Bote's Railfan Links

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Updated 2012.12.07 (deletions of dead sites)

Railroading News

Railway Track and Structures

National Railroad News

Railway Age

Railfan Links

Groups and Societies

Florida Live Steamers
Operating 1/8th scale live steam excursions around Tradewinds Park in northern Broward County, Florida.
ACL-SAL Historical Society
for Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line enthusiasts. A large and thriving group.
South Florida Railway Museum
A great bunch occupying the Deerfield Beach Seaboard Air Line passenger station, still in service; extensive model layouts with building and operating sessions.


FEC Key West Extension -- Overseas Railroad
FEC photos by Tom Byrne
Great for modelers of the F.E.C. line
FEC Track Guide
Lists mileposts and other info for the Florida East Coast line between Jacksonville and Miami
Florida Rails On-line Museum
good historical briefs on the roads that served and serve Florida
Railroad Crossings
Brett Wirick's page honoring F.E.C. power
Florida Big Bend railroading site, a weeeeeee bit dated

Other Areas

Scott Dunlap's Family of Mid-Atlantic Pages
TONS of links and reference information, especially for modelers. Browse the site deeply.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Network
CSX Timetables
KILLED BY CSX BLOOD-SUCKING LAWYERS; anything and everything you could possibly want to know about CSX routes, signals, services, etc.
Dale's Alabama Rail Site
NS action from Birmingham, AL to Chattanooga, TN
Tony Hill's site; hey I didn't name it, I just like it! "Rail tours" listing directions to photo and viewing sites along popular rail lines; great for visitors to strange territories.
Jim's Railroad Page
GM&O lover, plus pages for southeastern shortlines
Mainlines East!
Kevin Andrusia's "Florida Color" pages
Trackside Motels
Traveling? Stay near the tracks with this definitive listing of hotels and motels near the tracks. Contribute your own listings.
NS Train Schedule Website
Alex Willis' site with NS and CN train symbols, and more
Railfan Network
tons of links to railfan sites for prototype and modeling all over; host site is primarily focused on upstate New York
Rail Ring
A web ring for railroad sites of all kinds
exhaustive (and exhausting?) list of links to anything related to railroads; huge repository of sites.
SBC/Prodigy Trains community
Merger with SBC-Yahoo transformed this into a Web bulletin board system (bbs).
Southern Railway Railfan
For fans of the Southern Railway Co.
Discussion forum and photo presentation board
nothing more than the "most popular railroad site on the Internet"; see for yourself
The magazine, I presume

Train Simulators

Kent Weissinger's MSTS A-line route
(where did it go??) project building the ACL route for MicroSoft Train Simulator
Kent Weissinger's MSTS page
custom routes for MicroSoft Train Simulator; Maria's Pass featured
Sebastian Frey's Train Simulator page
German and English language tutorials on MSTS
Train Artisan
unbelievable screen captures of units created with MicroSoft Train Simulator; must see to believe!
links to many commercial and hobbyist add-ons for various train simulator packages

Special Interest

Air Brakes
technical and historic discussion of the operation of railroad air brakes; very educational
The Carferries of Ludington, MI
Photos and history of the ferries that used to carry rail cars across Lake Michigan, including the S.S. Badger
Five Chime Consultants
Railroad air horn experts; specifications and sample sound clips
Market Station - You Know You're A Railfan When...
(it's dead, Jim); humorous ditties about railfans
Maps of Railroads
Library of Congress' collection of railroad maps 1828-1900
National Militant Railfan Organization
North American Railroad Frequencies
listings of frequencies by railroad and frequency
The Pelican, Mississippi River ferry service, Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, Helena Arkansas
Railroad Empire - CTC board (js)
many discussion forums with various categories
Thermite Welding
brief discussion of thermite welding used to fuse rail sections together; University of Illinois, Urbana Campus
US Railroad Map Software
displays current and historical maps

Official Pages

American Orient Express Rail Journeys
luxury rail journeys featuring historical and recreational stops
B&O Railroad Museum
located in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Where It All Began; they could certainly use all the support they can get to repair the roundhouse roof which caved in under heavy snow in February, 2003; this is a national historic landmark
CSX Transportation
Florida East Coast Railway
official home of Florida East Coast Railway
Mt. Dora Scenic Railway
(dead, but might be making a comeback)
National Museum of Transport, St. Louis
great place with lots of railroad cars of all kinds; right next to an active mainline
Operation Lifesaver
striving to eliminate loss of life and property from railroad grade crossing collisions
Tri-Rail Information Page (southeast Florida)
UPRR System Map