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CLUB WEB SITES (OVERSEAS)
Snapshot: The Platelayers

THE PLATELAYERS
This website, based in the Greater Toronto Area of Southern Ontario, represents about 100 enthusiasts. We are probably best known for our bi-annual show:- The Great British Train Show which is the only exclusively British show in North America. Why not drop over and investigate our site. We try to have useful information available !


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COUPLER CONVERSIONS
Snapshot: Magnetic Couplers for British 4mm

MAGNETIC COUPLERS FOR BRITISH 4MM from CHRIS ELLIS
From an article in Issue 23 and 24 of MODEL TRAINS INTERNATIONAL detailing a method of using the Kadee NEM type couplers for British Outline stock from Bachmann, Mainlaine, Replica, Airfix, Hornby and Dapol wagons.

Snapshot: More notes on using Kadees on British stock

MORE NOTES ON USING KADEES ON BRITISH STOCK from PETER BARTON
Notes and experiences from a modeller who has been through the changeover.


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DIGITAL COMMAND CONTROL
Snapshot: Using DCC in Model Railways

USING DCC IN MODEL RAILWAYS from John Russell
Although this is a commercial website and I do not normally include commercial links here, John has collected together some excellent information and further links on Installations and CV settings that even I find this page very useful. The work John has put in here to support DCC is higlhy commendable.


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FOR BEGINNERS
Snapshot: General Model Railway Information

GENERAL MODEL RAILWAY INFORMATION from Martin Hollebone
We would like to share and pass on any help we can to anybody wanting to start in model railways. The details and information have come from many years in the hobby and from the friends we made while owning a Model Shop in Wellingborough. We hope you find it of interest.

Snapshot: Missenden Railway Modellers

MISSENDEN RAILWAY MODELLERS from David Brandreth
Railway modelling courses for everybody. Great accommodation, excellent company and the best tutors in the hobby.

Snapshot: Model Railway Trains

MODEL RAILWAY TRAINS from Danny Ashton
A blog aimed at BEGINNERS looking to learn more about model railways.

Snapshot: ModelWikiRail

MODELWIKIRAIL from Mike Shaw
A model railway wiki database, editable by anyone. Also a unique custom search engine, powered by google, for only searching model sites.

Snapshot: New Railway Modellers

NEW RAILWAY MODELLERS from SIMON UFF
An interesting website giving information for prospective new recruits to the hobby of Railway Modelling. There is plenty of advice, hints and tips for the new modeller and even some new tricks for old modellers like me. What I especially like is the refreshing coverage of some of those items that many of us take for granted and it is excellent to see these actually written down somewhere at last. So if you are new to the hobby you cannot go far wrong by visiting Simon's website.


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GWR MODELLING
Snapshot: GWR Modelling

GWR MODELLING from MIKKEL FUNDER
An excellent source of links and information for modellers of the Great Western Railway. Including lists of available models and kits, liveries from 1900 to 1948, and extensive listings of GWR-related web sites.

Snapshot: The Great Western Archive

THE GREAT WESTERN ARCHIVE from JOHN DANIEL
A superb listing of Great Western Stations, Locomotives, Coaches, Signal Boxes, History and loads more.


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HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Snapshot: Historical Model Railway Society

HISTORICAL MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY from HMRS
This superb organisation needs no introduction from me. A comprehensive site for all UK Railway Modellers, Historians and Enthusiasts.


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LAYOUT CONSTRUCTION
Snapshot: FreeTrackPlans

FREETRACKPLANS from Tom Davidson
Free Model Railway Track Layout Plans, for your railroad or train set. Designs, ideas, layouts, and prototype drawings of UK rail stations.

Snapshot: Layout Hints & Tips

LAYOUT HINTS & TIPS from Brian Lambert
Covers baseboard construction, layout wiring, simple electronic circuits, DCC, personal layouts, scenics and general Hints & Tips

Snapshot: Randomly generated brick wall prints

RANDOMLY GENERATED BRICK WALL PRINTS from Derrick Stapleford
I had started to build a model train layout in the garden shed, (the first time I have tried such a thing). I tell people that it is for the grandchildren's entertainment, but it's as much for mine if I'm honest. Anyway - in the course of events I found myself wanting a print of brickwork in OO scale, so I searched the internet and found some. I needed to create a long wall so I printed several copies of the bricks I had downloaded to paste side by side along the wall. Now, whilst the brickwork on a single print is random enough, when you paste several prints of the same print along a wall, you get a repeated pattern - I needed a way of getting several files with the same bricks but with different patterns. It occurred to me that I could possibly write a program that generated random brick patterns. This site is my attempt at programming such a thing. PDF files are generated using images of real bricks selected at random from the brick set that you choose.

Snapshot: Waverley Bridge

WAVERLEY BRIDGE from Tom Davidson
4mm scale railway model of Edinburgh Waverley station, with photos showing each stage of construction. Also reviews of Hornby and Bachmann model railway locos.


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LAYOUT WEBSITES
Snapshot: Badger Creek Lumber Company

BADGER CREEK LUMBER COMPANY from PAUL TEMPLAR
A superbly crafted On30 American logging layout that also has plenty of excellent tips and advice for all modellers. A definite must-see website.

Snapshot: Bath Green Park

BATH GREEN PARK from TAUNTON MODEL RAILWAY GROUP
A working scale model of the line which ran from Bath Green Park station to the junction where the Somerset & Dorset route turned off towards the south and the Midland line continued on towards Bristol and the North.

Snapshot: Blair Atholl towards Drumochter

BLAIR ATHOLL TOWARDS DRUMOCHTER from JOHN and IAN McCREADIE
Here's a cracking layout website for you. Based on the Highland Main Line in Scotland from where it crosses the River Tilt, through the village of Blair Atholl and northwards it has some excellent scenery as you would expect from a Scottish line.

Snapshot: Layouts in Miniature

LAYOUTS IN MINIATURE from KEN JONES
Ken Jones has been modelling in N Gauge and Z Gauge for some years. Find some of his more famous (notorious!) layouts on his web site. How much track does fit into an A4 Boxfile? Have you got a suitcase lying around? Where does one aquire an ice cream tray from? All these answers and many more on the web site.

Snapshot: STROLEY CENTRAL / INTERNATIONAL

STROLEY CENTRAL / INTERNATIONAL from STEVE BOLEY
Modern Image layout. The original layout features five different eras / areas of operation, with masses of photographic evidence. It was also featured in MODEL RAIL (Issue 103, Spring '07). The new layout is under construction with plenty of detail / photos and also contains my "H.I.D.I." (How I Did It) section on the website. Surf in and enjoy.


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LOCOMOTIVE INFORMATION
Snapshot: First Generation DMU's

FIRST GENERATION DMU'S from THE RAILCAR ASSOCIATION
The Railcar Association is formed of owners of preserved multiple units. This site is dedicated to the history, technology and preservation of first generation DMUs.


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MAGAZINE INDEXES
Snapshot: Magazine Index

MAGAZINE INDEX from The Gauge 'O' Guild
The Gauge 'O' Guild's searchable index is seperated by Category, Type and Railway Company and covers much of the popular Model press from 1970 to 2000.

Snapshot: Model Rail Magazine Index

MODEL RAIL MAGAZINE INDEX from Adrian Hall, Brian Martin, Ian Murray and Mark Pat
An index of what we hope are all the important articles and pieces of information in this magazine. Ongoing development, research and editing on every issue from #1 to the present day.

Snapshot: SR Articles Magazine Index

SR ARTICLES MAGAZINE INDEX from Michael Field
A personal collection of magazine entries covering the SOUTHERN RAILWAY it's predecessors and successors.


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MODELLING FORUMS
Snapshot: Model Railways and Roads Zone  (MRRZ)

MODEL RAILWAYS AND ROADS ZONE (MRRZ) from Rob Forster
New Forum dedicated to model & real railways plus model & real buses. We believe we are bringing a 'breath of fresh air' to modelling Forums as we have no commercial ties and are fully independent.

Snapshot: Model Train Forum

MODEL TRAIN FORUM from Christian Braun
We are an online community of Model Railroaders. With almost 3500 members, we are one of that largest online communities dedicated to Model Trains. The community is divided into smaller sub-communities according to the gauge they model. We have communities for G,HO,O,N and Z scales. The members are ever helpful and provide expert advise on modelling issues.

Snapshot: nScale.net

NSCALE.NET from Bryan Harries
The largest continuously running 'N' scale only forum on the web, with over 5000 global members... This is a very friendly and helpful "community" feel site.


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PAINTING AND SCENERY TECHNIQUES
Snapshot: Artwho9 Figure Painting

ARTWHO9 FIGURE PAINTING from Mark Dixon
A commercial website consisting of galleries of painted wargames figures and models. Great examples of figure painting but would benefit from tips and techniques articles.

Snapshot: Painting Techniques for Figures and Structures

PAINTING TECHNIQUES FOR FIGURES AND STRUCTURES from BRIAN FAYLE
Perfect miniature scenes on layouts need figures in them, and this is THE way to achieve the professional look. With over 35 years of modelling experience Brian describes a unique & straight forward way in which you can paint figures to look like real people. With plenty of images to show the results, this is a must visit site.

QUICK TECHNIQUES FOR PAINTING BELIEVABLE MINIATURE from AIDAN CAMPBELL
Professional military figure sculptor and painter Aidan Campbell offers a thorough and comprehensively illustrated guide, giving quick and easy techniques for painting believable miniature figures for model railways. Showing how even a beginner can easily achieve results just like a professional.

Snapshot: Stationcolours.info

STATIONCOLOURS.INFO from Peter Smith
This web site is a resource for railway modellers wanting information about the liveries used on British railway buildings.


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PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCES
Snapshot: Diesel & Electric

DIESEL & ELECTRIC from Tony Hoffman
A website dedicated to the diesel & electric period from 1970s onwards. Photos and articles including overviews of my recent journeys plus sections relating to diesel & electric modelling.

Snapshot: Rail Pictures

RAIL PICTURES from Thomas Wendt
Rail Pictures from all over the world.

Snapshot: Railway Pictures

RAILWAY PICTURES from REBECCA NORTHWOOD
An online gallery dedicated to the work of ANTHONY NORTHWOOD, who passed away in 1997. Like many rail enthusiasts Tony was dedicated to his hobby, travelling all over the world gathering together an extensive collection of railway photos and memorabilia.

Snapshot: The Lens of Sutton Association

THE LENS OF SUTTON ASSOCIATION
The classic Railway Photographic collection of over 70,000 historic photographs.

Snapshot: The Signal Box

THE SIGNAL BOX from JOHN HINSON
Probably the largest collection of photographs and information on UK Signal Boxes on the internet.


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PRODUCT REVIEWS
Snapshot: Railway Review

RAILWAY REVIEW from Tom Davidson
User reviews of Hornby, Bachmann, and Heljan model railway locos and equipment. OO gauge steam, diesel, electric and DCC equipment.


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SCALE MODELLING - 16MM
Snapshot: The Rickety Shed Light Railway

THE RICKETY SHED LIGHT RAILWAY from RICHARD STONE
The continuing story of a 16mm scale live steam garden railway.


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SCALE MODELLING - 4MM
Snapshot: How to Scratchbuild your own Overhead Catenary System

HOW TO SCRATCHBUILD YOUR OWN OVERHEAD CATENARY SYSTEM from ALASTAIR THOMPSON
This article first appeared in the July 2003 edition of Model Rail in the Reader to Reader Q&A section.


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SCALE MODELLING - 7MM
Snapshot: 7m:1ft - O Gauge - Railway Modelling

7M:1FT - O GAUGE - RAILWAY MODELLING from RAYMOND WALLEY
A website designed to showcase "O" Gauge, 7mm railway modelling; review kits books & components and to promote the Gauge "O" Guild. It also describes models Raymond has built and provides a way for others to commission work from me.

Snapshot: 7mm Heaven

7MM HEAVEN from ANDREW MARTIN
An enthusiasts site about modelling in 7mm with a focus on the Scottish Highland lines during the 1970's.


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SOUTHERN RAILWAY MODELLING
Snapshot: Southern E-Group Pages

SOUTHERN E-GROUP PAGES from SOUTHERN E-MAIL GROUP
A website containing everything you could possily wish to know about the Southern Railway including its predecessors and successors.

Snapshot: Southern Railways Group

SOUTHERN RAILWAYS GROUP from SRG
Formed over 40 years ago to study and disseminate information about the Southern Railway, British Railways (Southern Region), its successors and minor railways in southern England.

Snapshot: Steve's Railway Pages

STEVE'S RAILWAY PAGES from STEVE CHAPMAN
A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED website containing plenty of Modelling articles, a Glossary of both Prototype and Model railway terms, a definitive list of Scales in again both Protoype and Model form, a reference list of all SOUTHERN RAILWAY engines in the 1960's, and more...

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11 May, 2016

 

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