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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The Conductor on September 11th, 2009

The National Model Railroad Association will be hosting its 75th Anniversary Convention in Milwaukee, WI on July 11-18, 2010.  The official website is  Start making your travel arrangements now, because the 75th Anniversary Convention is sure to be [...]

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The Conductor on September 10th, 2009

The AAR wheel arrangement system is a method of classifying locomotive (or unit) wheel arrangements that was developed by the Association of American Railroads. It is essentially a simplification of the European UIC classification, and it is widely used in North America to describe diesel and electric locomotives. It is not used for steam locomotives. [...]

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The Conductor on September 9th, 2009

The Whyte notation for classifying steam locomotives by wheel arrangement was devised by Frederick Methvan Whyte and came into use in the early twentieth century. Whyte’s system counts the number of leading wheels, then the number of driving wheels, and finally the number of trailing wheels, with the groups of numbers separated by dashes. Thus, [...]

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The Conductor on September 7th, 2009

I personally love Lionel Model Railroading Locomotives, but there are several other excellent locomotives on the market.  The Atlas O Industrial Rail 4-4-2 Atlantic Steam Locomotive is a new product from the Atlas Model Railroad Company, and I think it’s a great locomotive.
According to Whyte notation, a steam locomotive that has a two-axle leading truck, [...]

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The Conductor on September 4th, 2009

Ever wondered how long the longest model train in the world is?  Well, here’s your answer.  An HO (1:87.1) scale model train measuring 110.3 m ( 361 ft 10 in) made up of 3 locomotives of type “lore” and 887 carriages was constructed by Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, on November 27, 2005. If [...]

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The Conductor on September 3rd, 2009

Here’s another yard sale find from this past weekend: the Lionel 250 Watt Type ZW Trainmaster Transformer.  I was so happy to find this 250 Watt ZW, it’s the Rolls Royce of Transformers.  There’s only one ZW.  No single product has come to symbolize the legend of Lionel more than the Lionel ZW.  Molded to [...]

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The Conductor on September 1st, 2009

Over the years I’ve found that yard sales are a great place to find all sorts of model railroading locomotives, rolling stock, track of all gauges, and various track scenery pieces.  I stopped by a few yard sales this past weekend and here’s some of what I picked up:

I was extremely excited to find these [...]

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The Conductor on August 30th, 2009

Hey y’all!  I was just reading a bit about trains, and I came across something I’m struggling to believe.  Apparently, the Union Pacific Railroad is the 2nd largest real estate owner in the United States (the U.S. government being the largest).  And west of the Mississippi, the UP Railroad is the LARGEST landowner!!  Can any [...]

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