Resources & other Links of Interest

Here you can find everything else! A variety of other resources for model railroading in O gauge and any other scale. Podcasts, a directory of over 17,000 rail related Web sites, the O Gauge railroading forum community, more. Got a suggestion for us ?

Train collecting tips – what you should know

tcalogblA great link to The Train Collectors Association Western Division Web site, which also includes links to information on many of the best known and most obscure manufacturers. Check out the Train collecting tips page here: 

Explore model railroad construction and layout options

Here’s another great collection of links to articles, magazine and PDFs regarding all aspects of model railroad construction.

Protecting your Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Here’s a compilation of great links and resources from various sources to help us care for, clean and protect our models. Specific links and tips for model railroads, model cars and model aircraft that we all like to use to enhance the visual appeal of our train layouts.

Fun with your Model Railroad – Popular Mechanics Press 1949

Thanks to member Martin Howbold for this great item, a gem jam packed full of great information still useful and relevant today!

Originally published in 1949 by Popular Mechanics Press Little Library of Useful Information, Number 127. This illustrated ‘Postwar’ reference features: Tricks with Track Layouts, Multiple Train Controls, forming Track from Tin Cans, Constructing Thermal Relays, Switching Tips, Giving Locomotives Extra Power, Rerailing Tongs and more!

View or download it here.

Toy Trains of Yesteryear – The Trains of Lionel’s Standard Gauge Era

Thanks to member Martin Howbold for this wonderful Carstens Publication from 1964, detailing the history and offerings of Lionel Standard Gauge in the early 1900’s. The entire 36 page original is reproduced here in 7 parts.

Part 1 – view or download: Introduction, early Lionel trolleys, early steam locomotives.
Part 2 – view or download: Lionel Classic Period steam type locos, Early Period electric type locomotives.
Part 3 – view or download: Lionel Classic Period electric locomotives, 10 Series freight cars.
Part 4 – view or download: 200 Series freight cars, 100 Series freight cars, 500 Series freight cars.
Part 5 – view or download: Lionel small early series passenger cars, Ives cars, large passenger cars.
Part 6 – view or download: Classic Period passenger cars, large passenger cars.
Part 7 – view or download: Standard gauge accessories, back cover.

Surviving steam locomotives in Canada (and around the world).

map-canadaCanadian National 4-8-2 Mountain #6015, built in 1923, on static display in Jasper, AB

Canadian National 4-8-2 Mountain #6015, built in 1923, on static display in Jasper, AB

Are you trying to locate an existing steam locomotive, in Canada? North America, the world? The Surviving Steam Locomotive Database would be a good place to begin your search. The Surviving Steam Locomotive Database can be navigated by state, class, wheel arrangement, railroad, gauge, or locomotive builder.

Model Railroad Academy


The destination for the most extensive collection of model railroad how-to videos, techniques, insight and inspiration. Your guide is Allen Keller — master model railroad builder and industry pioneer. Begin your adventure today!

Notch 6 – Podcast and Web site dedicated to O Gauge Trains


Thanks to CTTA Member Tom Modica for finding this one! Notch 6 is the first and only Podcast (online radio) show dedicated to the world of O gauge trains. Since launching in 2013 this monthly show has covered breaking news and featured in depth interviews with many of the leading authorities in the O gauge market. Previous guests have included Richard Kughn, Mike Wolf, Howard Hitchcock, Richard Maddox, Bruce Greenberg, Michael Broggie, and others.

Tandem Associates

Since 1996, Tandem Associates has been an online resource for Lionel and American Flyer electric train collectors and operators. Featuring great Lionel toy train screen savers, 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.

Lionel Steam Locomotive & Tender matching guide.

Match up those Lionel steam engines and tenders with this handy guide. Thanks to the members of the O Gauge Railroading Form, we’re happy to publish a Prewar and Postwar reference. Use the links here to find the proper tender for your locomotive. Or the proper locomotive for that tender!

Lionel Prewar Engine & Tender Guide Part 1 – Locomotive numbers 201 – 1684
Lionel Prewar Engine & Tender Guide Part 2 – Locomotive numbers 225 – 1684
Download complete spreadsheet

Lionel Postwar Engine & Tender Guide Part 1 – Locomotive numbers 221 – 671
Lionel Postwar Engine & Tender Guide Part 2 – Locomotive numbers 675 – 1872
Lionel Postwar Engine & Tender Guide Part 3 – Locomotive numbers 1882 – 6110
Download complete spreadsheet

From the TCA book : Lionel Trains ‘Standard of the World’ 1900 ~ 1943, pages 110, 111, & 112.

Charles Cooper’s Railway Pages – Toy Train Track museum and exhibit


A fascinating display of toy train sectional track from the earliest 2 and 3 rail tinplate track.  It is devoted to a representative display of toy train and model railway track as it has evolved and diversified from over 100 years ago. It has been designed to include all gauges from Standard Gauge/Gauge 2 all the way through N to T. It includes all major manufacturers and a selection of secondary ones, and a cross-section of all types of trackwork and track formations produced over the years.

And there’s lots more! Charles’ site is full of great information and and historical research on CN, CP, Ontario railways and MANY other aspects of the model railroading hobby and prototypical railway operations. Check it the entire site here:

The Internet Railroad Directory – Guide to 17,000 Rail Related Websites:

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O Gauge Railroading Magazine online forum: 

The OGR On-Line Forum is one the largest and busiest O Gauge discussion group Web sites on the Internet, with over 5 million pages served every month! A great source for 2-rail and 3-rail modeling.

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The O-Gauge Hobbyist – News, ideas, tips, discussion forum:

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World’s Greatest Hobby – Your Guide to the World of Model Trains.


Structurally Sound – Custom Model Building Services

Stu Jackes MBS
I’m Canadian Toy Train Association member Stuart Jackes. I provide model building services, specializing in Model Railroad Craftsman Structures and Buildings.

I custom build models for those who don’t have time, inclination, ability or just plain don’t have the desire to do it for themselves. It doesn’t matter if it is a craftsman type or it’s styrene, I just love to build. That said, I do admit a certain fondness for wood kits….

Building Services: If you are interested E-mail me via the contact page and we can discuss the particulars. The pricing is fair, kits costs, a mark-up and my time. If you want more details added to the kit, call me, we can discuss that as well.

Check out my Web site for contact info and for pictures and samples of my builds!