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Securing crane hooks

Securing crane hooks

Steve Favale has a number of 25-ton cranes on his layout, and the hooks swing...

How many locomotives can an engineer run?

How many locomotives can an engineer run?

Lee Ramsburg wants to know what's the most number of engines an engineer can operate...

What’s in Amtrak’s new baggage cars?

What’s in Amtrak’s new baggage cars?

Jim Harward writes in to ask what Amtrak carries in its new baggage cars. He...

Where to find guidelines about consolidated stencils

Where to find guidelines about consolidated stencils

Chris Roehl writes in to ask where he can find guidelines on where to a...

Where to find guidelines about consolidated stencils

Where to find guidelines about consolidated stencils

Chris Roehl writes in to ask where he can find guidelines on where to a...

What’s the purpose of this building

What’s the purpose of this building

Scott Snuverink from Eli, Kentucky, photographed a building and wants to know what purpose it...

What’s the purpose of this building

What’s the purpose of this building

Scott Snuverink from Eli, Kentucky, photographed a building and wants to know what purpose it...

Where to find automatic crossing bars and signals

Where to find automatic crossing bars and signals

Zach wants to know where he can find good quality automatic crossing bars for his...

What are the functions of different pieces of scrap metal?

What are the functions of different pieces of scrap metal?

Tobia Keseman is writing in because he came across some abandoned pieces of scrap metal...

Building in an insulated shed

Building in an insulated shed

Chuck Rosan wants to know if it's possible to successfully build a railroad in an...

Determining the right-hand side of a boxcar

Determining the right-hand side of a boxcar

Edward Waclawski wants to know how someone determines the right-hand side of a boxcar. Cody...

Re-building and operating 20th century steam and early diesel locomotives

Re-building and operating 20th century steam and early diesel locomotives

Charles G. Pitcher from Washington, Illinois, wants to know where early 21st century organizations find...

Fixing free floating wheelsets

Fixing free floating wheelsets

Ted Zieger says that he has two steam engines, a 4-6-0 and a 4-4-0, that...

Added benefits of modifications

Added benefits of modifications

David Short from Minneapolis wants to know about the added benefits of modifications on UP980350MW....

Do passengers trains or freight trains have priority?

Do passengers trains or freight trains have priority?

Larry Johnson asked if in the US, do passenger trains or freight trains have priority?...

Difference between an SW7 and a SW1500

Difference between an SW7 and a SW1500

Walt Hughes from Cincinnati, Ohio, always used the side rails (or lack of them) to...

Info on installing a switch machine

Info on installing a switch machine

Wayne Meeds wants to know where they can information on how to install a Tortoise...

Why are there four digit numbers on locomotives?

Why are there four digit numbers on locomotives?

Brandon Muir from Canada wonders why locomotives in North America often have four digit numbers,...

Trouble with locomotives on back-order

Trouble with locomotives on back-order

David King from Australia wants to model Burlington Northern and BNSF, but most of the...

Are you planning an interlocking towers special edition?

Are you planning an interlocking towers special edition?

Interlocking towers Cody answers this question in this video of Ask Trains. Are you looking...