Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Trip behind a BR 78 Steam Locomotive

A Trip behind a BR 78 Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid   Back in 1971, while visiting old friends in Germany, I wound up taking a trip from Frankfurt to Wiesbaden. Before

What is a ‘Big Boy’?

What is a ‘Big Boy’? By Roger Heid   Someone who knows I am dabbling with railroads asked me what a Big Boy is. I knew he wasn’t talking about some Hamburger

Driving a BR 86

Driving a BR 86 By Roger Heid   This here episode occurred in fall of 1967. One of my GI friends informed me of a GI Short Timers Party I was specifically

How a German town affected the design of an elegant Austrian train, the series 4010

How a German town affected the design of an elegant Austrian train, the series 4010   By Ernest H. Robl     Entire documentary television series have been devoted to the strange

Lucky Meeting a V188 Diesel Locomotive

Lucky Meeting a BR V188 Diesel Locomotive By Roger Heid   For a starter, let me explain what a V 188 is. It was designed for use by the German Army during

Handy Tools and Accessories

Handy Tools and Accessories By Roger Heid   Some time ago, while browsing the REI web site, I ran across the brand name Proses. I had never heard of them before. So

Riding in a BR 64 Steam Locomotive

Riding in a BR 64 Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid Some time ago, I wrote a story about remembering the BR 64 steam locomotive from my early High School days. Even though

Tank cars and Hazmat cargoes: Part 1

Tank cars and Hazmat cargoes:  Part 1   By Ernest H. Robl   In the 1990s, while producing user manuals for a computer-based logistics management system, I ended up working on the

The Narrow Gauge “Zugspitz Bahn”

The Narrow Gauge “Zugspitz Bahn” By Roger Heid In the southern part of Bavaria, in Germany, there is a mountain called ‘Zugspitze’. It is the highest peak in the German part of

HO Model Track Brands and Track Codes

HO Model Track Brands and Track Codes By Roger Heid and Rey Plaszewski Technical Advisor: Roman Plaszewski   There have been questions and issues regarding the best brand choices for tracks and