I use the European term “railways” rather than the US-centric “railroads,” as my major focus in this area has been European railways, especially Swiss. But I have also read a lot about US railroads as well, so will cover them here. And my interests are in both real railways, and model railways. We had an ambitious model of Swiss railways under construction when we lived in Ann Arbor. We disassembled it for the move to UC Irvine. It’s been in storage since we arrived here, largely because our focus has been on renovating the house. But that’s finished, and we will shortly be turning our attention to putting our Swiss railway model back together again. I’ll post some progress reports here. But mostly I’ll focus on what I’ve been reading on this topic.