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Model Train Gauge – which is right for me?

Model Train Gauge – which is right for me?

It can sometimes be a bit confusing to try to figure out what all the different numbers and ratios mean.  Essentially, if you see a ratio like 1:87, what it means is that a life-sized train is 87 times larger than the model train. Understanding gauge is very important in the model train hobby because […]

Model Train Gauge – which is right for me?
American Flyer Model Trains

American Flyer Model Trains

A toymaker in Chicago, William Hafner, developed a clockwork motor for use in toy cars in the 19th Century and by 1905 began making toy trains using that clockwork motor. With a friend, William Coleman, and using a small hardware manufacturing business known as the Edmonds-Metzel Hardware Company, Hafner began producing toy clockwork trains around […]

American Flyer Model Trains
Scale Standards for Model Trains

Scale Standards for Model Trains

USA, Europe and Britain are the major areas where model train collecting occurs. However each of these areas use different scale standards, much of which is based on historical developments, and even on historical mistakes! USA The National Model Railroad Association, NMRA, began to standardize model railway scales more than 65 years ago. NMRA standards […]

Scale Standards for Model Trains
Model Railroaders

Model Railroaders

Model railroading can be a family hobby or it can be the focused passion of any one person. As a family hobby it is a very enjoyable pastime where parents and children can work together, re-creating miniature worlds that can be based on an existing railroad or one from a bygone era. For the really […]

Model Railroaders
S Scale Model Trains

S Scale Model Trains

The S-scale, known also as the S-gauge, for model trains is designed on the ratio of 1:64 [that is, 3/16 inches = 1 foot] and fits between the popular HO and O model train scales. It met the demands for a scale which was larger than HO [which was considered too small by many model […]

S Scale Model Trains
Lionel Model Trains

Lionel Model Trains

When it comes to anyone either just commencing to become involved in model railroading or who has been setting up their own model train layouts for years, the Lionel website has a wealth of information. Not only does the website have general information but also a wide range of products – model locomotives, wagons and […]

Lionel Model Trains
Model Train Gauge – which is right for me?

Model Train Gauge – which is right for me?

02 May 2015

It can sometimes be a bit confusing to try to figure out what all the different numbers and ratios mean.  Essentially, if you see a ratio like 1:87, what it means is that a life-sized train is 87 times larger than the model train. Understanding gauge is very important in the model train hobby because […]

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American Flyer Model Trains

American Flyer Model Trains

27 April 2015

A toymaker in Chicago, William Hafner, developed a clockwork motor for use in toy cars in the 19th Century and by 1905 began making toy trains using that clockwork motor. With a friend, William Coleman, and using a small hardware manufacturing business known as the Edmonds-Metzel Hardware Company, Hafner began producing toy clockwork trains around […]

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Scale Standards for Model Trains

Scale Standards for Model Trains

21 April 2015

USA, Europe and Britain are the major areas where model train collecting occurs. However each of these areas use different scale standards, much of which is based on historical developments, and even on historical mistakes! USA The National Model Railroad Association, NMRA, began to standardize model railway scales more than 65 years ago. NMRA standards […]

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Model Railroaders

Model Railroaders

27 February 2015

Model railroading can be a family hobby or it can be the focused passion of any one person. As a family hobby it is a very enjoyable pastime where parents and children can work together, re-creating miniature worlds that can be based on an existing railroad or one from a bygone era. For the really […]

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S Scale Model Trains

S Scale Model Trains

13 February 2015

The S-scale, known also as the S-gauge, for model trains is designed on the ratio of 1:64 [that is, 3/16 inches = 1 foot] and fits between the popular HO and O model train scales. It met the demands for a scale which was larger than HO [which was considered too small by many model […]

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Lionel Model Trains

Lionel Model Trains

21 January 2015

When it comes to anyone either just commencing to become involved in model railroading or who has been setting up their own model train layouts for years, the Lionel website has a wealth of information. Not only does the website have general information but also a wide range of products – model locomotives, wagons and […]

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Taking Care of Model Trains

Taking Care of Model Trains

14 January 2015

Model trains, and all the associated accessories to set up a realistic layout, are expensive which is why the hobby of collecting model trains can be considered one of the more costly hobbies to become involved in. However, many thousands of people spend considerable amounts of money when they become, and remain, model train collectors […]

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Model Railroading

Model Railroading

11 January 2015

Model railroading, of all the many model hobbies that thousands of people become passionately involved in, provides the most demanding skills. It also has wide international appeal, For instance many modelers in the USA choose to model the early beginnings of railroading which followed the development of the uses of steam for industrial uses in […]

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Planning a Track Layout for your Railroad

Planning a Track Layout for your Railroad

22 December 2014

How to decide on a  Track Plan before you build your model railroad layout? When planning construction of a model railroad there are all sorts of possible track configurations and plans to consider. It really depends on the space you have at your disposal and what type of train operation you would most enjoy. Real […]

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Model Trains – what should I buy?

Model Trains – what should I buy?

10 November 2014

If you are into buying and collecting model trains, the first concern you should face is how you could buy good items that are worth including in your collection. Good trains not only look good and are extra valuable. They are also durable and logically can be expected to last a long time, if not […]

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