Helpful Links

Here are links to RPM events, railroad kit manufacturers, and prototype resources on the web.

Archer Surface Detail Decal notes from Bill Welch

Resin freight car kit primer, part 1

RPM Chicagoland

RPM event calendar

American Model Builders – Laser cut structure and rolling stock kits

Chad Boas – HO scale resin kits

Depots by John – custom builder and kit manufacturer

Funaro & Camerlengo – resin kits

Jerry Hamsmith – HO scale Resin Kits and Decals

Model Railroad Hobbyist – Acrylic Painting Guide and airbrush tutorials
The acrylic paint guide has a paint conversion chart to determine replacements for the discontinued Floquil and PollyScale paint colors. The chart suggests corresponding colors for Model Master and Vallejo Acrylics products. You will need to establish a user account to access the details, but this is free and well worth your time to set up a user name and password to login.

National Scale Car – HO scale resin kits and detail parts


Precision Scale Co. Inc. – Super detailing parts and rolling stock kits

Resin Car Works

Rindt’s Relics – railroad structures and details

Speedwitch Media – HO scale resin kits, decals, and prototype references

Southbound Modelworks & Decal Company – resin kits and decals

Sunshine Models – resin kit information archive

Tahoe Model Works – freight car trucks

Yarmouth Model Works – HO scale resin kits and detail parts

Prototype Resources

Illinois Traction Society

1919-CBD-Loading-guide – Open load blocking guide from 1919 (similar to later diagrams) 7MB PDF

Monticello Railway Museum

Steam Era Freight Cars

Railway Prototype Cyclopedia article index  PDF

Tony Thompson’s Tank Car Basics in Model RR Hobbyist – Part 1

USRA Freight Car Assignments

Blogs with a prototype railroad modeling bent

Robert Bowdidge’s Vasona Branch

Ted Culotta’s Prototype Railroad Topics

Gene Deimling’s P48 Blog

John Golden’s Railroad Prototype Modeler blog

Eric Hansmann’s Designing, Building, and Operating model railroads

Marty McGuirk’s Central Vermont Railway

Modeling Steam Era Freight Cars

Tony Thompson’s Modeling the SP

Xxtreme Modeler Files of Bill Welch

Bill has shared a PDF file of a presentation. We recommend you right click on the link below and click on the “Save Link As” function to save the file to your hard drive for easier review.

Xxtreme Modeling – 13 MB

4 thoughts on “Helpful Links

  1. Last weekend’s Indy Event was a wonderful “return” to some very fine modeling and model railroading! Convention Chair Scott Kremer along with Region Presidents Bob McGeever, Dave Capron ,Dave Neff and RPM facilitator Mike Skibbe knocked the event right out of the park. Also a huge thanks to all of the volunteers and layout hosts. Thanks again for a wonderful Indy Junction 2022.

    1. Thank you for crediting the organizers, TJ. Sometimes I miss the larger picture when I post about these events. – Eric H.

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