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Some Useful Links

Societies and Forums

The AC Locomotive Group – The UK’s only dedicated AC electric locomotive preservation society.

DEMU – A society devoted to modelling the Diesel and Electric era of the British standard gauge railway system.

Finescale RR forum – Mostly large scale, always superb!

The Model Bus Federation – Providing information and services to bus modellers since 1968

The Scalefour Society – Help and advice on working to exact 4mm scale track standards.

Truck Model World – Want to find out more about modelling trucks and lorries? Start here.

Layouts and blogs


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.

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.

OST Publications – thoughtful discussions on model railways

Max Stafford’s Kennel – Model railways (largely Scottish) and the real thing.

Wavey Davey’s Model Muddle – Embryonic new site but should be good.

Wells Green TMD – James Makin’s site featuring a small OHLE depot and many other things.


Bill Hudson Books – Suppliers of a large stock of both new and second hand transport books, specialising in railways.

Bratchell Models – Easy to build plastic kits of the mk3 family of DMU’s and EMU’s.

Eileens Emporium – Tools and materials.

JNModelmaking – Kit building, detailing and weathering specialising in modern image.

Kernow Models – loads of stuff (including commissioned models) and friendly staff.

Lanarkshire Models – High quality detailing parts.

Model Railway Scenes – Great quality 3d prints of useful bits and bobs.

Modellers Mecca – great friendly, and knowledgeable staff.

Modelu – Superb 3d printing of figures and other useful stuff.

Replica Railways – RTR supplier but with a good range of spares and useful bits and bobs.

Rumney Models – Springy chassis for diesels, wagons and coaches as well as wagon kits.

The P4 Track Company – Making P4 easier – Much of their range is used in the construction of p4newstreet’s track.

Shawplan – Supplier of detailing parts that actually are an improvement over what was there before!

Stenson Models – Supplier of high quality parts for the modern modeller.

Trains 4 U – Very helpful shop with a great mail order service.

Prototype sites

53a’s Photostream – superb pictures covering decades of British Rail.

Andy Williams Railway Photos – Superb prototype photography site, Covering nearly 30 years, mostly from the West Midlands area.

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

Honda Wanderer – Martin Loader’s superb collection of railway images.

NA3T – Transport Photos Archive – need pictures of older road vehicles? Start here.

Paul Bartlett – Thankfully people like Paul busied themselves photographing wagons when everyone else was focused on locomotives.

UK road markings – Useful info on road markings and signs, with dimensions