Railroad history goes back so far into times when science was less a part of everyday life that sometimes people forget that there is a great deal of science involved. There are variations but the same basic principles apply to all trains.
How much power to apply and when to do so, braking fundamentals and the energy required to stop a train, and track layout are just some of the practical areas where science is applied. Track design involves (more…)
Great Train Movies
Those gleaming tons of steel moving along railroad tracks are perfect subjects for great train movies. The first train movie was the Great Train Robbery, filmed in 1903. A Lackawanna Railroad locomotive was used in this movie. The movie, Murder on the Orient Express, based on the novel of the same title by Agatha Christie, is one of the most famous great train movies with a full scale model provided by an international railroad. The recent movie, Under Siege, model trains instead of full (more…)
Do you remember when you first got bit by the model railroading bug? Some people remember their first model railroad from childhood, while others came to the hobby late in life. Some people are in it for the amazing trains themselves, while others lovingly build up the countryside to give their trains the perfect backdrop.
For people who are not familiar with model trains, it is merely a hobby. They see collectors and crafters, and they do not understand exactly what it is that makes us tick.You can find a quick rundown