High speed train crash between my LEGO 9V train ICE 3 and Eurostar models and the innocent little Christmas train… layout features a double track loop of long curves made from straight track and two level crossings (the source of much entertainment) with the Christmas train’s little loop. Enjoy!
Question by ……..: I’m 59yrs old and wondering what the largest train set i can but.Not so much track length?
but the locomotive and freight cars? Like what is the biggest scale? Thanks and links would be greatly appreciated.
I ment buy not but on my opining question.
Answer by railbuff The biggest scale in mass production is G- scale (about 1:23) and is often used outdoors,even in Canada. There are only a few manufacturers of locomotives, Cars can cost from $ 60 to $ 120 and up ($ US) , locomotives from $ 200 to $ 1200 (and up). Check into a hobby shop, or pick up a model railroad magazine (Model Railroader or Railroad Model Craftsman) or one of the Garden Railroad magazines for more detailed information.
You could reduce these costs by modelling your own cars and buildings – many do. There are kits available, for this as well as materials you can get so that you can design and build your own idea. Some even build their own locomotives.
You may have a model railroad club giving an open house type of show, or layout tour – check with the local hobby shop for this information.
Lastly, there is a nonprofit organization called the National Model Railroad Association, based in the US, but with semi-independent regional groups in Canada, Australia, Britain and Western Europe.
I am a member. Contact through its website – nmra.org
Question by Werecatflame: Model train and track maintenance?
I have ordered a Lionel train set that should arrive by next week. This is going to be my first O scale train set so I was hoping for some information on how to keep everything working properly for many years to come. I also I noticed that I have some corrosion on a piece of my HO track I was wondering what I could do about this, and how I could prevent from happening in the future.
Answer by Priya Talreja go to a special toy repair shop if it happens
Question by moniquew93: a model electric train makes one complete pass around a circular track every 15 seconds….?
a model electric train makes one complete pass around a circular track every 15 seconds. the train’s motor has a resistance of 6.0ohm and is connected to a 70.0V source. How much energy will the train use in 12 complete passes around the track?
Answer by kirchwey This question cannot be answered. Model-train motors don’t draw the huge wattage implied by the voltage and resistance, which = V^2/R = 816.67 W. At running speed the motor would generate a back EMF which would substantially reduce the actual voltage across the internal resistance. See the ref.
EDIT: The input data are not necessarily crazy, just incomplete. What’s crazy is the assumption that the given V is applied across the given R continuously; it actually would only happen momentarily at startup.
mrr.trains.com Model Railroader magazine Executive Editor Andy Sperandeo shows you how he makes the track on his home model railroad layout electrically reliable. He’ll show you how he solders wire feeders to the rails, bus wires, and track switches for good contact and smooth operation. Follow Andy’s tips and you’ll be on your way to trouble-free opeation on your own layout, whether it’s a 4×8 or a large layout like Andy’s or Model Railroader’s MR&T. Video Rating: 4 / 5
Image by Elsie esq.
Not having any spare track availible for this photoshoot I posed my new train upon some old Tri-ang Hornby three rail. The full sized trains did run on the Southern third rail system in real life. I hope this one feels at home!