The following glossary is arranged alphabetically with each term catalogued by first letter. Select a letter below to begin.
Process of laying model track using individual ties, rails, and track spikes.
A technique for building scenery made by dipping paper towels in plaster and laying them over a temporary support structure, creating a rigid, self supporting form.
Head end cars
Mail, baggage, and express cars, usually run at the front of a passenger train.
The pair of extended ties that support a switch stand.
A type of geared steam locomotive used by logging railroads. It had two cylinders arranged in a V connected to a driveshaft which in turn was connected to the trucks. See also Climax and Shay.
A rising curve which turns around an axis like a corkscrew. Used on some multilevel layouts to allow trains to go from one level to another.
A locomotive added to a train to help it climb a grade.
A proceed signal.
A pressed-paper construction board often used for model railroad roadbed.
A roadswitcher, so called because of the construction of the locomotive, with the machinery covered by a hood rather than a full-width cab.
An open top car with funnel like bins and unloading doors or gates in bottom of car. Covered hoppers have roofs to loads that need protection from weather.
A workman who services locomotives between runs and moves them around an engine teminal.
An axle bearing that has become hot because of lack of lubrication.
A boxcar that is taller than standard and thus has a higher cubic capacity.
A hard, quick-setting plaster often preferred for model railroad scenery and made by U.S. Gypsum.