Organizations and Links

Boy Scouts of America Railroading Merit Badge

Boy Scouts of America Railroading Merit Badge requirements.

Link to a handy workbook for the merit badge. A wookbook is not a requirement. It does make the process easy to follow.

Schultz Space Coast Trains

Schultz Space Coast Trains

Train Show held in Melbourne Florida on the first Saturday of March, June, September and December each year. Our modular club displays a working layout at each show. There are other live displays and tables of treasures for the model railroad and toy train hobby.

Glossary of North American railway terms on Wikipedia

Glossary of North American railway terms

This page contains a list of terms, jargon, and slang used to varying degrees by railfans and railroad employees in the United States and Canada. Although not exhaustive, many of the entries in this list appear from time to time in specialist, rail-related publications. Inclusion of a term in this list does not necessarily imply its universal adoption by all railfans and railroad employees, and there may be significant regional variation in usage.

Download a copy in PDF as it was on July 23, 2018
Atlantic Coast S Gaugers

Atlantic Coast S Gaugers

Baltimore Area American Flyer Club

The S Scale Herald
an online magazine service of
The Penn Western Railroad

This on-line magazine is devoted to S Scale. American Flyer has its own separate page. We welcome any contributions as this website is devoted to the advancement of model railroading in general and 1:64 modeling in particular. HO, N, and O scales are well represented in other media while S scale is largely ignored and not considered a "major" scale. We are out to dispel that notion.
American Flyer Displays

Dale Smith has just finished a complete revision of the NMRA web site. It now has over 200 pages of information.

Howard Lamey has a site with many interesting parts. This page shows the process of making a tinplate car using home tools.
It is worth a good look and is a nice complement
to the wraps and full-side decals that we can make using our computers.

Graeme Eldred has a very nice reference site for O-Gauge Trains. He uses the name "Binns Road". It is certainly worth your time to visit that site and to poke around a bit.

Click to visit

Groups.IO Groups are free. They provide a way to converse with other list members and to share photos, ideas, experiences, opinions and other clubby stuff with like-minded folks.

If you join one and don't like it,
you can always leave it.
Click to visit the Marx trains Group on Groups.IO Click to cisit the Toy Trains Mailing List Group on Groups.IO
Handy reference for Marx Trains especially HO Scale

Visit Steve Winter's handy reference for Marx Trains - especially HO-Scale

Visit a history site for the Great Northern Railway

Visit this site for some information on the history of the Great Northern Railway

Thanks to Julie Loomis and her children's group for the information.

All Aboard Fasttrackers - A system of squares for trains
These folks are active in Southern California. They have a design for 20-inch square modules that way only about 6 pounds. The system is very flexible. It allows for O-Gauge trains, of course, and for other gauges as well to be tucked into spaces on the squares.
Train Collectors Association Southern Division Train Collectors Association National Model Railroad Association
Handy Layout Plans including Micro Layouts
Thor's Trains
Carolwood Pacific Historical Society An interesting essay on the history of American Railroads.
target="_blank" Paul Yorke’s S-Trains and S-Scale Home
San Diego S-Gaugers
Visit a history site for several railroads

Visit this site for information on the history of Texas railroads and some other interesting subjects. My thanks to Nathan & Brittney"

Marx Tilt Coupler

The silicon underground is Dave Farquhar's blog: Marx couplers explained. Marx made five different types of couplers between 1934 and 1974. If you've never seen Marx couplers explained, here's how to identify and use them together.

Dave also has an essay on repair of Marx Reverse Units.

"When it comes to Marx repairs, the reverse unit is the end of the innocence. Motor repairs are rather easy; reverse unit repair can be as hard as you want it to be."

Click here to visit Paul Yorke's site with a ton of information and links to S-Scale trains

This site includes a collection of articles about the hobby and parts of it. Worth a browse or two. Thanks to Shane and Molly for pointing it out.
Understanding Model Train Maintenance

A Handy Reference by Sean Spencer
Trolley and Streetcar History
Petosky Trolley St. Augustine Trolley Key West Trolley
Click here to visit a page of handy information about trolley and streetcar history.
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