Category Archives: Commentaries

Pre-orders and backorders

Pre-orders and backorders Or, why can’t I get the item I want—right now? By Ernest H. Robl One of the “facts of life” I try to present to beginning model railroaders is

Christmas in July

Christmas in July Thoughts about digital starter sets   By Ernest H. Robl   Earlier this month — July 2, 2015, to be exact — I received the largest single shipment of

Product Documentation

Product Documentation By Ernest Robl   In several forum threads, members have complained about the quality of documentation of the Roco Z21 system – while endorsing the product itself. I don’t have

The Typical Model Railroader

The Typical Model Railroader The Other Side of the Coin By Roger Heid   The typical Model Railroader is not a Beginner. Many Beginners don’t make it to the stage of being

A Blog about Blogs

A Blog about Blogs By Roger Heid   You have noticed that I have posted several blogs describing my memories stemming from the post WW II years in Southwest Germany, in the

The Wife of a Model Railroader

The Wife of a Model Railroader  By Sally Karlsmark When I met my husband, we were both incredibly lonely after life had dealt both of us a terrible blow. We both had

Something about the BR 42 Steam Locomotive

Something about the BR 42 Steam Locomotive By Ulrich Albrecht My father began building a model railroad in 1957 when my mother was pregnant with me. He was absolutely convinced that the

Turnouts/Switches – Analog or Digital?

Turnouts/Switches – Analog or Digital ? Pros and Cons / Installation Hints By Roger Heid   This is a much disputed perennial question. There is no right answer; there is no wrong

Nuremberg Toy Fair Tour Report 2015

Nuremberg Toy Fair Tour 2015 Report By Gordon Preller I would like to thank Rey and Roman for a grand time on the Nuremburg Toy Fair/Miniatur Wunderland Tour – we had a

Why does my locomotive not work?

Why does my locomotive not work? By Roger Heid This is one of the most frequently asked questions, by beginners and advanced users alike. The question reflected in the blog title is