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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by rcwatkins, Oct 19, 2003.
Why do trains outside of the US, Canada, & parts of Mexico all look British?
Im not sure that they all look British, but when you consider how many countries there are currently that were formerly part of the British empire, and how many of those countries had their rail service established by the British, it probably is not surprising if they have a British look.
Ouch, as a modeler of Austrian and Danish railways, that hurts! To me the British stuff looks funny!
Seems to me that European would be the better description.
Since most of the world's railways were not built by US interests it stands to reason that European practice and prototype would be followed and consequently they would have that "flavor" to them. Many of the world's railroads do have British and/or German traits. That's because of the far-flung British and German empires and the fact that the British and Germans were for a long time the leaders in railway development.
Don't forget that early US railroads followed European/British prototype and practice. It wasn't until the US industrialists/Robber Barrons realized the vast fortunes to be made in railroads that US railroads began to take on a "flavor" of their own.
There's an article in today's paper about a local company about to make a business deal with China to supply track grinders. The article states that China's "main mode of transportation is railroads" and the country has 33,534 "route miles" of track. "Route miles do not include areas where more than one set of tracs run parallel."
Anyone out there model chinese rail systems?
Well, If you have Bachmann/Spectrum locos and cars they are MADE IN CHINA!!