The following glossary is arranged alphabetically with each term catalogued by first letter. Select a letter below to begin.
A track turnout positioned so its points face oncoming traffic.
Electrical power wire attached to rail.
Roadbed built up above the surrounding terrain to maintain a relatively even grade.
A cab or throttle permanently mounted to one location.
The part of the wheel that runs below and inside the top of the rail to guide the wheel.
The space between a running or stock rail and a guardrail for wheel flanges.
A thin web of material on a cast part, the result of mold sections not meeting tightly.
Track in long sections (usually 3 feet or 1 meter) that can be bent to any desired curve. Also called "flextrack".
See Flexible track.
Modeling that does not follow a prototype railroad.
The X shaped rail assembly where rails cross in a turnout or crossing.
Buttons on a throttle that control locomotive accessories such as lighting and sound.
In DCC, changing a decoders CVs to determine which function button controls which function output.
Wires on a decoder that power locomotive accessories such as lighting. Function outputs are most commonly used to control sound effects and the front and rear headlamps of a locomotive.