Here are a few links, mostly related to the "simpler" aspects of model railroading as well as the ones I've mentioned elsewhere. This area is new and a work in progress, so if you know of any other links that might be appropriate, send me a note and I'll add them. (And please let me know if any of the following links are broken.)

Vendors /
Lots of model trains and train sets. From what I've read (and experienced) while their trains might not be known for the highest quality, they are still very good and reasonably priced. I've been happy with my Bachmann equipment and wouldn't hesitate to purchase more. (Bachmann also hosts a user forum.)

High quality trains and sets, mostly in N scale. The Superchief set I have is beautiful.

Woodland Scenics
All things scenery - mentioned several times before. They have some good instructional videos. If you haven't already, check them out.

I've been purchasing lots of my stuff from them since the beginning. They seem to have (or can get) almost anything. While their prices are pretty good, they take a long time before shipping an order. If you need something in a hurry, this isn't the place to order it.

Model Train Stuff
Another vendor I've used for trains and track.

Plastruct, Evergreen, Titchy
Plastic building material.

RS Laserkits
As the name implies, a nice selection of laser-cut kits.

Small Town 3d Models
High-quality, 3D printed structures and other stuff. (They seem to specialize in N-scale.)

PeriodicalsModel Railroader Magazine
Most likely you've seen Model Railroader Magazine. It's a "go-to" type of publication for the hobby.

Besides the magazine, I subscribe to their Video Plus - some very well-done videos (a bargain at $2.25 a month if you're a magazine subscriber).

They offer other train-related publications, DVDs, and many other products. Check out the Kalmbach hobby store.

They also offer a membership to, with access to electronic versions of all Kalmbach Publishing's train-related magazines.


and Tutorials

NTrack, Z-Track
These groups focus on creating modules to specific standards in their respective scales so that they can be shared with others, creating larger layouts.

I have not participated (yet), but it's a neat idea.

djstrains - YouTube
Pull up a chair and watch some of DJ's great YouTube videos on trains and model railroads. He's been at it for quite a while - you'll probably never have enough time to view them all.

The Terrain Tutor
A good video on using air-dry clay.

DIY and Digital Railroad
Many very good videos - a number of them (here and here for example) are perfect for those new to the hobby, looking for a basic way to start and proceed.

Ron's Trains N Things
Another great YouTube channel with an unbelievable number of helpful videos. Ron sure knows a thing or two about the model railroad hobby! And he has spent years sharing that knowledge. Check it out.

Train StuffWhyte Notation
Information about the classification of steam locomotives - it's mostly about the wheels.

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