Category Archives: General Information

Electric Locomotive Pantograph Arcing

Electric Locomotive Pantograph Arcing By Roger Heid   When I was a kid, I frequently got to ride on a trolley, also called street car. The first trolleys were horse drawn. Now,

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

Feeder Wire Installation and Hook Up

Feeder Wire Installation and Hook Up By Roger Heid   Once your track layout expands beyond your initial starter kit, it will be advantageous to add additional feeding points to your tracks.

Soldering Equipment and Techniques

Soldering Equipment and Techniques By Roger Heid   In your quest to improve your model railroad skills and experience you might, sooner or later, try to do some soldering. You may already

Flickering Interior Car Lighting

Flickering Interior Car Lighting By Roger Heid   So you finally managed to install interior lights into a few passenger cars. Great!  Now you put the whole thing to a test, but,

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

HO Scale Model Railroad Couplers

HO Scale Model Railroad Couplers By Roger Heid and Ulrich Albrecht   In this blog, we will try to shed some light into couplers and the associated issues, primarily for HO Scale

Cupolas on Baggage Cars

Cupolas on Baggage Cars By Roger Heid   You may have noticed that some baggage cars have a cupola, others do not. If they do, what is it for, where in the

Wheel and Axle Configuration

Wheel and Axle Configurations By Roger Heid   Imagine you are standing next to a steam locomotive, looking at it from the side. Depending on its type, you will see a bunch

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