Some Useful Links
Societies and Forums
The Scalefour Society – Help and advice on working to exact 4mm scale track standards.
Finescale RR forum – Mostly large scale, always superb!
DEMU – A society devoted to modelling the Diesel and Electric era of the British standard gauge railway system.
The AC Locomotive Group – The UK’s only dedicated AC electric locomotive preservation society.
The Model Bus Federation – Providing information and services to bus modellers since 1968
Truck Model World – Want to find out more about modelling trucks and lorries? Start here.
Layouts and blogs
Wells Green TMD – James Makin’s site featuring a small OHLE depot and many other things.
Rugby Parkway – More overhead modelling in 4mm scale.
British Rail in the 1970s – Kier Hardy’s superb BR blue modelling site – Home of Wibdenshaw amongst other things. Also contains some really useful articles.
The work of Chuck Doan – it doesn’t come better than this.
Moore Street TMD – Set just after the period for New Street ends, Sectorisation diesels in abundance!
P4 Walsall – Planning and building a P4 model of Walsall set in the early 1990’s.
Max Stafford’s Kennel – Model railways (largely Scottish) and the real thing.
Wavey Davey’s Model Muddle – Embryonic new site but should be good.
Rails to Llangunllo – EM gauge western in mid Wales.
OST Publications – thoughtful discussions on model railways
Farkham – Early 1990s layout by the Mickleover MRG, in my opinion one of the most under-rated layouts out there.
The Farthing layouts – Edwardian railways in 4mm scale.
Iain Robinson Modelmaking – Mostly buildings but all to an exceptional standard
ATMOSPHERES par EMMANUEL NOUAILLIER – More superb buildings
Modellers Mecca – My Local ‘proper’ model shop – great friendly, and knowledgeable staff.
Shawplan – Supplier of detailing parts that actually are an improvement over what was there before!
Trains 4 U – Very helpful shop with a great mail order service.
Kernow Models – loads of stuff (including commissioned models) and friendly staff.
Unit Models – Some great bits for models – especially detailing parts for buildings.
The P4 Track Company – Making P4 easier – Much of their range is used in the construction of p4newstreet’s track.
Colin Craig – Supplier of high quality parts for the modern modeller. Plus the extremely well regarded Freightliner flat kits.
Replica Railways – RTR supplier but with a good range of spares and useful bits and bobs.
Bratchell Models – Easy to build plastic kits of the mk3 family of DMU’s and EMU’s.
Rumney Models – Springy chassis for diesels, wagons and coaches as well as wagon kits.
JNModelmaking – Kit building, detailing and weathering specialising in modern image.
Lees Locos – Weathering and kit building services.
Eileens Emporium – Tools and materials.
Lanarkshire Models – High quality detailing parts.
Modelu – Superb 3d printing of figures and other useful stuff.
Andy Williams Railway Photos – Superb prototype photography site, Covering nearly 30 years, mostly from the West Midlands area.
53a’s Photostream – superb picures covering decades of British Rail.
Paul Bartlett – Thank god people like paul busied themselves photographing wagons when everyone else was focused on locomotives.
Honda Wanderer – Martin Loader’s superb collection of railway images.
British Rail Corporate Identity – A website about the British Rail Corporate Identity from 1965–1994, If you need info its probably here!
Brumpic – Not really railways but great memories of Birmingham and its suburbs