CollectDat.com (www.collectdat.com) -- This is an interesting new product/service that allows you to keep track of your collection, post and share photos of your collection with others, and maintain a blog -- all on one site. Sort of like inventory control combined with social networking.
- Bachmann China Models
John Day is (to the very best of my knowledge) the sole importer into North America of Bachmann China's Chinese-prototype HO scale models. John has developed a very good reputation for reliability, and for making strenuous efforts to keep as many Bachmann China models in stock as possible. Many modellers of Russian railways kitbash or modify Bachmann China items to produce Russian-prototype models, so here's an excellent source for you. Highly recommended.
- Lin's Junction
I recently visited this shop for the first time, and BOY! do I wish I had done so years ago. This excellent train shop stocks HO, N, and O trains and loads of detail parts. Paul and Linda Maynard not only know their train stuff, they also have the kind of people skills too often missing in model railroad shops. Recommended highly! And coming from an old curmudgeon like me, that's saying a lot. Located at 128 South Line St., Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446, tel. 215-412-7711, fax (215) 412-7712.
- Chris White's Prokhorovsk Layout
Yevgeny Kushnir (Red Star Railways' official photographer) took these excellent photos on the layout built by Red Star Railways' owner. So, in case you were wondering if I'm a modeller as well as a business owner -- take a look. Yevgeny does a terrific job in composing and taking photos, and I'm grateful that he would take the time to set up a web site for them. Thanks, Yevgeny! -- Chris White, owner, RSR.
- Mainline Hobby Supply, Inc.
One pleasant AND productive reason to get out of my studio is to make a Road Trip (capitalization intended). This involves a three-hour drive from my home in Delaware to Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, to visit Mainline Hobby Supply. This very well-stocked model railway shop is open seven days a week and also is very helpful with phone or mail orders. I was able to introduce the Zavod1 TEM2 on schedule ONLY because Mainline Hobby Supply was able to secure decal striping in the quantity I needed, quickly and efficiently, from two different suppliers. They saved my bacon.
Aigars Klavins of Riga, Latvia, produces a range of HO scale railway models, model autos, and railway accessories. Quality is superb! His open wagon models are fully detailed inside and out, lettering is sharp and precise, and rolling qualities are excellent. I know this personally -- as I type this, two of these models are 30cm from my forehead!
I met DCCTrain owner Alexander Kolesnikov at the Euro East 2004 train meet. He was running a Maerklin Z gauge 2-8-2 by computer, with the DCC decoder installed in the locomotive, not the tender. This is a Wow. He deals in American DCC products (Digitrax) as well as European DCC and custom DCC installations. He knows his stuff, big time. Why deal with fly-by-night back-door DCC dealers? This is your man. Highly recommended.
- Alumilite Corporation
Red Star Railways uses Alumilite products exclusively in producing the resin castings for our Zavod1 and Proletarian Series models. Alumilite's range includes a variety of RTV mold rubber, casting resin, and related supplies. And their tech support is first-rate -- I speak from experience.
- Dave's Trains
Dave's Trains specializes in postwar Lionel O gauge trains (1945-1969) -- and, very notably, O gauge 3-rail trains made in the USSR from 1951 until 1969. For those of you who are looking for Russian tinplate, check with these folks! It's an interesting web site even if you're not in the market for Soviet or Lionel O gauge.
- Euro Train Hobby Web Site
Owned and operated by George Sherbin, Euro Train Hobby has become a direct importer of Tillig products. Tillig owns Sachsenmodelle, who make the ex-Soviet Type Y coach in HO! George plans to stock other lines as well, so bookmark this site and check it often. Recommended!
Modellmix of Moscow offers a wide range of models -- aircraft, autos, military vehicles and ships as well as railway models, and in a variety of scales.
Part of the web site STEAM ENGINE IS, this "don't miss" site has loads of photos of locos, rollingstock, stations, etc.
This mega-site has photos from ALL European railway administrations. Don't forget to check Lativa, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Photos of stations, bridges, equipment, and scenery from Moscow to Vladivostok. Contemporary and archival stuff.
This prototype for the DR Class 130/132 was the Soviet TE109. TE109s in Russia worked mainly in industrial service -- but recently the historic TE109 and twin-unit 2TE109 prototypes were sold to Germany! Check out these photos, and modify a PIKO 130 Class (see Specials).