Category Archives: HO 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 […]

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 […]

The Appeal of Old School HO Scale Brass Trains

Maybe I’m just old school, but I prefer brass locomotives in my HO scale train collection. One day, I might just make it my mission to convince all of you out there who pass on brass to reconsider 😊 A top grumble that some in the model railroading community often mention is that the older […]

Mikados, Decapods & Hudsons in Brass HO Scale Trains…Oh My!

Continuing on with our trip down memory lane, this post covers Mikados, Decapods & Hudson vintage steam locomotives as offered in the 1969 Pacific Fast Mail HO scale locomotive catalog. To see other posts in this series,  HO Scale Brass Trains: Geared Locos & Switchers from Pacific Fast Mail Pacific Fast Mail Brass Locomotives History: […]