A site about model and real railroad stuff.
Welcome to my Model Railroad site.
This is an update of a site I started back in 2002 that
was mostly about my HO 19th Century era layout.
I no longer have a layout. I now only set up a display
for Christmas every year.
(In 2005, I had a heart attack and with that came and
I forgot a lot about all the various model railroad
projects I had going on. I never did get back into
model railroading like I had been. Now, my health is
going downhill so I just do a little at a time.)
Some of the stuff on here will be about my previous
model railroad and Christmas layouts.
The last one I called the Fort Michael and Shelby
Canyon Railroad after my two grandchildren. I got a
long way with it but never finished it. I finally took it
down a few years ago.
I'll be putting up stuff about model railroading in
general, some tips and things I have learned
and my experiments.
Over the years, I'm fortunate to have been able to
travel around the country and visit many tourist and
historical railroads as well as other model railroads.
I'll have some things on here about those sites.
NOTE: For a short period of time back around 2005, I
switched from HO (1/87 scale) to On30 (1/48 scale)
which is O scale equipment which runs on HO track.
It is called "narrow gauge". The "30" means 30 inches
wide in real life. Standard track is 4' 8 1/2" in real life.
I would have had to alter my layout drastically to I
went back to HO.
The name of the site, Fourfouro, comes from the 4-4-0 wheel arrangement that was
common on steam locomotives in the mid to late 1800's. This arrangement was also called an
Back in the 1800's, a guy named Whyte developed a system to classify locomotives. He used
the front wheels, the big driver wheels in the middle, and the rear wheels.
Thus, 4-4-0 means 4 small front wheels, 4 big driver wheels, and 0 back wheels. A 2-8-2
would mean 2 in front, 8 in the middle and 2 in back.
These classes also had names: 4-4-0 was an American, 2-6-0 was a mogul, and 4-6-0 was a
ten wheeler, and on up the line.
My Atlas turntable with some of my old time locos around it. I intended to modify it with a wood deck and make it look
like a a pit so it would look a lot older but never did.
The locomotives around it (counter-clockwise from 8 o'clock) are:
0-4-0 British made by Playset, 2 Bachmann 4-4-0's, Mantua 4-6-0 (black), 2 Bachmann 4-4-0's, Lifelike old time
teakettle 0-4-0 (upper right with 2 ore cars.), Mantua 4-6-0 (yellow), IHC 4-4-0, Bachmann 4-4-0, and a Bachmann
4-4-0 on the turntable.
|My pages, pictures, and text - Copyright 1999 -
|Pictured above is a Bachmann HO 4-4-0 (Pronounced four four o)
lettered for Atlantic and West Point Railroad.
Origin of the name of this site - Fourfouro
When the Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, it was two 4-4-0's that
met at Promontory Point, Utah where the golden spike was driven to commemorate the
completion of the track from Omaha Nebraska to San Francisco California. The "Jupiter" from the
Central Pacific Railroad came from the West and "119" from the Union Pacific Railroad came
from the East.