Category Archives: Railroad History

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart in Cheektowaga, NY: Remembering a Western New York Cultural Icon

Remember the giant red caboose? If you’re not a Western New Yorker, you’re probably wondering what we’re talking about… But if you lived in or around the Buffalo, NY area (or even came for a visit!) in the last several decades, you likely remember an area icon: Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart. A favorite destination […]

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 […]

Norfolk & Western #2300 Jawn Henry: A Legend in Steam Locomotives

When Nightwatch Trains acquired a rare collection of brass HO scale locomotives, you can imagine the excitement of unpacking one of the top picks in the entire group: an Alco Models “Jawn Henry” steam turbine locomotive, built in 1982 by Kumata. Only 175 were ever made, an outstanding example of a long-gone piece of American […]

Powerhouse PRR Class L1s 2-8-2 Mikado Locomotives: History of a Legend

If you’re a brass train collector, does the Pennsylvania Railroad L1s 2-8-2 locomotive rank as one of your favorites? You’re not alone: Revered among both collectors and railroad enthusiasts alike, this infamous locomotive boasts a significant place in rail history. These 2-8-2 “Mikado”-type steam locomotives were in service on the PRR during the early 1900s […]

Uncovering the History of Jordan Spreaders: 5 Trivia Facts

Ever heard of Jordan Spreaders? If you’re into model railroading, you probably have. When we recently added some HO scale Walthers Jordan spreaders to our inventory, I decided to research the history of this intriguing railroad equipment to see what I could find out. Simple in design, Jordan spreaders have a unique place in railroad […]

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 […]

Rare Brass Trains: Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 U-4-b Steam Locomotive

Welcome to the RARE BRASS SHOWCASE… Today, we’re shining a spotlight on a favorite from the Nightwatch Trains private HO Scale brass train collection: The Grand Trunk Western Railroad 4-8-4 U-4-b Northern type HO scale brass locomotive This rare gem is for sale! Click here to see the listing. One of just 75 factory painted […]

Collectible Brass Model Trains: A Quick Primer

What you’ll read today: Nothing compares to brass trains Early beginnings: the Postwar Era Why brass for model trains? Common importers of brass trains Well-known manufacturers of brass The future of brass model trains For the collector of brass model trains, nothing quite compares to the instant you lift the cover off the old box […]