Fans of the Rails

  Full scale steam engines to Z scale models any and all rail folks welcome here. Pull up a chair by the depot stove and get comfortable.

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Workin on the Rail Road

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain Apr 18. 4 Replies

I am experiencing a little deja' vu talking to people who are under employed and love trains so this is a cache of rail road job sites:…Continue

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Favorite Steam Engine ....( Come on, ya knew this was gonna be the first one. )

Started by Captain Lachlan Bellraven. Last reply by Captain Lachlan Bellraven Jun 10, 2017. 7 Replies

    For the 19th century I would have to say the Iconic 4-4-0 American. It had variations and worked from mainlines to short runs. The steam engine dearest to me though is the ALCO 3000 series better…Continue

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Comment by Captain on April 14, 2017 at 1:32am
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Comment by Captain on April 3, 2017 at 2:32pm

White pass RR out of Skagway, AK.

Comment by Dusten "The Reaper" on July 9, 2014 at 9:16pm

The 4-4-0 is a wheel arrangement. 4 leading wheels, 4 driving wheels, and no trailing wheels. It's the iconic engine of the USA, and was dubbed the American, due to it's wide use in the US during the 19th century. it was a durable engine, and could run on some very rough laid track. It could be found on both Passenger and Freight trains. A very beautiful engine indeed. I personally love the 1875 8-18c model built by baldwin. Those numbers mean 8 is the diameter of the cylinder, 18 is the length of the stroke, and C designates it as a 8 wheeled locomotive. 

Comment by Professor Briar on July 7, 2014 at 10:08pm

I'm a big fan of the NRM at York - fine collection of engines and cars as well as a fully functional repair shop for engine overhauls.  Their broaching machine for shaping wheels is a sight to behold

Comment by Mason Vincent on July 7, 2014 at 5:04pm


Comment by Paisley O'Maley on July 7, 2014 at 4:26pm

  I guess the old basic steam locomotive , was that the 4-4-0 you were talking about Lachlan ?


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