Chepstow, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 23, 2010 -- There is absolutely no question that Brass is a material ideally suited to the intricate casting required for model trains and other specialised components for railroad modelling. If has proven to be more durable than aluminium and certainly tougher than plastics.
John Branden has launched a website where all the benefits are detailed in such a way to have the railroad modeller in control of the facts before attempting to go on a shopping spree. He has been modelling for many years and is the author of a number of respected articles and books on the subject. Recently he has reviewed the brass mouldings for model railroading in particular brass model trains, two of his articles are on the new website.
There are specialist producers and resellers of Brass moulded components that include locomotives, rolling stock, scenery and especially complex bridges and like structures. The second hand market for top quality components is very active to the point where little stays available for long as avid modellers are always on the lookout for a bargain. Brass models are proven to be very stable on the track because they are heavier than other castings which means they have to be more powerful and the more robust running gear and motor is supported with heavier flywheels and all this adds up to a very smooth controllable experience.
To show off the detail of brass models most manufacturers leave a steam train model or two un-painted, but to be frank even when they are painted it is very obvious that they appear of the finest quality with unsurpassed detail. For more information visit the New website http://www.bestmodeltrainguide.com/brass-model-trains .
Then there is of course the price. Oh dear, the price of a new brass model of a steam train can be anything from $1200 to $4000 and a good second hand one from $800 upwards. So, do you get value for money? In the view of most modellers the answer is yes you do get value for money. In a nutshell you get a beautiful looking model that is true to life. A model that runs very smoothly because of the exceptional technical specification and last but not least a model that will be looked after because of its value. Given the current financial environment it is unlikely that the market for the expensive brass models will expand any time soon according to John Branden.
Forget the track set-up and consider the structure and background of the scenery and accessories. If they are all molded from brass the whole layout is going to be just too expensive, even for the Ultra Enthusiast modeller. Model trains definitely be signature pieces. There may be some other signature pieces that would be chosen to include. As mentioned earlier there are some wonderful brass structures like bridges and building for the foreground also some beautiful trees maybe.
The market for these expensive models is a strange one. There is no doubt that people want their layouts to be seen but are rarely available to interview. On the other hand there are those with stellar layouts in their home and let no one in.
According to some, having acquired a brass locomotive, it seems only right that the whole train should be of the same quality and here it is possible to score well. There is no doubt that brass components are stand-out quality but where there is less detail such as in passenger cars or trailer rolling stock aluminium castings could be used. After all if they are painted with the correct livery the whole train will look just right with the eye drawn in any case directly to the locomotive. So says the enthusiast.