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Fran and Miles Hale  
Model Railroading University
508 South Cedar Street  
Belton, MO   64012  

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phone 816-588-2302

 Bachelor's Degree

Classes are individually scheduled to fit the student. Call to schedule.

Hands on Program with

  • Layout Plan & Design
  • Benchwork
  • Track Laying
  • Wiring & Soldering
  • DCC
  • Making Rolling Stock Run
  • Trouble Shooting Logic

20 hours of classes 


Bachelor's Program Outline:

I.    Layout Planning and Design
  A. Designing with squares
  B. Using MRU's ID method

C. Using the computer - 3rd Plan-It and 3D Railroad Concept & Design

Computers will be available to use and try these software packages. (Be sure to bring your room dimensions. The faculty will help you design for your railroad.)

II.    Benchwork
  A. Building "L" girder
  B. Assembling the "Stud Wall" system
  C. Other options - shelf - wall brackets, etc.
III.    Track Laying
  A. Using flex track
  B. Laying and aligning ready made switches
  C. Track laying faults and how to avoid them
  D. Hand laying track, tips and tricks
  E. How to hide wires under both flex and handlaid track
IV.    Wiring for Successful Operations
  A. What size wires work best
  B. Soldering made easy
             1. Basic wire splices
    2. Soldering to PC boards
    3. Soldering track
    Soldering brass kits
  C. How to block your railroad
  D. Reverse loops and other interesting things
V.    DCC Systems: How they work
  A. Digitrax
  B. North Coast NCE
  C. Other systems

D. Decoder installations

(Bring an engine and we will help you through the process.)

VI.    Making Rolling Stock Run Well
  A. Couplers
    1. What kind to use
    2. What equipment requires special couplers or adaptation
    3. Height adjustment
  B. Weights
  C. Tripod for the best operation
VII.    Trouble Shooting Logic
  A. Track
  B. Rolling stock
  C. Motive power
  D. Wiring
  • 100% NMRA Master Model Railroader Teaching Faculty.
  • Individual work stations in a professional model shop and fully equipped learning campus.
  • Tuition for one course is $950, two courses $1,800, all 3 courses $2,600; includes materials. Hotel & meal information available.
  • All classes are held in Kansas City, Missourri, at 5608 N. Mercier Drive, starting Thursday at 5:00 P.M. and ending Saturday evening.

Graduates of our Bachelor's Degree program
Above is a photo of some of our proud graduates of our
Bachelor's Degree program and their instructor.


MRU Instructor Miles Hale is currently featured on
the DIY Network's Workin' on the Railroad series...

For more information or to register, contact:

Fran and Miles Hale  
Model Railroading University
508 South Cedar Street  
Belton, MO   64012  

phone 816-588-2302


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