Links provided in this
section are known to be those which provide railroad prototype or modeling
resources, to provide our members and visitors with quick access to this information.
These links do not represent any official endorsement of or promotion by the
Suncoast Model Railroad Club nor do we take any responsibility for the accuracy
of their official content,
editorial biases, operational policies or marketing promises.
Online--Their goal isto preserve
the history of the California Zephyr passenger
train, by providing a comprehensive resource of
reliable information, drawn from records and
documentation, artifacts, mementos, and
personal knowledge, contributed from various
RR Models - NEW!
in accurately detailed custom painted models of the Norfolk Southern RR, its
predecessor railroads, "Fallen Flag" railroads, leased locomotives, and weathered
freight cars. Our models of 2nd generation and contemporary railroad equipment
are inspired and produced from prototype photographs for HO and N scale modelers
who desire prototype fidelity.
by one of our own - Bob DeStephano.
Lewis - Model Bridge Construction -NEW!
Railroad Bridges offers custom-built structures that are
produced to the
specifications. All varieties are
available, from wood to steel to concrete,
or any combination.
All of our club's HO scale bridges are products of Dan's skillset.
A Beginner's Guide To Model Cars
good resource for anyone new to building models
of any kind, not just trains.
This site covers various aspects of building models,
including toy and model cars,
scale model vehicles,
choosing materials and techniques. - Thank you to
Kayla Russell and the kids at the Children's Cancer Center
of Northern Vermont for the link.
such things as handrails, distances
between tracks, clearances, and other
things all in one spot for easier reference.
link takes you to a conversion chart
is a quick reference for changing scales.
Calculations and Charts
calculating grades on model railroad layouts.
of car weights for
various car lengths (N
of diesel locomotives in chronological order as
they were produced up until 1989
Car Brochure Resource
If you need graphics for
period billboards or
dealership signs this site is a tremendous
Radio Communications Live
This fascinating site will let you
listen in live to the railroad radio
communications from strategic rail centers
across America. Your webmaster listened
in to the BNSF in the Vancouver/Columbia
River Area, WA --Give this a try!
Watching in Paradise
FLORIDA RAILFAN LOCATIONS BY REGION
INCLUDING RAILFAN ROUTES!!
He's not one of our club
members, but this
modeler's personal site will challenge
whatever you thought you already knew
about weathering and custom building.
Divizio -- ModelTrainsWeathered.com
This site is a fascinating collection of expert weathering tips, tricks and
techniques by Rich, who is a master at this aspect of model railroading. If
you want to take weathering to the pro level, Rich is someone to study!
Focused Layout Designs
This is an interesting resource
for layout planners.
many layouts and yard drawings are available
here to study and incorporate into your own
This site is a unique resource if you've ever given any thought to a coboose
of your own.
Photo Archive Links:
West of Denver
This site is a must for
railfans of the Rocky
Mountains. The site features high quality images- there are 757 full sized
photos on the website. Recommend that you browse a bit. I suspect that there
is some pretty good stuff that you have not yet seen.
Need pix of anything BNSF, you're likely to find them on this site.
Photo Archives --1985-1995
Need pix of
anything PRE-BNSF, you're likely to find them on this site.
Fallen Flag Photo
This isn't a flashy site, but it is well organized and easy to get to the
photos of many fallen flag railroads. If you haven't found it yet, this is
the place to look.
Realistic Names for your Model Railroad
Towns, and Industries.
Car Type Codes
If operation is of interest to you, this site
covers the codes assigned to each type
of car, for use on waybills. Doug Trueblood
put this together from the 1989 OER.The site
also has some other interesting resoources
site has a host of listings including
a listing for this site. You'll find a myriad of
categories and a comprehensive
(255 character) discription of each site.
Caution: you could spend days following
links on this site, but a connection to an
exhaustive set of links. Have fun!!!
Your Own Layout
--from time to time we get a million questions
about building a personal layout. There are
many books on different aspects, but here's a
link that provides a wealth of information free
of charge, on-line from a 50-year veteran in
the hobby who continues to build better
layouts. Paul Templar's work has also been
featured in Model Railroading
Model Railroad News
The Narrow Gauge &
48/ft. O Scale
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide
The Grand Scales Quarterly
The 7+ Railroader
Steam in the Garden
Railroading Index Resources
The Model Train Magazine
National Model Railroad Association
N-Trak Modular Railroading
Association of S Gaugers
Mid-Continent Region (MCoR)
Midwest Region (MWR)
Niagara Frontier Region
North Central Region
Pacific Coast Region
Northwest Region (PNR)
Southwest Region (PSR)
Lakes Region (TLR)
Regional Newsletters or Magazines
North Central Region
Railfan & Railroad
The Railroad Press
Rail Travel News
of the D&RGW
The Engine Shop
Modeling and Historical Associations
Grande Modeling & Historical Society
Zephyr Virtual Museum
River Rail Society
and SAL Railroads Historical Society
Steam Locomotive Works
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical
the Trains in Florida
Gulf Coast Railroad Museum
Dora & Lake Eustis Railway
Industry Trade Publications
American Train Shows
& On-line Clinics
Types and Sounds
Carl on SuperTrees
Carl on Basic Scenery
of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen --Links
to Major Railroads
call 1-800-422-6222 for a merchandise catalog
Retirement Board --Links to Most Railroad Employment Sites
North Florida Railroad Institute Freight Conductor Program
Mining and Narrow Gauge
Creek Railroad--HOn and On30 Layouts and clinics
in the Woods--
includes over 1400 historic logging railroad, eqiupment and operations photos.
Narrow Gauge Circle--Heading to Colorado on Vacation?
This site will help you determine where to find the remnants of famous narrow
Valley Models--On30 Resources
Railroad Design software from Sandia Software
3rd Plan it--Model
Railroad CAD design software from Eldorado
Track--Freeware track design software from Atlas
this site features more than 30 colors of shoe
mixing just the right color in your stain washes.
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