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

ÖBB’s 2068 Diesel Switchers

ÖBB’s 2068 Diesel Switchers A homely locomotive that still has its charms By Ernest H. Robl Austria’s 2068 diesel switchers look somewhat out of place among the many elegant pieces of motive

ÖBB Loco Numbering

ÖBB Loco Numbering Making sense of Austrian class numbers By Ernest H. Robl People have asked me, both here and elsewhere, how the Austrian (primarily ÖBB) locomotive numbering scheme works. I thought

Roco/Fleischmann’s Digital Handbook, vol. 1

Roco/Fleischmann’s Digital Handbook, vol. 1 A review By Ernest H. Robl When Roco announced in 2016 that it planned to produce a series of books, at least two of which would focus

Thoughts About Layout Design 2

Thoughts About Layout Design 2 Starting with a start set By Ernest H. Robl In a previous post, Christmas in July, I wrote about how start sets were a good way to

Thoughts About Layout Design 1

Thoughts About Layout Design 1 Commentary By Ernest H. Robl New model railroaders often want advice on how to design their first layout — or where to find appropriate layout plans. They

The Big Screwdrivers …

The Big Screwdrivers … And other memories of Vienna transit By Ernest H. Robl My parents never owned a car until we came to the United States in the second half of

Roco Line With Roadbed Is Back

Roco Line With Roadbed Is Back! A look at why this product became an instant classic By Ernest H. Robl When it was introduced in stages in the late 1980s and early

Tracks in Concrete

Tracks in Concrete A quick project with tempered fiberboard By Ernest H. Robl In many industrial areas and even at some railroad facilities, tracks are embedded in concrete, much like streetcar tracks