The shortest train excursion ever.

Brad and I are in Salt Lake City, Utah for their annual convention of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). Amongst the various activities offered was a ride on the Heber Valley Railroad, about an hours drive from Salt Lake City. The NRHS had chartered a train to leave the Heber Valley train station around […]

PIKO strikes again

Model train company PIKO, based in Sonneberg (Germany), just recently released their new Deutsche Bahn 103 electric locomotive for G gauge. Not quite a year ago PIKO announced that production of this particular locomotive would commence and opened pre-orders for this model. I finally received mine a few weeks ago. PIKO is getting more and […]

Leave my trains alone or else!

My friend macfilos.com forwarded a link about an interesting story to me. Originally it appeared in the Daily Telegraph (UK) a few days ago. The incident has a relatively happy ending and it is even a bit humorous. It certainly is a novel way to keep one’s train collection from being stolen. However, I fear that […]

Rheilffordd Calon Cymru

Every so often I get photographs of railroads and assorted links to railroad stories from my friends traveling around the globe. It goes without saying that this is always appreciated. It is flattering to realize that when one of my friends happens upon a train somewhere, they think: “Oh, wait. Maybe Ralf would like a […]

Finnish Alpine Mountains?

Everything is possible in the world of model trains. Even mountains in Finland! If you will recall, I wrote a blog in early November about my and Brad’s trip to Helsinki. Consequently one of my Finnish readers (http://sartenada.wordpress.com) asked me if I had visited the HO scale Finnish Alpine Model Railway Exhibition in Espoo, Finland. […]