120th Anniversary of the Pacific Locomotive

This month ModelTrainStuff celebrates the 120th anniversary of the Pacific-type locomotive, wheel arrangement 4-6-2. More than any other wheel arrangement the Pacific dominated high speed passenger service and express freight service in the United States from 1902 through 1950 when steam locomotives began to surrender to Diesel-Electric locomotives. When a new wheel arrangement was introduced …

 

Founder’s Day – Honoring the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

This month at ModelTrainStuff we’re paying tribute to the founding of America’s first common carrier the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad on February 27th, 1827. The B&O Railroad Museum once issued a poster with the legend “America Grew Up on Trains” and the B&O railroad started our Nation on that glorious journey. The B&O had to …

 

Moving Mountains: Building Realistic Hills & Mountains for Your Layout

All good model railroads start with a flat plywood base, but unless you happen to be modeling the farmland of the midwest, it will soon become apparent that the real world rarely has this appearance.  Hills and mountains are a great way to add scenic interest to your railroad and to develop the believability of …

 

N Scale ACES: The Broadway Limited Imports SD70ACe

The Prototype Launched in 2004, the SD70ACe was the 21st Century successor to the SD70MAC. Sporting a now iconic redesigned cab, and capable of producing 4300 horsepower, the SD70ACe was EMD’s answer to General Electric’s highly successful Evolution series. Produced in compliance with the EPA’s Tier 2 emissions standards, the first generation of ACes were …