The great Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads were financed in large part by the issuing of Thirty-year six percent U.S. Government Bonds.  These were, in effect, loans from the U.S. Government to the railroads, and must be paid back in thirty years or less.  The U.S. Government settled these bonds with the railroads in [...]

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The Conductor on September 28th, 2009

The history of standard time in the United States began November 18, 1883 when United States and Canadian railroads instituted standard time in time zones.  Before then, time of day was a local matter, and most cities and towns used some form of local solar time, maintained by some well-known clock (for example, on a [...]

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The Conductor on September 27th, 2009

The Model Railway Club in London, England is the oldest model railroading society in the world.  Founded in 1910, The Model Railway Club is an amazing resource for model railroad enthusiasts.  Visit their website, http://www.themodelrailwayclub.org to take advantage of excellent articles on a huge variety of model railroading topics including model locomotives, rolling stock, scenery, [...]

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The Conductor on September 26th, 2009

Bachmann model trains are the largest selling, in terms of volume, brand model trains in the world.  Bachmann specializes in producing inexpensive yet high quality trains for the mass world market.  Originally a U.S. company headquartered in Philadelphia, Bachmann started producing model trains in the late 1960s, entering the market when N Scale model trains were at [...]

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The Conductor on September 24th, 2009

Have you ever wondered when O Scale model railroads were first introduced to the public?  Or who the first manufacturer of O Scale model trains actually was?  Well, here’s your answer:  The German toy manufacturing company Marklin introduced the first O Scale model railroad around 1900.  Within 30 years, O Scale model railroads had become [...]

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The Conductor on September 23rd, 2009

“AN ACT to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the Missouri river to the Pacific ocean, and to secure to the government the use of the same for postal, military, and other purposes.”
The Pacific Railway Act was approved and signed into law on July 1, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln.  [...]

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The Conductor on September 22nd, 2009

American Flyer model trains date all the way back to 1908 when the Edmonds-Metzel Hardware Company adopted the “American Flyer” brand name for the model trains they manufactured.  The American Flyer model train was initially developed as a budget model railroading brand in an effort to secure part of the model train market that was [...]

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The Conductor on September 21st, 2009

Safety with tools is an important matter to consider when model railroading.  Safety glasses should be worn whenever materials are being cut or drilled.  Hobby knife blades and small drill bit tips break periodically and can easily fly into an eye.  Also, wear safety glasses when using motor tools, power saws or other power tools.  [...]

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The Conductor on September 18th, 2009

Anyone who has ever assembled or tried to fix something on their own will speak to the necessity of having the right tool for the job.  Model railroading is no different.  You will save hours of time and immeasurable amounts of frustration by simply assembling a basic set of tools for working with your model [...]

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The Conductor on September 13th, 2009

For many people new to model railroading, the question of model train gauge versus model train scale can be quite confusing.  Here’s a simple explanation.  Gauge is the measurement of distance between the two outside rails of the track.  Model train gauges have been standardized to assist in easy identification of these specific dimensions.
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