other activity bonds parents, grandparents, and children like model
railroading. RailKing trains combine durability and play value for
kids with realistic detail for adult hobbyists. This combination
of action and realism means the whole family will enjoy building
and running the railroad, creating priceless togetherness and memories.
Being a kid means hearing no a lot. Adults are
always telling kids what to do, and the one thing young people want
most is a chance to make their own choices. A model railroad puts
kids in charge of powerful locomotives, important freight, and swift
passenger trains. The trains run when kids want and the track plan,
and buildings are the ones they choose. Your model railway is a
safe place for kids and adults to enjoy being in charge, without
interference from parents, teachers, or bosses.
Your railroad is a safe and exciting place to
learn about cause and effect. Choices made on the model railroad
will get immediate results. Wrong choices cause derailments and
other minor problems; right choices make the trains run smoother
or make the layout look more realistic and exciting.
Outside of grades and sports, many kids lack opportunities
for accomplishment. Model railroading gives them the chance to build
something unique and special, something that impresses everyone
who sees it. Unlike video or role-playing games, a model railroad
is a solid, real-world achievement that is easy to share and builds
both skills and the character that comes from self-reliance.
you build your railroad, you dream it. Model railroading teaches
important lessons about the power of imagination, how we can make
our dreams real one step at a time, and that solving problems often
means thinking about them in new ways. The layout allows kids to
build a world that matches their dreams and wishes, one that may
function better than the messy everyday world outside.
As the railway develops step-by-step, kids see the power of steady
work. A little effort applied at regular intervals creates noticeable
and exciting progress.
The hands-on activity in building and operating
a railroad improves hand-eye coordination. Detailing buildings,
building scenery, and operating accessories teaches hands to be
accurate and graceful in motion.
operating the trains with other kids or family members, kids learn
how to cooperate and share. The value of teamwork is easy to understand
when you are trying to complete a complicated railroad maneuver
or want help in completing a complex building project. If you attend
train shows or join a model railroad
club, you will make many new friends who share your interest in
By operating heavy trains at speed, you will get
a hands-on education in how things move. Model railroads embody
such important physics concepts as inertia, momentum,
friction, and vectors.
RealTrax track and RailKing accessories feature
the simplest and safest wiring possible. However, in setting up
and learning to control trains, kids will get a solid grounding
in how electricity works and what makes all the other machines in
their lives work the way they do.
By running realistic freight operations, you will
learn how our economy works. Raw materials must be transported to
factories and then the finished goods must be carried to market.
Railroads move the majority of experience of the challenges involved
in moving America s people and products from place to place.
locomotives were 19th Century high tech. As you model the operations
and equipment of different eras, you will understand the changing
face of American industry and how one technology's advantages caused
it to replace another.
By modeling the buildings and structures on your
railroad, you will gain a deeper understanding of the history of
architectural styles and why buildings are built the way they are.
The railroads created the communications industry.
By popularizing first the telegraph, then the telephone and the
traffic light, and finally computerized traffic control, railroading
has pioneered new ways of getting a message through. By modeling
signals and other communication systems on your layout, you will
see how these critical systems work, making life safer and more
efficient for everyone.
trains are tremendously powerful and heavy and railroad tracks can
dangerous if you don t know what is going on. Model railroading
respect for train tracks and what to watch for when you are trackside.