Entries Tagged as ‘Model Railroading’

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 8:37 pm

More Flickr Groups

More train groups on the photo-sharing site Flickr: European Railways High Speed Rail Model Railways Model Trains Railway Stations Previously: Flickr Railfanning Groups.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 8:30 pm

Two More Model Railroad Blogs

Bill Baar’s Trains primarily focuses on model railroading with some diversions into railroad news and railfanning — a hobbyist’s blog, essentially. Updated all too infrequently. Dennis David’s Schwarzburg Modelleisenbahn is ostensibly a blog about the construction of his N-scale model railroad based on German prototypes, but there’s lots of interesting digressions, such as photos from […]

Monday, December 4, 2006 at 4:05 pm

McPherson Museum Opens Model Railroad

The McPherson Museum in McPherson, Kansas has opened a model railroad display, the McPherson Sentinel reports. The display, which is operated by the Mid-Kansas Model Railroaders, contains three layouts (toy, HO, N) and will be open Saturdays. Lots of museums — big and small — house model railroad displays — also big and small — […]

Friday, December 1, 2006 at 12:58 pm

Gorre and Daphetid

I’ve wanted to post something about the late John Allen’s late Gorre and Daphetid model railroad for years, but for the longest time I couldn’t find anything on the web to link to. There is, however, a reasonably comprehensive site at gdlines.com, which you should visit immediately. John Allen, the so-called “Wizard of Monterey,” was […]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 8:26 pm

Prototype vs. Freelance

In model railroading, there is a continuum between prototypical modelling — modelling a specific railroad, its locomotives, rolling stock, stations, operations and locales — at one extreme, and freelance modelling — a make-believe railroad that exists only in the imagination of the layout owner — on the other. Now, freelancing doesn’t necessarily mean that anything […]

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 8:40 am

Schenectady Model Railroad Club Closing

Capital News 9 of Albany, New York reports that the Schenectady Model Railroad Club is closing its doors at the end of the year due to financial constraints. Its president, Bob Reid, told the station that their cash flow had been hurt by the decline in interest in the hobby. Video here.

Friday, November 24, 2006 at 9:33 pm

Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland

I first heard about Minatur Wunderland in an all-too-brief article in the February 2004 issue of Model Railroader. The pictures and the description astounded me: a huge layout open to the public, with hundreds of trains running on thousands of metres of tracks. But not just trains: even the automobiles were automated, running on special […]

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 6:48 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Scratchbuilt Locomotive

It occurs to me that I should be posting model railroad photography as well, when I find it. There are two remarkable things about this model: one, it’s scratchbuilt; two, it’s in Proto:87, a set of fine-scale standards even more exacting than HO. Photo by renegourley.

Friday, November 10, 2006 at 10:21 am

Take Your Model Train to Work Day

Today is Take Your Model Train to Work Day, one of several initiatives by the World’s Greatest Hobby campaign, which is an attempt by model railroad companies to proselytize and expand the hobby. In his essay, The Sociology of Model Railroading (previously), John Bruce talks about the industry’s attempts to improve the hobby’s public image: […]

Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 3:55 pm

UP Trademark Dispute Settled

Union Pacific didn’t make itself many friends with its trademark licensing program. Begun in 2002, it required model railroad manufacturers to pay a royalty for products made with the Union Pacific insignias — including the insignias of railroads since absorbed by Union Pacific (i.e., the Chicago and Northwestern, Denver and Rio Grande Western, Katy, Missouri […]