Washington Northern

HO scale model railroad

favorite links

layouts - individual

Washington Northern Aberdeen Branch by Justin Schlottman
More Washington Northern! I'm honored that Justin has been inspired to model the Aberdeen branch of the Washington Northern! Check out is blog site here.

Mississippi, Alabama & Gulf by Cliff Powers
I consider Cliff to be the master of scale reproduction. His New Orleans Union Station is stunning!

Chesapeke & Ohio, Clifton Forge Division by Michael Burgett
Gorgeous HO railroad faithfully reproducing it's namesake. First class working CTC signal system!

Siskiyou Lines by Joe Fugate
Widely published in video and text. Scenery mastered! The man behind MRH online magazine.

American Locomotives in Bohemia by Milan Matejka
Modern American Railroading in Europe. Check out the videos! Amazing work!

Bear Creek & South Jackson by Charlie Comstock
Another well known author and model photography master.

Piermont Division by Howard Zane
Gorgeous scenery and structures. Check out his new hardcover book, "My Life with Model Trains".

CSX Miami's Downtown Spur by Lance Mindhiem
Well published author with some unique methods of structure modeling which are VERY effective. Model photography guru.

Oregon Trunk Blog Spot by "Mountain Goat" Greg Baker
Blog keeping track of the modeling the Spokane, Portland & Seattle 5th subdivision in HO scale.

Chesapeake, Wheeling and Erie Railroad by Tom Patterson
A beautiful, freelanced West Virginia coal hauler set in the 1970's. I love this modeling!

LK&O Railroad by Alan
HO scale proto-free lance model railroad representing a small section of Lapeer MI. Excellent observations and lessons in planning and building a great foundation for a layout.

JL&T Railroad by Jason Lachlan
From down-under, a layout featured a very high level of craftsmanship. HO railroad set in the 80's to 90's based on the Reading Lines & Conrail merger era.

PRR Buffalo Line by Steven Mallery
A very nice, large, twin-decked layout built for operations with working CTC machine. Very nice looking, well thought-out layout.

RDG Shamokin Division by Jim Hertzog
A Reading RR based layout featuring excelent scenery and operations. Beautiful photo gallery!

New York, Ontario & Western Railway by Bill Schneider
"The Old Woman in the Back Bedroom". Excellent 2-deck modeling in a spare bedroom. Very nice website!

BNSF Fall River Division by John Parker
A prototype-based freelance representation of the BNSF Railway operating between the Midwest, and points north through the Pacific Northwest. Operating signal system!

Appalachian and Ohio Railroad by David Stewart
Exceptional O scale layout with massive scenery that will make you feel small in comparison to the mountains around you.

Virginia Midland Shops by Shannon Crabtree
Very nicely done Proto-Freelanced HO railroad! Impressive horsepower roster.

The Richlawn Railroad by Rick Wade
A very well done layout and website featuring the L&N.

KV&O and D&D Mining & Steel by Donald Dunn
Excellent Blog covering the construction of KV&O and D&D Mining & Steel featuring an impressive steel mill operation.

Buffalo Creek & Gauley by Brooks Stover
Wonderful S scale and his website is a wealth of information.

Iowa Interstate Grimes Line by James McNab
Shelf style "suburban" switching layout with some very nice modeling.

UP / BNSF Joint Division by Duncan Cabassi
From Australia. A Large, very well done N-scale layout featuring the UP and BNSF in the Spokane, Washington area.

Rainier Great Western Railway & Navigation Company by Michael Highsmith
A large proto-freelanced HO layout representing trackage of the ill-fated Milwuakee Road around Black Diamond in Western Washington.

layouts - clubs

Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Club

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers - A layout depicting the Tacoma, Washington area in the 1960s. Located in the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Magazines, Journals, Online Magazines & Organizations

Model Railroader

Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine - A free monthly online magazine. Very cool....check it out!

Railroad Model Craftsman

Trackside Model Railroading - An online monthly magazine devoted to railfanning model railroads. Great photography!

National Model Railroaders Association

TrainLife - An online community resource for rail enthusiasts.

my favorite retailers


Dallas Model Works
- Great prices and bonus free extras when you become a registered member.


Litchfield Station
- Excellent Service in my dealings. Good DCC one-stop shop.


Jim's Model Trains
- Ebay based retailer offering excellent prices and super reliable, extrememly fast shipping!

Prototype, Blogs & Railfan Sites

RailPictures.Net - The best railroad photos on the net. New stuff posted daily.

Lost Rail - Excellent blog dedicated to remembering the transcan Milwaukee Road to the Pacific Coast. Great photography included in the posts of what is lef behind, but everyday seems to fade a little more. If you're a Milwaukee Road fan, you can't stop reading this.

Center for Railroad Photography & Art - Beware......You can spend hours in here!

Fallen Flags by George Elwood - Absolute goldmine of stuff on fallen flag railroads.