

oorail.com says:

I think some folks in Switzerland might take offense to that 😛

dismaldog-William says:

as a newbie i thank you as this is very informative for me.Great video and thanks for taking the time to explain things.-Bill

oorail.com says:

thanks, glad you found it useful…

oorail.com says:

You're welcome, I have some more in the works so stay tuned 🙂

Classic Rock Kid says:

Where are you from? I'm trying to peg your accent, my best guesses are Canadian, Scottish and Irish.

oorail.com says:

I'm originally from Welwyn Garden City, spent some time in Tralee and Limerick in Ireland and I'm currently living in Ohio in the United States. My Dad who recently retired from Network Rail does live in Scotland… I've never been to Canada, although many people here in the United States think I am from Canada…

akis333 says:

Hi, thanks for the video, is there somewhere where I can download this track distance diagram sheet you use?

oorail.com says:

I'll upload the new one I created to our new website, watch the channel (subscribe if you haven't already to receive updates) or watch the twitter feed, the new site should be up and running in a few days. Assuming work and football (proper football, not the american kind) doesn't get in the way 🙂

Asley Carsten says:

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Phil Reilly says:

A great introduction to track and points. I am a newbie and learned much!

Castle Junction says:

As a complete beginner I want to say thanks for such an informative video….I learnt a lot.

Eric Watt says:

Great help when your new to the hobby like i am 

hatakashi1900 says:

Hi I have a old Honrby tender driven Evening Star 9F, running on a new Flying Scotsman layout. The loco itself runs kind of smoothly but almost every time it goes onto the point and to change lane it would short circuit the set. I could see a spark coming from the tender wheel when it happens. Does it mean I should change the point or should get someone to look at the tender motor?

Andrew Boreham says:

good video man

JAZZ MAN says:

Thanks for this excellent video explaining things for a complete (old) beginner like me 🙂 . I haven't got my baseboards built yet and was wondering about the height of them. I am 5'5" and I was thinking a baseboard height of 1meter (100cm) which is just a little above my waist height.

Ian Mangham says:

Awesome video Bro, I'm 50 and I just bought my first train set, a hornby Christmas express oo gauge r1210

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