Rolling inspection

Rolling inspection
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On the prototype, when one train is stopped in a siding and another passes it, the stopped train’s crew will normally stand outside their train and watch while the other train passes for a quick visual inspection of the passing train. This practice, called a "rolling inspection," helps the railroad spot problems on trains when they’re between stations.

This little guy was waiting patiently on the chair for several minutes until the train came by. Then he and his mother took a good close look for their own rolling inspection as the train passed.

Southern Electric – New rolling stock for the Waterloo & City

A film from November 1940 showing new the cars being delivered to, and the original 1898 stock removed from, the Waterloo & City line which runs underground from Waterloo Station to Bank in the City of London. The Waterloo & City, colloquially known as The Drain is a unique part of the underground network in that for most of its existance it has been administratively seperate from the London Underground. Built for the London & South Western Railway to provide a convenient link from their mainline terminus at Waterloo to the business centre of London, it became a part of the Southern Railway in 1923 and upon nationalisation in 1948 became part of British Rail’s Southern Region. With privatisation of British Rail in 1993, the W&C was something of an anomaly and by agreement was taken over by London Transport. It is not connected to any other part of the London Underground and uniquely for tube lines in London is entirely sub-surface. The 1898 vintage wooden cars being removed in the film were built by Jackson and Sharp of Wilmington, Delaware, USA, using Siemens electrical motors and control equipment. The new electric multiple unit cars were manufactured by the English Electric company and would be used (classified as Class 487 under TOPS) until 1992 when, just prior to privatisation, they were replaced with replaced by new Class 482 units – these being virtually identical to the 1992 stock used on the LT Central line. The vehicles are seen being moved by an Armstrong Lift
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MODEL train car weight standards: Any one have copies of standards for HO scale rolling stock??

Question by MODEL train car weight standards: Any one have copies of standards for HO scale rolling stock??

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Answer by McDSpooky
HO scale (H0 scale in continental Europe) is the most popular scale of model railway in most of the world outside the United Kingdom, where the slightly larger in scale OO scale is most common. The name is derived from the German Halb-null (“half-zero”), because its 1:87 scale is approximately half that of O scale.

In HO scale, 3.5 millimetres represents 1 real foot; this awkward ratio works out to about 1:87.086. In HO, rails are usually spaced 16.5 millimeters apart which models the standard railroad gauge of 4′ 8.5″.

Modern HO trains run on realistic-looking two-rail track, which is powered by direct current (varying the voltage applied to the rails to change the speed, and polarity to change direction), or by Digital Command Control (sending commands to a decoder in each locomotive). Some trains, most notably by Märklin of Germany, run on alternating current, supplied by a “third rail” consisting of small bumps on each tie down the centre of the track.

HO scale trains first appeared in the United Kingdom in the 1930s, originally as an alternative to OO scale. It proved unsuitable for scale modelling UK trains. However, it became very popular in the United States, where it took off in the late 1950s after interest in model railroads as toys began to decline and more emphasis began to be placed on realism in response to hobbyist demand. While HO scale is by nature more delicate than O scale, its smaller size allows modelers to fit more details and more scale miles into a comparable area.

In the 1960s, as HO scale began to overtake O scale in popularity, even the stalwarts of other sizes, including Gilbert (makers of American Flyer) and Lionel Corporation began manufacturing HO trains. HO locomotives, rolling stock (cars or carriages), buildings, and scenery are available today from a large number of manufacturers in a variety of price brackets.

HO scale has several narrower gauges to represent narrow gauge trains in the same scale as their HO counterparts, these include:
– HOe scale – with 9mm gauge tracks (the same as N scale), usually used to represent 2 foot gauge in HO Scale.
– HOm scale – with 12mm gauge tracks (the same as TT scale), usually used to represent meter gauge in HO Scale; this is a particularly popular scale in Europe.

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Need info on converting “O” Gauge model R.R. rolling stock to HOn3 Scale?

Question by DAVID C: Need info on converting “O” Gauge model R.R. rolling stock to HOn3 Scale?
What is required to convert from “O” scale to HOn3 scale for my model railroad rolling stock? I know the trucks will be required but are other items ; couplers, electric pick-ups for lighting, etc. also required? Please help as I am trying to convert my collection for a Christmas village display that is presently HO Gauge and prefer not to change trackage. Also need info on where to obtain these items.

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Answer by westpac67
To convert O scale to HOn30, as you mentioned you do need HO scale trucks. Unless there is a clearance problem above the track due to the shorter [height-wise] trucks, the couplers should be OK. As for the electrical pick-up, that depends a little bit on whether you are converting FROM 2-rail or 3-rail track. Either way, you need to get HO trucks with METAL wheels, preferably those designed for lighted HO cars like passenger cars or cabooses. Just wire them up per the instructions that should come with them.
I would recommend converting just two cars at first, and checking them on the track you will be using to make sure the cars will have clearance between them for the HO curves. At that point, you will know if you must modify/change the couplers or coupler mountings.
The best source for the parts [and additional tips/hints] would be a hobby shop that carries model railroad supplies AND parts. If you do not have one locally, then you might have to go to the Internet to find one.

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A question about brass scale model engines and rolling stock?

Question by Samurai Hoghead: A question about brass scale model engines and rolling stock?
I’m just curious.

Some people paint these fine scale models in some railroad prototype paint scheme and/or weather them, while others keep them as unpainted brass locos. I guess there may be additional value to a collector or as a part of a collection sans livery, analogous to an un-circulated coin to numismatists, while I’d think a modeler would in likelihood opt for the paint job, as I do.

If familiar, which do you prefer?

Just wondering. Thanks.

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Answer by UPRRocks
I think I’d like the one with livery although I don’t collect brass engines

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