The Ultimate Railroading Beginner Gift Guide

The holidays are fast approaching, so it’s time to think about the gifts we’ll buy for the special people in our life. While helping someone discover the joy of model railroading is always amazing, it’s a good idea to know the best ways they can get started in their railroading journey.

Most Popular Model Train Brands for Railroaders

Where’s the first place you look when it’s time to add new railroading products to your model train collection? We already know the answer is “Model Train Stuff,” but where do you go once you’re here? For many railroaders, it’s straight to their favorite railroading brands. Let’s explore what our railroaders’ favorite brands are. But …

Preparing Your Halloween Railroad with Model Train Stuff

Spooky season is here! Whether you’re a model railroader who always updates your layout with the seasons or a massive fan of Halloween, this time of the year is excellent for adding something different to your model railroad scene. Here are six essential products that will bring your scene to life, whether you’re opting for …

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 …