The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive

The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive Welcome to another installment of Prototype Profile! This month it is prototype profile: the Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” steam locomotive. During the era of steam on the Union Pacific, getting heavy freight trains over the Wasatch Mountains between Ogden, Utah and Green River, Wyoming was a…

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Five Great Garden Railway Videos

Five Great Garden Railway Videos Here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is well under way (at least in most places – I’m currently watching snow fall outside my window as I write this!), and for many folks that means gardening has begun. If you love model trains and gardens, you can combine the two hobbies…

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Improving Your Model Railroad With Simple Animations

There is nothing better than a well detailed and realistic looking model railroad… And Laurie is the King of detailing his model railroad… Have a look at the video below to see how Laurie has added some clever animation to his Blackstone C-19 locomotive and caboose. It is amazing what can be achieved with some…

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Adding a Working Bell and Lights to a Steam Engine

Laurie has added a working bell and lights to this Hon3 Blackstone K-27 locomotive. Laurie achieved this by installing a tiny motor in the cabin which is connected to a 2nd decoder. The decoder is programmed to work the bell, the classification marker lamps and the firebox flicker under the locomotive. It looks sensational… Enjoy…

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Modified Blackstone C-19 Locomotives And Coaches To Inspire You

This is a demonstration by Laurie of his 3 Blackstone HOn3 C-19 locomotives. Laurie is a brilliant model railroader and has modified these locomotives to include much more functionality and animations… Look out for these in the video, they are amazing. 2nd decoders, installation of SMD LED’s and perfectly synced working bells with the Tsunami…

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