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What is the difference between a BELT line and a TRUNK line?

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Question by trainboy765: What is the difference between a BELT line and a TRUNK line?
I was flipping through some old Model Train magazines, and I came across an article about how this guy made a layout where there was an interchange between a City Belt Line and a Trunk Line.

I get that a Belt line connects the different railroads in the city to each other (Like the Belt Railway of Chicago, or the Indiana Harbor Belt) but I dont know what a TRUNK line really is (like the Grand Trunk Western). Can someone explain to me what one is? I would rather appreciate it. =]

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Answer by Silverstang
Just sounds like the names they just used to identify which train ran which route.

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what is the difference between polyfiber and lichen?

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Question by : what is the difference between polyfiber and lichen?
in model railroading, what is the difference between polyfiber and lichen?

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Answer by jentrie2
Lichen grows outside on tree bark. It is often brite green. Poly fiber is man made and therefore cheaper.

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What is the difference between switcher locomotives and regular locomotives?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Question by tom: What is the difference between switcher locomotives and regular locomotives?
I am new to model railroading and I would like to know what the difference is between a switcher locomotive and a regular, full-size locomotive.

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Answer by mike1942f
In the real world, switcher engines are shorter and lighter in weight and are used for moving cars in freight yards and for delivering them to industrial sidings. Less weight for moving a few cars, better economy, less wear and tear on lightly built rail sidings. They work alone
Regular engines are long heavy machines designed for pulling heavy long trains which are designed to be linked to other engines and operated by one engineer in the first one. They are mostly used on main line tracks.
In the model world, miniature switch engines which are a metal shell wrapped around a heavy motor have long been a sales pitch item “Worlds smallest most powerful HO engine” When the modeler wants to do primarily yard working (as opposed to beautiful scale landscapes or scheduled running) the undersized switcher actually looks better in the scaled down yard as it runs around moving cars, especially if the cars are models of smaller prototype car rather than modern monster tankers, hoppers, auto cars, and trailer trains.

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The difference between MTH Railking set and Lionel train sets.wmv

Monday, July 4th, 2011

The title says it all. This shows the difference between Lionel and MTH Railking sets.
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Is it possible to see the difference between an electric train and a diesel train?

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Question by Molly MM: Is it possible to see the difference between an electric train and a diesel train?
Do they look any different? I can not see the difference and I do not know which trains are electric and which ones are diesel. If there is any difference in appearance, what is the difference?

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Answer by Derek Bradley
Electrical trains will have cables running above them, with connectors coming up to meet the cables from the top of the carriages. They also run much quieter than diesel trains and dont have any exhaust fumes.

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What’s the difference between scales on model trains?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Question by Desty_1: What’s the difference between scales on model trains?
What’s the difference between what’s called HO scale model trains and N scale model trains? Which is easier to find? Which is more popular?

My oldest son is almost at the age where we can start doing projects and I remember playing with model trains with my grandfather. He had a HUGE setup in his house, but I can’t remember any details about it.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
Shawn

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Answer by mariner31
Morning Shawn. The BASIC difference is that HO scale trains are larger (almost twice as large)… and easier to handle for YOUNG hands and OLD eyes !! HO is also the more popular and easier to obtain in most hobby stores.

HO scale (1:87) means that 1 foot on your railroad is 87 feet and N scale (1:160) is such that 1 foot = 160 feet. So an 8 foot long “layout” is 696 feet in HO scale and 1,280 feet in N scale

NOW, my personal opinion is that N-scale is better… you can fit a larger “world” into a smaller space, you can get buy with “lighter” construction materials, and there is a GROWING amount of equipment and material out there FOR the N-Scale modeller.

I have an N-scale layout in my bedroom… a 2 foot wide shelf that runs around the 10′ x 12′ room (with a “bridge” across my doorway). It’s built on 1/8″ plywood with 1″x3″ framing, and rests on standard shelving brackets.

With EITHER scale you choose… I STRONGLY suggest you stop at your local hobby-shop and buy several of the books by Kalmbach Publishing (Model Railroading magazine)… regarding basic railroading design, scenery and wiring, realistic operations, and trackwork. Here’s the link to Model Railroading magazine: http://www.trains.com/mrr/

The BEST way to get a GOOD layout is to do HUNDREDS of drawings of your plans !! There is also some good software out there for planning… it’s easier and CHEAPER to correct mistakes in design and construction on PAPER or a computer screen !!

More than happy to provide further information, links, and contacts. GOOD LUCK !!

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Is there a difference between Toy Model Trains, Model Trains and Toy Trains?

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Question by Phil: Is there a difference between Toy Model Trains, Model Trains and Toy Trains?
I’m thinking about starting a new hobby. I like trains so I was thinking of buying a train set and laying it out in my garage. I’m new to this hobby and I’ve been searching on the internet to find which trains to buy and I’ve noticed some sites use the term “Model Trains” while others use “Toy Trains” and “Toy Model Trains”. I’m just curious if there is a difference between these three or do they all mean the same thing?

Thanks

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Answer by mariner31
Yes, there is a difference, though it isn’t “standardized” as best as I know…

Model Trains are intended to be ACCURATE models of the real thing. In the USA, they are standardized by the NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) regarding scale, and electrical and software standards also. There are varied levels of detail and accuracy… some manufacturers have two “brands” accurate for the normal modeler, and hyper-detailed for the modeler with a BIG wallet.

Toy Model Trains are in between model trains and toy-trains.

Toy Trains are simply that… TOYS that look like trains.

If you’re interested in model railroading, I’d suggest these two links:

National Model Railroad Association http://www.nmra.org/
Model Railroading magazine http://www.trains.com/mrr/

GOOD LUCK and I’m happy to help with follow-up information

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How can I tell by looking the difference of N scale/HO scale model trains?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Question by keensnipe: How can I tell by looking the difference of N scale/HO scale model trains?
I have a few boxes that were given to me of model cars and buildings. is there some place I can look or a way to measure properly so I know which scale I am dealing with? also which is actually better if I decide to buy more. N or HO

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Answer by Mag
Well I have HO Scale myself and Been a while since I looked at my buildings, Working on the layout still. But the buildings if like a two story house or building it would measure about 4 to 5 inches tall. An N Scale would be about half that around 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall. N Scale trains are really small about inch tall and the HO Scale trains will be about 2 1/2 inches tall. I love my HO Scale trains. But thinking about getting an N Scale too. Have seen many many layouts of both. Try going to www.Trains.com and click on resources on top of the page and click on coming events and put in your zip code and go to a couple train shows. For a couple bucks you can get in and look around and get a better idea what you have.

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what is the size difference between standard gauge trains and g scale trains?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Question by garchompagin: what is the size difference between standard gauge trains and g scale trains?
it was a question that always pondered me my whole life.(more like 2 years)

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Answer by Kurt W
g or garden scale is much larger.

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