Archive for July, 2010

On the French Narrow Gauge

Posted by Ben Angus On July 16, 2010 Comments Off

By the Not-Quite-So-Old-Dominie I confess to a love affair with France, the French, their food and (especially) their drink, their scenery, the ambience – and I’m quite partial to their trains as well. Holidays tend to be based on moving from preserved railway line to preserved railway line, with the odd museum thrown in. So  [ Read More ]

British Railways Headlamp Codes

Posted by Ben Angus On July 15, 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The main purpose of the headlamp is that it can warn people on the rail track ahead of an approaching train, thus allowing sufficient time for them to take evasive action. The other main benefit is the ability to light up whistle posts and landmarks. Headlamp Details Express passenger train, breakdown van train going to  [ Read More ]

Hornby The History

Posted by Ben Angus On July 15, 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Hornby Railways is the leading brand of model railway in the United Kingdom. Its roots date back to 1901, when founder Frank Hornby received a patent for his Meccano construction toy. Early history Hornby, then known as Meccano Ltd and based in Liverpool, released its first train, a clockwork 0 gauge (1:48) model, in 1920.  [ Read More ]

Model Railway Gauges | Scales

Posted by Ben Angus On July 15, 2010 Comments Off

Rail gauge or scale is the distance between the inner sides of the two parallel rails that make up a railway track. OO Gauge 4mm to 1ft, 1:76 scale 16.5mm gauge (inside track width) A British system which is very well provided for, with a wide range of ready-to-run models, and accessories. This is the most  [ Read More ]