July 21, 2011

Choo! Choo!
It’s not a car, it’s not a plane, it’s… The Great Train Expo. Happening this weekend in Building 9, this traveling collection will wow you with operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, trains big enough to play on, door prizes and the Fairplex’s own Garden Railroad will be up and running.

And to get you prepared, we’re going to teach you some train lingo, thanks to Building Your Own Railroad.

Articulated: A type of steam locomotive where the engine moves separately from the frame. This way, a large engine could be used on railroads with tight or standard curves.

Staging yard: several lengths of track on a layout used for storing or putting trains together before an operating session. Often hidden but they don’t have to be.

Wye: a special type of turnout that forms a “Y” or “fork in the road” so that a train may be directed to the right or left. Also refers to a type of track arrangement forming a triangle that will allow a train to turn around.

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