Author Archives: Nightwatch Trains

Why is HO Scale So Popular? History Tells the Story.

Model railroading has long been a cherished hobby for children as well as adults. Its immense popularity is twofold: It lets adults be kids again – and allows kids to dream of being grownup railroaders. From O Gauge to HO Scale: A Brief History The roaring twenties was a dramatic time in history, ushering in […]

Before Pacific Fast Mail, the Real Logging Locomotives that Made History

Logging has always been demanding – and dangerous – work. Many have long forgotten what laborious work those that lived well over 140 years ago exerted in getting timber to the market. Before the use of logging trains, loggers relied on horses, oxen, wagons, and rivers to haul and transport logs. It worked – but […]

The Real Reason Model Trains Are So Popular

Model Railroading: A Hobby Filled With Fond Memories Fond memories are why many of us enjoy the hobbies we have. And collecting model trains – perhaps one of the world’s most popular hobbies – has an appeal that has crossed generations. Call it being sentimental. Or just reminiscing about the good old days. Oh, I […]

Our Top 3 Favorite Digitrax DCC Products for HO Scale

When it comes to DCC & Sound, Digitrax is often the top choice among HO scale model railroaders. What makes Digitrax different from other companies that offer DCC systems? “Digitrax costs less and does more,” wrote the company President many years ago. Today, that simple statement still rings true – known for their superior customer […]

Our Top 3 Favorite HO Scale Woodland Scenics Products (& Some Fun History)

Without the buildings, structures and scenery to make it come alive and bring realism, your HO scale model railroad layout would be pretty boring. Model Train Layouts Offer a Peek Into the Past…or the Present Painstakingly planned model train layouts can accurately capture moments in time, evoking memories of bygone eras. But model railroading hobbyists […]

Broadway Limited Dreyfuss Hudson Steam Locomotive: An HO Scale Masterpiece

Summary: Welcome to the HO Train Showcase Series by Nightwatch Trains, where we’ll highlight a favorite HO Scale locomotive and provide a history on the real-life model. Key Takeaways: Henry Dreyfuss, an industrial design extraordinaire Fast Facts: Hudson steam locomotives Broadway Limited Dreyfuss Hudson masterpieces Are there any Hudson steam locomotives left anymore? John Deere. Hoover. […]

Walthers HO Scale: Our Top 3 Favorite Products (& Fun History)

Arguably one of the best-known names in the model railroading industry, Walthers has been delighting hobbyists for generations since its founding in 1932. Or, as Walthers explains, 1899 actually marks the beginning of this beloved company – that’s when Bill Walthers discovered his first wind-up toy train hiding beneath the Christmas tree. Fun fact: Business […]

King of the HO Scale Railroad: Broadway Limited Big Boy #4014 Steam Locomotive {HO Train Showcase Series}

Summary: Welcome to the HO Train Showcase Series by Nightwatch Trains, where we’ll highlight a favorite HO Scale locomotive and provide a history on the real-life model. Key takeaways: Remember when…the first UP 4014 Big Boy rolls out Fast Facts on the Railroad Titan, #4014 Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 Specs The Coveted Broadway Limited […]

Titan of the HO Scale Railroad: Broadway Limited Q2 PRR 4-4-6-4 Steam Locomotive {HO Train Showcase Series}

Summary: Welcome to the HO Train Showcase Series by Nightwatch Trains, where we’ll highlight a favorite HO Scale locomotive and provide a history on the real-life model. Key takeaways: From Q1 to Q2 Class Duplex Locomotives Q Class Trivia – See if You Can Answer These 5 Questions Q2 Steam Locomotive Specs The Coveted Broadway […]

Northwest Short Line The Chopper II 69-4 is Back in Stock!

A favorite tool from NWSL Northwest Short Line, The Chopper II is back in stock. >>> BUY YOURS HERE, before they’re gone! <<< NorthWest Short Line: A History of Quality NWSL boasts a long history as a chief supplier of affordable, quality model railroad upgrade and replacement parts, with a loyal following of hobbyists who […]