Nearly 100 years ago, the residents of Cincinnati, Ohio had a dream: to ease downtown congestion by traveling on underground rail. Fortunately, the city already owned a major form of right-of-way in the area: The Erie Canal. In the early 1900s, the canal had fallen into disuse and became an open sewer. To alleviate health … Continue reading
There I was sitting on the loo perusing old Model Railroader mags and minding my own business when I came across this heading: “Ahearn offers versatile HO GP-9 with rubber band or gear drive”. The rubber band version cost $12.95 and the gear driven $16.95!!!! What a difference 60 years makes – the date of the … Continue reading
I’m always on the lookout for train songs. A good one, my opinion, is when it let’s you believe you really are on board if you close your eyes. This one was recommended by a gentleman visitor to the layout. The harmonica is awesome. It can’t be just me who likes it – it’s received 6,392,510 … Continue reading
Every March, St Mary’s church in the Leicestershire (England) town of Melton Mowbray becomes a cathedral of pies: it fills with tables bearing more than 800 pastries. Pies have been adding rich flavour to the English language for centuries. Take, for example, the Bedfordshire Clanger Pie: a British classic which cleverly combines main course and … Continue reading
Honest. Check it out: These were photographed along Crum Creek in Eddystone PA in 1923. They are awaiting delivery to SP (Southern Pacific) at the Baldwin Locomotive works. Quite a sight! Ultimately SP bought 143 SantaFe 2-10-2s from Baldwin.
I( get a lot of questions when “working the crowd” at our layout. Today I was explaining to a couple and their son that the 1906 earthquake not only devastated San Francisco but also devastated all the communities along the Mendocino Coast. At the conclusion of my “spiel ” the lad, in a very serious voice, … Continue reading
Definitions: Nn3 is narrow gauge in N scale, primarily, but not exclusively using Z scale standards to represent 3ft narrow gauge railroads.While it’s obviously a minority interest, it’s followed by an increasing number of modellers worldwide. N scale uses 9mm track. Z scale use 6.5mm. So, Nn3 is N scale rolling stock on Z scale … Continue reading