Honoring The Green – St Patrick’s Day

Green has been extensively employed by our railroads almost since their inception. The exact color and shades that railroads frequently utilized underscored open spaces and tranquility. Early steam locomotives often displayed a riot of color accented with polished brass and copper fittings. Frequently green was used as a base color for the boiler, cab and …

 

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. …