NTS&B Polar Express, Hogwarts, and other engines making up 15 Feet long trains on Heli

When building a layout, we sometimes forget to just stop and run trains on it. I finally decided to take the time to see what would run on the helix. I decided to stop at 12 passenger cars and a tender (or extra box car on diesels), because I didn’t want to pick them off the floor, or start loosing traction tires. In all the trains was over 15 feet long. The biggest surprises were the Lionel engines Polar Express, Hogwarts, and RI 5100, because these are all single motors. The MTHs RK PRR GG1, CSX Dash 8, PRR F3, and Williams Amtrak FP45 seemed to have plenty of power to spare for some more cars.

Test Track: Lionel Hogwarts Express

This week my new Hogwarts Express takes a spin on the test track. Not that there was much to test, as this appears to be a solid performer for a starter set. Aside from loosening the center axle of the tender so the center wheels would rotate freely, there have been no issues. Now, I didn’t get t his set out of any particular admiration of Harry Potter (I ihave the first two DVD’s and still haven’t watched either one), but more for the novelty of having a British-outline passenger train among my collection (Years ago, the Flying Scotsman toured the US under her own power). Lionel expects to produce add-on cars for the set, as was done for the Polar Express, so I expect to eventually have eight cars, more-or-less matching the UK excursion trains pulled by Olton Hall, the prototype locomotive pulling the Hogwarts in the HP movies. 2011 edit: I have the add-on coaches including the Dementors’ coach. Next time this train runs for the camera, it’ll have six cars. And the brake vans (there are two) will be positioned at both ends. It’s unclear if there will be any additional add-ons.

How Tall is Hogwarts? I am building a model railroad and wanted to add a certain school!?

Question by manniebothans: How Tall is Hogwarts? I am building a model railroad and wanted to add a certain school!?
The models I will use will be 1:160 (i.e. one foot would be modeled at 0.075 inches). The Hogwarts Express train I will be using will be in 1:148 scale (i.e. it takes .0812 inches to model 1 foot of structure).

Noble says their Hogwarts model “Measures approximately 13 inches in height,” but it looks like most of that is comprised of cliffs, & their Hogwarts is about 7 inches. That would make the Astronomy peak come close to looking 93 feet high next to other American N (1:160) scale structures– and about 86 feet tall compared to the British N-gauge (1:148) train.

A) Does anyone own the Noble Collection Hogwarts, and if so, how tall is just the Hogwarts portion of it? How accurate is this sculpt based on what we see in the movie and what is in the books? This sculpture has no way of internal lighting, correct?

B) Does J.K. Rowling ever list the height of Hogwarts in any of the books? How tall is the Astronomy Tower? Does she mention the height of any particular landmarks?

Best answer:

Answer by The Queen Has Spoken
I’m not sure that the height was every mentioned. There are at least 5 stories. But stories are relevant to the structure. Old castles had high ceilings so one story in castle could be 1 1/2 to 2 stories in a modern translation of what a story is.

Dumbledore’s office was at the very top of the castle and I always had the impression that the round stairway was very very tall.. at least 1 1/2 to 2 stories high.

If I were you I would look at the movie scenes of the castle. The drawings in the books…

Then just make your own interpretation of what Hogswart Castle would look like.

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Charles Ro Supply Co, “America’s Largest Train Store”: Thomas the Tank Engine & Harry Potter’s Hogwart’s Express trains.

Charles Ro Supply Co, “America’s Largest Train Store”: Thomas the Tank Engine & Harry Potter’s Hogwart’s Express trains.

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Charles Ro Supply Co, "America’s Largest Train Store". Pasting from Wikipedia:

Charles Ro Supply Company
USA Trains started out as part of Charles Ro Supply Company, the biggest train store, as well as America’s largest Lionel dealer. USA Trains is a family-run business, started by father and son Charles Ro senior and junior.

Charles Ro Supply Company was established in and it started out as a beauty shop business of 4 salons with sixty hairdressers but moved into the hobby business when Charles Ro, Sr. began selling used Lionel trains at one of the storefronts in Everett, Massachusetts. In 1972 Ro started purchasing directly from Lionel to sell them mail-order. By 1980, Ro had completed Lionel’s first million dollar order. Also at this time, the company moved to a new location in Malden, Massachusetts into an old supermarket building. [4]

Garden trains
In 1982, Lionel moved production to Mexico, not producing model trains for 9 months. To make up for this, Ro began selling German-made large-scale model trains that were suitable for outdoor use. Realizing their popularity, Ro began making his own large scale model trains under the name Charles Ro Manufacturing Company. In 1989, business was moved into a new building, it’s current location, in Malden, Massachusetts with 3 storeys and over 50,000 square feet of area. Until 1995, when manufactuuring was moved offshore, USA Trains were manufactured at this new location which also served as the store.


In 1998, the GP 7/9 locomotive won Model Railroader‘s Reader’s Choice Award
The Ultimate Series line introduced in 1999 won four Reader’s Choice Awards
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