Forums and egroups

A great bunch of people, always welcoming and absolutely full of ideas and inspiration from some of the best-known modellers, mainly but not exclusively in 16mm. There is a fairly strict "realism" rule about posts and that keeps the group on track. I thoroughly recommend a visit if you like some of the pictures of my railway. It's a members only group so you will need to sign up if you want to browse.

To give a bit more background about the group's ethos, I quote from the home page:

"We want to explore the scope for greater realism in our modelling. We believe that there is a lot of potential for reflecting real railway practice in the larger outdoor scales, and we believe that the aesthetic element is as important as the engineering. 

This group is therefore dedicated to modelling rather than model engineering (other groups are available for that); experimentation and new thinking, whether concerning the trains themselves, structures and landscape, operation, or photography. We welcome speculative contributions as well as factual ones." 

Garden Railway Realism Wiki
This is full of resources to help with many types of realism on your garden railway

The late lamented and sorely missed GScaleMad has been replaced by GScaleCentral at which is already building into a great resource for garden railways.

This is the place for some friendly banter about all sorts of subjects loosely related to railways. 


The monthly magazine which is required reading for everyone interested in large-scale garden railways.
Gauge 1, 16mm/ft, "G Scale", American large scales, all are covered. I have never had an interest in owning some of the models but GardenRail gives the opportunity to learn about them and how other people solve the particular challenges in their own way and produce some stunning railways.