How they stay on the track….

Very eloquently explained.


Believe it or not, trains, real or model, don’t use the flanges to keep them on the track. While the flanges do come into play, its the taper on the wheels that keep them between the rails. The late Richard Feynman does a great job explaining the reason for this.



About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 10-30-2008 | 08:10 PM
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  1. I enjoyed till 04:30AM when I realized I should get some sleep so I can get up and come back for more.

    Marc F

    Comment by Marc — November 11, 2008 @ 4:33 am
  2. Sorry for keeping you up! Every once and a while I start to wade through all the stuff I’ve posted over the years and forget how much of it there is!

    And this is just the CNJ blog, there is also my old Port Kelsey Railway site…

    Comment by Tim — November 11, 2008 @ 10:00 am

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