Model Railroading

Level: 2


  1. Give the history and development of model railroading.
  2. Tell the difference in how the following prototype motive power units operate:
    1. Steam
    2. Diesel
    3. Electric
  3. Know the name, scale, and track gauge for four model railroad gauges.
  4. Know the shapes and names of at least eight track plan arrangements.
  5. Know at least six points to check for maintenance of a model railroading layout.
  6. Identify and explain the use of:
    1. Five types of freight cars
    2. Three types of passenger cars
    3. Three types of steam engines according to their wheel arrangement
    4. Two types of grade crossing warning devices
    5. Two types of railroad signals
    6. Five types of railroad-related buildings or structures
  7. Know the meaning of the following model railroad terms:
    1. Ballast
    2. Blind drivers
    3. Block
    4. Bolster
    5. Crossing
    6. Crossover
    7. Double header
    8. Draft gear
    9. Flange
    10. Frog
    11. Gap
    12. Gauge
    13. Grade
    14. Gravity yard
    15. Hot Box
    16. Insulated rail joiner
    17. Journal
    18. Layout
    19. Machine
    20. Mainline
    21. Prototype
    22. Rail joiner
    23. Reverse loop
    24. Siding
    25. Spur
    26. Switch
    27. Talgo truck
    28. Truck
    29. Turnout
    30. Two-rail
    31. Wye
    32. Y switch
    33. Yard
  8. Construct a portion of a model railroad layout. In your construction, do the following:
    1. Assist in assembling the framework.
    2. Install a section of ballast.
    3. Install a section of track.
    4. Install at least one turnout, including the wiring.
    5. Assist in making scenery, such as trees, rocks, mountains, or grass.
    6. Make one model railroading building or structure.
    7. Assist in the wiring to supply electrical power to the tracks.
  9. Successfully operate a model railroad train on the layout you have assisted in building.

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