January 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Railroad Movies on Netflix Instant Watch

Here are some of the classic and notable railroad movies available on Netflix’s Instant Watch.

(clicking on the thumbnails below will take you directly to the movie page if you are have Netflix/currently logged in)

January 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Friday Movie: China Railway

The short film “China Railway, “directed by Zhang Yimou, created to illustrate the efforts of Chinese authorities in the promotion of high speed, was screened at the opening ceremony of the Seventh World Congress on High Speed Rail.

December 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Today Only: 85% off on Railworks2

Today’s deal on Steam has Railworks 2 for only $6! This is the lowest price i have seen for Railworks 2 on Steam. This price is valid for another 22 hours.

If you want to step into virtual trains, $6 is a great way to try.

December 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Steam Sale is back

Steam will be offering many games on sale from today until January 2nd, 2011. Most all railroad games are on sale:

# Railroad Tycoon 3 for $2.49

# Sid Meier’s Railroads! for $2.49

# Railroad Tycoon II Platinum (older game but still a lot of fun) for $1.24

# Railworks 2 for $19.99 (50% off). If you already own, Railworks2, you may be interested in the numerous add-ons which are also at 50%.

# Trainz 2010 for $26.79 (33% off)

Do keep checking Steam for daily sales until Jan 2nd. Maybe, some railroads items will be heavily discounted!

December 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Friday Fun: TGV clips

TGV Clips by Enzojz.
His other videos on Paris Trains are also a great way to wind down this friday.

December 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Christmas Freebies from Clever Models

Clever Models is offering free HO and O scale maintenance sheds that you could print and create card stock models. This offer is only available until the 25th of December.

Clever Model is one of my favorite cardstock suppliers. Their colorful printouts are exceptionally detailed and they do provide extra door and window trims that you could use to layer up the openings.

December 13, 2010 | Comments Off on New Model Railway Podcast

A new model railway show is hitting the podcast scene. The hosts of this show are Trevor Marshall and Jim Martin who have experience in broadcasting and are also avid railway modelers.

Each podcast is professionally done and last for around 20 minutes. The first three episode tackle everything from O gauges to Micro layouts, future of NMRA and inspiration for the next generation modelers.

Available on iTunes or direct mp3 downloads from the episode listings.

[via Scratchbuilders Guild]

December 10, 2010 | Comments Off on London Underground Model Railway

Underground model railway set designed and built by former Tube train driver John Polley. Its aptly called “Abbey Road” and even has the famous beatles crossing scene.

December 6, 2010 | Comments Off on HUB Division Train Show December 2010

NMRA HUB Division held their Fall Show in Marlborough, MA this weekend. The Royal Plaza Trade Center which hosts the event is a great location for a train show. They have good lighting and taking pictures or videotaping is easier as compared to last month’s Wilmington Show.

There were a large number of HO scale layouts. Other gauges were On30, N and S.

European Train Enthusiast‘s HO layout was were i was hung out most of the time. (I do have a weakness for Marklin locomotives and rolling stock) Good lighting is a must to differentiate between a good and a great layout. ETE’s layout had their own lighting system as part of their module.

Module Lighting at ETE

The HO layouts of Amherst Railway Society, Cape Cod Model Railroad Club and the NMRA HUB Division had a good mix of industrial and rural scenes. Each layout had their own version of a “really-long” train which was a hit with the kids.

Click on the picture for the show gallery:

Here is a small clip of the layouts. (Direct link)

Technical Notes: The video was taken with a Kodak Zi8. I had to dub the sounds from some clips as people laughing/talking were louder than the train sounds. I used Trainz Simulator loco and track sounds to overwrite the annoying chatter that one picks up during recording at train shows

December 2, 2010 | Comments Off on iPad Trainz

It is done! Trainz is now arriving to an iPad at the App Store on December 4th. You will be able to build a layout and drive trains on the iPad while sitting on a couch.

To the fat guy in the red suit, could you send an iPad my way?


Developing a route without a mouse might seems tough but as the following video shows, using your finger and other controls it looks just the same.

Route Creation in Ipad:

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