Here are some of my favourite model railway sites, the ones I visit most often…
Michael’s Model Railways
Lovely layouts, high quality modelling, and some very clever engineering solutions. A great place to learn and be inspired.
Budget Model Railways
Really enjoyable YouTube channel. The best videos are those where Mike and Douglas (father and son) make model railways together. Lots of fun. Exactly what a hobby should be.
Chris Nevard Model Railways
Great website and blog from a professional modeller. Jaw dropping quality (but don’t let that stop you modelling!)
The blog of BRM writer and Garden Rail Editor Phil Parker. Phil is one of the most prolific and enjoyable model railway bloggers.
Everything from OO-6.5 indoors to 7/8th scale in the garden, mostly narrow gauge. There’s lots to like at Paxton Road.
Modelling 15″ gauge miniature railways in 7mm scale on 9mm track. I do admire Colin’s modelling, he’s one of the people who inspired me to try O9.
Soak up the Swedish atmosphere of Henrik’s latest layout. I particularly like the Falu red (Falu Rödfärg) buildings, great modelling.
Danish and delightful. A 1:35 scale model of a fictional gravel company’s 600mm gauge railway.
What’s Neat in Model Railroading
If you like the American scene this could be for you. Each month Ken Patterson gets a bunch of people together to talk model railroads. I bet you feel at home already.
The Video ‘Magazine’:
The informal ‘podcast’:
Bob Hughes’s diary about the Ferrocarril Consolidado Pampa y Fernandez, his fictitious On30 South American railway. Always a good read.
Behind the scenes at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. Geoff covers a wide range of activities that are essential for good running of the railway, but often get overlooked.
Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers
Old Matchbox cars repaired and repainted to look like new. Marty’s a nice guy and I like his videos. He takes you through each stage of the restoration process and presents a ‘reborn’ model at the end. Make a cup of tea, sit somewhere comfortable and take a look.
Building a modern image, standard gauge loft layout. Definitely not what I model but I really enjoy watching Richard’s videos. He’s a good modeller and an engaging presenter. Many of the videos are step by step guides showing how he does his modelling and I find these really interesting.
Chris Ford’s Blog
Prolific modeller, author of three books on railway modelling and editor of 009 News. Chris has eclectic tastes with layouts in OO, HO, 1:24, O-16.5 and OO9, set in South of England, Wales, Norway …and there are rumours of a US layout… Well worth reading.
The image at the top of the page is by Roy Smith (used under a Creative Commons License).