Philden's Top Links

Here's a snapshot of Philden's favourites from the wide, wide world of web

In much the same way as people leave a review on a good book that they've read, here are my own 2 cents worth on what I've thought about some of the HO scale models and products that I've bought and tried over the course of building this layout. (Legal disclaimer; all reviews are of items that I've actually purchased and no locomotive's feelings were hurt by a writer who still thinks good ol' DC control is better, simply because all the World's Greatest Superheroes come from DC Comics and not DCC Comics).




It's childhood memories of taking trips on trains that usually plant the model railway bug in our semi-consciousness at a young age. So it's usually nice to know that we aren't alone. While I'm not a member of a model railway club as such, the following are a selection of some of my favourite fellow HO scale modellers and bloggers from the land Down Under. And it's always nice to put a face to the name when I bump into someone at a model train show who says that they follow my blog, so make sure you say hi and introduce yourself when you next see Philden on display.

  •  Lambing Flat James McInerney's HO scale NSWGR layout ~ Jun 2015
  •  Bogong & Geehi Railway - Murray Scholz's Victorian On30 layout ~ Jul 2015
  •  Cathkin - Walter Hinterberger's HO scale Victorian Railways branchline ~ Sep 2015
  •  Bylong - Ray Pilgrim's NSWGR masterpiece & Shapeways shop Oct 2015
  •  Burrowa - Peter Hearsum's HO NSWGR Southern Tablelands layout ~ Dec 2015
  •  South Coast Rail - Bob Stack's On30 scale NSW South Coast layout ~ Mar 2016
  •  The Main North - Marcus Ammann's HO scale NSWGR model railway ~ May 2016
  •  NSWR in the Seventies - Ben Gray's HO scale Sydney bookshelf layout ~ Sep 2016
  •  Philip's Creek Phil White's HO scale NSWGR layout ~ Dec 2016
  •  Border District - Anthony Palmer's Victorian & SA Border HO layout ~ Feb 2017
  •  Craig's Shed - Craig Mackie's HO Casino & NSW North Coast layout ~ Mar 2017
  •  The Newcastle-Fassifern Railway - Garry Glazebrook's NSWGR layout ~ Jun 2017
  •  Brolgan Road - Rick Fletcher's 1960's Central West NSW HO layout ~ Oct 2017
  •  Splitters Swamp Creek - Geoff Burns' NSW HO scale steam era layout ~ Dec 2017
  •  Building Wagga - Rob Nesbitt's HO scale Tumbarumba branch layout ~ Jan 2018
  •  Billabong Marina - Tom Carlo's amazing HO scale NSW micro-layout ~ Feb 2018
  •  Camden Valley - James Harris's HO NSWGR era Camden Line ~ Mar 2018
  •  Gunnedah & Beyond - Darren's HO NSWGR Main North layout ~ Apr 2018
  •  Morpeth - Trevor Hodges' 7mm O scale NSWGR model railway ~ Jun 2018
  •  Killawarra - Justin Moy's NSW North Coast modelling in HO scale ~ Jul 2018
  •  Branching out - Peter's NSWGR HO scale model railway journey ~ Aug 2018
  • watch this space as I continue to grow this list!

I love YouTube. Its done for amateur train videographers what iTunes has done for budding musicians. From chasing trains in the sky with drones, to taking guided tours of a basement model railroad we might otherwise have never seen, wasting hours on a Saturday night can now easily be justified as an extension of our hobby. So without further adieu, here are my current Top 5 favourite YouTube clips in no particular order.


I've come across hundreds of great model railway blogs from around the world on the internet, and it just goes to show that language and culture isn't a barrier to appreciate great modelling skills and model trains of all tastes! So here are my all-time 30 favourite blogs from around the world, in order of the date I first added them, starting with the layout that first inspired Philden, Keith Jordan's The Patch which was featured in Great Model Railroads 2012.

  •  The Patch Railroad - Keith Jordan's Santa Fe HO switching railroad ~ May 2015
  •  The Model Railways of Chris Nevard - Chris Nevard's UK OO layouts ~ Aug 2015
  •  Port Rowan - Trevor Marshall's S scale Canadian National layout ~ Nov 2015
  •  Bron Hebog - Rob Waller's 009 scale Welsh Highlands model railway ~ Jan 2016
  •  Algonquin Railway - Ryan Mendell's HO scale Canadian model railway ~ Feb 2016
  •  Die Cochemer Bahn - Frits Osterthun's HO scale Southern Germany ~ Apr 2016
  •  TrainScape - Jose Manuel Gomez Maria's Spanish railway dioramas ~ Jun 2016
  •  Nystrup Gravel - Claus Neilson's 1:35 scale Danish industrial railway ~ Jul 2016
  •  Rhyd - David John's O14 scale narrow gauge North Wales layout ~ Aug 2016
  •  The OTCM - Oly Turner & Chris Matthews' 4 mm British layout ~ Oct 2016
  •  The Niagara Branch - Hunter Hughson's HO NYC branchline layout ~ Nov 2016
  •  USMRR - Bernard Kempinski's O scale US military model railroad ~ Jan 2017
  •  Feldbahn-Modellbau - Marcel Ackle's 1:35 scale dioramas ~ Apr 2017
  •  Thunder Mesa Mining Co. - Dave Meek's On30 Wonderland layout ~ May 2017
  •  ATSF Surfline - Alain Kap's HO scale 1940's Santa Fe Surfline layout ~ Jul 2017
  •  Stockton & Copperopolis R.R. - Don Ball's HO scale 1895 U.S. layout ~ Aug 2017
  •  Palisade Canyon R.R. - Brad Meyer's N scale tracks across Nevada ~ Sep 2017
  •  Northest Kingdom - Mike McNamara's HO scale Maine Central empire ~ Nov 2017
  •  Prince Street - Chris Mears' Prince Edward Island model railroad ~ May 2018
  •  G&W Quebec Gatineau - Bernard Hellen's Canadian model adventures ~ Jun 2018
  • watch this space as I continue to grow this list!

...And finally, since 2011 I've been sharing my Railway Reminiscing stories over on my author blog at From growing up in Gosford, to chasing trains up Ardglen bank, you can enjoy the 100 free articles I have written of the railway stations and forgotten lines that I have explored Down Under. There's even an account of my railcruising adventure in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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