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

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