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Links

This page will be used as a repository for various links.  Here you’ll find links categorized by manufacturer’s, forums, blogs, and more.  If you note that a link is dead, it’s address changed, OR you would like to recommend a link for possible inclusion here, please send me an email via the link located on the Home Page.

ONLINE MAGAZINES

  • Model Railroad Magazine - Supplement to the print magazine by Kamblach Publishing.  A lot of extras for digital subscribers including How-To video’s, reviews, track plans, and more.
  • Model Railroad Hobbyist - Monthly online ‘FREE” digital magazine supported by advertisers.  Plenty of articles, pictures, and How-To’s.
  • Model Trains on Google+ – Okay, so it’s not really a magazine, or a blog, or a forum, but it’s a place on Google+ where model railroaders share their posts.

MANUFACTURER’S

  • KATO – North American version of toy train manufacturer.  HO & N scale and makers of Unitrack.

CRAFTSMAN KITS

  • FOS Scale Models - Craftsman laser HO scale wood kits since 2002.  Large selection of beautiful kits, along with instructional DVD’s and VOD’s for sale.
  • Bar Mills Models - Recently redesigned website of HO and N (and a few other scales) kits segregated at different skill levels, plus additional accessory and detail parts.  Some audio and video How-To’s.  Plenty of full color pictures.  I have bought quite a few of these kits in N-scale myself and am imprssed by the details and included instructions.
  • Branchline Trains Laser Art - HO, O, S, and N scale kits.  This was very first train model manufacturer I bought from.  I bought a N-scale house called Drayton for around $15 to wet my beak, and loved everyminuet of it.  They have quite a variety of buildings and a nicely designed site.
  • Laserkit – Wood structures, decor, and even rolling stock modificatiosn for N, HO, S, & O scales.
  • Full Steam Ahead - Custom wooden kits specializing in HO scale but also some O scale kits as well.  Has a blog attached to the site and plenty of detailed pictures submitted by builders like you and me.
  • Minute Man Scale Models - N, HO, S, & O scale products found here.  Structures, roofing, brick seheets, building materials, etc.

GENERAL INFORMATION

BLOGS

  • Craftsman Structures - Hasn’t been updated since June 2010, but has quite a few entries with clear pictures of various structure kits Mike Hamer has built.  Wish he’d build or update more.
  • Model Train – A Hobby Revisted - Paul has a nice progressive construction blog of his Santiam Cascade Lumber Line of Lebanon, Oregon.  Quite a few pictures and some video as well.
  • Blair Line LLC - Another fine maker of various scale kits.  Large selection of unique structures, trackside accessesories, decals, signs, etc.  Color pictures, but a little dated web-site design.  A few galleries of real life trains and nostaligic neon roadside signs.
  • Kathy’s Album - Kathy Millat has a very interesting photo blog that breaks the contemporary definition of ‘blog’.  Kathy is modeling a US/UK (now more US) circa 1950′s, New Haven.
  • Rememberance of Trains Past - A blog on old trains and modeling with some helpful pictures and detailed techniques.
  • The Train Fanatic - A blog dedicated to modeling the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac (RF&P) in HO Scale by Norman Wolf.  Lot’s of videos and pictures!
  • GeoTrains – PhD candidate, Jeff Dunn, mixes his new hobby of model railroading and geography.  Site includes some historical virtual rail maps via Google Earth.
  • Lennart’s Model Railroad Blog - Hailing from Sweden, Lennart shares his N-scale layout in progress called “Summit” which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings.
  • Model Railroading and Railroad Photography - A blog rich in photos of an HO scale layout in progress.
  • San Diego - The SD&AE.
  • The Dutchess & Hudson Valley - A fictional HO layout by Robert Seckler.
  • FOS Blog - Doug Foscale shares tip and tricks on structure building using his very own structures!
  • Tom’s Model Railroad Scrapbook - Feature’s all of Tom Conboy’s model railroad work.

SUPPLIERS/CATALOGS

  • Walthers – Perhaps the ‘grand-daddy’ of model rail road products.  All scales, all manufactures are represented in their yearly catalogs.
  • Micro-Mark - Small tool specialists, not limited to just model railroading.
  • RustyStumps – Kitbashing pieces for various scales such as fencing, wall materials, windows, doors, etc.
  • Model Train Stuff - A nice online store that sells many products like Walthers at discounted pricing.  Good sales at times.  Pictures of products could be a bit better, but they are generally better than others.

PODCASTS

FORUMS

  • MMRFORUMS –  aka KitForums, a Model Railroad Forum in which I’m a somewhat active member.  Plenty of categories and helpful people.  One of my favorites.
  • TrainBoard – Another large forum with numerous categories.
  • Lugoff & Camden Railroad - Kinda a hybrid Forum/Blog on a freeform On30/On18 layout.  Beautiful pictures and step by step projects here that can be translated to any size/scale layout.

EXPOS & FESTIVALS


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