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.
- 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.
- KATO – North American version of toy train manufacturer. HO & N scale and makers of Unitrack.
- 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.
- TrainWeb – Large site with numerous pictures and articles on various prototypes.
- Santa Fe information – Article by Fred Klein on 1951 – 1953 Super Chief consists.
- Building Your Model Railroad – A nice all inclusive site that cobers a large range of construction tips and How-To’s.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Kit Cast – Structures and structures only.
- The Original Model Railroad Podcast – by craftsman kit builder Scott Mason.
- 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
- The Great Train Expo – Touring expo that caters to all scales and guages. Vendors, layouts, exhibitors, merchandise and more. I’ve been to this a few times now.
- Arizona Big Train Operators – Garden railroading around Phoenix, AZ
- Central Coast Railroad Festival – Check out the annual CCRRF page for this Central California fall festival.
- Worlds Greatest Hobby – Another touring expo that caters to all scales. See calendar dates and cities near you.