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Noquay - Model Railway Inglenook Layout 4mm (OO)

Glossary of Railway & Model Railway Terms

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  • Halt - Stopping place, without normal station facilities, for local train services.
  • Handlaid Track - Built with handmade ties, rail, and spikes.
  • Hardshell - A scenery base made by dipping paper towels in plaster and laying them over a light support structure.
  • Head-End Cars - Any freight car which is coupled to the front of a passenger train.
  • Headshunt - A headshunt, or shunting neck, is a track running parallel with the main line, facing the yards. It is arranged so that shunting can take place without interfering with the main line.
  • Headway - The time interval between trains running in the same line.
  • Helix - A climbing or decending curve which turns around an axis like a corkscrew. Used on multilevel layouts to allow trains to go from one level to another in a relitively small space.
  • Helper - The second or added locomotive on a double-header.
  • HEP (Head End Power) - Electricity from the locomotives Generator which is used by another locomotive, or passenger cars for heating ,cooling, and lights.
  • Herald - Trademark or logo on locomotives and freight cars
  • Highball - To speed; a sign to go ahead; derived from old railway ball signals.
  • High Iron - Main line; track on which travel is only by schedule or order.
  • Hog - Slang for a locomotive, yard switchers also called yard hogs.
  • Homasote - A pressed paperboard often used for roadbed.
  • Home Cars - Freight cars owned by the railway.
  • Home Signal - The signal protecting the immediate block.
  • Hoop - A crane loop used to pass orders up to a moving train; the fireman puts his arm through the large hoop.
  • Hopper - An open
  • Horse Power - A unit of power equal to 75kg metres per sec, 33,000 ft per lb per min, or 746 watts. The power necessary to continuously raise 550 pounds one foot in one second.
  • Horsebox - Car for the conveyance of horses.
  • Hostler - A roundhouse worker who cares for and moves the locomotives after each trip.
  • Hot-box - An overheated journal or bearing on a freight car wheel resulting from breakdown of lubricating film between bearing and journal.
  • Hot Shot - A fast through freight.
  • Hump - An elevated section of track down which freight cars can be coasted for classification in the yards below.
  • Hump Yard - Marshalling yard with artificial mound or hump over which cars are propelled and gravitate to correct siding and position in the yard.
  • Hydrocal - A US Gypsum product used in model railways for the base of hard shell scenery.
  • H2O - A water train.