Related Links

Thanks for visiting the site. I hope you found it worth your time and that you will return soon. The following links are ones that I can highly recommend. They are the ones I visit regularly for inspiration and answers to my modeling questions. These are also the products and suppliers that I use in my own work. Once again, for full disclosure, I’m the current Managing Editor of O Scale Trains Magazine, as well as a columnist for the publication. I can not only recommend our publication, but the others listed here for the quality of their content.


Publications and modeling forums


O Scale Trains Magazine

Dedicated to 2-Rail O Scale modeling. We cover traditional 1-1/4 gauge, Traction,

narrow gauge and general modeling subjects such as layout profiles and 

construction/scratchbuilding of freight /passengers cars, locomotives and structures. 

OST has also published the newly revised Guide to Modern O  Scale, an overview of  

O Scale modeling and products for those considering a switch from another scale. 

The magazine is published bi-monthly in January, March, May, July, September and November.


P48 Modeler E-zine

An online e-zine from Gene Deimling that features numerous sources of P48 

related products and information


P48 Yahoo group

A free membership Yahoo group of modelers working in or interested in P48. 

Moderated by Gene Deimling, there are great discussions and answers to prototype 

and modeling questions.


The Model Railway Podcast.

A fast paced and lively broadcast hosted by Jim Martin and Trevor Marshall, featuring interviews with some of the best minds in the hobby. Available free from iTunes.

P48 Layout Yahoo Group

Australian modeler Brett Whelan’s layout is worthy of close study for those who think that O Scale and small to modest spaces don’t go together. Brett has set a very high standard of modeling for himself with his P48 Indiana Harbor Belt inspired urban switching layout, and he has the modeling skills to bring that standard into reality.


Westlake Publishing Modelers’ Forum

I recently discovered this site even though I have purchased their various Narrow Gauge, Logging and Mining, and Modeling Annuals for a couple of years now. The modelers on this forum are mainly into narrow gauge and logging along with large scale modeling such as G gauge/or scale for the most part. I recommend this forum for the excellent modeling skills and info you’ll find here.


Chuck Doan’s Modeling Albums

I don’t remember how I stumbled onto this site, but I’m glad I did. Mr. Doan simply enjoys modeling weathered objects in a variety of scales from small to large such as 1/12th scale. His work speaks volumes for itself. I’ve found much to be inspired about in his various project albums on this site.


P48 modeling suppliers.



A wonderful source of P48 replacement wheels for cars and locomotives as well as 

couplers, trucks and other conversion tools and supplies. PDF catalog available.


O Scale Resource

A listing resource of O Scale manufacturers and suppliers.


Irish Tracklayer

John Houilhan of Irish Tracklayer produces a number of detail items for freight cars, 

locomotives and track that are useful to modeling in P48.


American Switch & Signal

John Pautz has made handlaying track a breeze in P48 with his line of turnout frog, guardrail and switchpoint castings. I’ve used these exclusively on the layout (see the current photo on the homepage), and can recommend them highly. They are made of nickel silver and come in Code 100, 125 and a growing line of 138 rail sizes. For further info, e-mail John at:


Right-O-Way Products

Right-O-Way does not have a presence on the Internet. They feature a number of detail parts for handlaid track that I used extensively on the layout. Items include tieplates in several sizes, joint bars, rail braces for turnouts and the list goes on. Lou Cross gives excellent service. The mailing address is:

Right-O-Way Products

23682 Road 15-3/4

Chowchilla, CA 93610


Rails Unlimited

While not specifically catering to P48, Ted Schnepf has a line of O Scale resin freight cars that are worthy of consideration. Ted also carries general hobby items and many books on prototype railroads and modeling subjects.


Mullet River Model Works

Mullet River produces an extensive line of laser cut wood model kits. Cabooses, freight cars and depots. Glenn Guerra is the owner and his kits are superb in quality and a joy to build. They are as well engineered as any I’ve seen with working doors and windows.


RY Models (Rich Yoder)

Producer/Importer of brass freight cars and locomotives. Many are offered with P48 trucks or wheels. Also has a nice line of freight trucks in P48.


San Juan Car Co.

Supplier of P48 trucks and other detail parts. San Juan has recently introduced their new Evolution™ Coupler an operating Sharon coupler that features fully detailed coupler faces all around with an internally mounted knuckle spring.



Manufacturer and supplier of a huge number of specialized modeling tools that will make life at the workbench much more enjoyable. Catalog is available.

Southern Car & Foundry 

Jon Cagle has started a new line of resin cast freight and passenger car kits for O Scale and HO. They are very well done and prototypically correct.

Chooch-Ultra Scale

The Ultra Line series of resin cars are well done replicas of steam era freight cars. The building kits are also worthy of attention. Chooch also has loads of details parts and castings for O Scale.



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