Although I have visited many sites, I will limit myself to listing a few on the subjects covered here.
Links were checked on flag for new material 3/02/21.

General railways and model railways:

The recommendations here were dated. 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 for some time 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. Hattons of Liverpool are a good European source. For broad background material and links on railways of the British Isles, see the comprehensive Historical Model Railway Collectors' Society pages.


For modellers who are US Lionel collectors try Dave's Trains.
Gloucester Worcestershire Railwayana was the first real on-line railwayana auction. Early ambitions of monthly on line auctions seem to have settled down to normal auctions every six months, often with items of Irish interest, and auctions are back online. SRA, has been acquired by Great Central Railwayana Auctions and is gradually being brought within the fold. Original SRA back auction information is now no longer available. Talisman Railwayana Auctions has been holding telephone auctions. . Bristol Railwayana Auctions last auction was in October 2019 but an auction in April 2021 is to be confirmed. Thirsk Auction Markt had a regular railwayana auction on 29/9/20 and will have others on 12 June and 18 September 2021. But the details can be a bit sparse. Relatively new auction sites are Stafford which seems to have morphed under the banner of Railway Auctions UK into mid-Hants Railwayana and Crewe Heritage auctions, and Great Northern Railwayana Auctions. Justaclickago Auctions would seem now to mainly auction photographs. I am not very sure as to how one can see exactly what one is buying (e.g. see the only obvious Irish Lot, No. 174 'Railways in Ireland 1960's' in their August 2020 auction which sold for £675 but the only details given are approx. 240 Kodak colour slides from 7 locations with an 8th truncated and the 1960's is even qualified by 'some later'!. 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 selections 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 nearly ten years ago on 27/9/11 and railwayana, dolls or toys is not to be found on a search from their 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 by Tony Hillman on the prorail site). A relatively new auction site, now also part of the GCR stable and seemingly being wound down, is 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. Purcells in Co. Offaly had a major auction of Irish railway stuff in February 2019 snd now and then have items in their regular on-line auctions.


Northern Ireland Railways have been part of Translink for some time now, but I keep on getting timed out. The Iarnród Éireann site moved some time ago and received a considerable revamp (answering the campaign here, carried out over sixteen updates!). The Irish Railway Record Society has a useful site with information on articles in their latest Journals. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland moved from its old address some time ago to the Irish Steam Preservation Society. The various Cavan and Leitrim and West Clare sites have disappeared. For the BCDR, go to the Downpatrick and County Down Railway Museum site has an interesting page describing its rolling stock. 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. 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 which has a magnificent museum. But the new website might be a little while more coming.

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 focused on Irish railways, an interesting site in the US, was brought to my attention some time ago, as was Model Railroads and Freight Cars this year. These sites are the tip of the iceberg for the US, or even more so for the rest of the world. I frequently visit 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). Also I have neglected trams etc. And while I was only 3 when they disappeared in Dublin, as a kid I took the Howth tram many times before that ended in 1959. I am also advised that there is a serious US tram site here


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, the Dublin Lenn*n pages, is the third site under management. The same information is somewhere on this site at this address where it will be updated. If you are not detained, try the link to Family Tree Maker although it has been bought out and seems to be winding down. 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!

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