Friday, March 9, 2018

RSO CANADIAN NATIONAL F7 Powered Diesel Locomotive HO Scale CN #9176

Manufacture – RSO
Road Number – 9176
Engine Condition – Excellent
Horns  -   Intact
Couplers -  1 Intact
Engine chassis – 8 wheel chassis
Paint –  is in good condition,

Monday, February 6, 2017

Model Power F2A Loco Amtrak Lighted HO 96806

Compatible with any HO scale train equipment.
Authentically scaled.
Plastic locomotive body is silver with red front and black roof.
Amtrak logo in red and blue Amtrak and road number 103 in blue on
each side.
Operating headlight.
Authentically molded horn roof vents doors steps panel lines and
rivet detailing.
Silver plastic dual axle trucks with silver metal wheels.
Truck mounted couplers.
Packaged in a plastic tray within a windowed box.

One HO Scale Union Amtrak #103 Lighted F2A Diesel Locomotive.

HO Scale Train Equipment
Adult Supervision

Scale: HO 1:87
Length: 7 (17.78cm)
Width: 1-3/8 (3.49cm)
Height: 2 (5.08cm)

Friday, December 30, 2016

HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Steam Locomotive Canadian Nat'l 2-6-0 DCC & Sound

    Sound Traxx DCC with Sound
  • Die Cast Chassis & Cylinders
  • Metal Wheels, Side Rods & Hand Rails
  • Working Headlamp with Directional Lighting
  • Body Mounted Knuckle Couplers



                                                             Features: Light Function, Painted, Sound Function

                                                             Type: Steam Locomotive

                                                             Material:     Plastic with Metal Parts

Friday, March 15, 2013

The History of Model Trains

by Stewart Ames

Collectible model trains can be traced back to the nineteenth century when the first model locomotives became available in the 1840s. These early collectible trains ranged widely in price from the extremely expensive real working steam locomotives, to the least expensive "penny toys" crafted from lead or tin. Today, with the advancements in modern technology, model trains have become much more sophisticated and the hobby of collecting model trains and building model railway systems is extremely popular with many devoted enthusiasts and avid collectors. Collectible model trains are widely available today in price ranges to fit any budget allowing anyone the opportunity to enjoy this great hobby.

Early Model Railway Sets
While collectible model trains were available in the mid nineteenth century, they were designed to run only on the floor and were not available with a train track. One of the first collectible train sets became available in the late nineteenth century and was produced by a company named "Marklin Bros". These collectible trains were wind-up or "clockwork trains" designed to run along a track. Additional pieces could be purchased and integrated into the set one at a time allowing customers the ability to create and customize an entire railway system. Eventually, other manufacturers began to produce model train sets and while these train sets were initially geared toward the entertainment of children, the manufacturers soon began to realize that collectible model trains were also becoming popular among adult who collected them.

Manufacturers began creating more complex and sophisticated versions of model train sets during the early twentieth century and the hobby of building model railway systems was becoming more and more popular. Battery powered and electrically operated model trains were also introduced in the early twentieth century and are the main sources of power utilized in collectible train sets today. The hobby of collecting model trains and building customized railway systems became extremely popular during the middle of the twentieth century as collectible trains became more affordable to the average individual.

Collectible Model Trains Today
Today, collectible model trains are available in all price ranges from highly complex models geared toward the adult consumer to less expensive model train sets designed for children. Collecting model trains is an exciting hobby that is enjoyed all across the globe and by people of all ages. Part of the appeal in collecting model trains is the numerous options available when it comes to creating the scenic landscapes that surround the tracks. While many prefer the traditional layout of the rural landscape with mountain tunnels and surrounding greenery, others prefer the more urban landscapes that include city streets and skyscrapers. Elaborate collectible train sets are also available for both indoor and outdoor settings including those that are designed specifically for outdoor gardens.

There are several different sizes to choose from in model trains that range from what is called the "N-scale" to the "G-scale" size. The N-scale models are the smallest and are typically utilized by collectors who are limited on space as it still allows for the room necessary when setting up various scenic landscapes. The G-scale trains are the largest and are typically designed to withstand the elements, therefore, these trains are the ones most utilized by hobbyists who enjoy setting up there train set outdoors. There is an endless variety of styles, sizes, and designs available in collectible model trains today that will provide years of entertainment and make a great hobby for both children and adults.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Many Life Skills Model Railroading Can Teach

by Arthur Limes
While browsing around in the model railroading community on forums and sites like Twitter I have noticed many adult males ask a particular question. Is model railroading a nerdy activity that is mostly aimed at children? To answer this simply, model railroading is a hobby that is suitable for all ages and can actually teach you many life skills. There are certain aspects of this hobby that most children or even teenagers just could not do as they require time and dedication to learn such as wiring up the tracks or designing a locomotive from scratch.

Designing and building a layout can be straightforward or a very creative and complicated process depending on what approach you use. The 3 main approaches you could use in increasing difficulty are:

  1. An “all in one” kit that is ready to run out of the box. This means that all the components such as locomotives, rolling stock, scenery and tracks are already constructed. All you need to do is link the components together on a layout.
  2. A “shake the box” kit where all the components are included in an easy to assemble form.
  3. The last one is either craftsman kits or raw materials that you use to build the whole layout from scratch.

The more experienced you become the more you will want to challenge yourself. Choosing number 3 from the list above can involve woodcarving, painting, electrical skills, machinist skills and possibly a few others. Learning these skills can be a lot of fun when in the context of model railroading. Not only can you increase your ability to customize your layouts, but also learn things that are useful for other areas of your life. Read on to find out how learning additional skills would be beneficial to you.

I bet you never thought your History classes would come in handy

The more enthusiastic model railroaders like to build layouts that are historically accurate such as the “World War 2” era or the steam train era. Getting the details factually correct can take a lot of research and attention to detail. This is not only limited to the locomotives and rolling stock, but to scenery also. In fact when showing off your completed work to non model railroaders it is usually the scenery that will explain to people what your layout is about.

When researching for the layouts you will also learn some cool train history lessons along the way. However a more important benefit is that your research skills will improve and this skill can be transferred over to other parts of your life.

Ever thought of painting your own model trains?

While the mechanical features of your locomotives and rolling stock are important, it is the visual impact that they are able to exert that is most important in order to impress people checking out your layout. Learning how to paint the train models gives you a lot of control over the design. This higher level of control is beneficial because it allows you to customize your layout to whatever your imagination is limited by. This creative aspect of model railroading can keep people making new models and layouts for many years.

Typically there are two main approaches to painting your train models which are using spray or a brush. Spray painting more of a mechanical process whereas using a brush allows for a much higher level of detail and customizability. However using a brush requires a greater level of skill and takes longer to learn. Learning this type of painting has other benefits such as doing DIY work on your kitchen furniture among other things.

Create your scenery using woodcarving

Being able to create your own scenery components without any limitation using wood carving techniques is not only a very rewarding process, but also allows you to create impressive layouts. Using wood you can make figurines, buildings and even the whole landscape. Then using your painting skills you can adapt the scenery components to fit your particular theme. Wood carving skills learnt during time spent on model railroading can be transferred over to many other useful projects such as carving out a toy to give to a child as a birthday present.

Learn how to wire up a layout

Wiring up a model railroad layout is a more technical aspect of the hobby as opposed to the creative sides such as choosing a locomotive or arranging scenery components. At first it might seem too much of a chore to learn the electrical skills. However when building your own layout it is a vital skill to learn in order to ensure that your trains run smoothly, fire effects work, switches switch, light go on and off, signals change, smoke blows and whistle effects work. Even if you choose to get an “all in one” kit to build your layout there will often be problems of an electrical nature. Knowing what to do in such cases will make your model railroading experience much smoother.

Electrical skills learnt whilst building and maintaining your railroad layout can come in handy in a large number of situations. Such as fixing an electrical appliance in your home or doing some car maintenance that requires wiring of some type.

Consider building your locomotives from scratch

The high quality locomotives and rolling stock that are manufactured by reputable brands such as Bachmann and Lionel primarily use metal. Learning machinist skills will give you the ability to create models from scratch. It will not be easy to master such a skill to the point where you can build high quality model trains. However for the more enthusiastic model railroader this is a skill worth investing a lot of time and effort into. Learning machinist skills gives you the added benefit of being able to do a high number of DIY activities such as repairing a car.

For those of you not interested in completely mastering machinist skills, you could make an effort to learn some aspects of it as this will allow you to do some important repair or maintenance work on train models that you might buy.

Selling model trains to fund your hobby

Now that you roughly know what it takes to build your own models and layouts from scratch you can consider doing it for the purpose of selling them. The money earned can be reinvested into model railroading in any way you see fit. This will give you even more freedom to build bigger and better layouts. Before searching for a venue to sell of your goods do the following:

1. Clean the items you wish to sell. Nobody will appreciate buying a set of dirty model trains.

2. Next inspect all your items for any damage and repair to the best of your ability. Any damage greatly reduces the price.

3. Take many pictures, this will increase the sales price because it will allow people to see what they are buying clearly.

4. Do some research at places like Amazon and eBay to give you a better idea of what your stuff is actually worth.

The best places on the Internet to sell stuff in a very quick and safe manner are eBay and Craigslist. Offline alternatives include auction houses, gadget shops, toy shops and model type shops.

Making the decision to invest in skills

For most people this decision will be based on what it is that they get out of model railroading. The people that only enjoy looking at the finished layout in full working order hardly need much investment of additional skills. Instead buying an “all in one” kit will be the fastest and simplest way of achieving what they want. Whereas the model railroaders that enjoy the building and customizability aspect of model railroading will gain a lot from investing in the skills mentioned in this article. In closing I would like to say that what you usually get out of a hobby is what you put into it in terms of effort and enthusiasm.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Model Trains Stores Can Be Expensive

By Dan B Morgan   
Model trains stores can be expensive, but then you do get what you pay for.
If you are a beginner then model trains stores should be your first stop.
Notice I said model trains stores and not hobby shops, because there is a difference. Hobby shops are usually staffed by people that are not experienced model railroaders.
While model trains stores are usually owned by very well experienced model railroaders.
Building a model railway is the most enjoyable hobby in my opinion. There is no other hobby where you can learn and improve a wide variety of skills in one place.
Building a model railroad exposes you to planning, design, woodwork, metalwork, wiring, electronics, kitbashing, scratchbuilding and so much more. But, you don't need to know it all when you start.
The model trains stores in your area are filled with people waiting to advise you on building your dream model railroad.
So, why is model railroading known as an expensive hobby?
The answer is in the decisions they make. These are the 7 most common model railway mistakes you should avoid:

1 - Not Knowing What You Want
Most model railroad beginners start with an electric train set that comes complete with an oval track, locomotive, some cars and a controller. Often this is because it is cheaper to buy the set rather than individual components, but you get what you pay for.
As soon as you add more track to expand the oval, the problems start.
The power pack in the electric train set may have only been designed to power the oval length of track. When you add extra track, the power pack is now not powerful enough. This results in a voltage drop on the track and intermittent starting and stopping of the locomotive. This can be very frustrating.

2 - Building a Model Railway That Is Too Big
Often the impressive model railroads at the shows encourage beginners to go home and convert their entire basement into a huge model railroad.
Some of the model railway experts at those shows have spent 20 or more years on their layouts and a beginner trying to achieve that level of model railroading from the beginning will be disappointed.
Often the smallest of layouts can be more fun because they get to a level of enjoyable operation quicker. The experience adds up over the years and a small layout is always easy to expand.

3 - Paying Full Retail Price
If you are going to pay full retail price for every part of your model railway then it is going to be an expensive exercise.
Your local train club will have members, with equipment in good condition, that they will sell at a fraction of the new price. Model train experts are a generous bunch and always willing to help beginners
Dan Morgan is the author of Model Trains For Beginners which should be compulsory reading for anyone considering model trains as a hobby.
Are you looking for a step-by-step guide to avoid the expensive model train mistakes almost all beginners make?
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Complete Live Steam Train

3-3/4" scale 7-1/2" ga. 2-6-2

Coal Fired Steam Locomotive with Tender and 3 passenger cars along with 1 gondola and 1 tank car The Steam Locomotive comes complete with 2 Penberthy injectors, automatic cylinder cocks, mechanical lubricator, all new plumbing, 2 great whistles, newly profiled drive wheels. Most metal work is powder coated.

Locomotive and Passenger Cars Rebuilt in 2009

Boiler rebuilt in 2004 (1/2” wall thickness)
Last Hydro-test: April 2006 (to 250 PSI)
Hours since rebuild: 8
Configuration 2-6-2
Weight approx 3000lbs
Coal Fired
28” wide at the cab
7 ½” gauge