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Noquay - Model Railway Inglenook Layout 4mm (OO)

Glossary of Railway & Model Railway Terms

F

  • Facing Point - A turnout or switch with the points facing traffic.
  • Firebox - The section of a steam locomotive boiler in which fuel is burned.
  • Flange - The thin or projecting rim on a wheel which fits down below the rail and keeps the wheel on the track.
  • Flash - A thin material that has oozed from the mold during the molding process and remains attached to the finished casting.
  • Feed Back - The result when separate circuits are so wired that some of the current from one circuit bleeds into the other circuit.
  • Feeder - Power connection from the power pack to track and elsewhere on model railway; Also a short branch road feeding traffic to a mainline.
  • Fiddle Yard - A modeling term for a set of sidings where trains are terminated and stored. Also used as a staging yard where a modeler adds or removes equipment from a layout by hand.
  • Fill - Earth or rock is used to make a level roadbed across a valley or depression.
  • Fireman - Crew member whose job it is to keep the fire and steam up in a locomotive; on a diesel he services the motor.
  • First Generation Diesels - The first desils locomotivesto replace steam locomotives.
  • Fishplates - Pieces of metal for joining rail together. Fitted on either side of the web of adjacent rails and held together by fish plates and rail webs.
  • Flag - To protect the rear of the train by having a brakeman walk back with a flag while it is stopped; any person not on the crew stop the train by waving hands, hat, etc.
  • Flatcar - A freight car with only a flat deck and no side rails or walls.
  • Flexitrack - Flexible sections of track used on a layout. In OO/HO it usually comes in straight, three-foot long sections which can be bent as needed. Larger scale flexitrack such as in G scale need to be bent with a rail bender before it is assembled.
  • Footplate - Deck, Cab floor, operating platform of steam locomotive.
  • Force - See Tracktive Effort.
  • Foreign Car - One that belongs to some other railway other than the one it runs on.
  • Frame - The foundation of chassis on which a locomotive is constructed.
  • Freezer - A refrigerator car; also referred to as a Reefer.
  • Freelance - Modeling that does not closely follow a prototype railway; Also called Scratchbuilding.
  • Freight Yard - A group of tracks used for storage of freight cars.
  • Frequency - The number of times per second an alternating current reverses its direction.
  • Frog - The portion of a switch which is grooved for the wheel flanges; named for its resemblance to a frog; Also a type of rail crossing allowing two sets of running rails to cross each other at grade level at an angle of less than 90 degrees.