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Model Railroad Track Plans, Train Layouts & Ideas

This page provides a directory of model railroad layouts in all scales and gauges, featuring model railroad track plans, layout tours, model train photos, and modeling tips and techniques.

Algoma Central Railfan and Modeling Site - Information center for modelers and railfans of the Algoma Central Railway, with a photo gallery, rosters, map, and more

Allan Gartner's Wiring for DCC Page - Tips for wiring DCC trains

Amtrak Prototype and Model - Train gifs, Northeast Amtrak photos, and a guide to modeling Amtrak

Appalachian Railroad Modeling - Collection of prototype and modeling information for those interested in modeling the coal-hauling railroads of Appalachia

Bob's Track Plans - Dozens of free HO and N scale model railroad track plans, many based on Northeastern US railroad prototypes

Books with Track Plans - Dozens of books with ideas for model railroad layouts of all scales and sizes

Building Your Model Railroad - Tips, tools, and techniques for building a realistic, artistic, and fully operational model railroad with sound, lighting, and special effects

C&O New River Subdivision - Resources for modeling or learning about the C&O Railroad in the New River, particularly during the steam to diesel transition era

Canadian Pacific Modeling - Prototype and modeling information about the Canadian Pacific

CCB Railroad - Argentina model railroad site, in Spanish

Conrail 1285 - N scale models of Conrail in December 1985, plus modeling how-to's

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Da Trains! - Photos, drawings, design plans, scale calculators, and more for multiple scales

Dirk Becker's Railroads - Model railroads in H0m, 0e, On30, O, and Gn15 scale including the RhB, German Feldbahn, White Pass & Yukon, Oregon logging railroad, and CB&Q

DT&I Modelers Page - History, paint colors, equipment database, photos, modeling articles, and more about the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton

EL Model Railroad Equipment - Extensive listing of model railroad equipment painted for Erie, DL&W, and EL

Espee Modelers Archive - History, rosters, photos, and more for Southern Pacific modelers and historians

Free-mo - HO scale modular model railroading architecture developed to take the monotony out of running trains around a double or triple track mainline and place emphasis on scenery and track flexibility

FreeTrackPlans.com - Free model railroad layout track plans organized by track arrangement, layout size, and prototype railroad, with an emphasis on British prototypes

Glossary of Model Railroad Terms - Defines common railroad and modeling terms

GWR Modelling - For modelers of the Great Western Railway in Britain, including lists of GWR kits and ready to run stock, details of loco and rolling stock liveries, GWR modeling projects, and lists of GWR-related links

Japanese Railway Modelling Homepage - Information about Japanese model railroad manufacturers and scales

JMRI (Java Model Railroad Interface) - Model railroad computer control using Java

Ken's Hobby Electronics Page - Technical details about model railroad electronics, including throttles, signals, and switches

Layout Design Special Interest Group - Aids efforts to design and create layouts that achieve owner's layout goals with minimum space and cost

Lehigh Valley Railroad Modeler - Information about the LVRR and tips to model its physical plant and operations

Micro/Small Layouts for Model Railroads - Presents over 1,000 ultra small layout ideas in all scales such as the Gn15 Squarefoot Estate Rwy, a working G scale layout in less than one square foot

Model Railroad Tips - Tips and techniques for beginners and experienced model railroaders

Model Railroad Track Plans - Dozens of magazine backissues and books with track plans and layout ideas

Model Railway Express - Daily news of the British model railway industry

Model Railways On-Line - Overview of several OO, O, EM, and N gauge layouts plus modeling tips and techniques

Model Train Shows - Calendar of upcoming train shows with model railroad layouts of all scales

Model Train Videos - Learn advanced model railroading techniques by example on DVD

Model Trains and Things - Model railroad layout how-to's including design, construction, and operation

Modelbaneteknik.dk - Danish website with tips, techniques, and examples for HO, O, and N scale modeling

Modellrallaren - Online magazine about model railroading in northern Europe with articles about the latest models and best products

ModelRails.net Model Railroad and Toy Train Photo Archive - Thousands of model train photos of all scales and gauges

ModelTrainGuide.com - Resources for new model railroad hobbyists, including information about locomotives, layouts, wiring, scenery, details, maintenance, model railroad track plans, and more

Modular Model Railroads - Modular modeling ideas and how-to's for all scales

MrTrains.com - Model railroading tips and techniques by Mark Goedert

New England Railroad History and Modeling Page - Historical, roster, and modeling information on the Boston & Maine Railroad and other New England Railroads

New Railway Modellers - For beginners to the hobby of railway modeling with advice, hints, and tips for everything from designing and building a layout to electronics and scenery

New York City Model Transit Association - Photos and information related to New York City Transit modeling

OzBob's Narrow Gauge Pages - Photos and modeling projects with Australian narrow gauge railways

Peter's Model Railroading - Articles about model railroad track plans, rolling stock, scenery, electronics, and more

Peter's Märklin Trains - Peter Verheyen's Märklin layout with many images; Märklin c-track layout uses live catenary, automatic and manual block control, and simple scenery including paper models by Schreiber & Stipp

Phil's Home Page - Photos and overviews of five British model railway layouts

Plastico Ferroviario - Guide to building one's first model railroad layout including trains, track plans, scenery, operations, and more

Railscenes by Ollie - Suggestions for European model railroad scenes including structures, rolling stock, and model railroad track plans

Railwaymania.com - European railway and modeling information

Rally for Windows - 3D model railroad layout design and track planning software for Windows

RRTrains 2000 - MS Windows freeware program used to create a detailed inventory of a model railroad collection; records information about each locomotive and rolling stock in your collection

SCARM (Simple Computer Aided Railway Modeller) - Free Windows software for model railroad layout planning, with hundreds of track plans available for free download

Shunting Puzzles Website - Guide to designing and operating small shunting (switching) puzzle layouts

South African Railways Modelling Pages - Photos and information about models representing South Africa railways

Southern Pacific Model Paint Colors - Color formulas for Southern Pacific (SP) model painting

Southern Railway History and Modeling - History, rosters, and modeling information about the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway, a North Carolina railroad owned by the Southern Railway

Stan's Trains - Photos and diagrams of G scale layouts, plus a collection of Windows software for model railroaders including scale converter, stencils, and more

The Coaling Stage - Information and how-to's about model railroad layout design and construction

Toy Trains On Tracks - DVDs featuring O gauge model train action and construction techniques, including everything from benchwork to mountain scenery

ToyTrains.info - Layouts, photos, meets calendar, and more for operators and collectors of toy trains

Trackside Model Railroading - Monthly digital magazine featuring in-depth layout tours with lots of photos

TrainPlayer - Run trains on published model railroad track plans or build your own layout from scratch; free demo download for Windows

Trolleyville - Information for traction modelers including streetcars, subways, light rail, and interurbans

VIA F40PH-2s - Photo guide to modeling accurate VIA Rail Canada F40PH-2s

YouTube Model Train Videos - Free online videos featuring model railroad layout tours, product reviews, and modeling techniques

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