Five Essential Elements for Modeling the Age of Steam

There’s little doubt that steam locomotives have a certain romanticism to them. More than half a century beyond their final days in revenue service, they still remain integral to railroad imagery in popular culture today. If you’ve experienced them in action, whether at a museum or in service, you’ll understand why. From the sound of …

Freight Pays The Bills

This weekend we celebrate freight transportation by rail. Sure, for at least 150 years railroad passenger service received much attention. That network was truly impressive and was an integral part of the American culture before 1950. But, it was true then, truer now, Freight Pays the Bills. Historically, hauling freight was the principal objective of …

The History of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway

With less than 1000 route miles to its name, the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle was very much an underdog of mainline railroads. It was however a critical link for rail operations in the Pacific Northwest. Never intended for a prolonged existence, the railroad was jointly operated by the Great Northern and Northern Pacific for eventual …