Relevant Links and Sites of Interest
Model Railroading / Toy trains:
- National Model Railroad Association
International club promoting the model railroading hobby
- NMRA Mid-Central Region, Div. 10
I was a board member and the newsletter editor until stepping back in Fall '08 due to the chaos of The Move.
- Tyco Trains Collector's Resource
Tony Cook's original site about Tyco train products made after 1970
- Tony Cook's HO-Scale Trains Resource
Tony Cook's expanded site featuring the other legacy RTR model train vendors (Bachmann, Life-Like, Atlas, Cox, et al)
Inspiration and jaw-drop ass-kicking when it comes to making models appear *real*
- Jeff Hanke's Chessie System East End
Jeff has been working on his themed layout since 2000. His customized models are required viewing for anyone interested in the Chessie System.
- RITS (Rock Island Technical Society)
Dedicated to the preservation, discussion, and memory of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific (Rock Island, "The ROCK") Railroad. These guys were a great help when I was working on some custom Rock models a few years back.
Great photo reference without the snotty pretense.
Automotive sites I frequent and/or recommend
The original insiders' blog. I've been known to get an opinion or three published here too.
- Blue Oval Forums @ Blue Oval News
The #1 FoMoCo Enthusiast's forum, despite the infantile toll-baiting and infighting...
- The Lincoln Forum .Net
...keeps classic Mafia Tank-mobiles like my 1975 Mark IV running!
The kind of automotive website I would have made if not for (laziness)
When Jalopnik jumped the matzo, one site spun off and rose above, a beacon for all self-effacing motorheads to flock to on burned heads. Yours truly has been alleged to write for them from time to time.
There are several auto blogs out there, but this is one of my quick-check faves.
- Automotive Traveler
- RIP shoutout to Beaterz.com and Ride&Drive.com!
Friends and People Deserving of Esteem:
My brother's new stormchasing website
My sister's LiveJournal
- Artifacteria / Decorating with Lace
Family business run by freinds in PA. If you need some lace - and I'm talkin' the good stuff here - they're the ones to call...!
Another friend and former neighbor's site. The Name says it All.
Brick & Mortar worth a visit:
- The Golden Spike Train Shop
- The Rail Fence
- Hands to Work Railroading
6357 West 79th Street; Burbank, IL 60459
- One of the best family-owned shops in the business. And I've been to many.
415 W Broadway St; Frankfort, KY 40601
- "The Haunt". 'Nuff said.
4002 West 127th Street; Alsip, Illinois, 60803
- Right off the interstate, if you can't get to the Golden Spike.
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