Category Archives: HO Trains

10 Interesting Facts on the Virginian Railway 2-10-10-2 Steam Locomotive

What locomotive had an uncommon wheel arrangement of two leading wheels, two sets of ten driving wheels, along with a pair of trailing wheels? If you’re a railroad buff who appreciates unusual, rare locomotives, you know the answer: The 2-10-10-2 steam locomotive There were only two classes of these interesting locomotives ever built: ATSF’s 3000 […]

All Aboard the Money Train: 5 Reasons to Sell Your Model Train Collection

Are you selling a model train collection? Whether you’re downsizing, selling collectible model trains left to you in an estate, or you simply have a few of your own locomotives to sell (so you can have room for more, of course 😉), there are several key benefits to consider. At Nightwatch Trains, we’re passionate collectors […]

Should you sell your model trains on eBay? Here are the pros & cons.

Key takeaways: Pros & cons to selling your model trains on eBay Other platforms to sell your model train collection, like Etsy Train shows can be a more personal, local option So you’ve decided to sell your model trains. Maybe you want to sell an entire model train collection, or perhaps just a single HO […]

Online Model Train Shops Redefine an Old School Industry

They were once found just about everywhere in America. Tucked away off the beaten path track in an old section of the city, or a go-to family favorite situated on Main Street in Smalltown USA, the iconic hobby shop has been slowly losing its ground…in-person, at least. Consider just a few headlines from the last […]

How (& Why) to Replace Old HO Scale Plastic Wheels With Metal Wheelsets

This article will explain: Benefits of replacement wheels for your rolling stock Drawbacks of plastic wheels When you’re on a budget… Intermountain wheelsets, the A+ choice The New Standard – RP25 Wheel Walthers metal wheel sets, an economical option Bowser metal wheels, an old favorite Wheel diameter basic guidelines How to replace model train wheels […]

Did the One & Only PRR 6-8-6 S2 Steam Turbine Locomotive Live Up to the Hype?

Take a trip down memory lane as we explore the history of the infamous 6-8-6 S2 steam turbine locomotive…and its modern-day HO scale counterparts. Imagine my excitement as I was unpacking a vintage brass locomotive recently when I found an old Baldwin Locomotive brochure promoting their infamous 6-8-6 S2 steam turbine locomotive, built for the […]

Broadway Limited #5344 NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson Locomotives Are Here!

Broadway Limited Imports rolled out an HO scale version of the legendary New York Central 4-6-4 Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson! Choose from the BLI 2840 or the BLI 2841. In honor of this exciting release, here are 7 interesting facts about the real-life New York Central 4-6-4 “Hudson” locomotive and its unique history: But first: What […]

Brass Showcase: Westside Model Co. AT&SF Santa Fe 2-10-10-2 3000 Class Locomotive

Welcome to the Rare Brass Showcase: Spotlight on a favorite from the Nightwatch Trains private HO Scale brass train collection: Westside Model Company Brass HO Scale AT&SF Santa Fe 2-10-10-2 3000 Class Locomotive This striking steam loco is for sale! Click here to see the listing. Crafted by Katsumi Mokeiten Co. in Tokyo, Japan, the […]

Digitrax EVOX Evolution Express Advanced 5A/8A Starter Set: Everything You Want to Know

What we’ll cover today: Take your model railroad layout to the MAX with Digitrax EVOX What’s included in the EVOX Advanced 5A/8A Starter Set Quickstart guide: Digitrax DT602 Digitrax Evolution Express Benefits & Specs EVOX Evolution Express Starter Set reviews “Take it to the Max” with the Digitrax Evolution Express! That’s what Digitrax says about […]

Digitrax DCS52 Zephyr Express Review: An A+ Entry Level DCC Solution

Here’s what we’ll cover today: Why is the Digitrax DCS52 Zephyr Express a favorite? What do you get with the DCS52 Zephyr Express Set? Basic Digitrax DCS52 Specs Key benefits of the Digitrax DCS52 DCS52 Reviews: What people are saying One of the most popular Digitrax products we sell is the DCS52 Zephyr Express All […]