Useful Links

Here are some links to other sites that you may find useful.  I have done business with a few of these, but not all. 

Please be patient as I construct this page and try to make it as helpful as possible to you.  Obviously, it started out as a simple list, but I wasn't happy with it that way.

Places to get lots of information and ideas, see other peoples' layouts, etc.

     trainweb.org     Comprehensive is the word that comes to mind.  Whatever you're looking
                                       for, start here.
    
trainweb FAQs    Frequently Asked Questions about S Gauge and American Flyer
    
S-Scale Model Railroading    A part of the trainweb site, but this is an award-
                                        winning site in its own right. You've got to see this one!  American
                                        Flyer is only one section of this great site.
    
S-Scale.org        Host of the S-Ring and lots of galleries, including mine.  Also, a great links page.
    
Tinplate FAQs            Frequently Asked Questions about tinplate model railroading in general.
                                       It applies to all gauges, not only S.  Especially good tips on buying.
    
Portlines Hobby Supplies    Wiring diagrams and lots of how-to tips, and a good place to buy stuff
    
railserv.com      You want links? This site has links to almost anything you can imagine that is
                                       related to railroads, real or modelled.  Check out the webcams!
    
Thor Trains Layout Plans     If you're planning a new layout, or expanding an
                                       existing one, this site will give you a lot of track plans to consider.
    
Tom Jarcho's Folded Figure Eights     Some terrific track layouts based on stretching and
                                       folding the classic Figure Eight.
    
The Penn Western     Not only a fabulous layout, but includes an Operations Guide
                                       that models the operation of a real railroad.
    
Carl's S Gauge Empire     One of my favorite layouts, plus a lot of great hints and tips.
    
S-Friends Galleries     Photo galleries of the members of the Yahoo S-Trains group.
    
My floor-runners        Photos of a bunch of layouts I created in my dining room and family room
                                              to play on the floor with my grandson and other kids.

Places to buy trains and things


     
americanflyertrains.com
     
Portlines Hobby Supplies   
     
SnS Trains     
     
S-Helper Services    
     
American Models
     
Lionel Trains     Recent catalogs, including their American Flyer line
     
classicamericanflyertrains.com   
     
Marty's Trains   
     
AFSTrains - The Train Collector   
     
Nicks Trains   
     
The DAKOTApaul Gallery  
     
trainz.com   
     
classictrains.com   
     
American Flyer Rarity Repaints     Here's an option for people who like the looks of
                                                            a rare car but can't find (or can't afford!) one.
      
Smoky Mountain Model Works     highly detailed, prototypically accurate S scale craftsman kits

Parts Suppliers


    
Portlines Hobby Supplies   
     
SnS Trains     
    
Triple-S Supplies
    
Guru Brands   
    
RFG (R.F. Giardina)
    
trainweb.org   
    
Hobbysurplus.com   
     Frenchs Trains   
    
Landscaping, Accessories, and Other Stuff


     
Woodland Scenics - landscaping materials and information
     
TrainMinder - the software I use to inventory my trains for insurance
      Berkshire Junction
- streetlights, crossing signals, turntable, ...  
     

Clubs, Associations, and Other Organizations


     
National Association of S Gaugers   
     
The Train Collectors Association   
     
San Diego S-Gaugers  
     
All-Gauge Toy Train Association  
     
Modeling Guide   
     
All Aboard Sets Club  
     
San Diego Model Railroad Museum  
     

Places To Sell Your Trains


If it's American Flyer, why go elsewhere?  Email me theupstairstrain@yahoo.com.  But if I'm not interested, I'll send you to one of the following:

     
ibuyoldtrains.com   
     
trainz.com   
     
americanflyertrains.com   

If you or your friends have some American Flyer trains and would like them to go to a nice home where they'll be loved and cared for, this is the place!  Email me: theupstairstrain@yahoo.com.

Now show me:          The Upstairs Train     


  
The Gilbert Gallery  

     The Engine Gallery      The Passenger Car Gallery      The Freight Car Gallery     
  
The Accessory Gallery      The Infrastructure Gallery  


Pictures Needed     For Sale     Wish List     Bibliography   



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