Category Archives: Commentaries

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.

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