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 […]

Size is everything…or is it?

As my readers well know, I have two model train layouts called “Chesapeake and Tenleytown Railroad”. One is the G scale size pike in the garden, the other one is the HO scale railway in the attic. So, let us talk about size for a bit. Actually the term “size” is a misnomer. As far […]

Where in the world is Sonneberg?

Sonneberg, a small town of about 20,000 souls, calls itself the “Weltspielzeugstadt”! Loosely translated it would mean “The World’s Toy Capital”. Quite a boast for a town of that size, but, as we shall find out, there is indeed some merit to this extravagant claim.  The town is on the southern edge of the “Thuringian […]