Historic Preservation and Restoration Historical Groups Kid Friendly Train Links Live Steamers
Misc Train Links Model Railroad Clubs Model Railroad Manufacturers Museums
Prototype Railroads Tourist Railroads Train Related Publications Train Shows and Flea Markets
Historic Preservation and Restoration
Hesston Steam Museum

Located in Laporte County, Indiana.

Big Boy 4018

Restoration of Union Pacific Big Boy 4018

Milwaukee Road 261

Restoration of a 4-8-4

Steam Railroading Institute

Keepers of Pere Marquette 1225, a restored and operating Berkshire 2-8-4

Fostoria Rail Preservation Society

Ohio town that is dubbed Train City USA

Age of Steam Roundhouse

Private collection of retired railroad CEO Jerry Jacobson.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation

Launched in 2016, the KSCHO plans to restore C&O 2716 to operating status. This is a 2-8-4 Kawara built in 1941 that has not operated since the 1990s.

Open Railway Map

Open Rail

Historical Groups
National Railway Historical Society

An exciting and fun way to become involved with railroading, present and past!

Soo Line Historical and Technical Society

Muskegon Railroad Historical Society

Located in the historic downtown of Muskegon, Michigan, the Muskegon Railroad Historical Society (MRHS) preserves and encourages the history of railroading in Muskegon County.

Webville and Hypertext Railroad Company

A site for the archiving of historical and informational documents and binaries concerning Railroads, Railfanning and Model Railroading.

Conrail Historial Society

Established to encourage the writing, collection and preservation of historical and contemporary material associated with Conrail and to preserve its’ heritage.

Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society

Dedicated to preserving and disseminating the historical record of the Southern Pacific Railroad and its affiliates.

Chessie System Historial Society

Preserving the history of the Chessie System Railroads (Baltimore & Ohio, Chesepeake & Ohio and Western Maryland)

Pere Marquette Historical Society

Founded in 1995 as a means of collecting and disseminating information regarding the Pere Marquette Railroad.

Amtrak Historical Society

The history of America's only current passenger railway

Illinois Central Historical Society

Dedicated to preserving historical and educational information about the Illinois Central Railroad and the many predecessor railroads that have been part of the IC system.

Kid Friendly Train Links

The infamous plastic building block

Whittle Shortline Railroad

Handcrafted American-made wooden toy trains.


Wooden train manufactuer

Thomas and Friends

Website of the TV show

Learning Curve

Manufacturer of the wooden Thomas and Friends sets


Playmobil pieces are a near perfect match for G scale

Live Steamers
Pennsylvania Live Steamers

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Misc Train Links
Railroad Clipart

All Clip Art is in GIF or JPG format.

Chicago Transit Authority

Operators of Chicago's subway and El Trains

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers

A non prpfoti group striving to improve passenger train and intercity bus services.

Dan's Wigwag Site

Showcasing an old version of railroad crossing signals.

Steamlocomotive dot com

Contains information on full-scale steam locomotives of the U.S.A.

Mr. Pin Man Railway Lapel Pins

Stock and Custom options. Located in Alberta, Canada

Operation Lifesaver

A U.S. nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting safety at railroad grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way.

Train Barn

Located in Portage, Michigan, it is part hobby shop part museum and home to a huge Lionel layout

Choo Choo Barn

A 1700 square foot train layout in Strasburg, Pennsylvania

“Go Pro” From Underneath The Train Tracks!

For some backyard railroad gardeners, it's full steam ahead

An article in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about garden railroading

The Worlds Largest Garden Railroad… With Amazing Bridges!

2500 feet of G scale track in Scottsdale, Arizona


An HO scale train display in New Jersey that the Guinness Book of World Records calls the World's Largest Model Railroad.

Grand Maket Rossiya

An 8600 square foot HO layout in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The History of Railroads in Texas

Reporting Marks

A list of reporting marks (those two to four letter codes on railroad cars) and who owns them.

Model Railroad Clubs
Bytown Garden Railway Society

Canadian Group

Lansing Area N-Trak Railroad Club

Lansing, Michigan

Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Lansing Model Railroad Club

Model railroad club in the capital city of Michigan.

Grand River Valley Railroad Club

A multi-scale club offering HO, N, ON30, and Z operating layouts.

West Michigan Lego Train Club

Private Road Name Modelers

Open to any modeler who is interested in "Railroads that Never Were,.....But Might Have Been"!

Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society

A garden railway group in southern Ohio

Washington Virginia Maryland Garden Railwau Society

A garden railway group in the nation's capital

Train Collectors Association

One of the World's Largest and Most Prestigious Collecting Societies; Headquartered in Strasburg, PA

Rensselaer Model Railroad Society

A student organization at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY

Ottawa Valley Associaiton of Railroaders

Canadian Group

National Model Railroad Association

National standards

Holland Modular Railroad Club

Holland, Michigan

Bay Area Garden Railway Society

San Francisco, California

Riverbend Model Railroad Club

Jenison, Michigan

Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society

Modeling the Pere Marquette circa 1945 in HO scale.

Model Railroad Manufacturers
Hartland Locomotive Works

American made garden railway products. Designed, manufactured, assembled and packaged in LaPorte, Indiana

USA Trains

Manufactuer of garden railway products in 1:32 scale


Manufacturer of O scale (1:48)

LGB of America

The stateside division of the German garden railway manufacturer

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Artifacts from the Pennylvania Railroad and Penn Central. Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Steamtown National Historic Site

A National Park located in Scranton, Pennsylvania dedicated to interpreting the storm of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950.

Age of Steam Memorial

Located in Centralia, Illinois

Illinois Railway Museum

Located in Union, Illinois

Smith Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Located in Smiths Falls, Ontario

Southeastern Railway Museum

Located in Duluth, Georgia

Shoreline Trolley Museum

Dedicated to preserving the trolley car. Located in East Haven, Connecticut

Railroad Museum of New England

An interpretive facility where the story of the region's rich railroad heritage can be effectively told. Located in Thomaston, Connecticut

National Toy Train Museum

Located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Operated by the Train Collectors Association.

Danbury Railway Museum

A fullsize volunteer effort located n anbury, Connecticut

Canada Model Train Museum

Home of the world's largest collection of model and toy trains on public display. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Railroaders Memorial Museum

Dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.Located in Altoona, Pennsylvania,

B&O Railway Museum

Located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Museum of the American Railroad

Founded in 1963, the Museum of the American Railroad is a not-for-profit Texas corporation dedicated to celebrating the heritage and exploring the future of railroads through historic preservation, research, and educational programming.

Cincinnati Rail Museum

Prototype Railroads
Kansas City Southern

Via Rail

A passenger rail service in Canada

Canadian Pacific Railway

Ontario Northland

Canadian National

Burnlington Northern Santa Fe


Union Pacific


A quasi-governmental corporation to provide intercity passenger train service in the United States

Metra Rail

A commuter rail in the Chicagoland area

Norfolk Southern

Rail America

Owners of several short line railroads in the US

Tourist Railroads
Agawa Canyon Tour Train

Operated by the Algoma Central Railway, this train runs from Sault Ste Marie Ontario north 114 miles to the Agawa Canyon.

Pioneer Lines Scenic Railway

Operates the Gettysburg Express in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Coopersville and Marne Railway

Providing vintage passenger service between Coopersville and Marne, Michigan

Strasburg Railroad

A restored steam train in Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Train Related Publications
Model Railroader Magazine

Model Railroader magazine has been the industry-leading model train magazine for more than 70 years.

Garden Railways Magazine

Dedicated to the rewarding, life-long hobby that combines model trains with the outdoors--garden railroading

Trains Magazine

Covers the broad spectrum of railroading with authoritative content, dazzling photography, and a mix of content designed to appeal to everyone from the casual enthusiast to the seasoned professional railroader.

Classic Toy Trains

For fans of Lionel, MTH, American Flyer, and other brands of toy trains made today and in the past

Classic Trains Magazine

A quarterly magazine celebrating the "golden years of railroading.

Canadian Railway Modeller Magazine

Serving the railway hobbyist interested in modelling all aspects of the Canadian railway scene.

Railfan & Railroad Magazine

The Magazine for Railfans and Photography of Railroads, Trains, Locomotives and Diesels.

Train Shows and Flea Markets
Worlds Greatest Hobby on Tour

Great Train Expo

DuPage Show

Wheaton, Illinois (west of Chicago)


Milwaukee, WI

Greenberg's Train and Toy Show