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Model Railroading

Artwork courtesy of
ABKL Designs


Clubs/Museums
 Boone & Scenic Valley RR (Boone, IA)
 Chicago & North Western Historical Society (North Riverside, IL)
 Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden, CO)
 Empire State Railway Museum (Phoenicia, NY)
 Fairfax Station Railroad Museum (Fairfax Station, VA)
 Great Northern Railway Historical Society (St. Paul, MN)
 Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society (Minneapolis, MN)
 Illinois Railway Museum (Union, IL)
 Lake Superior Railroad Museum (Duluth, MN)
 Massachusetts Railroad Stations
 Milwaukee Road Historical Assoc. (Antioch, IL)
 Minnesota Railroad Stations Past & Present
 Minnesota Streetcar Museum (Minneapolis, MN)
 Minnesota Transportaion Museum (St. Paul, MN)
 National Railroad Museum (Green Bay, WI)
 Nevada Northern Railway (Ely, NV)
  Nevada State Railroad Museum (Carson City, NV)
 New Hampshire Railroad Stations
 Northern Lights Model Railroad Assoc. & Railroad Museum - East Grand Forks, MN)
 Northlandz (Flemington, NJ)
 San Diego Model Railroad Museum (San Diego, CA)
 Soo Line Historical & Technical Society (Manitowoc, WI)
 The Model Railroad Club (University of Minnesota)
 TMRC - Tech Model Railroad Club (MIT, Cambridge, MA)
 Trainland USA (Colfax, Iowa)
 Twin City Model Railroad Museum (St. Paul, MN)
 Union Pacific Railroad Museum (Council Bluffs, IA)
 Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society (Walnut Creek, CA)


Hobby Shops
 Advantage Hobby (Champaign, IL )
 Arnies Trains (Westminster, CA)
 Becker's Model Railroad Supply (New Brighton, MN)
 Black Forest Hobby (Scottsdale, AZ)
 Blue Ridge Hobbies (Greenville, SC)
 Caboose Hobbies (Denver, CO)
 Charles Ro Supply (Malden, MA)
 Cherry Creek Hobbies (Torrington, WY)
 DCC Train (Cincinnati, OH)
 Everything Hobby (Rochester, MN)
 Factory Direct Trains (Arden, GA)
 GLX Scale Models (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
 Hobbylinc (Braselton, GA)
 Hub Hobby Center (Richfield & Little Canada, MN)
 Internet Trains (Brea, CA)
 JLC Enterprises - C/MRI computer control
 Legacy Station (Lilburn, GA )
 Mega Hobby (Magnolia, NJ)
 Model Train Stuff (Cockeysville, MD)
 Rebel Rails (T-shirts, signs, etc) (Bon Aqua, TN)
 Rider's Hobby Shop (Grand Rapids, MI)
 Scale Model Supplies (St. Paul, MN)
 Tony's Trains (Essex Jct, VT)
 TrainLife.com (Provo, UT)
 Trainmaster Models (Buford, GA)
 Trainworld (Brooklyn, NY)
 Scale Model Supplies (St. Paul, MN)
 Spring Creek Model Trains (Deshler, NE)
 Tower Hobbies (Champaign, IL)
 Walther's (everything for model railroading) (Milwaukee, WI)


Manufacturer Websites
 AnyRail - layout design software
 Alpine Division Scale Models
 American Tie and Timber (Makers of Gapmaster ties)
 Athearn
 Atlas
 Bowser
 Circuitron - makers of Tortoise switch machines
 DCC Specialties (DCC decoders and power supplies)
 Digitrax (DCC equipment)
 Faller Car System (Digital Automobiles for your layout)
 JMRI - computer software for model railroads
 Kadee (famous for their couplers)
 Kato USA
 Lionel
 MRC - Model Rectifier Corp. (controls & sound systems)
 NCE (DCC systems)
 Roundhouse Trains
 Walther's (everything for model railroading)


Organizations
 Free-mo (HO scale modular standards)
 HMA (Hobby Manufacturers Association)
 NMRA (National Model Railroad Association)


Publications
  Beginners guide to DCC (NMRA Guide)
 Classic Trains (magazine)
 Classic Toy Trains (magazine)
 Garden Railways (magazine)
 HO Collector (magazine)
 International Railway Journal (magazine)
 Live Steam and Outdoor Railroading (magazine)
 Model Rail (British)
 Model Railroader (magazine)
 Model Railroad News (magazine)
 Passenger Train Journal (magazine)
 Railfan and Railroad (magazine)
 Railroad Model Craftsman (magazine)
 Railway Digest (Australia)
 Railway Gazette (magazine)
 Track and Signal (Australia)
 Trains (magazine)
 Trains and Railroads of the Past (magazine)
 Wiring for DCC (helpful ideas)


Layout Videos
  Hennepin Overland HO model RR - Engineers view (0:30:43)
  World's largest indoor G scale model RR (0:36:31)

How-to Videos
HOW TO BUILD A MODEL RAILROAD START TO FINISH by jlwii2000
   (Note: He doesn't claim to be perfect or do everything in the best way, but
   I include this video here as a good example of what is involved in
   building a basic DCC layout.)
      Part 1 (Introduction) (0:08:58)
      Part 2 (Foam board) (0:06:58)
      Part 3 (Track planning) (0:06:06)
      Part 4 (Measuring Curves) (0:08:29)
      Part 5 (Track laying) (0:11:15)
      Part 6 (Intro to wiring) (0:07:43)
      Part 7 (Wiring track power wires through terminal blocks) (0:09:11)
      Part 8 (Wiring the main power bus wires) (0:06:54)
      Part 9 (Finish track wiring and test) (0:10:34)
      Part 10 (Begin scenery) (0:10:37)
      Part 11 (Finish up scenery) (0:11:10)
      Part 12 (Track ballasting) (0:08:50)
      Part 13 (Finishing up) (0:05:29)

  Build layout using "Sub Terrain" (Woodland Scenics) (1:00:04)
  Make a Rock Formation from Urethane Foam (Landrel Brown) (0:28:41)
  Pave your own roads & sidewalks (Woodland Scenics) (0:18:03)
  Cheap & easy streets for your layout (SleeTheSloth) (0:28:05)
  Choosing a roadbed type (Model Railroad Academy) (0:05:57)
  Flex Track laying tips (Model Railroad Academy) (0:05:57)
  Flex Track laying tips (Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine) (0:14:17)
  Building your first model Railroad (1:13:25)
  Install Plaster Cloth (for scenery) (0:04:19)
  Cheap and easy tin foil molds (for scenery) (0:12:08)
  Foam Nails (for scenery) (0:00:30)








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