A Legacy of Austria’s Semmering Railway

A Legacy of Austria’s Semmering Railway … … That you can use on your layout By Ernest H. Robl Austria’s Semmering Railway is so much part of the country’s history and culture

Stein am Berg, Part 3

Stein am Berg, Part 3 Footnotes This is the third installment of a series about the ideas, structures, and background that went into the development of the town of Stein am Berg

Stein am Berg, Part 2

Stein am Berg, Part 2 The plan — and initial structures By Ernest H. Robl This is the second installment of a series about the ideas, structures, and background that went into

Stein am Berg, Part 1

  Stein am Berg, Part 1 A small tribute By Ernest H. Robl One of the many ways we personalize our layouts is how we name things – towns, stations, industries, etc.

Model Railroading is (supposed to be) fun

Model Railroading is (supposed to be) fun Or, you can’t always be serious By Ernest H. Robl Sometimes we take our hobby too seriously. Everything has to be perfect — or as

Seven Items You Likely Won’t Find at the Hobby Shop

Seven Items You Likely Won’t Find at the Hobby Shop But which are very useful for model railroaders By Ernest H. Robl Okay, there are lots of different hobby shops, including some

Locomotives — Front to Back

Front to back, and side to side A different look at European locomotives By Ernest H. Robl People have asked me whether European locomotives have a front and a back, as they

Unit Trains

Unit Trains, by the Numbers Why they are not as difficult as you may think By Ernest H. Robl Few things are as impressive on a prototype railroad as unit trains. They

Twins from Different Parents

Twins from Different Parents Austria’s ÖBB 2043 / 2143 road diesels By Ernest H. Robl Austria’s series 2043 and 2143 B-B diesel road locomotives are somewhat like twins — born to different

150 Years over the Brenner

150 Years Over the Brenner by Rail Austria marks an anniversary with a special locomotive scheme By Ernest H. Robl Unlike in the United States, where a single event — the driving