Links


Although I have visited many sites, I will limit myself to listing a few which provide enough links, on the subjects covered here, to avoid repeating the exercise, plus eventually trading cross listings (although not many reciprocate!).
Links were checked on flag for new material 26/10/16.

General railways and model railways:

Webville & Hypertext Railroad Co.: Originally a wealth of info and links spread over many sub-categories but no updates since 2004. Also looking even more dated, is Cyberspace World Railroad with no updates since 2001. Perhaps it is best to look at the Railserve directory for links to more recent sites.

Models railways & Digital Command Control:

Lenz GmbH Home Page. For product info on DCC, but now no longer in English.

The NMRA home page provides links to all DCC standards try here. For general modelling supplies Walthers, although with the expected US bias, is pretty broad. For broad background material and links on the British Isles, see the comprehensive Historical Model Railway Collectors' Society pages. If you have a fast connection, of particular interest in Irish modelling terms is the Jouef made in Ireland page detailing the production of, and demise of the company.

Railwayana:

Mostly US links, are on the collectibles page on Cyberspace World Railways, but no updates since 2001. I have not come across much else. Search engines did, however, turn up some references to railwayana, but most investigated tended to be spurious, i.e. multiple references to many old Sheffield auction catalogues. Many offerings are on ebay here which has railway hardware on many pages of listings (although with quite a few doubtful items). There are many more US sites on railroadiana, but the most likely ones listed tended to be manufacturers of new stuff. Robert Forsythe's site is at Railway ephemera and covers relatively recent UK railway paper items comprehensively, and also has links to a number of Hornby Dublo sites. Maybe I should dig out my old three-rail material and see if it might be worth a fortune! For US Lionel collectors' trains try Dave's Trains. Robin Gibbons has set up an excellent site on UK steam era railwayana with the odd reference to Irish material, an LLSR ticket, plus extensive reports on UK auctions. Gloucester Worcestershire Railwayana was the first real on-line railwayana auction. Early ambitions of monthly on line auctions seem to have settled down now to normal auctions every six months, often with items of Irish interest. SRA, has been acquired by GCR and is gradually being brought within the fold. Original SRA back auction information is now no longer available. KRA auctions had a useful site with good quality photos. It is now also part of the Great Central Railwayana Auctions stable. Talisman Railwayana Auctions has a new site since summer 2003. Relatively new auction sites are Stafford (which also uses the name Cotswold Railwayana Auctions) and Great Northern Railwayana Auctions. Another new entry is Justaclickago Auctions which I have recently refound. The purchaser of the Railway Collectors Journal established a railwayana portal when the magazine stopped publication. In late 2007 the site adopted the subscription model. Onslows has one of the best selection of posters, often with images of UK Irish related as well as Irish posters on its site. In June 2007 it moved over to internet only auctions. Bonhams had interesting items in the past at its Knowle sales of toys, dolls and railwayana. However the last such sale I have seen was on 27/9/11 and railwayana is hard to find from the Bonhams home page. Paddington Ticket Auction usually has quite a few Irish tickets in its main auctions. The site of Gloucester Antiques has Irish items now and then - with several buttons of late. There is a railwayana sales diary on Tony Hillman's site (now on the prorail site). A relatively new auction site, now also part of the GCR stable, is railwayana.net. Also the long-standing Solent site now has clues on items upcoming at its auctions and, starting with the February 2014 sale, has its catalogue on line. A particularly interesting collection of Irish items is held at the Narrow Gauge Museum at Tywyn in Wales. Browse through their collection for CDRJC, Skull and Skibbereen, Cavan & Leitrim, LLSR, CVR, etc. items. A relatively new site, with much content is collecting railwayana. Last but not least, I must recommend the essential Railway Antiques Gazette.

Irish:

Irish Railway News has useful present day material and a well frequented message board. NIR is now part of Translink, the wild wallpaper is gone, and it has moved yet again. The Iarnród Éireann site moved some time ago and received a considerable revamp (answering the campaign here, carried out over sixteen updates!). A link to the Irish Railway Record Society. This site is developing well over time. I note that the IRRS has individual company pages. Given the knowledge base within the Society, these should eventually make my own pages fairly superficial, except perhaps for signs. But for the moment we are still in the game. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland moved from it old address www.rpsi-online.org to flag for new materialthe Irish Steam Preservation Society site. The Cavan and Leitrim, after periods of absence, seems to be pretty permanent now at this address. Steve Flanders' impressive Donegal Railways site has been at this address since 2005. Another site with Cavan and Leitrim Railway history emerged online several years ago but has stayed "as is". Its creator's, great grandfather was the longest serving director of the line, and the loco 'Isabel' is named after his grandmother. There is a West Clare site detailing the important preservation work being done there. A relatively new site, with much modern Irish material, from Steve Johnson contains a Bord na Móna page. For the BCDR, go to the Downpatrick and County Down Railway Museum site which, as well as describing the Museum, has useful history of that line and a BCDR crest, and moved to a new url in November 2004. While disappearing in November from its previous location, in January 2006 the Irish Traction Group was found at a new url. There is an excellent Irish narrow gauge site, with a wealth of information on locos, builders, stations and even precise links to map references. It also has pictures of CDRJC tickets but shows little new activity since mid-2004. It will also point you to sources for most Irish railway books. The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway site has good information on the Waterford area and Hell's Kitchen has a great collection of Irish railwayana. The Finn Valley Railway has useful historical information and impressive ambition. A recently discovered site has Irish tokens, including tramway and railway. If you are anywhere near Enniskillen and in need of a haircut with a railwayana backdrop, try Headhunters.

Belgium:

The NMBS/SNCB official site was upgraded and an English version is available. Stefan Nicolai continues to complement this Belgian information with 'additions' pages on his personal site. These are perhaps of more interest to readers of these pages.

Other Europe:

The European Railfan page has enough European links to keep you going for the day.

The US and further afield:

While this and its companion site are primarily focussed on Irish railways, an interesting site in the US, was brought to my attention just last week. While primarily dealing with Texas, it is undoubtedly the tip of the iceberg for the US, or even more so for the rest of the world. Just ten days ago I visited the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, which, as well as having the largest permanent model railway display in North America, has a really impressive library (with even several books on Irish railways).

Acknowledgments:

Paul Stevens, previously of PC Plus Magazine, for his excellent series and advice (with the forms page, I am now up to his November 1996 article) but the site has not been updated for some time, I am grateful for Marco van Uden's extensive company logos in his links page on the European Railfan Server which are still used, and to the MGWR authority, P O'Cuimin, for provenance of plates.

Other interests:

For those interested in genealogy, perhaps visit my Dublin Lenn*n pages, now the third site under management - the same material being on the present site, starting at this address. If you are not detained, try the link to Family Tree Maker. You may even, like me, discover ancestors on the railways (granduncle William Casey was a driver on the GNRI and his son a fireman - thanks to the Irish Railway Record Society for filling in all the details from their employee database). Another justification for expenditure on GNR memorabilia! Another comprehensive programme is The Master Genealogist, but this has been discontinued recently. Finally, I should also mention the Irish Club of Belgium site, which provides essential expatriate information, as well as that of my ex-employer, the European Commission, for material of broader European interest.

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