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Helpful Model Railroading Resources

Helpful Repair Links

Jim Kerley recommendations:

Cleaning model railroad track

John McKeown tested repairs:

How to get a Post-War Alco horn working

Repacement for Radio Shack's contact cleaner to clean contacts, brushes or E-unit fingers

CAIG DeoxIT D100L-2DB, Cleaner/Deoxidizer/Rejuvenator/Lubricant/Protectant

Model Railroad Videos

Million Dollar Railroad    - Howard Zane's huge home model railroad in Columbia Maryland

Interesting Railfan Links

Steam excursions 2024 -  Steam rail excursion around the country available in 2024

Model Railroading Shows

York Train Show is the semi annual model train show sponsored by the Eastern Division of TCA.  Normally, shows are held in April and October of each year at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA.  Scheduled for October 19-21, 2023

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The 2024 Train Collectors Association's Convention will be held on 16-22 June 2024 in Lancaster Pa. The early website for this is:

VA Area Railroading Museums

Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center  is located at 507 First Street, Shenandoah, VA.  The Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center houses an extensive collection of items showcasing the N&W railroad, town history, and the USS Shenandoah.

The Town of Shenandoah Welcome Center and Museum further spotlights the town’s railroading roots.  The building is adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Railroad — the only working railyard between Hagerstown, MD and Roanoke, VA — offering sights and sounds for train enthusiasts.The Welcome Center and Museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.  The facility is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. each day. 


The Virginia Museum of Transportation is located in Roanoke, VA. and has an extensive rail yard with historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment. Inside the Museum you can find model trains, hands-on exhibits,  antique automobiles, and train, truck, bus, and aviation exhibits! is the home site for the Norfolk & Western Class J 611.  Find 611 excursions, purchase tickets, or donate and keep the 611 operational and running excursions.


The Wilmington & Western Railroad Museum is located in Wilmington, DE. and provides steam excursions May through December.  Charters are available from a caboose to a full train.


The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) is located in Cumberland, MD. provides a variety of steam excursions from February to December.  You can bring your bike and take advantage of the Great Allegheny Passage instead on returning on the train.


Steamtown USA is a national Historic Site located in Scranton, PA.  Operated by the National Park Service, Steamtown is dedicated to the preservation of steam locomotives and their history.


The CASS Scenic Railroad State Park is located in Cass, WV. which operates from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  In addition to the museum and excursions there is a locomotive shop tour available.

Virginia Based Railroading Websites

Railroads of Virginia is a somewhat detailed history (for a webpage) of the Virginia railroad industry from 1861 to present.  Has a large assortment of Railroading links.

Frograil Rail Tours is a list of 11 self guided rail-fan tours in VA.

Train Resources & Other Model Railroading Clubs

Rail Serve - The Internet Railroad Directory Is the Guide to 19,000 rail-related websites including train travel, model railroading, railfan resources, train simulators, and railroad industry sites


The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (NVMR)  is a club of model railroading enthusiasts headquartered in the historic train depot in downtown Vienna, Virginia. The club is over 65 years old and maintains a large and permanent HO Scale layout


Northern Virginia NTRAK (NV NTRAK) is an N Gauge model railroading club based in Manassas, VA


The Winchester Model Railroad Club is a model railroading club based in the old CSX Frieght Building in downtown Winchester, VA.


The Piedmont Railroaders are a multi gauge model railroading club based in Warrenton, VA.


The Standard Gauge Module Association (SGMA) is a group of toy train enthusiasts interested in designing and building modular display layouts to promote the hobby of Standard Gauge (2 1/8" gauge) tinplate toy train collecting and operating, and for the education and enjoyment of the general public.


Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO® Train Club (WamaLTC) is a group of enthusiasts who enjoy building and running LEGO® Trains in the D.C metropolitan area.

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