The Model Railroad History Quiz
Just in case you didn't know, model railroading has a bit of history behind it. Do you think you know the roots of your hobby? Take this short quiz and see!
- The "battle of the gauges" was a dispute between fans of which two scales?
- HO versus N
- O versus S
- O versus HO
- HO versus OO
- The company that popularized S scale was better-known for what long-lived toy?
- Erector Sets
- Tinker Toys
- Lincoln Logs
- What is the correct pronunciation of Gorre & Daphetid?
- Gore and Daffy-tid
- Gor-RAY and dah-FEH-tid
- Gaw-REE and DAP-heated
- Gory and Defeated
- Why is N scale called "N"?
- N comes before O in the alphabet, and N scale was expected to come before O scale — that is, to become more popular.
- The rails are nine millimeters apart, and the word "nine" starts with "n" in most European languages.
- It meant there could be "n"othing smaller. "N"ever!
- It was an abbreviation for the prefix "nano," which means "very small."
- One of these things is not like the others:
- X2F coupler.
- Baker coupler.
- Horn/hook coupler.
- NMRA coupler.
- The "Old Lady" was a Varney kit for what kind of steam engine?
- In addition to founding Model Railroader magazine, Linn Westcott pioneered several important techniques in the hobby, including which type of benchwork?
- Deformed plywood
- The NMRA (National Model Railroad Association)'s most significant creation was...?
- a set of standards to make rolling stock and track consistent and interchangeable.
- the little metal track gauge.
- national model-railroad conventions.
- a means for model railroaders to meet and share ideas.
- Which scale was invented in 1945 by Hal Joyce?
- N scale.
- TT scale.
- HO scale.
- S scale.
- Which of the following was a real railroad?
- McCloud River Railroad
- Alturas & Lone Pine
- Canandaigua Southern
- Virginian & Ohio
- c. It was a dispute over which scale was best; it seldom got worse than name-calling before both sides decided they could co-exist.
- a. The A.C. Gilbert Co. was making Erector sets long before they created the American Flyer brand for their new scale.
- d. The name of John Allen's famous pike was supposed to reflect a modeler covered in plaster dust and bandages from X-Acto knife accidents.
- b. All are couplers for HO scale, but the other three are different names for the same coupler.
- a. They were all important, but the standards allowed the hobby to grow.
- a. It ran in Oregon and northern California. The other three belonged to Whit Towers, John Armstrong, and W. Allen McClelland, respectively.
On 08/30/2002, I removed my page of MIDI train songs to save space for my growing pages of trackplans and wargames. But I kept the three Thomas the Tank Engine themes I sequenced myself.
|Edward||Edward's Helpful Theme||11KB|
|Gordon||Gordon's Fast Theme||15KB|
|Thomas||Thomas' Busy Theme||8KB|
I would be remiss if I didn't put in a plug for my favorite hobby shop, even though they aren't on line:
- Hobby Emporium
- 440 Middlesex Rd. (T.J. Maxx Plaza)
- Tyngsboro, MA 01879
- (978) 649-5055
- Hours: he keeps changing them, so call first
- Great selection of N scale, much HO, lots of paint & supplies.
- ask for Arthur; tell him Mike the BN modeler sent you