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Railroad Historical Societies

Chessie System Historical Society
Great resource for information on the Chessie System Railroad. This is useful for modeling the actual trains and locations of the Chessie System railroad.
http://www.chessiesystem.org

Modeling Electronic Magazines "E-Zine"
Electronic magazines are collections of high quality information regarding the modeling side of our hobby.  Generally each magazine is offered by a historical society and the content will focus on how to model the prototype.  The content is available for free and generally updated several times a year.

B&O HS - http://borhs.org/ModelerMag/index.html

C&NW HS - http://www.cnwhs.org/modeling.htm

C&O HS - http://www.cohs.org/ (search for "Basement Subdivision")

ACL/SAL HS - http://www.aclsal.org/

PRR HS - http://www.prrths.com/ (look for TKM)
Model Railroad Clubs and Organizations

National Model Railroad Association
Good web site for beginners and an excellent list of world wide web sites on model railroading. Support the NMRA, Join Today! http://www.nmra.org

Northwest Trainmasters
I am a member of this modular railroad club. We bring a portable train layout to several shows in the area each year. If you are interested in learning about the hobby, this group meets once a month and it is an excellent place to start. http://home.ix.netcom.com/~slyone/nwtm_home.html

Oak Park Society of Model Engineers
I am a member of this train club in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. We are currently building a new HO scale train layout based on the Chicago Great Western in the 1950's.
http://sites.google.com/site/opsmod/

Model Railroads - Friends / Fellow Modelers

Cortland, Aptakisic & Washtenaw Railroad
by: Henry Kranz
Midwestern bridge line serving Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana (HO Scale)

Larry's Penn Central Site
by: Larry Lawler
This site is a nice mix of Pensy prototype photos and the progress of his HO Scale layout. I really like the photos taken of his motive power taken on the scenic portions of his "Buffalo Lines" layout. http://web.mac.com/lawrencelawler

Layout Design Special Interest Group (LDSIG)
by: NMRA Special Interest Group
This web site provides guidance on planning your model railroad.  Basic as well as advanced topics are covered on how to build a satisfying model railroad.

Modeling - Detail Parts

Archer Transfers
Detail parts for models special rivet transfers for freight cars. Item AR88001 is a sample rivet sheet that can be used to model box car rivet lines. http://www.archertransfers.com

Cannon and Company
Manufacturer of locomotive detail parts and a wide array of fans and fan housings. Good catalog of parts available online. http://www.cannonandco.net

Cy-Pox
Features Cyanopoxy adhesive which is a combination superglue and epoxy like adhesive. http://www.mrhobby.com/

Details West
Specializes in parts to detail and enhance your model collection. Online catalog available. http://www.detailswest.com

Moloco Trains
Freight car and caboose detail parts. Roof brackets and caboose end platforms are especially nice.

Plano Model Products
Specializing in photo etched (thin metal) detail parts for model railroaders. Online catalog available. http://www.planomodelproducts.com

Railflyer Model Prototypes
Features a locomotive building system with extremely realistic detail using plastic and photo etched parts. Details can also be incorporated into existing models. http://www.railflyermodelprototypes.com

Smokey Valley
Manufacturer of diesel handrail kits and detail parts.
http://www.smokeyvalley.com/


Modeling - Decals

Shellscale Decals
A small company specializing in Norfolk and Western decal sheets. They also carry number board decals with different fonts, borders and backgrounds. http://www.shellscale.com/

Highball Graphics
I was interested in the ACI (Automatic Car Identification) decals and diesel warning graphics.  The decals are on order from the web site and I am waiting on delivery.
http://www.highballgraphics.com

0ddballs Decals
http://www.oddballsdecals.org

Microscale Decals
http://www.microscale.com

Champ Decals
Went out of business in September 2010. http://www.minot.com/champ

Modeling - Magazine Index

The Model Train Magazine Index
http://index.mrmag.com

A web site that searches over 6000 different magazines for articles based on your own key words. Very handy when you can't remember if Model Railroader, or most any magazine has the article you are looking for.

Rolling Stock

Rail Yard Models
Manufacturer of Modern prototype models that are highly accurate.  The kits focus on rolling stock of the 1970's era to the present. http://www.railyardmodels.com/

Sunshine Models
Manufacturer of transition era prototype models and sponsor of the annual Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) meet in Naperville IL.. For information mail: Sunshine Models, Box 4997, Springfield MO., 65808-4997

Unofficial web site http://www.sunshinekits.com

Prototype Photos - Project Ideas for Modeling
Appalacian Model Railroading
A web site devoted to Appalacian coal hauling railroads in the 60's - 80's. Prototype photos. model track plans and articles are available on the site.
Weathering

Mellow-Mike

A superb example of weathering that is so convincing, you will think some of the models are real. http://www.mellowmike.com/

The Weathering Shop
Excellent photos showcase top notch weathering.  The article on freight car trucks drew me into this website and secured it in my list of good modeling resources.

 

 

 

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