Cajon Resources

September 4, 2023


Technical References


Cajon Division Library

Technical Articles and "Tools and Tips" taken from the Cajon Division Order Board Newsletter


Kalmbach Library

The Kalmbach Memorial Library is the research library of the National Model Railroad Association. We have an extensive collection of model and prototype railroad books, periodicals, photos, videos and reference materials available to you, so that you can conduct your railroad-related research in a nice, comfortable environment.


NMRA Online Archive

Over 100,000 railroad related images organized by type of original media and then by equipment or structure type. The images have metadata included, so the web archive is searchable. There is a list available on the website of the keywords used to classify and organize the images. There is also a list of railroad reporting marks provided on each page of thumbnails to help further refine searches.


NMRA Standards & Recommended Practices

The NMRA Standards were developed as a way to help insure that equipment could be interchanged between one model railroad and another and that cars and locomotives of one manufacturer could run on the track of another manufacturer together with cars and equipment of still other manufacturers and modelers.NMRA Standards provide the primary basis upon which Interchange between equipment and various North American scale model railroads is founded. Under this requirement NMRA Standards include only those factors that are considered vital to such Interchange. For less critical matters see the NMRA Recommended Practices.


Common DCC Decoder Reset Procedures
DCC Decoder Reset Codes

A not uncommon problem with mobile DCC decoders is losing settings as occurs at times when a short circuit is experienced on the track feed, or making mistakes when changing CV’s (Configuration Variables). The best way to overcome a problem such as this is to reset the decoder to its default factory settings and start over.


NMRA Beginners Guide

The goal of this guide is to help those who are interested in building a model railroad but who have never done it before or to assist those who may have a simple track plan and now want to learn more. Since this reference is designed for the novice, they go over the basics of model railroading, things like what scale means, and what trucks are. They also go over basic tool use since more than a few potential model-railroaders are not completely comfortable using tools.


NMRA Directory

This directory of Web Sites contains hundreds of links to Sites listed by Manufacturere, Layout Tours, Modeling, Clubs, Hobby Shops, Memorabilla, Photo Galleries, Modern Railfanning, Golden Age, Historical Societies, Rail Travel, Tourist Sites and Official Industry Sites.


Model Railroad Wood Craftsman Kits

This Site documents the history of the Ambroid car kits (see the Ambroid page), and the Union Pacific Streamliner City of Los Angeles (COLA) from 1950.


Model Railroad Reference Web Sites

Everything about model railroading. The information hub for the collectors & operators of model trains. Model railroaders will find this site useful for locating hobby shops/dealers, products, & train shows. Our modeling resource section offers lots of articles, tips & tricks on layout design. You can also place a classified ad for free related to model railroad product & services. Whether you are building a small table-top layout or a large scale layout in your backyard, we have everything here that is needed to build your layout.


Train Life

The Premier Online Resource for Model Train Hobbyists: Articles, Magazines, Audio, Videos, Albums, Groups, Events and Blogs


Model Train Builder

Model Train Builder is the Illustrated step by step guide to a great layout. It is the illustrated guide to building a great model railroad. Imagine building a miniature world with colorful and realistic trains rolling through hills and valleys that you have created.


Building Your Model Railroad

These pages were conceived and written to help put together lessons learned in 20 years of experience in working with model trains and train layouts - along with the experiences of many who have shared the passion - in order to provide you with all the information, tools and techniques you need to build your own realistic, artistic and fully operational model railroad empire.


Model Railroad Forums/Focus Groups


Model Railroads Of Southern California
Model Railroads Of Southern California

A group for Southern California model railroaders, model railroad layout owners and clubs to share their progress, experiences, tips and techniques with each other. All Southern California model railroaders, with or without layouts, are very welcome to participate. Featured layouts can be of any railroad, time period or geographic setting, however, the physical location of the layout must be in the southern half of the state.


Model Train Forum

The complete model train resource: General Model Train Forum Discussion, Scale Specific Model Train Forum, Model Train Multimedia, Model Train Workshop, The Right of Way, Market Place, Communities, Model Train Picture Gallery, What's Going On?


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