Our Story

is probably a lot like yours…

Reigniting a passion for the model train hobby

The Short Story…

If you prefer short & to-the-point, NIGHTWATCH TRAINS is an online model train store specializing in HO scale model railroading, with a focus on collectible locomotives and brass trains. We are an authorized dealer for NWSL, Digitrax, SoundTraxx, TCS, Walthers, Intermountain & more popular manufacturers in the model railroad industry. 

We sell & buy quality model trains – if you’ve got some collectible brass locomotives to sell, we want to hear from you. 

The Long Story…

Though I’d love to tell you a memorable tale about why I prefer HO scale trains and how I got involved in the hobby…the truth is, HO trains have been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember.

My wife says I’m a man of few words, and I’d say that’s true. She also thinks old train stations and vintage trains have a “sort of mysterious romanticism…” Maybe she has a point there.

HO Trains Are a Way to Preserve History

I recall visiting Buffalo’s Central Terminal with my dad in the mid-1980s, long after it was closed as a train station. Back then, we simply walked right in. A giant golden buffalo statue greeted us, with a striking cast from the morning light shining through the old complex.

There was an eerie stillness in the abandoned structure, yet an undeniable energy cultivated from the many decades countless numbers of people from every walk of life passed through that building.

What a history, right? To me, the model railroading hobby is a way to connect past with present, to bring to life glimpses of an era long gone. 

A New Track to Journey On

For many years, I got away from the model train hobby as I focused on renovating our home, working a regular 9-5 job…and the countless other responsibilities in life you know all about. 

Eventually, I rediscovered my enthusiasm for HO scale trains. One winter morning, I visited a local train show … and the rest is history, as they say.

fast facts: my top 3 favorites

20th Century Limited

Dubbed by the New York Central as the most famous train in the world, the iconic streamlined design was the work of industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. A 1938 article said the famed “luxury liner” even featured air conditioning.

Nickel Plate Road 765

Completed in September 1944, the 765 was a 2-8-4 Berkshire type steam locomotive. Thanks to the Berkshire class, the Nickel Plate Road became known for high-speed service, which eventually became the company’s motto.

The Man Behind the 20th Century Limited Design

Fun History Facts: Henry Dreyfuss

Though many people associate Henry Dreyfuss with the legendary streamlined design of the 20th Century Limited, this pioneering industrial designer had a wide-reaching influence.

His work could be spotted in homes and offices across in the US during the 20th century: the iconic Western Electric Model 500 telephone, the Westclox Big Ben alarm clock, as well as the Honeywell round thermostat, and Royal Typewriter Company’s Quiet DeLuxe.

Dreyfuss began his career as a Broadway theatrical designer, and catapulated to success after he opened his own office in 1929. He developed associations with well-known companies, including John Deere, Polaroid, and American Airlines.