Modeling Real Life: Atlas Scenery Additions for Railroading

One of the great aspects of model railroading is the opportunity to turn our scenes into something genuinely life-like. While you might spend weeks perfecting and painting your landscape, the addition of model scenery to your layout is often the final touch that’ll bring it to life. And when it comes to choosing scenery, there’s …

 

The Heritage of BNSF

The age of great railroad mergers produced the BNSF of today. A leader in the industry and a favorite of investors, BNSF will likely remain in the forefront for years to come. Yet, the affiliation of today’s giant races its roots to the early part of the 20th century. Empire Builder James J. Hill saw …

 

How to Add Onto Your Thomas the Tank Engine HO Scale Layout

Thomas the Tank Engine is one of the most iconic children’s TV characters. Most of us are familiar with both Thomas the train himself and his friends. Whether as children, parents, or grandparents – maybe all three – we have probably spent time enjoying Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends’ adventures. Unsurprisingly, Thomas and …

Our 7 Favorite Model Train Tools from Excel

Whether you’re a relatively new model railroader or have been enjoying the hobby for years, there’s nothing like customizing your trains, carriages, or other parts of your model train layout. As anyone who has tried customizing or self-maintaining their model trains collection knows, you can’t just use any old tools to get the job done. …

 

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 …

History of the Amtrak Inter-American and Texas Eagle

Trains carrying the Texas Eagle name have been running on American railroads and helping people travel across the country for over 70 years. Today’s Texas Eagle service was born from the Amtrak Inter-American service but still holds connections to the original service operated by the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the Texas and Pacific Railway from …