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To see digital movies of some
of my model trains in action, as well as digitized movies of some steam train
excursions that I've been on, click on one of the
Multimedia Page 1 - True HD 1080p videos
Multimedia Page 2 - Standard Definition
In the Spring of 2002, MTH
released their much-awaited DCS (Digital Command System), a remote control
system that allows you to control all of the trains on your layout. I was
lucky enough to get one quite early and learn about it -- to the point that I
have some helpful hints and tips about using DCS.
DCS Tips and Hints
In 2003, I wrote an essay on the dangers of using non-certified materials
such as "lamp oil" as smoke fluids in toy train locomotives. The topic
keeps coming up in various online venues and I thought that I'd give the essay a
permanent home on the web so a Google search can turn up the facts.
The Myth of Lamp Oil
On a visit to New York City, I shot a few photos at the nicely restored
Grand Central Terminal.
Grand Central Terminal
On my layout, I'm fond of using an insulated rail to trip trackside signals
and accessories, rather than using some type of contactor or optical switch.
It's relatively easy to do using a simple relay and full-wave bridge rectifier
available from Radio Shack or other electronics suppliers. The following two diagrams specifically show
how to hook up the MTH Watchman's Shanty and MTH trackside Red/Yellow/Green
signals but can be more generally applied for most such accessories.
Hookup - Shanty
Hookup - Signals
I occasionally do reviews of my
new model locomotives -- some of the reviews are collected on a page accessed via the
I've started to keep a blog about my railroading and other interests.
You can read it by clicking on the following link:
I have several favorite lines -- Jersey
Central, Pennsylvania, and New York Central -- and have a page that links to the
locomotive pages that have photos from those lines. If you'd prefer to view those
immediately instead of browsing through the various locomotive types, click on the
Photos by Road Name
There are a number of web
sites that I enjoy visiting; I think you might like them too! The
following link will take you to my page of Train Links.
Toytrains1's Train Links
Ever wonder on what basis steam locomotives are classified? Try the following link.
Steam Locomotive Wheel Arrangements
If you'd like, you can leave me a comment about the web site by signing my
Starting in July of 2000, I've visited the
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Strasburg Railroad, and the Choo Choo Barn,
all in Strasburg,
PA, on a number of occasions. Click on the following link to see photographs
taken at all three locations. All are well worth the visit!
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania/Strasburg Railroad/Choo
Starting in May of 2002, I've visited the
B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD with my friend Bob on a number of
occasions. They have an
incredible collection of old locomotives, primarily steam. Click on the
following link to see photographs taken during my visits to the Museum.
B&O Railroad Museum
In July of 2002, I visited
Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA, with my friend Bob and his
daughters. They have a wonderful collection of steam locomotives as well
as a steam excursion. Click on the following link to see photographs taken
during my visit to Steamtown.
In April of 2002, I visited the
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad in New Hope, PA, with my friend Bob and his
daughters. We went for a very pleasant ride on a train pulled by a
Consolidation steamer. Click on the following link to see photographs
taken during this visit.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
In April of 2002, I also attended
the TCA train meet at York, PA, the largest event of its type anywhere.
Here are a few photos taken there.
In September of 2002, I went
for a ride on the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line (the former Jersey Central main
line), from Dunellen to North Branch, as part of Dunellen Railroad Days.
That might not be worth mentioning but for the fact that I was riding in a
vintage coach and the train was pulled by NYS&W #142, a 2-8-2 Mikado built
in China. Click on the following link to see photographs taken during that
Dunellen Railroad Days
When I was a member of the Raritan
Valley HiRailers modular railroad club, I designed a new style corner module
that made use of Ross preformed curves of very wide diameters: O-128, O-120, and
O-112. This made for very broad, sweeping curves and modules that
could be flipped end-for-end to form S-curves. The following link will
take you to a page which shows how these modules are built.
ToyTrains1's Corner Modules
Also, when I was in the club, I took
lots of photos of the modular layouts that we set up at the Greenberg train
shows in Edison, NJ. Here's a page that will take you to the pages that
contain those photos.
Club Train Show Photos
Over the years, I've built up a small
collection of railroad books, relating to both models and prototypes. The
following link will display the contents of my collection (PDF format)
ToyTrains1's Train Library
The same holds true for my small
collection of railroad videos, of both models and prototypes. The
following link will display the contents of my collection.
ToyTrains1's Train Video Library
Sky's The Limit Layout
Lionel PW Short Streamliners
2-8-8-0 Bull Moose
2-10-2 Santa Fe
4-4-6-4 Duplex Drive
4-6-4-4 Duplex Drive
4-8-0 Twelve Wheeler
4-8-8-2 Cab Forward
4-8-8-4 Big Boy
4-12-2 Union Pacific
EMD E class
EMD F class
EMD GP class
EMD SD class
BoxCab & Steeplecab
22 Jan 2020
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