A Brief History of Steam Trains and the Value of Model Steam Trains

A Brief History of Steam Trains and the Value of Model Steam Trains

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A Brief History of Steam Trains and the Value of Model Steam Trains
When we think of steam trains we often think of those powerful locomotives we’ve seen with huge billows of black smoke spewing out of the engines smokestack, barreling down the railroad track pulling a chain of rail cars behind it, and this image could very well be what motivates most hobbyist to include model steam […]
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When we think of steam trains we often think of those powerful locomotives we’ve seen with huge billows of black smoke spewing out of the engines smokestack, barreling down the railroad track pulling a chain of rail cars behind it, and this image could very well be what motivates most hobbyist to include model steam trains to their collection.

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the fact is that the history of this type of train can actually be traced back to the time of the Romans, who devised a means by which their carts and carriages could be moved on road surfaces. Although simple in its mechanical design, it was none the less effective, and accomplished what the Romans set out to do.

By the year 1630, the idea that the Romans developed was taken to another level in England, where a system was designed allowing horses to pull wagons with iron wheels on wooden tracks. They were still a long way from developing a mechanized means for transporting people and wares.

Wimborne Model Railway

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Wimborne Model Railway
A model town in Wimborne has a separate model railway attraction. When it came time to upgrade parts of it, a Raspberry Pi was the natural choice In the beautiful town of Wimborne, very close to where The MagPi is made, is a superb model town that has existed for almost 70 years. It’s a […]
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‘The Exchanges’ Autumn Steam Gala 2018

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‘The Exchanges’ Autumn Steam Gala 2018
‘The Exchanges’ Autumn Steam Gala 2018 Story by Andrew P.M. Wright Swanage Railway official photographer & press officer A classic 1930s express steam locomotive that hauled express trains between London and Glasgow – and headed the Royal Train on two occasions – is to make its first visit to the Isle of Purbeck when it […]
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Steam Train Toys Images

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Steam Train Toys Images
Images of toy trains and associated items
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Spectacular Glendower – Layout in a basement

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Spectacular Glendower – Layout in a basement
A spectacular model railway from the BRM archives. BRM prides itself on giving readers Britain’s best model railways, easy-to-follow expert modelling advice and the latest product news and reviews. To find out what’s inside each issue, together with what extra digital features can be found, simply read the content description. Enjoy…
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2019 Golden Anniversary Steam Gala Tickets on Sale

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2019 Golden Anniversary Steam Gala Tickets on Sale
Some early tickets for 2019’s steam gala are now on sale! 6-14 April 2019 will be a very special gala to mark 50 years since the preservation of the line with nine fantastic days of steam in the Valley of the River Dart. See our website for full details of this exciting event. There will […]
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Rail compensation super-complaint

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Rail compensation super-complaint
Our response report to the Which? super-complaint recommends a package of measures to deliver results for consumers…
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ORR’s annual report on HS1 Ltd 2014-15

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ORR’s annual report on HS1 Ltd 2014-15
This report sets out how we consider HS1 Limited has performed and the regulatory work that has been done during the previous year…
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Annual report on HS1 Ltd 2012-13

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Annual report on HS1 Ltd 2012-13
Reports setting out how we consider HS1 Limited has performed, the work that has been done and the work we expect to undertake…
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ROGS guidance

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ROGS guidance
This guide provides a summary of the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS)…
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Business Plan 2018-19

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Business Plan 2018-19
Our aim is to protect the interests of rail and road users, and our 2018/19 Business Plan sets out how we intend to do so in the coming 12 months…
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Annual report on HS1 Ltd 2017-18

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Annual report on HS1 Ltd 2017-18
The annual report which we have produced on High Speed 1 (HS1) Ltd’s performance…
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Crossrail regulatory statement

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Crossrail regulatory statement
A regulatory statement setting out the approach we will take to considering track access contracts between the infrastructure manager of the Crossrail Central Operating Section (CCOS) and train operators, in..
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Managing rail staff fatigue

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Managing rail staff fatigue
Advice on good practice in managing fatigue associated with work in the rail industry…
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Annual efficiency and finance assessment of Network Rail

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Annual efficiency and finance assessment of Network Rail
This document explains our assessment of Network Rail’s efficiency and wider financial performance across Great Britain as a whole, and separately for Scotland, Wales and each of its routes in..
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Annual health and safety report

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Annual health and safety report
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) report on health and safety performance on Britain’s railways in 2017-18 covering the mainline railway, Transport for London (including London Underground), and Britain’s..
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Measuring Up – Annual rail consumer report

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Measuring Up – Annual rail consumer report
This is our annual rail consumer report showing how the rail industry is delivering for passengers…
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ORR's Network Rail Monitor

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ORR's Network Rail Monitor
This document is part of how we hold Network Rail to account. It sets out how we think Network Rail is doing in delivering its obligations to its customers and..
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Annual report and accounts 2017-18

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Annual report and accounts 2017-18
Our annual report summarises the key activities and events of the reporting year against the framework of objectives set out in our business plan…
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Quarterly updates for the rail industry on ORR’s health programme

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Quarterly updates for the rail industry on ORR’s health programme
Details on our quarterly updates on occupational health, including the subscription link and index of topics covered…
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Railway guidance documents

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Railway guidance documents
We produce internal instructions and guidance in the form of railway guidance documents…
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