The Antique Toy Train Collector

a blog about old toys and trains from a collector in Canada

Links of Interest


I am a novice model train collector myself and found that information regarding prewar trains was especially difficult to find. I decided to make a site that would assist novice collectors by providing basic information about the hobby of collecting vintage model trains. Want to learn more? Join a club or study the information that is available online. The following links will take you to sites that promote the hobby of model train collecting.

Train Shows
Ontario Model Train Shows []

American Flyer
American Flyer Toy Train Club
Carl’s S Gauge Empire

Bassett Lowke
Bassett Lowke Society

Vintage Hornby  – Facebook page of UK based seller of vintage European model trains.
HRCA – Hornby Railway Collectors Association
Hornby Railways Collector Guide – Hornby 1955-2011
Hornby Railway Collectors Association

The Ives Train SocietyHas pictures of everything made by Ives from 1900 to 193.
Ives Train Society – Facebook Page
Collectors Weekly – Ives Article

TCA- Information about Ives

Lionel  – Lots of great information about model trains.
Tandem Associates – Offers a Lionel Toy Train Identification Guide – Postwar
Postwar Lionel Train Library  – Covering Lionel Trains from 1945 – 1969
Postwar Reference Library  – Information on Post and Prewar model trains
Lionel Collectors Club of America
Lionel Operating Train Society – Site dedicated to discussion of Lionel Tinplate Trains

alte-spur-O  – German based website on vintage Marklin model trains
Forum Alte Modellbahnen  – Germany-based forum for model railroaders
Marklinfan Club Italia – Marklin fan club based in Italy

Marxtinplatetrains – Site dedicated to Marx trains

Trix-Twin Railway Collectors Association

TCA Western pageGeneral information about Voltamp trains
Voltamp & Boucher – Book by Jim Kelly-Evans on Amazon
Historytoy – Database with pictures of Voltamp trains

O Gauge Model Railroads
O gauge Forum – US based forum from O gauge Railroading magazine
The Model Railway Club  – The world’s oldest model railway club
Model Railroader Magazine

American OO Gauge Model Railroads
American OO Today – Blog about American OO gauge
Building an OO Gauge Railway – as it says

European OO Gauge Model Railroads
Dublorunner – Site about 3 rail Dublo

Model Railroading General
All Gauge Model Railroading – Great site for those interested in model trains
Classic Trains Magazine – Celebrating the North American railway scene
European Train Enthusiasts
The Train Collectors Association – Main Site
Train Collectors Association – Western Division
The Platelayers Society – Ontario Canada based British railway enthusiasts
Collection Trains Jouets – Database of information on vintage French model trains
Train Jouet  – French website dedicated to vintage French model trains
Binns Road – Information on O gauge model trains
Les Trains de Guillaume –  French website dedicated to model trains
Railserve  – A comprehensive guide to 19,000 railroad websites
History Toy – Great database for information on old toys and trains – all makes
Toy Train Operating Society  – Dedicated to the operating and collecting of toy trains
Canadian Association of Railway Modellers
Canadian Toy Train Association

Tinplate Trains
Canadian Tinplate Gallery
Eric’s Tinplate Trains
Houston Tinplate Operators Society
Tinplate Trains in OgaugeRR Forum
Tinplate Times
Tinplate FAQs
Joe Mania Trains – Producer of early edition reproductions – Site dedicated to discussion of Lionel Tinplate Trains

Standard Gauge Trains
Standard Gauge Blog

General interest links
The Sattler Collection  – The most complete Lionel train collection to ever be assembled.

Dimensions, Gauge & Scale
Standard Dimensions

If you have or know of a site that should be listed here, please Contact me.

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