Click on the date in front of any entry to go to that column or article.
In October, 2011, Bruce became the DCC Columnist for Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine. This online publication has grown to be have the second largest readership of any model railroad oriented magazine in the world.
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In addition to the DCC Impulses, column, I’ve done articles for MRH, too. Click the article date to go to the page on the MRH site. Alas, recent renovations on the MRH website have made many of the links inoperable. I just (July 2022) added links to videos mentioned in the articles. At least you can find those.
Dec-12 Slow Orders - Dangerous Track Ahead!
This article about contingency planning for model railroaders was co-authored with my wife, Linda. More information is on this website - CLICK HERE.
Jun-16 My Model Railroad Journey
An elaboration about the path from non-modeler to Master Model Railroader #574 over two decades. This story augments my bio in the June 2016 NMRA Magazine.
Oct-16 Railfanning the Great Lakes Western
The view of the PebbleCreek Model Railroad Club’s HO scale GLW layout from the viewpoint of an operator or railfan.
Here is a list of my columns by date, with the main topic and any (sidebar topics) listed. Click on the column date to go to the MRH site and see the column My last column for MRH was in August 2018.
Older articles are no longer directly accessible on the MRH website. However, you can download the entire magazine and find the article in the table of contents. I've updated some of the links below to the downloader for the specific issue. Others may require you to search for the issue on:
and download the issue and then look it up in the table of contents. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Oct-11 Back to Basics
Nov-11 More of the Basics
Dec-11 Layout Wiring
Jan-12 Wired Installation #1
Feb-12 Wired Installation #2 (HO Athearn Blue Box Installation)
Mar-12 LED Lighting
Apr-12 N Installations (DB150 Mode Switch & OpSw)
May-12 Anatomy of a System (Lenz LH90 Cab)
Jun-12 HO Diesel Installations (NCE PowerCab Connection)
Jul-12 Enhancing Your System (Dual Decoder Installations)
Aug-12 How Do I Get The Sound Out? (Multiple Speakers)
Sep-12 System Comparison #1 (NCE booster to Digitrax command station)
Oct-12 System Comparison #2 (NCE radio base mounting)
Nov-12 How Do I Get An Installation Done? (HO U-boat sound)\
Dec-12 Basic Electronics for DCC (Alumina Thermal Adhesive)
Jan-13 HO Kato NW2 Sound Installation (PowerCab software 1.65 release)
There is a video accompanying this column. It gives you the option to look literally over my shoulder as a walk through every step on how to install sound in this difficult locomotive. Everybody who watches it says they learned at least one trick. To purchase it CLICK HERE. Here are some samples from YouTube:
Feb-13 Anatomy of a DCC Decoder (One Loco with Two Decoders)
Mar-13 Stayin' Alive (The Best DCC Tester - probe)
Apr-13 Ready, set, go! (DCC ready?) (Adding a NEM-652 to a JST decoder)
May-13 Using Ohm's Law (Another DCC Tester - LED dome light)
Jun-13 17 DCC Tips
Aug-13 Locating Your Train (Model Railroading Rules to Live By)
Sep-13 Passenger Car Lighting (Digitrax OpSw setting recommendations)
Oct-13 How Do They Get the Sound IN? (Relay wiring)
Nov-13 Solo DCC Operations (Make your small layout run bigger)
Dec-13 Tips for DCC Motor Control (Speed Steps in Perspective)
Jan-14 How to safely connect multiple speakers (Speaker Specifications)
Feb-14 Unraveling DCC addresses (A short guide to Consists)
Mar-14 A Dozen DCC Myths
Apr-14 Signaling Your DCC Pike (DCC Compatibility Between Systems)
May-14 DCC Programming Track Tips (Isolating the Programming Track on Your Layout)
Jul-14 More getting the sound out
Aug-14 HO DCC Sound Installation Tips (Sidebars: Tools; Supplies)
Sep-14 SoundTraxx SoundCar DCC decoder (SoundCar Installation)
Oct-14 MRC DCC System Test Drive
Nov-14 DCC Circuit Protection
Dec-14 ESU LokSound Decoders
Jan-15 DCC Reversing Loops
Feb-15 Brass Steam Loco DCC Installation Tips
Mar-15 JMRI is more than Decoder Pro #1