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  Signaling 

Installing working signals on a model railroad can add so much to the operating realism. While some might say that working signals on a model railroad are nothing more than eye candy, there are cases where having them can be a necessity. Ours was just such a case, where there were so many view blocks that an operator couldn't tell what was ahead unless there was a visual indication. Here was an opportunity to teach why railroads use signaling and the different types of signals used. There are so many different ways to do it, because each of the real railroads did it differently. You can control your signals manually with a CTC panel or automatically with ABS signaling. In our case, we chose to have the computer automatically control the signals on our layout. Below you will find information on various signaling systems, and how we applied that information to our own situation.

Signaling overview  

ATSF Dual Track ABS Signaling  

Using RR&Co with an SE8C 

How we did it  

Signaling on our Modular Layout  

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Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2012