Tag Archives: ho scale

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 […]

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: […]

HO Scale Brass Trains: Geared Locos & Switchers from Pacific Fast Mail

Many HO scale collectors hear “brass trains” and automatically think of Pacific Fast Mail, an early, widely known importer. Recently I came across my 1969 Pacific Fast Mail catalog, so I thought I’d share another post, this one on some of their steam locomotive offerings of the time. Brass Model Trains: A Legacy of Quality […]

Pacific Fast Mail Brass Locomotives History: 1969 Product Catalog

Recently I came across the 13th Edition of the Pacific Fast Mail catalog, complete with a price list dated June 1, 1969. I thought I’d share a few excerpts from this relic of the past. Brass Locomotives: A Collector’s Favorite Brass HO scale model trains have long been popular among collectors because of their often […]

3 Bestselling Products from NWSL (and a runner up)

TOP 3 PRODUCTS FROM NWSL, NORTHWEST SHORT LINE Well-known to model railroaders for their gearboxes and motors, NWSL products are functional, versatile and affordable. Here’s a quick summary of our 3 bestselling NWSL products, along with a close runner up. But first…  *** A BRIEF HISTORY ON NWSL, NORTHWEST SHORT LINE NorthWest Short Line is […]