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CLUBS

Clubs local to Nutmeg Area

DECALS and etc.

Logos, emblems and decals for finishing models

ELECTRICAL

Radio and electronic parts and suplies

ENGINE

Engines, DCC, motors, service and controls

INFORMATION

Various source of information that might come in handy

MISCELANIOUS

Interesting links that do not fit other categories

ORGANIZATIONS

Sites related to the Model Railroading Hobby

PARTS

Parts and raw materials

PROTOTYPE

12” to the foot railroading for your travels

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Professional modeling services

SOFTWARE

Site for the hi-tech or computer oriented

TOOLS

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    Links to Nutmeg member layouts and websites

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The following links are made available to members of the Nutmeg Division for the viewing pleasure and use of its members.  If you have a favorite sight or would like to see any changes, additions or corrections, please contact us at the Nutmeg Division. These links are presented on an 'as is' basis. Please note that we can not be responsible for accuracy or content of any sight not under our direct control

 

This page now contains over 90 links and is growing.  If you can’t find what you want here, let us know and we’ll try to find it.       HELP FIND

 

 

 

This month’s Featured Link comes from

 Frograil’s Wood products facility - animated GIFs

You have to see this if nothing else!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUBS

Amherst Railway Society – Sponsors of various shows in the Amherst, Ma area.  See also the SIG Amherst Belt Line for modular layouts and extensive link list.

Connecticut G Scalers - G Scale, Garden Railroading, links to members

 

Connectucut S scalersS Scale modular layouts.  American Flyer, Scale modelrs and Hirailers

Ferroequinologists -  O Scale, Club layout inside store (Train Exchange or Time Machine) 71 Hilliard Street, Manchester, CT

Harford Associates for Railroad Modelingmulti-scale group to design and operate in the Hartford area. Three HARM layouts, Dave Renard's Sylvania Central, Steve Fisher's Deep Run RR and Alan Anderson's Kristenville and Michelleville RR will be featured on a layout tour during the July 2006 National Model Railroad Association Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts – modelers Meets monthly for discussions on prototype in Boston Area.  Prototype tours, shows, parade.

Mohegan Pequot Model RR Club - HO, N, O, On3 (modular)  Meets 2nd & 4th Sun at 7:30pm.  Contact: Bill Paradis,  P.O. Box 276, Westbrook, CT 06498     Layout: Bill Memorial Library, Rt. 117, Ledyard, CT

North Shore Model Railroad Club – Wakefield Ma HO club open weekly to public.  Shows, active club layout

Pioneer Valley – Live steam club with ¾ in and 1in scale loops in Southwick, Mass

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DECALS and ETC.

 

Evans Designs – Software to generate signs, windows, wall textures etc and related papers.

Great Decals – Decal suppliers. Links to several vendors for conventional decals, dry transfers, supplies and information

Griffin Decals – Authentic decals extracted directly from builder’s photographs 1880-1930.  Photographs, generic and custom sets available.  Site hosted by Great Decals.

Micro-Mark – Small tools for the modeler Including Papers, varnishes and decal softeners designed for the do-it-yourself modeler who wants to make his own decals.  Kits available for both inkjet and laser printers

Microscale Decals – thin-film Decal sets for modern equipment.  Also does custom work from scratch or camera ready.  Resident Artist for custom designs

Rail Graphics – Large assortment of generic and basic decals for wide variety of car styles.  Also does custom work from scratch or camera ready.

Railroad Paint Shop – Source for paint schemes (prototype and imaginary) for engines and equipment. Schematics also great for detailing equipment

 

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ELECTRICAL

Digi-Key – On-line or phone source for virtually any electrical component.  Fast, good prices, excellent service department.  Site easy to navigate Current catalogue over 1400 pages .

JameCoInexpensive and Bargain electronic components and projects.  Great for beginners and learning.  Some products may be outdated and/or discontinued items.

  Tony’s Train Exchange – DCC and a wide variety of accessories including sound, switch machine control, speedometers, cameras, publications.  Some devices manufactured in house.  Re-motor and re-gear repair services available

 

 

 

 

ENGINES

    Brass Locomotive Company – Large selection of brass cars and locomotives.  Painted models are a bit expensive but also a number of unpainted models at reaaonable prices.

    Caboose, TheConnecticut store dealing in exclusively new or previously owned brass models.  Internationall mail order. Limited engine repair.  Not easy to find but worth the effort.

    Caboose Hobbies – Wide variety of brass.  Also DCC

 

    Tony’s Train Exchange – DCC and a wide variety of accessories including sound, switch machine control, speedometers, cameras, publications.  Some devices manufactured in house.  Re-motor and re-gear repair services available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION.

 

Modeler’s Corner – (Mike and Jimmy Tylick) – Various subjects of interest for modelers ranging from Cloud painting to DCC

ModelRailroad Technical Information and Prototype Technical info for ModelRailroaders – A great complement to NMRA’s recomended practices with a lot of general information for both prototype and modeling information respcectivly.  A must read.  At least see what they have to offer.

National Sex Offender Registry – Yes, I know that this may seem out of place here but the maps used on this sight seem to be quite old and show a lot of tracks you don’t see on modern maps today.  Great for research on old right-of-ways.

Paliz Bay railway & Navigation Co. - Here is how to create and trade e-passes with a gallery of many fine examples.

Radio Reference.com – This site shows how you can use the WIKI downloadable database in several ways to find frequencies used by various railroads and/or locations.  A good place to start is RAILROAD but there are several other pages to find what you need.  Find frequencies by railroad or Railroad by frequencies.

Subway Page – World Gateway to Subways of the world including Boston and New York.  Maps, fairs and everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about subways (not easy to navigate but everything is there.)

Tried & True Trains – A lot of interesting information on DCC. Some information may be outdated.  Also a number of other modeling links including tips on background treatment by Mike and Jimmy Tylick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELANIOUS

   Checks with Railroad theme - Make bill paying a bit more interesting using checks with railroad theme.  Both steam and diesel themes available.      

   Custom Display Cases – Variety of sizes and styles to display your train models.  Stackable.  Mirror back. Easy Cleaning. Custom cases available.

   FROGRAIL – This is a very hard site to classify.  There are some truly unique animated GIFs and an interesting assortment of prototype pictures from a number of contributors.

   GEMO – Display cases for collectables.

 

   HO Scale Webring – This is only one of dozens of various web rings dealing with model railroading.  The idea is that each ring lists several sites of a common theme, i.e. HO scale.  There are rings for virtually all scales and each SIGs.  These are a good way to attract others to your website.

   Model Railroader(Kalmback Publishing) Links to Trains, Garden Railways, Greenberg’s and other Model Railroad publications.  Comprehensive lists to manufacturers and model railroad associated products. 

   OnLine Conversion – Convert volume, weight or almost any unit of any measuring system. 

   Pentrex Railroad Videos and Books - audio and video recordings of all railroad prototypes.  also good assortment of railroadiana

   PhotoStamps Stamps - Show the world your railroad with Real Genuine postage stamps with a picture of YOUR railroad.  Submit your favorite picture and get a sheet of stamps good for mailing your next letter.  READ CAREFULLY

    Rail Serve – Train simulator add-ons, Current news on prototype railroads, classifieds, extensive link lists and much more.

    RAILS USA – Posters, DVDs, posters, MS Train Simulators and add-ons, shirts, collectables, art and many other kinds of railroadiana. 

    Railroad Model Craftsman – (Carsten’s Publications) Subscribe to magazine devoted to Model Railroad hobby.  Link lists to all major manufacturers

   SJT Enterprises – (WirelessmicroColorCam.com) Color TV cameras and accessories small enough for n-scale.  Works with DCC

    Steam Locomotive Walschaert Valve Gear – Animations of Valve gear and a host of information on how steam engines work.  Virtually all valve gear explained.  General explanation of entire steam engine.

   Top Train Links – a Web directory for Railroad Fans and a whole lot for modelers too.

    W&H Interchange yard – Lists railroad, railfan and model railroad information resources on the Internet.  In essence, a list of railroad associated web rings (link list of link lists in various formats)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS

   Connecticut Railroad Attractions - North American Tourist Railroad & Railroad Museum List   (Connecticut attractions)

   HOTRAIL.COM - Clinics, News items, Layout directory, trade shows, sources

    National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) – restoration, photographs, equipment and structures.  Railcamp experience.  See the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum

    Model Railroad Operations SIG – Special Interest Group specializing in operating layouts in prototypical manner. 

   NER - Northeaster Region of the NMRA covering the general New England Region

   NMRA - National Model Railroad Association: Parent organization of Nutmeg Division to promote, stimulate, foster and encourage by all manner and means the art and craft of model railroading.

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PARTS and RAW MATERIALS

 

Plasturct - Plastic scale model parts from hobby to engineering / Architectural. Sheets, tubes, shapes.  

Eisenbran Inc wood  - wood billets for those who want larger or more exotic woods for special work.  They do not supply stripwood but do carry basswood planks so you can cut your own.  Custom milling available

Kadee Quality Products – Trucks, couplers (all scales)  and associated hardware.  Track spiker staple gun, custom decals and some rolling stock

Kappler Mill & Lumber - Stripwood  and precision scale wood products for model railroader

Northeastern Scale Lumber – Structural shapes for all levels and scales of scratch building including car parts

Northwest Short Line (NWSL) – 12v DC can motors suitable for re-powering engines of all types.  Power trucks.  Tools. Order via phone or email or vendors. (No on-line store)

Precision Scale Model Engineering - general modeling supply  with tools, and precision scale wood products

Walthers  -  Wholesale Vendor but also largest single source for individual modeler.  Parts and kits from numerous manufacturing.  Here is what is available for model railroading.  See your dealer for ordering.. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROTOTYPE

 

 Adirondack Scenic(Seasonal) Utica/Old Forge/Lake Placid scenic tours in modern trains.  Open car on certain trains.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum – Scenic tours between Lenox and Stockbridge Mass. 

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park West Virginia state park with several trips daily up to five hours.

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum – Original site of freight yard in Willimantic, CT and local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.  Vintage equipment.  Currently restring roundhouse on original foundation.  Publishes the Ghost Train Journal.

Connecticut Electric Railway Association – Operates the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor near Warehouse point (Seasonal) 3.25 mile run on vintage equipment. 

Conway Scenic Railway – (Seasonal) Scenic railway near Mt Washington.  Gift shop, snacks

Durango & Silverton - Narrow Gauge tourist railroad.  Wide array of times and accommodations ranging to overnight round trips. Book ahead.

NERAIL Photo Archive – 43,000 pictures around New England including the Valley Railway (some from Jack Kreeger) and Warehouse point,.

Shore Line Trolley Museum – a.k.a. Branford Electric Railway.  3 mile scenic ride in East Haven, CT. Guided tour of carshops.

Valley Railway  - Steam Railroad and Riverboat, CT.  Dinner train, hands on throttle” program, shop tours, Thomas tank engine and friends

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SERVICES

Accrurail – Large variety of cars and parts. Can decorate to order.

 

Dave’s Scale Modeling – HO Brass locomotive rebuilding and service.  Links to vendors associated with building brass locomotives

Model Railroad Shop – Mostly a store-front operation but does brass engine repair.  DCC installation.

    Tony’s Train Exchange – DCC and a wide variety of accessories including sound, switch machine control, speedometers, cameras, publications.  Some devices manufactured in house.  Re-motor and re-gear repair services available

TrainsHO – Custom built one-of-a-kind structures and buildings for HO.  Can build to pictures.  Also trees

Vickie's Hay's Modelgrafx. If you need custom artwork or a graphics artist for hire, Vickie is the gal who will draw what you need. (Works for Microscale)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOFTWARE

  Minirail – program used to generate switch lists for a model railroad. 

   RailFonts.COM - Fonts of all kinds for the model railroader.  Track Fonts, train fonts, heralds and lettering for your cars and engines. A must for making decals or creating RR oriented posters and signs via computer.  Download or media

   Sandia Software RailCad software for the design of model railroad.  3D design allows you to control elevation, add buildings, add to your own library of elements

   SoftRail – Railroad Software including games, North American Railroad maps, books and sound.

   TrackPlanning.com -  (ElDorado Software) 3D CAD software for designing your layout.  Animation.  Demo can be downloaded on-line

   Trainmaster – Industrial strength train simulator for modern diesel engines.  Don’t let the $5,000 control stand scare you away.  They have a $150 control panel and the software is cheap.  Complete manuals, etc.

 

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TOOLS

 

Blue RidgeUnimat, Emco and other small lathes and supplies for modeling.  Live steam kits

Digital Scales – Not just for weighting cars.  Measure dry colors for custom colors, two-part resins for castings etc. for reasonable price.

Micro-Mark – Small tools for the modeler including files, casting materials, Decals, paints, lubricants, glues etc.  Model railroad, ships etc.

Precision Scale Model Engineering - general modeling supply  with tools, and precision scale wood products

Widget Supply    Small  tools including every accessory for Dremal tools, X-ACTO, and several rare and hard to find jewelry making tools. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VENDORS

   Accrurail – Large variety of cars and parts. Can decorate to order.

 

    Athern – Wide selection of plastic cars and some modern diesels (RTR and kits).

    BackDrop Warehouse – Over 200 backdrop murals for model railroad layouts custom scaled and sized.  Mockup program to aid selections.

    Branchline TrainsConnecticut’s own Manufacturer of cars, structures Figures and trucks for the beginning modeler.

    DCC Bitswitch – Specializes in DCC related accessories for advanced train conrol.   Many vendors, Documentation

    Centerline Products – (All scales) Track cleaning cars and supplies.  Will sell brass cleaning rollers and covers separately.

    Design Preservation Models – (DPM) Interchangeable styrene modular building kits for any size, shape and height.  Hotels, factories, depots.  HO, N, O.  See Joe Sokol for newest kits (authorized dealer).     

    DigitraxManufacturers DCC and related accessories.  Information including setup and data sheets for all products, how to use, technical information. 

   Dried Flowers Direct - Dried Flowers and Botanicals including Plumosus.  Good source for making trees and vegetation for all scales model railroading.

   DSL Shops - Vendor for S and O Scale Structures, walls and castings

 

    Flyboy Naturals – Dried Flowers and Botanicals including Plumosus.  Good source for making trees and vegetation for all scales model railroading.

    Internet Model Trains - The Internet Model Train Superstore.  A large on-line store with a large and complete inventory for model railroading

  

    JL Innovative Designs – (now includes Durango and Railway Express miniatures.  Small Laser-cut structures, billboards, vehicles and details

 

   La Belle WoodworkingHighly detailed Authentic old-time wooden coaches, freight cars, traction.  Also associated decals, detail parts etc.

   Lahti Associates – (formerly Power systems Inc) Wireless controls and signal decoders for DCC

Miller Engineering – Innovative lighting products for building signs or billboards.  Electroluminescent and florescent lighting to simulate “neon” signs.  Also, do-it-yourself kits

Model Railroad Warehouse – Collection of old-time manufacturers.  Many odd and unusual models and detail parts brought up to date.

    Rail-Lynx – Infra-red Digital Command Control system (DSS).  Contact John Sacerdote for demo and questions

   Sokol's Miniature Structures - Scale Building kits and detail parts   

          email Joe or call 872-2240

   Time Machine Hobby  -  (Formerly NE HOBBY) – Large selection of trains, Dollhouse and other hobbies.  Operating layouts

   Walthers  -  Wholesale Vendor but also largest single source for individual modeler.  Here is what is available for model railroading.  See your dealer for ordering.

   Woodland Scenics – Wide variety of landscaping, terrain and scenery materials including line of small dioramas. Small structures, decals, lubricants.

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