Here is a collection of links that I’ve found useful over the years with my comments on same.
Tips and How-To’s
This list of sites represents the best I’ve found for tips and how-to information. Those links with (*) after them have articles describing them in the Great Support Sites category here on TJsTrains.com.
Brush painting is the mainstay of most of my projects and there are some great tips at this site:
Mailorder Train Vendors
These are the major players that I hear about (mostly from others). I’ve only dealt with St. Aubins on one train and the experience was fine. Keep in mind that you need to support your local hobby shop when you can.
There are a number of vendor sites you’ll need to reference for ordering parts depending on the project. Those vendors with (*) after them are ones I’ve purchased things from myself. Other’s I’ve just heard positive things about. Let me know what you think if you purchase from them.
- Servo City
Transmitters, receivers, servos of all types, switches and speed controllers, you name it they got it.
- Micro Mark(*)
For all types of hobby tools, equipment and hobby paraphernalia
- Ozark Miniatures(*)
For detail parts for the Garden Railroader.
- Micro Fasteners(*)
Socket screws, machine screws, locknuts, washers, sheet metal or self tapping screws, wood screws, other fasteners and related items in U.S. and metric sizes
Stone modeling – stone arch bridges, portals and buildings for garden railroads, tools, casting masters for siding, deck and roof textures, reusable formwork, laser windows and door kits for all modelers, plus a full line of accessories.
- Bridge Masters(*)
Trestles, bridges, trackside structures, buildings, lights, retaining walls, portals and more.
- Schomberg Scale Accessories/
Buildings, crates, sacks, detail parts, castings, kits and more.
- Ram Track
Add dozens of sound effects to your layout.
- 3000 Toys.com
Diecast miniatures in various scales.
- All stuff acrylic
Just what the page title says, from acrylic pieces to the tools and things you need.
- Hot Wire Foam Factory
Everyting you need to cut and shape Styrofoam and EPS Foam.
- Large Scale Layout ideas
Example large scale layout plans.
- Eagle Wing Ironcraft (I wish I could afford their stuff)
Bridges and buildings made of metal.