the home of the new much wished Hobby-section on 4rail.net. These
pages will cover subjects on the lighter side of the railroading.
are numerous ways how people enjoy railroading as a hobby. Many build
and operate their own railroad (either in 1:1 or in smaller scale),
the lost world (history) devices
and happenings, collect railroading items, travel around to see the
modern and older railroads, often with a camera, or just gather around
with friends to share the knowledge, experiences and good time. One of
the targets of this webchannel is to gather information for everyone to
share. In many times the information gathered during the human lifetime
is lost and thrown away after death, so 4rail.net will offer one
channel to preserve the information.
Few of us are fortunate enough
to own a
railroad. However, some of us have even managed to do this. The
railroad are either real smaller scale operating businesses (with one
exception) or museum railroad. The Sumpter Valley Railroad is one of
the places, that offers unmatched authenticity with exceptional
Since it's expensive to buy,
and operate the real thing, numerous hobbyists have their virtual world
in a much smaller scale (usually 1:87 = H0). Yes, you read right, it's
all about virtual worlds in this hobby! If you build a boat, racecar or
plane, it's about that alone, but if you are a model railroader, you'll
have to recreate the whole world. This kind of system building is both
demanding and time consuming. Fortunately we today have a multibillion
dollar industry providing more or less finished elements for the
One interesting model railway is the Alpine Railway, click a link and
take a look!
Alpine Railway Show
Given time, we take a
look at other
model railroads as well, starting with the 1940's transition era Great
1940's Great Northern
During the summer time many of
travel around to explore the recent developments of the nearby
railroads or take a look at something new. Many have their favorite
subjects, maybe the Swiss mountain railroading with beautiful scenery
around, emerging markets and tough competition is Estonia, huge unit
trains of the U.S., consolidating of the railroading business world
wide, locomotive classes of the Deutsche Bahn, Super High Speed Trains,
You might wish to take
a look at some of
the finest pictures in our Picture of the month section, or see
pictures scatttered aroudn numerous pages on 4rail.net.
Pictures of the Month
High Speed Main page
Watching Videos /
See the classics the "Train
Video #1 on You Tube" and "Riding on the ICE3":
The train video #1 is professional quality, although the You Tube video
quality leaves room for improvement on full screen mode. Enjoy!
Train Video #1
on the ICE3 / When
you have nothing to loose
When you have nothing to loose
About the thousands of books
and tens of magazines available, more to be added later.
To the top of the page
Sumpter Valley Railroad is one of the places, that offers unmatched
authenticity with exceptional surroundings. Here the Christmass Express
is puffing smoke working it's way through the white snows of
wilderness. Snow, blue skies, clean mountain air and an ancient 150
year old steam
locomotive... Picture: Ken
Storey, December 2007.
Alpine Railway is the largest modular
show layout in Finland. Thousands of people visited the layout during
one day and the shopping center was swarming with shoppers. Here is a
view of hundred happy faced visitors and 1/3 of the giant modular
portable layout visible. This show was arranged with the local Lions
clubs, Alpine Railway hobbyists and Living Tapiola together.
Picture by John McKey 2008.
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