Planning Your Visit to Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum

When it comes to things to do in Baltimore, a trip to the city’s Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum is a “must-visit” for anyone interested in our country’s railroad history or the impact of the B&O on Baltimore and the surrounding areas. Let’s briefly look at the history of the B&O Railroad, what you …

How to Build Your Own Harry Potter Hogwarts Express

Harry Potter is one of the world’s most loved and recognizable franchises. Whether you loved the books as a child, discovered the books via the movies, or have only recently found your love for everything wizardry and witchcraft through your children, Harry Potter is everywhere. Unsurprisingly, given the significance of the Hogwarts Express to the …

 

Second Section – Trains of the Summer

Our theme this month includes the legend “second section”. Seasoned railroaders know that symbolized traffic that was so heavy that another section of a schedule train was required to handle crowds. Those crowds normally peaked during traditional holidays but became more a part of “standard operations” during summer months.  Railroads themselves started early on promotions …

What is the difference between a train and a locomotive?

Are you a beginner model railroader? Or are you buying something for a model railroader for the first time? While getting started with model railroading or buying someone a gift is straightforward, there’s lots to consider to ensure you buy the right thing. So while there’s plenty to learn about different model railroad scales, sometimes …

A Tribute to Rail Transport in Great Britain

This month we pay a special tribute to the railroads of Great Britain. Just as Britain influenced colonial America, they too influenced the development of railroad transportation in the US. England holds claim to the earliest experiments with railroads and practical application of steam locomotives. In 1802, Richard Trevithick designed and built the first (unnamed) steam locomotive to run …

Top 5 Model Train Buildings and Structures to Include in Your Layout

Many elements combine to bring our model train layouts to life. There are hours of fun to be had while building our own model train structures in our chosen scale, whether building from scratch or buying ready-built products. The beauty of choosing model train structures and buildings is the sheer variety of what you’ll find, …