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Noquay - Model Railway Inglenook Layout 4mm (OO)

Glossary of Railway & Model Railway Terms

V

  • Valve Gear - The mechanism that controls the movement of the steam distribution valve of a steam locomotive. Stephenson Valve Gear (link motion) A valve gear in which the steam lead is greatest at mid-gear and greatest at full forward.
  • Van - Covered vehicle for conveyance of luggage or goods.
  • Vanderbilt Tender - A cylindrical-shaped tender featuring a partially squared-off front; used for either coal or oil.
  • Vestibule Cab - Closed cab on steam locomotives to protect the engineer and fireman from inclement weather; includes doors and diaphragm connection to tender.
  • Vestibule - Covered gangway giving access between cars.
  • Volt - A unit of electrical pressure. Commonly, 0-9 volts DC is used for Z scale model railways, 0-14 volts DC is used for HO gauge, and 0-20 volts DC is used for large scale model railways.