Model Railroading

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This is the center for Hive13's model railroad enthusiasts.

Model Railroading is a hobby in which rail transport systems are modeled at a reduced scale, or ratio. The scale models include locomotives, rolling stock, streetcars, tracks, signaling; roads, buildings, vehicles, model figures, lights, and features such as streams, hills and canyons.

I've been interested in model trains lately, I used to do this with my father but never explored it much otherwise. I thought it would be cool to have a set of tracks discretely positioned to circle the hive; providing mindless entertainment, a possible gimmick (see awesome_toy) for membership incentive, could result in a sweet intro video w/ a webcam strapped to one of the train cars. --Xio2 23:43, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

PM: XiO2 if you have any questions.

Recent News


No current plans with this project-- 03:17, 12 July 2009 (UTC)


Due to the inherent nature of model railroading, your layout and setting can be as permanent or as temporary as you see fit.

Modular Layouts

Modular-based layouts make it possible to lay out huge rail systems that are different every time without needing a dedicated space for the setup, though they lack the potential for sophisticated landscaping one can achieve with a more permanent layout.

Static Layouts

Layouts that are more static in nature have the advantage of being able to make use of rolling landscaping and intricate modeled environments, however. They are often restricted to as much or as little space you have available



Cars and Track

Control Systems


Construction & Carpentry