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Early History of My Model Railroad

Early History of My Model Railroad By Roger Heid   My first model railroad was not a railroad, actually. It had nothing to do with any kind of railroad, whatsoever. It was

Train Derailment

Train Derailment By Roger Heid   It was a day like any other, sometime in late fall of 1956. The day in school was about as dull and boring as most school

Riding the ICE

RIDING THE ICE By Gordon Preller    For those of us who grew up with the Interstate Highway system, and the convenience of having your own car when you arrived at your

News Stand on the Train

News Stand on the Train By Roger Heid Back in 1952, a German tabloid called ‘Bild Zeitung’(-> Picture Newspaper) started to rapidly gain popularity, accompanied by controversy, usually stirred up by certain

The Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge By Roger Heid Nuts! Here is another war story I happened to come across. In 1981, shortly before Thanksgiving, I was discharged from the US Army. By

Monkey Business on a Train

Monkey Business on a Train By Roger Heid   It was on a warm summer afternoon, sometime in the mid-1950s. I was on my way home from school, riding in my favorite

Train Watch

Train Watch By Roger Heid   This episode started on a Saturday morning, about 1:30 am, in late fall of 1979. I was stationed in West Germany, assigned to an MP unit

Memories of Old: My First Model Passenger Train

Old Memories: My First Model Passenger Train By Roger Heid   On Christmas 1956, my railroad system did not see much expansion. I guess there were more pressing issues in the budget.

Mission over the Fatherland

Mission over the Fatherland By Roger Heid   Maybe the strangest encounter between me and older in age US Armed Forces personnel occurred inside a Snack Bar on a base in the

First Encounter of the Model Railroad Kind

First Encounter of the Model Railroad Kind By Roger Heid     The following episodes took place not very long after VE Day on May 8, 1945. I was too little to