Owl-Faced Outings

Getting out on the railroad is essential to better understand prototype railroad operations and experience the thrill of the mainline first hand. That experience can provide the motivation to more deeply research a specific carrier or route and later, share that experience in writing or model building. The demise of the traditional commuter locals, many …

Monopoly Cries Foul

Anniversaries are numerous but in railroading, April 13th holds great significance for on that date in 1846, the former titan of the rails was born: the Pennsylvania Railroad. Its legacy continues to hold model railroaders and historians captive long after the passing of its corporate banner 56 years ago. Just witness the number of PRR …

Memorial Day 2023

Our message is basic and sincere: This Memorial Day weekend, we take time to honor those who have given their lives for our nation and its greater mission of freedom. We take this time to solemnly dignify the woeful yet unavoidable result of human sacrifice to preserve the value of safety and freedom for all …

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, …

Honoring Canadian Railroads

Canadian Railroads have always attracted special interest due in part to their expansiveness and diversity of routes and services within. Commanding scenery and scores of specialized and well-maintained locomotives and cars brought color, drama and financial success to that great stage of transportation. The first railway in Canada was the Champlain and Saint Lawrence Railroad. It …

Founder’s Day – Honoring the B&O and CSX

Few corporations have had the profound impact on an industry to the level of the Baltimore & Ohio. The very inception of the B&O on February 27, 1827 nationally triggered the first intelligent consideration and later application of rail technology in interstate commerce. Prior to that date, the few primitive rail operations had very limited …