Category Archives: Railroad History

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

The #4483 Decapod Steam Locomotive: 7 Fun Facts & History

Architected back in May 1923, the #4483 was a steam locomotive built for the Pennsylvania Railroad by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. The #4483 is the lone survivor of the 598 class I1 locomotives built from 1916-1923. The class I1’s were the biggest of the (2-10-0) Decapod types in the USA. Pictured below are a few […]

A History of Brooks Locomotive Works in Dunkirk, New York

Founded by former chief engineer of the NY&E Railroad, Horatio Gates Brooks, Brooks Locomotive Works manufactured steam locomotives and freight cars from 1869 to 1901 when it merged with Alco. Brooks Locomotive Works, A History of Excellence In its heyday, Brooks produced locomotives for every major railroad in the US at that time. Well known […]

7 Facts About Buffalo, NY Railroad History

When the Erie Canal opened in 1825 spanning 363 miles, it represented the first transportation route to the west besides wagons and was the longest artificial waterway in North America. Today, New York’s canal system has been in operation longer than any other constructed transportation system in North America. While the Canal had significant impacts […]

All Aboard! The Legendary 20th Century Limited Train

The design inspiration behind our own logo is the legendary 20th Century Limited express train that ran from 1902 through 1967 on the New York Central Railroad. Dubbed in marketing materials as “The Most Famous Train in the World,” it had long been considered one of the greatest trains ever run. 20th Century Limited: The […]