The Directory

463 great train sites -- and counting...

This is, BTW, a very egalitarian list. If it's train-related and you'd like to be included, just give a shout:

Directory Index

1:48 et al... Toy/Model Train Links

1:1 -- Real Railroad Links

1:48 et al... Toy/Model Train Links

Attractions: Shows, Museums, Exhibits, etc.

Alresford Festival of Toy Trains
(Hampshire, UK) The show is the largest of its kind in southern England and aims to raise money for groups in and around Alresford. The 2009 show raised over £1,200 for charities in the area.As you will be able to see from the following pages, there are many superb working Vintage Toy Train layouts on show, of all makes and sizes, making this a treat for visitors both young and old.
Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club
(Kingston, NY) The Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club was organized in 1946 and was previously located in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Its huge, hand-spiked, outside 3rd rail laout occupied a space of 30 x 60 feet. In 2019, the club received notice that it would be evicted from its longtime home - but has now found a new home at the Trolley Museum of New York. The model railroad is expected to be reassembled and in full operation soon.
C&R Railroad Museum
(Phillipsburg, KS) C&R Railroad invites you to a quaint community tucked inside a 57-foot mountain range in the McDill "Huck" Boyd Center where intrigued visitors can watch animated O-scale trains chug through the village, and arrive at Union Station. A freight yard includes a turntable and roundhouse.
Eisenbahnwelten im Kurort Rathen
(Kurort Rathen, Switzerland) We warmly welcome you to the world's largest garden railway in the heart of Saxon Switzerland. Whether on holiday or on vacation - the model railway system is the ideal leisure facilities only 35km from Dresden.
Grave of Joshua Lionel Cowen
(Ridgewood, NY) Inventor, Toy Train Manufacturer, Businessman. Born Joshua Lionel Cohen, he was the co-founder of the Lionel Manufacturing Company along with Harry C. Grant.
Greenberg's Train and Toy Show
(Northeastern US) Since 1976, Greenberg's Train & Toy Show has been the largest traveling model train and toy show to serve the northeastern United States. The shows have been managed by Train Show, Incorporated since 2007 and have added new venues through the years to bring the show to even more places.
Miniatur Wunderland
(Hamburg, Germany) The largest model railway in the world and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany.
Miniature World of Trains
(Greenville, SC) An Educational Family Experience, The Transportation Museum of the World (TMOTW) featuring the Miniature Worldof Trains (MWOT), largest most technically advanced HO Scale Model Railroad in North America.
Museum of Science and Industry
(Chicago, IL) The Great Train Story model railroad allows you to witness more than 20 trains running on 1,400 feet of track, completing the winding journey between Chicago and Seattle.
National Toy Train Museum
(Strasburg, PA) A world-class collection of toy trains for kids of all ages. One of largest and most prestigious collections of toy trains in the world exhibits and reference materials.
Railroads at Work - 1939
This model train layout at the 1939 World's Fair was 160 feet wide and 40 feet deep. It featured over 3500 feet of O gauge track, 500 pieces of rolling stock and 50 locomotives. Now visit the show, by way of the scans of an original Souvenir Program.
Railroad Museum of Long Island
((Riverhead, NY) Established in 1990, the Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and interpretation of the history and artifacts pertaining to the railroads which participated in the growth of Long Island, its communities and industries for the entertainment, edification, and good of present and future generations.
Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains
(Sacramento, CA) The California State Railroad Museum at Old Sacramento State Historic Park's all-new exhibit, Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains. The exhibit features some 1,000 vintage toy trains, six interactive displays, and a magnificent operating toy train layout in its 3,300 square feet.
(West Allis, WI) America's Largest Operating Model Railroad Show, presented by the WISE division of the NMRA and the Model Railroad Industry Division HMA.
Twin City Model Railroad Museum
(St. Paul, MN) On May 1, 2009, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum celebrated 75 years in the St. Paul community.
Westchester Toy & Train Associates, Inc.
(White Plains, NY) The Westchester Toy & Train Associates, Inc. presents a season full of sparkling shows to satisfy your every collecting mania!
World's Greatest Hobby On Tour (WGHT)
(National Tour) The World's Greatest Hobby on Tour is a new kind of event that showcases the hobby of model railroading. Sponsored by the Hobby Manufacturer's Association - Model Railroad Division and by the World's Greatest Hobby Program, the show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere.
The York Train Show
(York, PA) What can I say? It's legendary. Twice a year York, PA becomes the center of the toy train universe, with thousands of collectors converging on the biggest and best train show on the planet -- sponsored by the Eastern Division, TCA.

Auction Houses and Sites

AmbroseBauer Trains
(Pittsburgh, PA) At AmbroseBauer Trains, LLC, our goal is to be the nation’s foremost marketplace of Lionel and American Flyer Trains. Our slogan is “By Collectors, For Collectors” because that is what we are, "Collectors."
Anticomondo Auctions
(Köln Germany) Four times a year Cologne is the meeting point for collectors of toys from all over the world. In March, June, September and December toys of all kinds, especially tin toys, model cars, trains and accessory, figures and many more are auctioned. We concentrate on toys produced in the beginning of the 20th century up to the end of the 60ies.
Auktionshaus Selzer
(Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany) Antique toy trains all gauges and manufactures. Steam engines, hot air engines, working models and other equipments. Old tin toys, such as cars, boats, aeroplanes, zeppeline/blimps, fire engines, passengers, accessories.
Bertoia Auctions
(Vineland, NJ) The most recognized name in the antique toy and bank auctions venue today is without question, Bertoia Auctions of Vineland, NJ. No other auction house has sold more toys in a span of twenty-plus auctioning years, and the numerous world record prices established at Bertoia’s is a signature trademark to a very distinguished campaign of auctioning expertise.
Welcome to We are here for train enthusiasts who like to find fantastic train deals. You are welcome to buy or sell electric trains. There is a nominal fee to list and for successful auctions. There is no fee at all to bid.
Dan Morphy Auctions
(Denver, PA) Dan Morphy Auctions is one of the fastest-growing and most successful auction houses and antique galleries in the country.
Model railoads & trains
Live Auctioneers is the leading site for online auctions from around the world including collectibles, antiques, jewelry and art auctions.
Lloyd Ralston Gallery
(Shelton, CT) We are an auction gallery that sells American & European Toy Trains, Toy Vehicles, Toy Soldiers, and more.
New England Toy and Train Exchange
(Danbury, CT) Hello and Welcome. We are a Premier, Full-Service Toy & Train Auction House with a recognized professional staff that has nearly 50 years combined experience in the toy & train field. We possess an extensive knowledge of toy train manufacturers as well as train variations. We examine over 40,000 pieces each year. This enables us to provide you with expert and reliable advise for grading and valuing your collection.
Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions, Ltd.
(Carversville, PA) If you’re like millions of other television viewers who’ve become addicted to the PBS series “Antiques Road Show”, you might recognize this mustachioed, pony-tailed, over-grown kid who offers his unusual brand of excitement, knowledge and expertise to the world of vintage toys.
Stop the Drop Auction
Stopthedrop auction is a falling price auction which allows you to either buy at the starting price or when the price of the lot drops to a level that suits your purse, if you dare wait!
Stout Auctions
(Williamsport, IN) Stout Auctions is the leading U.S. auction house dealing with Lionel toy trains, American Flyer, Marx, Ives, as well as other scale and toy trains. We also sell toys and railroadiana. Whether you like classic postwar Lionel or the colorful tinplate toys of the '30s, you'll find something worth owning at a Stout event. Unless otherwise noted, we accept absentee bids.
Vectis Auctions, Ltd
(Stockton on Tees, UK) Vectis Auctions the largest toy auctioneer in the world selling Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Hornby, Steiff, Britains, Scalextric and other collectable toys.

Books, Catalogues, Paper and other Reference Material

Antiquarian Toy and Book Shoppe
(Albany, NY) We specialize in books and catalogs pertaining to pre-war American and European toys and model trains. These include Steam, Clockwork and Electric novelties. Represented manufacturers include IVES, Dorfan, Voltamp, Carlisle and Finch, Howard, Lionel, Chicago Flyer, Marklin, Bing, Carette, Jouets en Paris, Bassett-Lowke, Lehmann and others.
AS, Une Légende en Images
La marque AS a marqué l’histoire du modélisme par la qualité de ses productions tant en modèles O qu’en HO. Nul n’est resté insensible à cette fabrication qui fit le bonheur des collectionneurs des années 80 et 90. (In French)
Brinkmann Publishing Company
(Alexandria, VA) Brinkmann Publishing LLC is a specialty publisher of Lionel train history and catalogues, family history works, and local history. One of its founders, Bruce C. Greenberg, is acknowledged in the train collector community as perhaps the most well known author and publisher of all things connected to Lionel Trains.
Fred Van der Lubbe
Books and videos of many different model railways in all scales & gauges
Hybrid Systems, Ltd. Digital Archive Project
Digital archive of a multitude of toy train catalogs and peridocials.
Jouef: L'intégrale
A reference volume from on Jouef Trains (In French)
Kalambach Book Store
(Waukesha, WI) Browse our bookstore for a diverse selection of hobby books, outstanding magazines, and other related products. You’ll find more than 200+ titles in hobbies ranging from beading to railroading, along with 14 leading consumer magazines and special issues. Browse at your leisure.
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
(Waukesha, WI) Kalmbach produces 16 magazines and a host of special-interest publications (SIPs). We also maintain nearly 30 Web sites. Our books department publishes about 35 books annually.
Project Roar Publishing
(Winfield, IL) Project Roar Publishing is dedicated to preserving the history of hobby collectibles, in particular, the miniature electric trains produced by the Lionel Corp., through careful use of original documents and expert observations. Project Roar was founded in 2001 with the acquisition of postwar Lionel® production records.
Rückerts Buchversand GmbH
(German) Heinz Rückert - Antiquarian and new books for collectors.
Switch Building Manuals - eMail: RLRAUB@SBCGLOBAL.NET
In O27 profile track - O27, O34, O42 & O54. In O31 profile track - O31, O42, O54 & O72. Designs available - Conventional, 15°, Wyes, Curved, Double Crossovers & a 1 to 4 (Terminal or Yard switch). Switch Machine plans available in conventional or non-derailing. Most of the manuals above include Conventional (LH & RH), 15° (LH & RH);& a Wye, plus the conventional switch machine for $15.00 + S & H. Also manuals for "S" Gauge, Standard Gauge & 5 RAIL Standard and "O"(O42).
Toy Catalog Collector
(Amsterdam, Holland) An incredible collection of vintage toy train catalogs -- the site in four languages!
Toy Price Guide
(Lincs, UK) The Toy Price Guide is a dedicated publisher providing specialist printed guides with a regularly updated online picture price guide gallery helping collectors identify current market values for classic and vintage toys.
Toy Trains Publishing Company
(Halethorpe, MD) The mission of the Toy and Train Publishing Co. is to produce toy and toy train related price guides and videos on compact disk (CD) and digital video disk (DVD). Our emphasis is on documenting accurate information about legitimate variations and producing complete guides without omissions.
(Wildwood, MO) "Dedicated to the collecting and study of toy train memorabilia" Site includes DVDs of Lionel catalogs, instruction sheets, Lionel history, and Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Paper and Collectibels & Lionel Prewar Parts and Instruction Sheets.
Voltamp and Boucher
Between 1904 and 1934, two manufacturers set the standard for quality in American-made tinplate electric model trains: the Voltamp Electric Manufacturing Company of Baltimore, Maryland, and Boucher, Inc. of New York City. This book traces the model train-related history of both companies, and suggests a production time line through an analysis of their catalogs. Also included are photos and descriptions of many of the electric model trains and some of the related products they manufactured.

Clubs & Organizations

National/International Clubs & Organizations

Model Railway Clubs in the UK
Here on our site you can search over 400 clubs in the UK to find one in your area and discover how to make contact with them.
Australian Model Railway Association (AMRA)
(Australia) The Australian Model Railway Association Incorporated is usually called AMRA. Our members have an interest in model railways of all shapes and sizes. The aim of the ASSOCIATION is to foster interest in the hobby. Provide advice and help, and fixed layouts on which to run your trains. AMRA has State branches in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Dutch Hornby Railway Collectors Association
(Holland) The homepage of the Dutch Hornby Railway Collectors Association. This site is dedicated to the Dutch HRCA and vintage Hornby Trains in general. It is maintained by Peter Zwakhals, the Club Secretary, Paul Vreede and Hans van Dissel.
HiRailers Unlimited
(Paterson, NJ) The HiRailers Unlimited and the Independent HiRailers Group. HiRail: Three rail O-Gauge trains operating in a realistic environment.
Ives Train Society
(Forestville, NY) The Ives Train Society was formed in January of 1935. Kenneth R. Baldwin, Alfred Alain, Frances Cook and Edward Hoffman formed this organization to promote the Ives Toy Trains ownership. To foster friendship among the hobby and to allow the Ives Toys to endure. Ives Toys are among the finest toys produced in the World.
Lionel Collectors Club, UK
(UK) The Lionel Collectors Club UK was founded by Geoff Bull in 1979. It is in the main a small, informal group of people from within the UK who share an interest in Lionel, and other American three rail 'O' gauge, as well as a couple of members who are into 'S' gauge.
Lionel Operating Train Society (LOTS)
(Cincinatti, OH) The members of LOTS are united by their love of operating and collecting Lionel toy trains. Members have a variety of interests within the hobby. Among the various interests, most are involved with scenery, electronics, operations, lighting, accessories and repairing motors.
National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
(Chatanooga, TN) An organization of model railroaders, advances the worldwide scale model railroading community through education and standards as well as advocacy and fellowship.
Toy Train Operating Society
(Fullerton, CA) The Toy Train Operating Society is a fraternal organization dedicated to the operating and collecting of toy trains of all makes and eras. Founded in 1966 and incorporated in 1968, TTOS has over 5,400 members around the world. The society is organized geographically into 21 divisions that have regular meets throughout the United States and Canada.
Train Collectors Association (TCA)
(Strasburg, PA) The Train Collectors Association mission is to develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history -- Tinplate Toy Trains -- through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards, and to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy, model and scale trains.
Train Collectors Society (TCS)
(UK) The Train Collectors Society, based in the UK, was formed 30 years ago. It is a voluntary run not for profit club for people who are interested in or want to collect or operate toy trains and commercial model railways. We have no limitations as to gauge or scale, manufacturer, nationality or age - hence our slogan, ‘Any make, Any gauge, Any age.’

Regional - Central US Clubs & Organizations

Granite City "O" Gaugers
(St. Cloud, MN) The Granite City “O” Gaugers is a group of model railroad enthusiasts who live in the Central Minnesota area around Saint Cloud. It is a "hands-on" group that builds O-gauge modules which connect to create a layout for showing at regional model train shows.
Kansas Central Model Railroaders (KCMR)
(Hutchinson, KS) We are a train club based in Hutchinson, Kansas. We draw our members from the surrounding area as well as membership from other communities.
Lakes and Pines Division, Train Collectors Association
The Lakes and Pines Division covers the geographical area of Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.
Luce Line Railroad Club
(Hutchinson, MN) The online home of the Luce Line Railroad Club.
North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs
Current listings of train shows in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond.
Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association
(Crosslake, Minnesota) The Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association and its members are dedicated to discovering, preserving and presenting the heritage of the railroad industry in northern Minnesota.
Rocky Mountain Division - TCA
RMD-TCA was established in 1971 by a group of toy train enthusiasts living in the greater Denver and Colorado Spring areas. The division includes five states - Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.
Southern Kansas Free-mo
(Wichita, KS) Welcome to the official website of the Southern Kansas Free-mo model railroading group! The Southern Kansas Free-mo group is comprised of several model railroaders that are contributing and building modules to the U.S. Free-mo Standards. This group is made of modelers with different backgrounds who share a common interest in building and operating prototypical models.
The Wichita Toy Train Museum & Club
(Wichita, KS) The Wichita Toy Train Museum & Club is family oriented with memberships that include the whole family. We strive to involve everyone from the very youngest at heart to the oldest person! Open every Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm except holidays and WTTC train show weekends.

Regional - Eastern US Clubs & Organizations

Central Operating Lines
((Bohemia, NY) Check out our members! We have a wide range of members at COL. Men, women and young people are welcome to be a part of our club! All share the same benefits of membership! All share a passion for collecting and running trains!
Eastern Division, Train Collectors Association
SSponsoring the world's greatest train show in York, PA.
Edgerton Model Railroad Club
(Rochester, NY) Our four layouts in O scale depict the four seasons. The backdrops were painted by the Rochester Art Club the Lionel Corporation donated $5,000 worth of trains, tracks and other accessories the City of Rochester supplied a crew of carpenters who built the train room. New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey officially opened the P.A.L. Model Railroad Heaven with a ceremony on October 27, 1950.
Metropolitan Division, Train Collectors Association (METCA)
Established in 1961, METCA encompasses Fairfield County, Connecticut, New York City, New York counties of Westchester, Putnam, Duchess, Ulster, Orange, Sullivan, Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland, New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union.
Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers
(Levittown, NY) Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers was founded in 1983 and built one of the largest O-Gauge model railroads in the country. The club is over 40 members strong. After over 25 years , we are now building a new O-Gauge model railroad almost double the size of the original with dimensions of 80 by 35'.
NJ Hirailers
(Paterson, NJ) The Mission of the NJ Hi-Railers Train Club, as a Not-for-Profit organization, is to provide a place of fellowship, a place to meet others that have the same interests, and a place for wholesome fun for those interested in any of the aspects of 3 rail O gauge modeling.
New York City Model Transit Association
(New York, NY) Welcome to the new home of the NYC Model Transit Association. This site has been created to keep you up to date with all things related to NYC transit modeling.
New York Society of Model Engineers
((Carlstadt, NJ) The New York Society of Model Engineers is an non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the hobby of modelrailroading and the preservation of American railroad history and is the oldest model railroad club in America.
Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders
(Lakewood, NJ) The Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders hosts an extensive "O" and a "HO" layout where members, and guests, can operate their trains.
Piedmont and Western Railroad Club and Old Rock School Railway Museum
(Valdese, NC) Visitors Welcome Anytime. Museum can be viewed during normal business hours. Check at the Old Rock School office. Layout may be viewed by appointment or stop in during a Club meeting. For information, or to schedule a tour or visit, call 828-879-2129.
TMB Model Train Club
(Lindenhurst, NY) - In March 1994, the TMB Model Railroad club was formed from a nucleus of six O-Gauge model railroaders. Having no place to start a layout, their first meetings were held in the Argyle Hose Company firehouse in West Babylon NY. It was there that the club’s master plan slowly began to develop.
Toy Train Collectors Society Ltd.
(NY) The Toy Train Collector's Society is New York State's largest and most active organization devoted to the Collection, preservation and operation of the treasured electric trains of days gone by. Founded in 1978 by seven men right here in Western New York, it has grown to some 500 active members from all over the state and from other states and Canada.

Regional - Western US Clubs & Organizations

All Gauge Toy Train Association
(San Diego, CA) Welcome to the All Gauge Toy Train Association, founded in 1969. AGTTA is one of the friendliest and largest toy / model train clubs in San Diego. Our meets are centrally located in the La Jolla area and are generally held on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month with the exception of June's meet which is held on the Saturday before Father's Day.
Northern California Division of the Train Collectors Association
(CA) The Northern California Division (Nor-Cal) was formed in 1957 in order to provide a local venue for meetings. Nor-Cal holds meetings once a month, normally on the second Saturday of the month, at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Lafayette. Nor-Cal also holds the big Spring Cal-Stewart Meet in Santa Clara in March.
Western Division, Train Collectors Association
Western Division carries out the TCA mission by holding 10 monthly meets during the calendar year. At these meets, the trading and displaying of tinplate toy trains and toy train related items takes place. TCA Western is the only Southern California based toy train club that provides free use of tables for these purposes. We have plenty of them available, in a well lighted, spacious hall.

Collectors & Operators

Art Shifrin's Website (Train Pages)
Layout, customizations, dealers, repair techniques and more!
Clint's Train Room
This website <g>. O & Standard Gauge layouts, pics,vids and more.
Dave Angell
Here you will find images of many items from my collection along with others for sale. I primarily collect vintage Triang Trains but have diversified to cover ranges including Minic Motorway, Jump Jockey, Playcraft Trains and Push Along Triang Animals amongst others. Go to My Displays to see some examples.
Fred van der Lubbe's website
Many different model railways in all scales & gauges. But only the trains I like.
Francisco Villani's Toy Train Blog
Blog dedicato alla mia grande passione per i Treni, sia reali che modello - First Toy Trains Italian Enthusiast. (In Italian)
Hanover Junction, PA, A Lifetime of Memories
This site is all about the the history and stories of a little village in Pennsylvania, Hanover Junction. It's also about the experiences of a boy growing up in the Hanover Junction railroad station in the early 1900s. In addition to my stories and autobiography, I've included pictures of the scale models I have created.You will also find pictures of Hanover Junction - historical as well as recent - on the Pictures page.
Lewrail's World of Toy Trains
I hope you enjoy my collection of 18 different USA and foreign toy train manufacturers as well as a brief visit to the Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railway.
Marklin At Carinhall: Hermann Goring’s Miniature Railway
Much has been discussed about Hermann Goring’s miniature trains: how did he get them? how many trains did he have? where have the trains gone? In this article all of these questions will be discussed even though many of the questions will remain unanswered. Thanks to many months of research, incredible photos and documents were discovered relating to Hermann Goring’s railways and his house at Carinhall where they were contained.
This website documents my small but bijou collection of live steam toy engines. ((Mostly stationary - ed.)
New York City Model Transit System
"El" and trolley system in 1:48 O-scale by Joseph Frank, New York City Transit Layout model designer, builder and photographer.
Susan's South Plains Railroad
The Run Room for Susan's South Plains Railroad (SSPRR) covers over 1600 square feet and has four distinct elevations connected with a helix-style track. The overall room size is 24 feet by 69 feet. On this site you will find information about this run room including the helix, the controllers, and even the modern and vintage engines running on this layout.
The Temple of Joe
Joseph M. Sherlock's Layout.
I am Joel, a French amateur / collector of miniature trains and especially old train-toys. My preference is therefore rather towards models in tin, zamac and in other alloys and built between the years 1900 and 1960. It gives me the opportunity first of all to make them "work", and to play ! And it is well their first vocation, not?
WarrenVille RailRoad
Welcome! I collect and operate Lionel toy trains. Feel free to browse about the site. Check out my Basement, and my tips for building an awesome layout and more! Questions? Comments? Please send me an email to
Tinplate New York: Bert Schuck's Layout
I thought I'd let everybody know I decided to give my layout project a name and start a blog to record its construction.

Dealers & Distributors

The Caboose
(Wolcott, CT) After purchasing a train set for his son Michael in 1968, Armand became interested in model trains. He started collecting old time steam locos and logging engines. In 1969 Armand opened The Caboose (a basement operation). From its inception the plan was to build its inventory of brass models.
Centerline Hobbies
(Hyannis, MA) Centerline Hobbies is Cape Cod's Largest Hobby Store. We are located in the heart of Cape Cod. Walking into our store you will find, what we like to call, a little bit of everything. We carry a great selection of trains ranging from N-Scale to G-Scale. We also have over 100 rockets in stock, as well as all the accessories to go along with them!
Choo Choo Bob's Train Store
(St. Paul, MN) Visit our "Brick and Mortar" Store. It's the Twin Cities' Best Train Store. Shop On-line at Choo Choo Bob's. We have Wooden Thomas, Puzzles, Whistles, and everything else a train fanatic could hope for!
Classic Collectables
Buying and offering for sale quality prewar trains, toys, clockwork toy boats and antique dolls. Lionel, American Flyer, Ives, Marx, Buddy L.
Dave's Trains, Inc.
(Martinsville, NJ) Specializing in: Postwar (1945 - 1969) Lionel Trains and Russian Model Trains produced in the Soviet Union (USSR) from 1951 - 1969.
Elaine's Trains
(UK) I sell quality second hand model trains at specialist events and by post. The models shown on the website are just a selection if there is a particular model that you are after, please contact me. I maintain a "wants list" for customers without obligation, so if I do not currently have the model, I will try and find it for you. The site is regularly updated with newly available models - so please bookmark my site.
Engine House Hobbies
(Wichita, KS) Serving Wichita for over 16 years! Please give us a call at 1-800-586-4443,or email your questions to The brick facility of eNgine HOuse hObbies was founded in 1992 by John LaRoe. We are open 7 days a week. If you are looking for us, we are at the Boulevard Plaza Shopping Center which is located in the 2700 blk of East Lincoln, just east of I-135 at Estelle.
Graham's Trains
(Dublin, OH) For generations of Americans, gazing at a spanking new Lionel train set as it chugged along loops of tracks laid out beneath a brightly lit Christmas tree is an extra-special childhood memory. Lionel trains are not the only electricity-powered toys marketed to American children and hobbyists.
Grand Central Ltd.
(Lincoln, NE) Grand Central Ltd's business foundation is built on a simple principles: Customer Service, Reliable Delivery, Selection and Competitive Pricing. Our knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful staff is waiting to help you. Keeping the hobby fun is our primary objective. We know if you give us a try, you'll be back to visit with us again and again.
Hans-Willi Walter Spielzeug-Raritäten
(Leonberg, Germany) Hier finden Sie einen große Auswahl an Spielzeug-Raritäten von den ersten Tagen des letzten Jahrhunderts bis hin zu inzwischen gesuchten Objekten aus jüngster Produktion.
Hennings Trains
(Lansdale, PA) We offer a variety of new & used model trains and accessories by Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Williams, A.F. and more. We also have an extensive repair parts department for Lionel "O" & "Standard" gauge trains. We are a manufacturer of many reproduction parts and home of 'Collector Color'© Paint.
Hollash's Trains
(Riverview, FL) Lionel trains, new and used toy trains, model trains in N, HNO, O & G gauges. Parts & Repairs on Lionel trains. We buy train collections.
JR Junction Train and Hobby
(Syracuse, NY) Stop In & Browse Our 22,000+ Item Inventory Today!
LionelNation, home for those that bleed Orange and Blue. Buy...Sell...Trade...Resources...Links...and More.
Q-Car Company
(Bangor, PA) We offer O Scale traction products of distinction for all phases of traction modeling. There are more than 640 illustrations of our products presented here that we hope are helpful to you in your modeling efforts. Your comments and recommendations about this site, and our products are always welcomed.
Railmaster Exports
(North Shore City, New Zealand) Buys & Sells 0 & 1 Gauge trains: Ace, Bing, Bassett Lowke, Hornby, Marklin, etc.
Red Lion Train Depot
(Red Lion, PA) Specializing in the purchase and sale of old trains.
Scale Model Supplies
(St. Paul, MN) Welcome to Scale Model Supplies – one of the biggest and best hobby stores in the Twin Cities! We carry everything from model trains, planes, cars, ships and rockets, to dollhouses, memorabilia and more.
Southern Steam Trains
(Travelers Rest, SC) Gauge-1 live steam locomotives.
Toy Train Factory Outlet
We make your wish list come true.
(Reno, NV) is a web site dedicated to selling collectible toy trains – Lionel, Ives, American Flyer, Dorfan, Carlisle & Finch, Voltamp, Boucher and other manufacturers. Steve Harris (TCA#86-23755) started the web site as an alternative to Ebay for train collectors to buy and sell.
(Buford, GA) We buy and sell a lot of trains. Scott has been in the model train business for almost 30 years now from the start in 1975 in his parent's garage. We really do enjoy the model train business and we really want you to be happy with what you buy and have an overall great experience. We obtain the majority of our trains from private collections and defunct hobby stores.
The Western Depot
(Yuba City, CA) Northern California's most complete source for your model railroad needs.

Discussion Groups/Listserves

General Interest Discussion Groups

All Gauge Model Railroad Discussion Yahoo Group
All Gauge Model Railroading Discussion is for model railroaders, toy train operators, railfans and newcomers to the hobby. Discuss trains, ask questions, get help with the hobby, or discuss articles on the popular All Gauge Model Railroading Page.
Classic European Toy Train Group
The purpose of this English speaking group is to share and further knowledge about no longer manufactured trains from the start of industrial toy train production in the late 19th century to date. Of course, our hope is creating fellowship in the process. After all is said and done, we do this for the enjoyment!
Scale Train Swap Meet Online
This group is an online swap meet and sales and train freebies of all scale trains.
Simply 3 Rail Yahoo Group
This site is for three rail modelers and those who love 3 rail trains and the hardware that comes along with the hobby and for those who are truly active train nuts all year long.
TCA Members Yahoo Group
The proven best- Honest Forum, Upholding Membership Respect and Integrity, with Members the World Round. Our mission statement: Be a happy model railroading community of successful lifelong learners. Welcome ALL who enjoy the “World’s Greatest Hobby”.
METCA Division-TCA Discussion Group
This group is for the free exchange of METCA Division members' ideas and information relating to the development of the Train Collector's Association's METCA division within the TCA's mission statement.
Toy Train Operating Society Yahoo Group
The Toy Train Operating Society is a fraternal organization dedicated to the operating and collecting of toy trains of all makes and eras. Founded in 1966 and incorporated in 1968, TTOS has over 4,200 members around the world.
Toy Trains Mailing List
Toy Trains Mailing List (TTML) is the official TCA sponsored, maintained and owned forum. It was created to provide a platform where enthusiasts, both TCA members and the public, can discuss, inquire, and share knowledge about the collecting, operation and history of toy trains.
Train Collectors Society Group
The discussion board for ALL toy train collectors, regardless of toy train age, make or size! The Train Collectors Society is based in the United Kingdom, where most of the members live, but we have members Worldwide, with interests in almost every make of Toy Train and related products, from over 100 years ago to today.

Accessories/Paper/Software Discussion Groups

Collectible Toy Train Paper Yahoo Group
One of the lesser discussed and seldom researched area with the toy train arena is the paper generated. Whether it be from advertisements, instruction sheets, photos, magazines, books, old layouts and videos to name a few of the sources. Have some fun and come along with us.
Tin Scale Scenery Yahoo Group
This group is for those who have and/or want something more than bare plywood, but aren't concerned about 'realistic' scenery in other words, we are playing toy trains here. For all of you Lionel, Marx, MTH, K-Line, etc. operators who have a building or ten. Or have tinplate accessories.
Toy Tin Litho Buildings Yahoo Group
Tin Lithographed tinplate tin plate toy buildings and play structures OTHER THAN DOLL HOUSES is what this bunch is interested in - from the golden age of American, European and Japanese toy manufacturing.
XTrkCad User Group
We are a discussion group for users of the model railroad track planning software package known as XTrkCad.

Gauge Specific Discussion Groups

2 Inch Gauge Toy Trains Yahoo Group
This group was created to promote and preserve the history of early 2" gauge toy trains trains from Carlisle and Finch, Howard, Knapp and Voltamp. Other early American manufacturers such as 1 Gauge Elektoy and Ives, Beggs, and Garlick are also welcome.
Fun With Tinplate Yahoo Group
The reason why I thought I'd start this group was that I thought I couldn't be the only one in the world who prefers 3 rail and Tinplate over Finescale standards and 2 rail. So this is 'Fun with tinplate' - the group for those who prefer coarse scale 'O' gauge trains.
J & C Studios O-Scale Archive
O Scale / O Gauge forums and individual blogs for model railroading.
OGR Online Forum
O Gauge Railroading Magazine online forum.
O Gauge Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Talkin' Yahoo Group
Streamlined steam locomotives are the focus this Group, slanted toward the toy train end. ALL manufacturers of streamlined steam locomotives, both in powered-thru-the-rails model form and as full sized. Until January 2008, Marx CVs were THE focus.
O Gauge Railroading
The new O Gauge Railroading club is dedicated to sharing news, info and insights into the world of model trains, particularly Lionel, MTH and Weaver. All are welcome, newbies and old timers! Debate, complain, dream, create - Everything is welcome!
Prewar O Gauge TrainsYahoo Group
This list is dedicated to help fellow prewar O gauge train operators get help and information about their trains. Sorry, no selling allowed. Any manufacturer welcomed.
Standard Gauge model railroading, trains, layouts, collecting, repair, etc. Group
The STANDARD GAUGE (standg) email list is a moderated public electronic mailing list intended solely for the friendly exchange of information about all aspects of standard gauge toy trains.

Manufacturer Specific Discussion Groups

American Flyer Train Yahoo Group
Dedicated to discussions on Vintage American Flyer trains made by A.C. Gilbert in New Haven Ct.
AMT Kusan KMT Kris Williams Train Yahoo Group
There were many challengers to Lionel's dominance within the 3-rail "O" gauge;(mostly)toy train world. Take a look at the products and join others with an interest in some of these lesser known toy train manufacturers. There are over 500 photos within the group.
Bowman Models Yahoo Group
This Bowman Group is for the enjoyment and benefit of those who wish to discuss their hobby of collecting and/or steaming Bowman steam engines and models (including Bowman "relations").
Darstaed & Vintage Operators and Collectors Yahoo Group
The Darstaed & Vintage Operators and Collectors Group proposes a friendly platform to those interested in operating and collecting (new) Darstaed and Vintage Tin Plate electrical 0-gauge trains. Darstaed and Vintage trains are newly developed models and re-editions, based upon the famous Darstaed toolings.
Hornby O-Gauge Yahoo Group
Everything to do with Hornby O Gauge. Both Electric and Clockwork Covered. Both Pre-war and Post-war. Welcoming both small and large collections. New members always welcome. No Rules - except Love Hornby and subscribers MUST have a sense of humor. Actively seeking fresh new members.
K-Line Electric Trains Yahoo Group
Our mission is to share stories, experiences, and operating tips about K-Line Electric Trains. We also salute the heritage of K-Line here which includes, Marx Trains, KMT/Kusan/AMT, and Inter-Mountain.
K-Line-Traders Yahoo Group
A group focused on K-Line and other O Gauge model trains for sale, trade and the like.
Lionel Collectors Yahoo Group
The members of LionelCollectors enjoy all trains, both prototypical and toy, particularly O-Gauge. We talk about trains and important current issues. Generally a low-traffic mail list, if you appreciate good train conversation with knowledgeable, experienced and friendly folks, this is the place for you. Welcome!
Lionel FasTrack System Group
Lionel FasTrack has turned into the "O" gauge model railroad operator's track for the 21st century. It lends itself to temporary as well as permanent layouts. It's operating characteristics make it user friendly and it is offered in many new Lionel train sets and offered at most hobby shops.
Lionel Layouts Yahoo Group
Lionel Layouts is all about building train layouts for Lionel O27 O gauge railroads and other two or three rail track and accessories compatible stock such as MTH, RailKing, K-Line and others.
Lionel MPC Yahoo Group
The purpose of this group is to discuss, and share experiences about Lionel trains made during the MPC era. Lionel trains were made by a divison of General Mills, known as Model Products Corporation, and Fundemensions from 1970 to 1986.
Lionel Postwar Trains Group
The purpose of this list is an informational exchange on postwar Lionel trains including operation, repair, availability, and general maintenance. Also welcomed are discussions of other makers of O/O27 gauge equipment and how they interface to Lionel postwar equipment.
Lionel Super O Track Group
You can join the over 700 folks who follow and utilize the Super "O" system through the Super "O" Track Yahoo Group linked above.
Marx / Ameritrains Group
The goal of this site is to provide a pictorial guide of the products produced by Marx Trains & Ameritrains. Enjoy.
Marx Traders Yahoo Group
This group is for the selling, buying, and trading of any Marx toy product, not just their trains. Predecessor companies, such as Joy Line, also acceptable.
Marx Train Group
We discuss the collecting, operating, repairing and restoring of Marx toy trains. They were manufactured by the Louis Marx Company and Girard Model Works (Joy Line) 1927-1975.
Sakai and Seki Toy Train Group
Forum for those interested in the history, manufacture, original sale, collection, repair, restoration, display and operation of these toy trains, including other related Japanese makes such as Bryant, Stronlite, Oxil, Maraklin (not Märklin!), and KTM/Katsumi, Stalwart,and possibly others that we do not not even know about yet!
Unofficial Mamod and Other Steam Forum
The Original Toy Steam Forum, established 2006. The biggest, most popular global steam forum around! Accept NO imitations! We have a growing community of regular posting members who chat about all aspects of toy and model steam.
Walthers Trains Yahoo Group
This group is for model railroaders who need information about Walthers model railroad products.
Weaver O Scalers Yahoo Group
This club is dedicated to the interests of model railroaders who collect and operate Weaver O Scale trains, both 2 and 3 rail. We hope to show the full range of equipment variety, scenery, and operating possibilities with this economical and exciting line of trains.
Williams Electric Trains Yahoo Group
I love Williams Electric Trains. They are great trains at great prices. They run great, make a ton of road names and they run forever. This group is to discuss them. Problems, yeah right, alterations, fixes, whatever to do with O scale and Williams trains.

General Interest Toy Train Sites

All Gauge Model Railroading Page
Fun with model railroading.
Binns Road
The aim of the site? To provide a repository of information relating to old toys, particularly old toy trains, from early days up to the nineteen sixties. (And a GREAT list of toy train manufactures past and present, with photos and links... -ed)
Collecting Tin Toys Blog
I love tin toys! I don't know what it is but something about them makes me want to collect them. It may be the art, the colour, the ingenuity, the humour, I'm not sure. There's certainly a lot of nostalgia involved. If you've found your way to this blog it's likely that you feel the same way. Whatever your 'level' I'm hoping to provide content that will keep you coming back.
Model Train Help Blog
Everything on model trains, model railroads, model railways, locomotives, model train layouts, scenery, wiring, DCC and more. Enjoy the world's best hobby... model railroading!
PreWar Trains
We collect and share information about Pre-War Trains. Principally, Lionel, Chicago Flyer, and Ives.
Tandem Associates
Since 1996, Tandem Associates has been an online resource for Lionel and American Flyer electric train collectors and operators. Featuring the best Lionel toy train screen saver available on the net, along with Plasticville kits & parts, we also offer extensive informational resources on these trains, including books, videos, DVDs, and links to other toy train sites.
Toy Steam Bible
Welcome to the Toy Steam Bible website, this site's goal it to have pictures and information about as many toy steam engines as possible and over time become a source of authoritive reference material.
The site for operators and collectors of Toy Trains. Any member of the four major Toy Train clubs can register. These clubs are: TCA, LCCA, LOTS & TTOS. In addition non-club members can also register as Public Members. Depending upon the clubs you belong to, some pages may not be accessible.
The site is focused on bringing high quality content, diagrams, and historical information on American Flyer Trains. Long term it will cover Lionel and others. It also provides amateurs and enthusiasts quality information, manuals, and reference materials for toy trains.
Operated by a solid staff of railway employees, railfans and model railroaders, the roots of the world-wide community of go back to early 1986 when the CompuServe ModelNet Forum opened two railway oriented message boards. These boards proved to be wildly popular and on 1 February 1989 spawned the CompuServe TrainNet Forum.
Welcome to the online home of Kalmbach Publishing's five railroading-related magazines. Whether you're here to read the latest railroad news or to explore the hobby of model trains, we have something for every rail enthusiast. Here you can browse our sites, sign up for free newsletters, and more!
Toy Train Information
World's Greatest Hobby
Your guide to the world of model trains!

How-to's and Technical Reference Material

Model Railroad & Misc. Electronics
Welcome to a page of electronic circuits that are mostly for model railroads. Shown are circuits that were developed to solve certain problems or achieve a desired control function. There are throttle, train detection, animation, control and general purpose circuits on this page.
This to That
A helpful site that tells you the proper glue to use to attach anything to anything.
Toy Train How-To's
(On this website.) As I have time, or they come my way, wiring diagrams, manuals and other helpful tidbits for toy train junkies like me <g>.


Dave's Electric Railroads
A collection of electric railroad, interurban, and streetcar photography from many eras. Dave maintained this website for over 11 years before passing in Feb 2009. We owe Dave an extreme debt of gratitude for building this site to begin with, and also the anonymous individual who paid the *significant* hosting costs from 2009-2013. Many thanks.
Photos of My Models by Paul Michael Smith
What started out as an exercise in model building and photography, ended up as a dream-like reconstruction of the town I grew up in. It's not an exact recreation, but it does capture the mood of my memories. NO PHOTOSHOP WAS USED IN THESE PICTURES. IT'S ALL STRAIGHT FROM THE CAMERA.
Sirus Collection, 2009
Items are from the Sirus Collection, June 13, 2009.
Sirus Collection, 2011
Visit to the Sirus Collection on June 18, 2011.


Collectibles Insurance Services, LLC
Welcome to Collectibles Insurance Services, LLC. Since 1966 we've been protecting prized collections from Autographs to Zippos and everything in between, from books, comics, and Disney collectibles to Waterford, X-Men, and yo-yos. And of course, we can't forget the very first collectibles we ever insured: stamps!
J. A. Bash & Company
J. A. Bash & Company offers insurance coverage for members of both the National Model Railroad Association and the Train Collector's Association. The J. A. Bash & Company has been offering this type of coverage for over 30 years and would be happy to discuss all of your questions and assist you in tailoring this coverage to fit your needs.


Clint's Train Manufacturers Page
This is where you'll find my links to manufacturers of toy/model trains, O-Gauge and larger, in business prior to 1970, and links to information about manufacturers no longer in existence.
A site in German with information on manufactureres of the past and their trademarks.
Trademark Information
Galeria Navarro in Spain offers this extremely useful reference on the trademarks of many antique toy manufacturers.

Current Manufacturers

Bowser Manufacturing
(Montoursville, PA) In 1961, Bowser was purchased by Lewis and Shirlee English and moved from Redlands, CA to their basement in Muncy, PA. The original Bowser Manufacturing Co first advertised in the model railroad magazines in November 1948. Still a family-owned business, Bowser manufactures unique rolling stock in HO, O, N and S Gauges.
(Zeist, Netherlands) Darstaed celebrates 2016 its 50th birthday for which occasion we intend to reissue the celebrated Darstaed 40 cm coaches based on the ones made by Marklin in the late '30s. We will also venture into the realm of 2-rail. Our locomotives will be issued henceforward in either 2-rail or 3-rail. The 3-Rail locomotives will be suitable to run on all O gauge 3-rail track from 2ft radius tinplate tubular rack and larger and our 2-rail locomotives will be suitable to run on all commonly used 2-rail track down to PECO code 124 and LENZ. Our rolling stock will be suitable to run on everything.
Industrial Models
(Scarborough, ME) My name is Don Smith and I specialize in weathering O scale freight cars and engines. I strive for historical accuracy so each model is carefully researched using books from Morning Sun and on-line freight and locomotive archives. I also offer custom built O scale industrial structures from the 1920's to the 1960's.
JLM Toy Train Reproductions and Restorations
We are a small company that provides personalized service in the repair and restoration of all types of toy trains and accessories. We have over 35 years experience repairing Lionel, American Flyer, Ives, Marx and other manufacturers products. In the past few years we have gotten into reproducing some models of early manufacture. Reproductions of Lionel items have been our main focus, both 2 7/8 Inch Gauge and Standard Gauge.
(Concord, NC) Our mission is to develop, manufacture, market and service the best electric toy trains and accessories in the world within a competitive environment.
MTH Electric Trains
(Columbia, MD) Model trains that do more.
Ready Made Trains
(Bloomsbury, NJ) Welcome to the Ready Made Toys® ON-LINE Store...affordable and durable O/0-27 Gauge 3-Rail Electric Toy Trains.
Rusty Rail
(Fresno, CA) Craftsman kits and castings in HO and O scale.
Slater's Plastikard
(Derbyshire, UK) Manufacturers and suppliers of Model Railway materials to Retail and Trade.

Manufacturers of the Past

American Flyer Displays
Dedicated to preserving the history of the classic Gilbert American Flyer display layouts.
American Flyer Express
Helpful information for operating and collecting S-Gauge trains and accessories, 1946 - 1966.
Faller Hit Train
Faller Hit Train was the ultimate 0-gauge (32mm gauge) plastic toy train system of the seventies.
Historische Märklin Spur 0 Eisenbahn
Online-Katalog zur Blecheisenbahn der Alten Märklin Spur 0... Märklin Lokomotiven, Märklin Wagen, Märklin Zubehör... Blecheisenbahn Spur O Märklin Stichwörter...
Leeds Model Company
These pages are dedicated the standard catalogue products of the Leeds Model Company, and show some items from the collection of Peter Zwakhals and the collection of Hans van Dissel.
The Leeds Stedman Trust
The Trust was established in 1983 to keep the archives of the Leeds Model Company and R. F. Stedman & Company. Today the Trust provides a service of spares, repairs and technical advice to LMC enthusiasts and continues to promote interest in and appreciation of the products of The Leeds Model Company, founded by Rex Stedman in 1912, and which ceased to trade in 1967.
Lionel Trains Library
You are about to view a fresh and interesting on-line information source for postwar Lionel trains. This website overflows with clear photos, historical facts and technical details. This constantly evolving site of postwar Lionel trains, accessories and related items continues to be updated on a weekly basis. You will see many items, from the common to the rare and unusual.
One confusing aspect of the TYCO story for many regards MANTUA and its relationship to TYCO.
Marxtin is dedicated to the hobby of collecting and operating Marx tin lithographed trains. I believe that Marx lithographed toys and trains represent a high point of tin toy production, available to the working class children of America, in the twentieth century.
McCoy Trains
The purpose of this blog is to pay homage to my wonderful and delightful parents that chose an amazing life. It all started when my Mother, Margaret, married my father, Bob McCoy because he looked good in a Navy uniform. The two of them had what many people would call a unique life together. They were self made and the adventures lasted 56 years before my father pasted on. I will randomly post pictures and stories as I think of them of how the McCoy trains came about.
Tri-ang Model Railways
This Site is dedicated to Tri-ang Railways. This range of products was manufactured between 1950 and 1965 in the United Kingdom, by the Lines Brothers group of companies. The main factory was at Margate in the South East of England. For many this range was the affordable introduction into the world of Model Railways.
Weeden Steam
The Weeden Manufacturing Company's production of toy steam engines has left a memorable legacy. Founded by an ingenious watch maker, William Nye Weeden, this U.S. company made its mark in history competing with German manufactures from the Nuremberg area such as Bing, Doll, Marklin, Plank and Schoenner as well as Mamod, Bowman and Burnac in the UK.

News Media Toy Train Stories

£30,000 toy train theft at Conwy Railway Museum (BBC News, 6/17/11)
Police are investigating the theft of "irreplacable" model railway locomotives valued at £30,000 in a raid on a transportation museum.
Alco Big Boy locomotive coming back to life (The Associated Press, April 15, 2014)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains.
Goering’s Trains Found (Washington Post)
A morphine addict who kept pet lions, jangled emeralds like small change in his pockets and built up a huge stash of stolen art, Goering also loved toys. Photos show him displaying his train sets to houseguests including Hitler and the Hungarian leader Miklos Horthy in the attic and basement of Carinhall. After moving his collection to Bavaria, Goering ordered Carinhall to be dynamited to prevent it falling into Soviet hands. The fate of the model trains is unknown.
John Kelly's Washington (Washington Post)
A seismic tipping point. (Earthquake topples layout cow.)
Lionel on TODAY
Lionel Trains visits the TODAY show, 12/21/2012! Join J. Don Reece as he shows one of our new display layouts with the entire cast and chats about the connection of Lionel and the holiday. Video courtesy of NBC and the TODAY Show.
Lionel Train Freight Set - Circa 1935
From "Antiques Road Show," July 19, 2008
Model train enthusiasts meet in Howard Beach
From The Times Ledger, November 27, 2011
Mother, son accused of stealing Lionel trains from man
Sayerville - the headline says it all.
Toy train may be world's oldest
From The Guardian, November 17, 2011
Toy trains from the past 200 years - BBC News Magazine, 17 January 2015
What is it about toy trains that has continued to entertain children, admittedly mostly boys, for nearly two centuries? A major new exhibition is about to find out.
The Train Set Of Boyhood Dreams: John Scully's $400,000 Playground - Forbes Sep 5, 2013
Scully, the 69-year-old boss of SPO Partners, an investment firm in Mill Valley, California, that manages $10 billion in assets, can relive a special moment in the 2,200-square-foot basement of his summer home in East Hampton, New York. Since 2005, he has been meticulously building one of the world's largest model train sets, and surely its most indulgent.
The Trains of Yesteryear - Fred Kemp - "Hatteberg's People" (KAKE-TV)
As kids, most of us loved model trains -- I still do and I'm guessing many of you do too. Meet Fred Kemp whose train collection is one most of just dream about. He's been acquiring it since he was a child...and admits perhaps he's never grown up...and that's OK. We all need the 'child' to stay with us forever.
Wooden loco could be the world's oldest toy train
From the Bishop Auckland News, November 19, 2011
World's Largest Miniature Airport Opens in Germany
From Amazing Planet, May 7, 2011 - The world's largest model airport has opened at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, which is also home to the world’s largest model railway landscape.

Parts, Supplies & Services

Replacement Parts

Brasseur Electric Trains
(Saginaw, MI) Our train and accessories parts inventory is a vast mixture of new, current, original, and reproduction toy train parts. We specialize in Lionel trains, but also carry parts for most other model trains such as MTH, Athearn, KATO, LGB and more.
Dr. Tinker Toy Trains
(Lexington, MA) Parts, service and repair hints for Lionel antique toy trains - Factory experience.
East Coast Train Parts
(Englishtown, NJ) We specialize in Lionel Train Parts from the Postwar era (1945-1969). We also specialize in Lionel Postwar Trains, our own line of Reproduction Boxes, Original Catalogues, die cast cars and many other Lionel collectibles.
George Tebolt Train Parts Inc.
(Spencertown, NY) Specializing in Lionel Prewar and Postwar replacement parts. "O"/ "O-27"/ Standard Gauge. Also Prewar American Flyer & Ives.
Henning's Trains
(Lansdale, PA) We have a very extensive repair parts department for Lionel "O" & "Standard" gauge trains. We are a manufacturer of many reproduction parts and home of 'Collector Color'© Paint. We are an Authorized LIONEL Dealer & Factory Trained Service Station. We strive to offer our customers with the best possible service.
Just Trains, a division of DEW Associates Corp.
(Sussex, NJ) We are primarily a parts supplier and service facility. By percentage, our inventory is comprised of 25% prewar, 60% postwar and 15% post 1975. At present we have more than 20,000 part numbers in our database and ninety-five percent of those parts are in stock.
Mike's Trains & Hobbies
(Lompoc, CA) We are the largest model train parts dealer west of the Mississippi River. Our services are fast and friendly, usually with same-day shipping. We sell parts for Lionel, Marx, K-line, and American Flyer trains to hobbyist and repairman alike. We participate in model train shows throughout the western United States and we ship worldwide.
Olsen's Toy Train Parts
(Lakewood, OH) OTTP is a family run business. We manufacture and sell parts for Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, Dorfan, Ives, AMT, Noma and Thomas trains. We are committed to serving and educating our customers in order to preserve an important piece of history.
Port Lines Hobby Supplies
(Wells, ME) Specialists in American Flyer Trains & S-Gauge Railroading
S & W Parts Supply
(Niskayuna, NY) We are a Lionel dealer and an authorized repair technician, operation Lionel service station #91. We repair Lionel from the earliest to the latest. We deal in Prewar, Postwar and Modern Era Lionel parts. We are celebrating our 35th year in business. We rep Kalmbach, TM, Weaver, Walthers, OGR Buildings, Attista Figures (again the largest dealer in the South) and carry almost everything you'd need to build or maintain a layout.
Smittys Toy Train Parts
(Mount Washington, KY) Lionel (postwar/prewar) - American Flyer (postwar/prewar) - Ives - K-Line - Marx - Plasticville Parts
Tandem Associates
(Whitmire, SC) Since 1996, Tandem Associates has been an online resource for Lionel and American Flyer electric train collectors and operators. Featuring the best Lionel toy train screen saver available on the net, along with Plasticville kits & parts, we also offer extensive informational resources on these trains, including books, videos, DVDs, and links to other toy train sites.
The Train Tender
(Bloomfield, NY) Parts Listing - Over 6,000 IN STOCK - Wholesale Pricing Available!

Specialized Toy Train Products & Services

Bar Mills Scale Model Works
(Bar Mills, ME) Kits and detail scale parts for your modeling needs.
Chicago Rivet and Machine Company
(Naperville, IL) The original maker of the Lionel rivet press still makes the same model at this link.
Clever Models LLC
Model railroad structures and textures. Craftsman card stock hobby kits and supplies. Welcome to the home of Clever Models on the internet.
Custom Signals
(Wappingers Falls, NY) O, HO and N Scale Model Railroad Signals and Signal System for the 21st Century. Easily adaptable to almost any track arrangement using the Track Configuration Library. Both ABS and APB Signaling possible. Modular parts and accessories to make installation easier. Fully compatible with the Atlas 21st Century Signal System (tm).
Dallee Electronics
(Leola, PA) Regulated LED Lighting uses track or other low voltage input power to provide illumination. Maximum illumination is reached at a very low voltage and remains constant for the balance of the speed range. It tends to ignore power interruptions caused by dirt on wheels and track resulting in more flicker free lighting.
Evapo-Rust Rust Remover
(Abilene, TX) EVAPO-RUST is an amazing award winning rust REMOVER which is utilized by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, FBI, NATO, Government Contractors, Engine Builders, Auto Enthusiasts, Gunsmiths, Forensic Labs, OEM’s, Farmers, Antique Restorers and more.
J & C Studios, Inc.
O-Scale train layout accessories.
James Day
Replica parts for Battle Space, Tri-ang TC and Minic Motorways, including replacement rubber Insulating Strip. Please send e-mail for a list:
(Jacksonville, FL) Your source for custom-made, handcrafted Christmas village houses and churches and tin train cars.
MakerBot Store
MakerBot believes there's an innovator in everyone. As a global leader in desktop 3D printing, we set the standard in reliability and ease-of-use by providing effective solutions for every stage of the desktop 3D printing process.
(Berkeley Heights, NJ) Specializing in tools and accessories for the model craftsman.
Miller Engineering
(New Canaan, CT) Home of the world's most innovative lighting products: Animated signs, billboards, desktop neon and much more...
Model Train Figures
(Germany) We have been producing finely painted (and unpainted) model figures for many years. Our sortiment includes model railway, war game and architectural scales. Included in this range are G Gauge (1:22.5 - 1:24 scale), O Gauge (1:43 - 1:50), HO Gauge (1:87), N Gauge (1:160) and Z Gauge (1:220). In addition we also manufacture figures in a variety of other scales for such interests as military and architectural modelling.
(Graceville, Qld, Australia) MODRATEC places Mechanically Interlocked Lever Frames within the reach of any rail modeler. Interlock signals and turnout points for safety and authenticity. We provide free interlocking design software, SigScribe4, which enables you to design and order for your own unique requirements. MODRATEC Lever Frames are provided in kit form enabling excellent affordability.
Peerless Electronics
(Bethpage, NY) Peerless Electronics, Inc. is a leading distributor for Airpax magnetic circuit breakers, miniature thermal circuit breakers, temperature probes and sensors, bimetal thermostats and switches. Custom circuit breaker panels are also available from our value added assembly center.
(City of Industry, CA) Plastruct is the world's leading supplier of Plastic Scale Model Parts for every facet of miniature scale model building.
Reader's Engraving
(Boston, MA) A great place for replacement/custom brass nameboards.
Universal Rail Bender for Sectional Track
I have created a device to make custom Curves. I call it a Universal Rail Bender. Universal because it will bend or straighten rail from O27, O31, SuperO, AF-S, Standard, T-Rail and G Gauge(code334) via Changeable Sleeves (the sleeves contain the rail profile). To judge the curve you are provided with a series of popular templates, or you can create your own template with the instructions in the Manual. Email Dick Reichard for information at the link above.
Vista Scenic Hobby Products
(Bear Creek, PA) A premiere scenic supply manufacturer.


Classic Toy Trains Magazine
O and S Gauge for the operator and collector.
(Strasburg, PA) The online magazine of the Train Collectors Association.
We provide you useful information at our site and references to the best sites on the Internet for Garden Trains. Welcome to the perfect family activity.
LR Presse
(Auray, France) Publisher of French language model train magazines.
Model Railway Express
(Kent, UK) The online model railway magazine with the latest news and new releases.
My Flyer Trains
Dedicated to the S Gauge American Flyer trains of A. C. Gilbert.
O Gauge Railroading Magazine
(Lake Geneva, WI) Welcome to the new resource center for 48/ft, O Scale News. Our goal is to provide 1/4” scale modelers with helpful model railroad related information, a few jokes, and whatever else interests our editors along the way.
Tinplate Times
An online resource focusing on collecting and operating standard and 0 gauge tinplate toy trains and accessories and modern tinplate reproductions. This site will feature articles that focus exclusively on tinplate toy trains and the people who collect and operate them.
Toy Train Revue
The Collector's Webzine.

Repair & Restorations

Replacement Parts

Classic Tin Toy
(Cleveland, WI) Toy repair, toy restoration and toy parts. We at Classic Tin Toy Company provide the best quality in toy repair, toy restoration and toy parts for all old toys. We manufacture thousands of toy parts for toy robots, toy trains, toy cars, diecast toys, toy airplanes, space toys, erector sets, toy cap guns and many more. We take pride in our work and provide the fastest turnout time in the business.
JLM Toy Train Reproductions and Restorations
We are a small company that provides personalized service in the repair and restoration of all types of toy trains and accessories. We have over 35 years experience repairing Lionel, American Flyer, Ives, Marx and other manufacturers products. In the past few years we have gotten into reproducing some models of early manufacture. Reproductions of Lionel items have been our main focus, both 2 7/8 Inch Gauge and Standard Gauge, but we will branch out in the future as time permits and interest dictates.
Just Trains, a division of DEW Associates Corp.
(Sussex, NJ) We are primarily a parts supplier and service facility. By percentage, our inventory is comprised of 25% prewar, 60% postwar and 15% post 1975. At present we have more than 20,000 part numbers in our database and ninety-five percent of those parts are in stock.
The Motor Doctor's Lionel Train Repair Site
(Harrison, OH) The Motor Doctor specializes in the complete rebuilding and repair of electric model train motors. The Doc can repair virtually all Pre- and Post-War model train motors for: LIONEL, AMERICAN FLYER, IVES, BUB, MARX, BING, LGB, MTH and many more (all AC and DC type motors).
The Train Doctor
(Oakhurst, NJ) Quality repairs on Pre-War, Post-War, MPC, Modern Era Lionel Trains and MTH Electric Trains. Proto 2 and TMCC upgrades performed in-house - Original Parts used when available - Same day service in most cases! - Sub-contract service to dealers...


Collection Inventory Software

Inventory Express
Easy-to-use Toy Train Inventory Software. (Full disclosure: It's software I wrote...) Inventory Express provides toy train collectors a powerful tool to hold all the important data about the items in their collection, while still being easy to use for the tech-savvy and computer-challenged alike.

Layout Design Software

AnyRail™ is probably the easiest-to-use model railway design tool around. It's also entirely independent, so you can build with almost any track. Enjoy designing your layout - AnyRail ensures everything fits. AnyRail enables you to rocket through the planning phase, or tinker to your heart's content - you don't have to be a computer expert to produce successful designs.
SCARM - Simple Computer Aided Railway Modeller
Software for easy and precise design of model train layouts and railroad track plans. With SCARM you can easily create the layout of your dreams. Just download the setup package, install it and start editing your first track plan. In SCARM you can use unlimited number* of tracks and objects from more than 205 libraries and instantly see your design in 3D preview with a single click.
RR-Track v5 is the answer for all your toy or model train layout design headaches. No more templates to struggle with, no messy erasing and scribbling, no emergency table extensions propped on sawhorses, no last second hacking of the Xmas tree, just pop up the menus off this fully graphical software in the gauge of your choice and plan away.

Layout Operation Software

The JMRI project is building tools for model railroad computer control. We want it to be usable to as many people as possible, so we're building it in Java, and making it independent of specific hardware systems. JMRI is intended as a jumping-off point for hobbyists who want to control their layouts from a computer without having to create a system from scratch.
What is it? An easy-to-use interface to allow iPhone® and iPod touch® users to link with the popular JMRI software. What is it for? To control a model train using a wireless connection to a digital command control system.

Track Systems

Llagas Creek Railways
(Ocean City, MD) Gauge-1 Track Supplies
History of Super-O
Many feel that Super "O" is the most realistic 3-rail track system ever. Lionel first offered Super "O" trackage in 1957. Lionel's business was in decline and Super "O" was an attempt to revive their sagging toy train fortunes. Their attempt was unsuccessful and Lionel last offered Super "O" in 1966. Learn the story of this 50 year old track system which still enjoys a loyal following of current day users.
USA Track
Your source for band new Standard Gauge track made right here in the USA.


Ruston Hornsby Woolwich Arsenal locomotive for Gauge 1
This is a 'likeness' of the 1896 Ruston Hornsby locomotive used at the Woolwich Arsenal. Not a true scale model, but a very clever bit of engineering.
Train Collectors Association YouTube channel.

Private/Home Layout Videos

All 4 tracks operational
Carlisle and Finch Crane with Boucher Locomotive and Knapp Trolley
From Alex Procyk.
CaptainHarlock999's Channel
Captain Harlock's YouTube channel of large scale model steam --and real steam railroad videos.
Chiconian49's Channel
Lance Boil's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Clint's Layout Videos
Link to vids of my O-Gauge Lionel postwar layout.
Cstoia's Channel
Cstoia's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
DaveClarkLumber's Channel
DaveClarkLumber's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Daylight Productions Channel
Matt's YouTube channel of toy -- and real -- train videos.
Delker Helix in action!
This is a standard gauge Delker Helix running a Lionel #8 with two 500 series freights.
DJVargent's Channel
David Argent's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
From Jim Kelly-Evans.
Electoy Freight Set
This video shows an Electoy No. 905 locomotive and tender made ca. 1913 pulling Electoy freight cars.
Greatest MTH / Lionel / K-Line 3-Rail Toy Train Layout, Fantastic Detail
See my "Last Run" video for the newest video of the layout. "O" scale three rail model railroad. It took eight years to build and still has a ways to go before it's finished. Lionel, K-line and Mike's Train House scale engines and cars as well as many Atlas cars are used. Lionel Legacy Control system controls all engines.
GigEastman's Channel
Steve Eastman's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Ihannan1's Channel
Lonnie Hannan's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Jim Kelly-Evans' Channel
Jim Kelly-Evans' YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Knapp Holidays 2016
Over 100 years old, these electric toy trains made my the Knapp Company are still running well.
MarxToyNut's Channel
Edward Battina Burg's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Messing with big standard gauge trains on a rainy day
From 413orca1.
Million Dollar Railroad
What’s in your basement? If you’re like 77-year-old Howard Zane, you might have a model railroad, but in Howard’s case, he has a million dollar railroad. His model railroad has taken years to build and covers about 3,000 square feet of space. The detail is amazing. Howard is happily married to his third wife which just goes to show sometimes the 3rd time really is a charm.
MRVP Layout Extra: Ride along Tom Piccirillo's Somerset County Traction System
After touring Tom Piccirillo's O scale layout, the Somerset County Traction System, you'll enjoy a revealing ride along the length of the line! In this BONUS (free) video, viewers will see the stunning trackwork, powered overhead lines, detailed scenery, and extra-ordinary craftsmanship of Tom's model railroad – all from the motorman's perspective! You can learn more about the layout in the 2009 issue of Great Model Railroads.
MVI 3646
2013 Christmas featuring my maroon 380E pulling two 319 passenger cars and a 322 observation. Note the Polar Express, Harry Potter and Southern Crescent trains idling in wait for their turn to loop around Plasticville City. I modified my layout recently by adding standard gauge track in order to run both standard gauge and o-gauge trains simultaneously.
Ottomobil8's Channel
Joe's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Portable Storable Marx Windup Layout
A construction article on how I built this layout appears in the DECEMBER 2013 issue of O GAUGE RAILROADING MAGAZINE.
Reviving a Rarity: Carlisle & Finch No. 45 Loco & Tender ca. 1909
This video shows the process of cleaning, conserving and partially restoring a rare late Carlisle & Finch No. 45 2" gauge tinplate toy locomotive and tender that was manufactured ca. 1909.
St Louis & Suburban Electric Railway
William J. Clouser was renowned for his superb modeling skills and ingenuity. He was among the earliest advocates of finescale (Proto:48) standards for track, wheels, and overhead wire. Bill produced a high-quality line of scale models and detail parts, and his models, magazine articles and photography continue to inspire others.
SNCF231E's Channel
Fred van der Lubbe's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
TheAF1952's Channel
TheAF1952's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
TMackinator's Channel
Tom McLean's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
TaycoTrains Channel
TaycoTrains YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Toy Trains are Fun
BlueComet390's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Voltamp 2500
Jim Kelly-Evans restored Voltamp 2500 loco (late ca. 1920) with a reproduction tender pulling two original Voltamp 16" passenger cars.
TrainsbyMark's Channel
TrainsbyMark's YouTube channel of toy train videos.
Voltamp 2222
Voltamp was the first manufacturer to introduce a six wheel drive tinplate toy locomotive. In about 1908 or 1909, they introduced model 2222, a 4-6-0 locomotive accompanied by an eight wheel tender. This video shows the earliest version of the 2222, known as the "high cab" version, characterized by twin "cathedral" style cab windows. The loco is pulling an early 2103 "Royal Blue Limited" combine car with wood floor and flat car ends.
Willithiwoof's Channel
Alistair McAllister's YouTube channel of super Standard Gauge videos from down under.
Non-scale model of the Kruckenberg Zeppelin. Driven by the propeller, not the wheels. Running on 0 gauge tracks.

Public Layout Videos

Aster Challenger & Big Boy UP Steam power
This video has two of Union Pacific most famous steam locomotives both built by Aster of Japan. Aster offered the Challenger in 2012. The Challenger (grey) is the newest offering which is later joined by the Big boy locomotive on the video.
Big Toy Trains ( Really Big )
2 1/2" scale live steam locomotives at Bitter Creek Western in Arroyo Grande, CA.
The Great Train Story: 10th Anniversary Ride
To celebrate The Great Train Story's 10th birthday, we put a small camera aboard one of the model trains to capture a track-level view of the towns, crossings and scenery recreated in the exhibit's Seattle-to-Chicago ride.
MiWuLa TV - Miniatur Wunderland Videos / MiWuLa Broadcast
The official video about Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. On the 1.300 m² large layout, far more than a thousand trains, aircrafts, cars and ships move about. A wonder of the world in miniature.
National Christmas Tree Railroad 2011 Setup
Time lapse recording of the setup of the train display around the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. Recorded November 2011.
New Years Day Steamup 2016
Dan Pantages very kindly hosted his annual New Years Day steamup. The day began a little below freezing but soon warmed up to about 3ºC. A good day of steaming was had by all in attendance.
Rochester's PAL Model Railroad Heaven - The Edgerton Lionel Train Layouts - Summer, 1950 View
December, 2009 visit to the Rochester, NY PAL Model Railroad Heaven - The Edgerton Model Train Room. This is the Summer layout. While many of the scenic elements have been preserved from initial 1950 construction, the track plan has been updated into a multi-level over-under arrangement replacing what was once a more open yard area.
SCTransit's Channel
YouTube channel of videos of several excellent public model railroad displays.
Staver Steamup Fall 2015
This video is about Staver Steamup Fall 2015.
Trainland USA O-Gauge Display, Colfax, IA, Part 1 of 3
This video shows glimpses of the Trainland USA -- a 3-Rail operating O-Gauge toy train museum -- located in Colfax, Iowa. This layout has 2,600 square feet of display area, and operates 20 to 25 trains on 4000 feet of track, with some tracks operating multiple trains using automatic block controls. There is also a train shop next to the museum, in a 1928 Rock Island passenger coach.
Trainland USA O-Gauge Display, Colfax, IA, Part 2 of 3
Trainland USA, Colfax, Iowa -- continued from Part 1.
Trainland USA O-Gauge Display, Colfax, IA, Part 3 of 3
Trainland USA, Colfax, Iowa -- continued from Part 2.
"Trains de Grandpere" at Forncett Steam Museum 2013
Mostly French Hornby with the occasional Jep and a short Karl Bub train.
Triang Hornby at Glasgow SECC Model Rail 2016
Mar 6, 2016.
TTOS SP Division Meet, 5/22/2011
Today's TTOS Southern Pacific Division meet was one of two yearly open houses so the small display layouts were moved outside to allow more seller tables inside. Despite rain in the forecast, the weather was great.

Toy Trains in Commercials, Film & TV

Fifty Shades of Corden w/ Jamie Dornan
In a never-before-seen moment from the '50 Shades films, James Corden invites a very innocent Jamie Dornan into his secret room, introducing him to a whole new world of pleasure using model train sets.
Gilbert Toys American Flyer Train Commercial
Great television commercial for the Gilbert Toys American Flyer Train.
Lionel Commercial #1: Grumman Tiger Jet test pilot loves his Lionel Electric Train Set
This test pilot teaches his sons to love Lionel Trains as much as he does.
Lionel Commercial #2: Lionel Train with Missile Firing Car and Targets
This is a popular science-themed set that includes a missile-firing car and balloon targets.
Lionel Commercial #4: Lionel Trains w Joe Di Maggio & crooked game show host Jack Barry
Staring Joe Di Maggio For Lionel Trains
Lionel Commercial #5: Johnny Cash for Lionel Trains
Johnny Cash sings for Lionel Trains.
A YouTube site with a great assortment of vintage American Flyer ads and film clips.
Trainland: "The Sopranos" Layout & Interview with Ken Bianco
Published on Jul 17, 2012.

1:1 -- Real Railroad Links

Attractions: Shows, Museums, Exhibits, etc.

The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
(Gallitzin, PA) The Allegheny Portage Railroad is a story of ingenuity, persistence, and the fleeting power of success. This engineering marvel, which includes the first railroad tunnel in America.
California State Railroad Museum
(Sacramento, CA) Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North America's most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone! Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events.
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
The 19th Century first Transcontinental Railroad was " the most magnificent project ever conceived. " Devoted to telling the story of this "great and shining road" is the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum, a gigantic online "virtual museum."
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry - The Silver Streak
(Chicago, IL) All Aboard the Silver Streak invites you to go back in time—to May 26, 1934—as a passenger on the Pioneer Zephyr. You won't want to miss this record-breaking "ride" from Denver to Chicago. On your 20-minute guided tour, you will explore the baggage, smoking, passenger and observation compartments of the Pioneer Zephyr.
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Transportation Gallery
(Chicago, IL) The 999 Steam Locomotive was a new concept in speed locomotives. Engine 999 was assigned to hail the New York Central Railroad's brilliant new passenger train, the Empire State Express. On May 10, 1893, the 999 became the fastest land vehicle when it reached a record speed of 112.5 mph. The 999 maintained the record for a decade.
Danbury Railway Museum
(Danbury, CT) The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization staffed solely by volunteers. The Museum, located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and opportunities for hands-on railroad work at "12 inches to the foot" scale.
End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum
(Currie, MN) The railroads were the first great achievement in transportation of the machine age. This achievement led to the expansion and growth of the West. It is this story, as well as the story of the area, which we are trying to tell.
Gopher State Railway Museum
(New Prague, MN) We are a nonprofit organization with a focus on preserving railroad history by building a railroad museum park. GSRM owns a 20 acre plot of land 2 miles north of New Prague, Minnesota on State Highway 21. Our future plans include a station, car maintenance building, beanery, and multiple railroad related structures.
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
(Duluth, Minnesota) Housed in Historic Union Depot, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum works in conjunction with the North Shore Scenic Railroad to offer one of the richest historic experiences in railroading available anywhere.
Minnesota Streetcar Museum
(Minneapolis, MN) The Minnesota Streetcar Museum focuses on the preservation of Minnesota's electric railway history by acquiring, restoring, maintaining, and operating a fleet of eight historic Minnesota streetcars at the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line in Minneapolis and the Excelsior Streetcar Line in Excelsior. MSM also preserves artifacts, papers, and photographs that it uses to interpret Minnesota's electric railway history.
Museum of the American Railroad
(Frisco, TX) Founded in 1962, the Museum of the American Railroad is a not-for-profit Texas corporation dedicated to celebrating the heritage and exploring the future of railroads through historic preservation, research, and educational programming. The museum collects artifacts and archival material from the railroad industry to exhibit and interpret their significance in American life and culture.
Minnesota Transportation Museum
(St. Paul, MN) The Minnesota Transportation Museum invites travelers of all ages to experience the changing world of transportation.
National Capital Trolley Museum
(Colesville, MD) The National Capital Trolley Museum preserves and interprets the heritage of electric and interurban railways of Washington, DC and environs for the benefit of present and future generations, while supplementing its collections with significant national and international objects to enhance its interpretive programs.
New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association
A tax-exempt, non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of the history of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company and its predecessor and subsidiary companies.
Northern Lights Railroad Museum
(East Grand Forks, MN) The museum as it is known today was conceived in 1977 by Mr. John Cummings. John started out by collecting Lionel and HO scale model trains and he looked to meet with others to trade, swap and run trains. The original location was on the second level of the Grand Forks City Center Mall. After the flood of 1997 the club was forced to find a new home.
Northern Pacific Railway Museum
(Toppenish, WA) The Toppenish railroad depot was built by the Northern Pacific Railway in 1911. For 50 years it served as the transportation center of the community. In 1961 passenger service from Toppenish was discontinued. In 1993 the depot and adjacent freight house were purchased from the Burlington Northern Railroad.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
(Strasburg, PA) The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world.
Railroad Museum of Long Island
(Riverhead, NY) Welcome to the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Come explore the site and take a ride through history.
Texas Transportation Museum
(San Antonio, TX) The Texas Transportation Museum is an all volunteer organization that collects, preserves and displays historically significant transportation equipment and related items. We operate a working passenger railroad, several model train layouts and many road vehicles. We provide an educational and entertaining experience which interprets how developments in transportation technology shaped and continue to impact daily life.
Whippany Railway Museum
(Whippany, NJ) The Whippany Railway Museum has been bringing to life the history of New Jersey's railroads to the public since 1985. However, the Museum's age belies its heritage. The Museum is built upon nearly 40 years of preservation experience.
Wilmington Railroad Museum
(Wilmington, NC) Our mission is to provide an educational and enjoyable experience concerning the history, technology, and impact of the rail industry with emphasis on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

Books, Catalogs, Paper and Other Reference Material

Railroad videos and books.

Clubs & Organizations

The Galloping Goose Historical Society
(Dolores, CO) The Galloping Goose Historical Society was founded by a group of Rio Grande Southern Railroad enthusiasts in Dolores, Colorado as a non-profit corporation in 1987. The purpose of the GGHS is to preserve, restore and operate the Historical Rio Grande Southern Railroad and all necessary equipment, rolling stock, real property, historical sites and buildings.
The Lexington Group
Lexington Group, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization that concentrates on all aspects of transportation history, particularly railroads. The group has been active ever since its founding in the early 1940's. The chief characteristics of the Lexington Group are its informality, its spontaneity, and the fact that it is kept together by a common interest in railway history.
North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA)
NARCOA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and safe, legal operation of railroad equipment historically used for maintenance of way. NARCOA has over 1,800 members worldwide.
St. Louis Chapter, National Railway Historical Society
(St. Louis, MO) Our chapter is seeking donations for a dedicated fund that will cosmetically restore what may be the last remaining Wabash steam engine. As part of our fund raising effort, the Chapter is making available a limited number of Wabash Banner (Highland) pattern replica dinnerware pieces as used in Wabash dining cars from 1947 - 1960.


Catskill Archive
This is an archived copy of Thomas Ehrenreich's Railroad Extra Website.
Dave's Electric Railroads
A collection of electric railroad, interurban, and streetcar photography from many eras.
Dieselpunk is an art style and subculture that blends the aesthetics / pop culture of the 1920s - 1950s with today. To us, the "diesel era" was a time defined by warfare, Art Deco, pulp heroes, swing music, and noir gum shoes. Our goal is to create something unexpected by merging the zeitgeist of the past with the technology and attitude of the future.
Welcome to the online home for the railroad photojournalism of John Dziobko, Jr. He took his first black and white photos in July 1948, and by July 1950 was shooting his first Kodachrome (ASA 10) transparencies. Since then, John has traveled the globe in search of vanishing steam locomotives and their colorful replacements.
Hell Gate Bridge
A view over 1930s Manhattan showing the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River in the distance, the Waldorf-Astoria towers and 230 Park Avenue (Helmsley Building) foreground, Lincoln Building lower right, and a gleaming New York Hospital on the right. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe.
Paulinskill Viaduct
The Paulinskill Viaduct (also known as the Hainesburg Viaduct) was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. It is part of what is known as the Lackawanna Cutoff which shortened the time and grades between Scranton, Pennsylvania and Hoboken, New Jersey. It crosses the Paulins Kill also called the Paulinskill River.
RailPictures.Net was born in December of 2002, and in the time since has grown to be the most visited railroad interest website on the internet. Our Railroad Photo Database, contains 326,277 photos which have been contributed by 5,322 photographers worldwide. Approximately 298 countries are represented in the database, and the large versions of our photos have been viewed 442,753,281 times.
Railroad Picture Archive
This site contains a large collection of railroad pictures. You will find photographs of many different railroads! Browse the collection by locomotives present in the photograph, by the location the photograph was taken, or by locomotive model. Visit the contributor sites to see the collection of an individual contributor.
Some Fictional Locomotives
With some trepidation I introduce a page on wholly fictional locomotives. I don't want anyone thinking that the other Unusual Locomotive exhibits are anything other than real, or, in a few cases, serious projects. However, the offerings here are so bizarre that I think they deserve a little exposure.
Tunkhannock Viaduct
(Nicholson, PA) Steamtown National History Site-Excursion to the Tunkhannock Viaduct. The Tunkhannock Viaduct was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. It was completed in 1915. It is 2,375 feet long and 240 feet high. It crosses the Tunkhannock Creek.
Union Station Photos
(Kansas City, MO) Union Station Photos .com is a collection of train and rail related images, many shot using the multiple flashbulb techniques pioneered by O. Winston Link for his landmark nighttime images of the last days of steam on the Norfolk and Western.
Western Maryland Railway
I have put this website together over the past few years from photos I have taken while hiking along the abandoned railroad. I have always been interested in trains as long as I can remember. I was first interested in the area while in Boy Scouts as we hiked the C&O Canal which closely parallels the WM. I spent mostly all of the time up on the abandoned railroad.

News Media Train Stories

DC Wants Streetcars to Roll by Mid-2013
From The Washington Post, August 22, 2011
Empire State Express Engine Travels at the Rate of 112 1-2 Miles an Hour
Buffalo NY, May 11, 1893, from The New York Times
From Simple Steam to Burly Turbines: 150 Years of Great American Trains
From Wired Insider Magazine, October 26, 2012
Mark Twain train is idle on lot of Metro East restoration company
From STLtoday, Oct 13, 2010
Private rail car owners enjoy yachts on tracks.
From The Washington Post, September 3, 2011
When a Gulfstream V Just Won't Do, Try Riding Like A Rail Baron
From The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2011.


International Railway Journal
International Railway Journal's easy-to-use Online Edition brings the latest news and features from the printed magazine straight to your desktop. The Online Edition is quick to download and easy to navigate, with links between sections, and a comprehensive search function.
Railway Preservation News
Online Magazine of Railway History and Preservation.

Railroad History

California Zephyr Virtual Museum
Welcome to the California Zephyr Virtual Museum, the internet home of the train that became known as the "Silver Lady." The CZ was the grandest, and thus the most famous, way to reach the Golden State and the west. Join us as we remember one of the all-time premier trains, the culmination of the Age of the Streamliners.
Chicago & North Western Historical Society
An Illinois not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the legacy of the C&NW and its predecessor roads since 1973.
The Flaman Boiler Gallery
The Flaman boiler was a means of getting more boiler evaporating surface into a given loading gauge. Engine development had reached the point where boiler diameter, and hence evaporation rate, was limited by the distance between the driving wheels.
History of the New York City Subway
The New York City subway system has been an iconic representation of American metropolitan transportation since its opening in 1904. Subways provide a solution to crowded cityscapes, offer a cheaper alternative to cabs and cars, and allow people to live in one borough and work in another. Woven into books, movies, and popular culture over its hundred-year existence, the New York City subway system has bled into other areas of history while simultaneously creating its own.
Jersey Central Chapter of the NRHS
The Jersey Central Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, NRHS, was formed in 1980 as a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and restoration of railroad and railroad related equipment, structures, photographs and literature.
Lehigh Valley Railroad - 1939
"Travel in comfort to and from THE FAIR... VIEW THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD'S SCENIC ROUTE BETWEEN BUFFALO and NEW YORK -- 'Through Switzerland of American' " This 1939 brochure showcases the World's Fair, and of course encourages you to travel by rail! Have a great trip!
The "John Bull" Steam Locomotive
(Breckenridge, MI) This is the story of a minister who was inspired by the Lionel model to build a lawn-ornament-sized "John Bull" from steel drums.
The MISSABE Railroad Historical Society
The MISSABE Railroad Historical Society (MRHS) is a group of railfans, modelers and rail historians who have banded together for the express purpose of sharing a common interest in the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway, and its predecessors, the Duluth & Iron Range and the Duluth, Missabe & Northern.
Montour Railroad History (and trail)
(Pittsburgh, PA) Montour Railroad History on the site of the Montour Trail - a recreational trail utilizing the old Montour right of way.
National Railway Historical Society (HRHS)
(Philadelphia, PA) The National Railway Historical Society is the leader in rail fun. Whether you enjoy riding railways, operating trains, taking photographs, restoring vintage equipment, preserving and revitalizing railroad structures, writing books or articles on current events, talking about rail history, watching trains, socializing, trainspotting, railfanning, or anything else, there is certainly a place for you in the NRHS.
Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association
The Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (NPRHA) is dedicated to preserving the history of America’s first northern transcontinental railroad. This is done by the nearly 2,000 members of the NPRHA who support research into the operations, equipment, and facilities of the NP and by modeling and publishing the various research findings. is a site dedicated to the history of the New York City Subway system, including photos, maps, and documents.
S. Berliner, III's ALCo - GE - IR Boxcab Pages
There are now more than seventy-five (75) BOXCAB pages see the full INDEX, now on a separate page.
I feel that for each surviving steam locomotive, there exists a unique story about it. I have always been interested in the history of steam locomotives between the time they were retired and where they are today. I find it interesting to hear how they were saved from the scrap yard, or why they were once used in excursion service but then placed in a park. Thus, the growth of this web site.
Theme Trains
Rolling exhibitions, celebrations, specials and trains with a theme.
The Tragic 1895 Train Wreck at the Paris, France, Montparnasse Station
The derailment and wreck of the Granville – Paris Express was on October 22, 1895, after it overran a buffer stop and crashed through a (2 ft) thick wall, shot across an outside terrace and plummeted (30 ft) onto the street below, where it ended up as seen in the photos. Amazingly only two of the 131 passengers and two conductors sustained injuries. Tragically there was one fatality of a woman running a newsstand who was killed instantly by falling masonry. (Photos & Video recreation --Ed.)
The Wreck of the Old 97
The "Old 97" was a Southern Railway mail train, running from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia. The annual mail contract was worth about $3,500,000 in today’s money, but there were stiff penalties for each minute the train was late. On Sunday 27 September 1903, engineer Joseph A. (“Steve”) Broady took over a train at Monroe with an almost new 4-6-0 locomotive (number 1102). But it was a train running an hour late, and Broady was under pressure to make up time...
Union Pacific Railroad Acquires Big Boy Locomotive No. 4014
OMAHA, NEB., JULY 23, 2013 - Union Pacific Railroad today announced it reached an agreement with the Southern California Chapter - Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, Calif., to transfer ownership of one of the world's largest steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014, back to Union Pacific. Union Pacific plans to relocate No. 4014 to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations team will work to restore it to operating condition.

Railroads and Rail Transit Systems in Operation

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
(Dallas, TX) The M-Line's air-conditioned and heated trolleys run 365 days a year, providing local transit service to Dallas' vibrant Uptown Neighborhood. All rides,except charters are FREE.Contributions are welcomed.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
(San Francisco, CA) Operating Historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, electric trolley coaches, and the world famous cable cars, Muni’s fleet is among the most diverse in the world.
Santa Maria Valley Railroad
(Santa Maria, CA) The Santa Maria Valley Railroad, serving the Santa Maria Valley's rail transportation needs since 1911, provides the most efficient, cost effective, and environmentally friendly method to transport products to any location in the continental United States served by our national railroad network. Products can also be transported to Canada and Mexico and to the ports for overseas delivery.
(Chicago, IL) Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc. and its predecessor companies have been serving the railroad industry with crossing warning equipment for over 100 years.


British Railway Bell Codes & Locomotive Head Codes
The following are some of the bell codes used for different types of train by BR that may be of use on a layout. These codes relate to "Headcodes", a distinctive arrangement of lamps or disks on the front of the locomotive indicating the type of train it is pulling.
Locomotive Classification Lights
From Trains Magazine, May, 2006 ABC's of Railroading.

Repair & Restoration

Gateway Rail Services, Inc.
GGateway Rail Services, Inc. is a one-stop shop for all your railcar needs. From minor updates to collision repairs and complete rebuilds – mechanical, electrical, air conditioning, interiors, exteriors – our full-service shop provides it all.

Steam Train Excursions

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
(Abilene, KS) The recently restored #3415 "Pacific" 4-6-2 steam engine will operate for the third season on a limited schedule. Check the events tab for days and times. This engine sat in the Eisenhower Park, Abilene, Kansas for over 40 years, having been retired by Santa Fe in the 1950's. It took over four years to restore the engine, with about 12,000 volunteer hours and the help of two grants.
Austin Steam Train
(Cedar Park, TX) Come join us on a fantastic journey through the Austin Hill Country. Our Hill Country Flyer and Bertram Flyer run nearly every weekend of the year providing riders with a memorable journey on Austin's greatest rail adventure!
Black River & Western Railroad
(Flemington, NJ) The Black River Railroad Historical Trust (BRRHT) is a not-for-profit organization which operates the public passenger trains and events on the Black River & Western Railroad. While we are independent of and not affiliated with the BR&W, we work closely with the railroad in order to fulfill our mission to preserve railroad history and educate the public about railroading. Passenger service currently operates mostly between Ringoes and Flemington, with ocassional trips being offered on other parts of the railroad.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
(Cass, WV) Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life.
Conway Scenic Railroad
(North Conway, NH) 5-6 Valley Train departures daily beginning at 10:30, with lunch served on the 11:30 and 1:30 departures, and dinner served on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday. The Notch Train also runs on these days with two dining car seatings. As always, you can follow us on Facebook for updates and photos.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
(Chama, NM) America's highest and longest narrow gauge scenic railroad, celebrating 40 years of being operated by the states of Colorado and New Mexico as part of our over 100 years of rolling history.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway
(Peninsula, OH) CVSRis one of the oldest, longest, and most scenic tourist excursion railways in the country. It is a private-sector, volunteer supported, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio and Erie Canalway.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum
(Durango, CO) This historic train has been in continuous operation for 128 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
(Essex, CT) Your 2½ hour, narrated journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station. Meander through the countryside aboard vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. At Deep River Landing, you’ll be escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼-hour cruise along the Connecticut River.
East Broad Top
(Rockhill Furnace, PA) Nestled in the hills of south central Pennsylvania is a railroad that time has left behind. When you visit the East Broad Top Railroad today, you will find a ghost railroad, shut down over 50 years ago, but never abandoned. Sitting quietly ever since, the East Broad Top Railroad is a slice of history that, unlike many other small lines, was never torn up.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
(Porthmadog, UK) Two unique narrow gauge railways with a fascinating past and an even more exciting future. Passengers can now travel from Caernarfon through to Blaenau Ffestiniog - some 40 miles of narrow-gauge steam. We provide the best way to experience the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park in the most comfortable narrow gauge carriages in the world.
Heber Valley Railroad
(Heber City, UT) Saddle up for a great summertime activity that combines a train ride with horseback riding. Includes professionally-guided horseback ride, delicious boxed lunch, scenic train ride and return shuttle.
Luxury Steam Train Tours in Canada
The Canadian Rockies Rail experience by steam train takes you back in time through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
(Winchester, UK) This heritage railway was saved from total extinction by a band of enthusiastic volunteers in 1973. They raised enough money to re-open the line as a visitor attraction from Alresford to Ropley in 1977 and continued to raise funds to relay the track to join up with the South West Trains station at Alton by 1985, with our own station buildings on Platform 3.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
(Duluth, MN) History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Each summer equipment from the museum makes the transition from static display to rolling stock on our working railroad. During the season several trains a day depart the historical Union Depot for a trip through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, along the shore of the Lake Superior and deep into the majestic North woods.
Scenic Western Maryland Railroad
(Cumberland, MD) Our restored early 20th century rolling stock steams through the mountains of Western Maryland on a stunning 32 mile round trip between Cumberland and Frostburg from May through December. More than three hundred years of American history are tied together by a ribbon of steel that thrills riders of all ages.
Strasburg Railroad
(Strasburg, MD) That's right, this is a real train operation. Not a make-believe attraction. There are no animated characters. No hired actors. No scripts. Just authentic railroaders with great stories to tell.
Sumpter Valley Railway
(Baker City, OR) When planning a summer visit to northeast Oregon, be sure to add the Sumpter Valley Railroad to your travel itinerary. History comes to life aboard the vintage trains as you travel through the heart of gold country in the scenic Sumpter Valley.
Tweetsie Railroad
(Blowing Rock, NC) Tweetsie Railroad is proud to operate two vintage steam locomotives: the #12 "Tweetsie" and the #190 "Yukon Queen". When you visit Tweetsie Railroad during the operating season, the train will be pulled by one of these historic engines.
Union Pacific Steam
Website for UP steam excursions.
Whippany Railway Museum Excursion Train
(Whippany, NJ) Excursion Train Rides at the Whippany Railway Museum Come Along and Ride This Train... Departing on Six Summer Weekends in 2012.

Train Excursions, Other

American Rail Excursions, Inc.
American Rail Excursions, Inc. is a company specializing in nostalgic rail, overland cruises aboard our private rail passenger cars that have been painstakingly restored to better than original condition and reflects railroading's golden age.
Belfast & Mooshead Lake Railway
(Belfast, ME) The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railway offers weekend and holiday round trip execursions starting May 28 through Mid October, 2011. Trains depart this year (round trip) from Upper Bridge Station. Trains depart at 11 am and 2 pm on trips lasting about 1 hour.
The Post Office Railway (Mail Rail)
Take a 15-minute journey under the streets of London. Descend into the former engineering depot of Mail Rail – the one hundred year old Post Office railway – board a miniature train into the original tunnels.
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
(Osceola, WI) The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway railway provides a truly unique opportunity for kids of all ages to view the scenic St. Croix River Valley.
Society of International Railway Travelers
Since 1983, we've been offering luxury, first-class and steam rail tours with The World's Top 25 Trains in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. Please travel with us on one of our fabulous train trips!


3685 Horsepower Steam Locomotive in 1928
Building a mamouth new locomotive in 1928. From pattern shop to the rails at the Angus Shops of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Montreal. The most powerful sream locomotive in the British Empire.
C57D51's Chanel
C57D51's YouTube channel of Japanese train videos.
Cars On Rails
The Top Gear boys try to make train travel cheaper, faster and more interesting by attaching a series of caravans to a modified car.
Galloping Goose 5
Cab ride, runby on D&SNGRR high line. Built by the Rio Grande Southern in the depression (1933) to operate rail traffic without the expense of steam locomotives and crews. Originally built out of a Pierce Arrow touring car the body and engine were replaced in the late 40's with a war surplus Wayne bus body and a big GMC 352 cubic inch 6 cylinder gasoline truck engine.
Gridmaster6's Channel
Gridmaster6's YouTube channel of train videos.
How Close to a Train Track Can You Set Up a Vegetable Market?
The title says it all... A very cool short video.
How Track is Laid Today
The incredible tie-spacing, track-laying, ballasting machine.
Pentrex Railroad Videos
Pentrex's YouTube channel of professional railroad videos. "Offering the finest in railroad entertainment."
Riding on "Best Friend of Charleston"
A home movie depicting a ride on the "Best Friend of Charleston" -- a historic re-creation of the first steam railroad locomotive built entirely in the United States. This reproduction was built in 1928 to celebrate the centennial of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad. The excursion depicted in the film took place in North East, PA on September 27, 1986.
South Jersey Trains- Late February 2016
The main highlight in this extra February edition is the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 'Blue Unit' (there is also a 'Red Unit' train that travels the country and the 'Gold Unit' act that travels by truck) circus train. The entire train is shown in the video at a new location for me- Laurel Hill in Philadelphia.

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