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Trains From A to Z! This special publication from. Classic Toy Trains maga- zine takes a decidedly different approach. We think of it as a series of snapshots of. Nuremberg becomes heart of model railroad industry in Germany, with ca. . as defined by NEM , section 5 []. Modeling no specific era. rolling off the end of a track. Track. Smooth-flowing handlaid trackwork has been the hallmark of the Detroit Model Railroad. Club's O scale Detroit Union RR for.

Many paths Many scale model railroaders recall their childhood when a train set allowed them to exercise control over an imaginary world. As adults, they find they have the means and skills to bring that world to life.

Somemodel railroaders look upon thehobby as a timemachinethat lets themvisit a distant timeand place. This s HOscalescenewas photographed in black and whitethen colorized to look likean old postcard. They come from all walks of life and enjoy the hobby in different ways. There are even model railroaders who rarely, if ever, build a model.

Some focus on building structures and scenery. For them, model railroading is a form of sculpture. They may even look upon the trains as a secondary consideration — providing movement in an otherwise static world. Then there are those who focus on mechanical and electrical things to the point that they never build scenery.

But the majority of model railroaders find the greatest enjoyment in combining all these approaches, tailoring the hobby to suit their current whims and interests. A virtual time machine Have you ever wanted to visit an earlier time or different place? Well, you can use model railroading as your ticket — back to the days of mighty steam locomotives, streamlined passenger trains, or the old West.

Or you can choose the excitement of railroading today. An evolving hobby Despite the variety of commercial prod- ucts available, model railroading is a cre- ative endeavor. Some even consider it art. If two model railroaders started with identical track plans, their finished layouts would look nothing like one another. One might create a whimsical desert setting, while the other could end up with a busy urban scene.

The track plan is merely a blueprint, a diagram showing where the pieces should go. It provides a starting place but it takes the scenery and settings, and the creativity of the modeler, to breathe life into the lay- out and make it unique.

Starting small Most model railroaders start small — a 4x8-foot layout is the most common size, at least in HOscale N scale starter layouts can be even smaller.


They add a few build- ings, some scenery, and additional cars and locomotives as the mood strikes. For some modelers a small layout pro- vides enough fun for many years of enjoy- ment. More often, though, the empire builder in all of us takes over and soon plans are afoot to fill the attic, basement, garage, or spare room. No matter how big or small no layout is ever really finished. A model railroad is a form of evolutionary art that changes and grows with its creator.

Scale model railroading is a great release from the pressures of everyday life. We learn more about our world, exercise those creative energies, and have fun in the process. What more could you ask? A sturdy,level frame which is the foundation of a model railroad layout. Wood is the most popular material for benchwork.

Taking one or more model railroad kits and changing the construction process or combining parts from different kits to create a unique model. Motive power: Another word for locomotives,the pieces of rolling stock that do the work of moving trains down the road.

Narrow gauge: Three-foot was the most common narrow gauge in the U. Running trains on a layout in a way that simulates real railroad activity.

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Power pack: Electrical device used to supply current to a model train and control its speed and direction. Rolling stock: Any piece of railroad equipment that rides on the rails. Making a model from raw materials and parts,not using kits.

Sectional track: Prefabricated inter- locking track sections that can be easily assembled and disassembled. Making new models look more realistic by simulating age and exposure to the elements. The Colorful World of Toy Trains these trains took liberties with their appearance so their playthings provided more fun. Ever since, although the materi- als used for toy trains have changed and the models have taken on greater realism, kids and adults have enjoyed playing with them.

A glorious past The pleasures of toy trains have only increased over the ensuing decades until, in the 21st century, manufacturers are pro- ducing models that rank with the finest ever made.

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To be sure, some collectors insist that European trains from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are the best. The beauty and elegance of these trains, they say, have never been surpassed.

Of course, for many enthusiasts, the decades after World War II represent the golden age. Families bought a Lionel O gauge train or a slightly smaller Sgauge set in the American Flyer line because it seemed to be the perfect gift for their children.

Millions of kids learned the joys and fun of run- ning a rail empire in miniature. The first miniature trains appeared not long after the first full-size ones hit the rails in the middle decades of the 19th cen- tury.

These colorful, heavy replicas delighted the chil- dren who pulled them along floors and pushed them over crude track. They were too busy transporting tiny pas- sengers and loading what purported to be coal or lumber.

So what if the locomotives were short and the rolling stock squat. These were toys. No one expected them to be the ultimate in realism.

Many of these postwar kids grew up to become collectors and operators of toy trains. Their relaxed attitude about the appearance of vintage models and their enjoyment of the innovative movement remain undiminished.

The ranks of hob- byists continue to swell as nostalgia for the trains of their youth and interest in both newer and older pieces inspires newcomers to enter the hobby.

An exciting future In addition to collecting toy trains many enthusiasts operate them, regardless of whether those models were made half a century ago or last year. Increasing numbers of people attracted to these new trains want to build layouts for them. Others follow the lead of scale modelers and insist on realistic struc- tures, proportional accessories, and stun- ning scenery. Welcome aboard! Theyoften fill their layouts with signals,bridges, freight loaders,and houses. Collectors liketo displaytheir old or contem- porarymodels.

Thecolorful prewar and postwar streamliners shown herehavea nostalgicappeal that touches manyhobbyists. Toy train enthusiast who acquires vintage or contemporary models to display or study. Descriptive term for toy trains manufactured since Toy train enthusiast who acquires vintage or contemporary models to repair,restore,or run on track.

Descriptive term for toy trains manufactured between and Descriptive term for toy trains made in or earlier in the 20th century. Toy train patterned after an antique that is long out of production. Toy train returned to its original operating condition and appearance by repair and repainting.

Although wood is still commonly used to build layouts, thanks to advances in home-building technology layouts made from synthetic material such as Styrofoam are becoming common. You can even download a basic Styrofoam layout in a box from Woodland Scenics, so you can build a model railroad without setting foot in a lumberyard. Ready-to- run locomotives and cars, and track that comes with roadbed and ballast, are two of the innovations that are making layout building accessible to more people.

Years ago you had to be part artist and part machin- ist to build a model railroad. But thanks to the easy-to-use products available today anyone can build a model railroad.

Then carvethefoam to thedesired contour. Paint thehill with earth-col- ored latexpaint,and add ground foamfor tex- ture. Buildings are another example of how far the model railroad hobby has come. You can download easy-to-assemble kits for everything from a fishing shanty to a huge steel or paper mill.

For years some modelers felt building scenery was too hard. But no more. Anyone can get superb results with commercial products. You can carve your own rocks from plaster, or cast them in latex rubber molds that you can download or make yourself.

Instead of figuring out how to do something, you can use the products made specifically for model railroading. Then use the time and effort you save to make your railroad truly unique.

Straight,curved,and turnout switch sections are available in all the popular scales. Or you can cut a section of track to fit. Some sectional track features plastic roadbed sections the gray section beneath the track shown here.

These look like real railroad ballast and feature interlocking tabs that help hold the track sections securely in place.

When assembling sectional track do not force the pieces together. Make sure both ends of the rails are lined up with the metal rail joiners and fit snugly with little or no gap. If your track has molded roadbed make the tabs lock securely between sections. Finish coat Plaster or Sculptamold Rocks Plaster cast inrubber moldsor hand-carved Ground cover Groundfoambonded withdilutemattemedium Trees Ready-built, kit-built, or scratchbuilt Bushes Lichenor polyfiber, sprayed withdilutemattemedium, sprinkledwithgroundfoam Streambed Surfacepaintedblack, blendedintobankswithtan Water Glossmedium, 2-part epoxy, or castingresin Weeds Twine, yarn, etc.

A garden railroad brings everything outdoors. Mountains are made of dirt, rivers are real water, and rocks are actual stone. While this hobby may be new to you, it has been around for more than a century, primarily in Great Britain. Its resurgence was due in large part to the advent of colorful LGB trains from Germany in the late s. As the company introduced more American-style trains, people took notice and garden railways began to spring up all over the country.

Since then, numer- ous other manufacturers of large-scale trains have entered the market.

You can combine that interest with large trains. The lush greens of the trees, graceful curves of the track, and the persistent rumbling of a train work in harmony to form a slice of everyday life in miniature.

The difference between a traditional indoor model railroad and a garden railway is the difference between realism and reali- ty. An indoor layout creates the illusion of reality by using artificial materials — moun- tains are made of plaster or foam, and rivers Agarden railroad is a fascinating addition to anylandscapeand is a great wayfor thewhole familyto enjoymodel railroading.

You need to consider the topography of your land and any existing gardens, trees, or other obsta- cles when planning your railway. If your backyard is sloped, you might build wood or metal trestles or raise the line on earth- works and use timber or stone retaining walls.

If the hobbyist can see the oil on each part, then it probably means that he or she added too much. Use a static-free cloth to wipe off any excess oil. Avoid getting oil onto the wheels to maintain traction with the railroad tracks. The gears should have all of their teeth. If only one tooth has loosened from the gear shaft, then the train can lose traction in one of the two sets of powered wheels. Model train operators can identify this problem by listening for an increase in noise.

Replace the appropriate gear to avoid worsening the problem. In order to clean the train's wheels, hobbyists should turn the locomotive upside down while firmly supporting it.

Connect the controller and then press the power button until the wheels start to spin. Use a track rubber to clean the dirt off the wheels. This method only works with powered wheels; however, train enthusiasts can use a track rubber or damp cloth to clean the wheels manually.

Hobbyists should check the tires to ensure they are in good condition.

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In some conditions, the train's tires become too loose to grip the wheel of the train. Replace all bad tires immediately for optimal traction.

Click here to see pictures of the progress. We had 15 members present. Haber thanked Phil Haworth for hosting the June meeting. Meeting Coordinator needed. Balano reminded the members present that the Club is still looking for a Meeting Coordinator to line up meeting sites, hosts, and programs. Ed Aneshensel stepped forward and said he would take on the job.

Thank you Ed. Reports on Club activities. Summer Picnic plans. Date and time: Saturday, August 3, p.

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Volunteers: Dave asked for helpers to set up and clean up at the picnic. Schedule: Thursday, August 29 and Friday, Aug. Tuesday, Sept.The rails of the track are spaced 9 mm apart. How tiny is this scale? Many of these retail shops offer tips and suggestions for beginners.

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