Summary, Materials, etc.
Train Links

Web Forums An N Scale Railroad Modeling Web Portal. Includes a great web-based discussion forum covering all topics of N scale model railroading. The online home of Kalmbach's five railroading-related magazines.
The Layout Party Layout Designings & Planning...For All Scales & Gauges.

Information and Reference
Great Northern Emipire The Great Northern Emipire - Then and Now
Great Northern Railway Historical Society Dedicated to the preservation, study, and history of one of America's greatest railroads, the Great Northern Railway.
NMRA National Model Railroad Association
Handlaying turnouts instructional videos An excellent tutorial series, 33 separate videos each about 5 minutes long.
Handlaying turnouts tips Some interesting tips for handlaying turnouts

Local Shopping (San Jose, CA area)
Tom's Trackside Trains Tom specializes in N-scale and DCC. He's a really nice guy, very willing to answer questions and chat, and goes the extra mile for you. He has a lot of stuff crammed into his small shop too!
1675 Rollins Road Suite B-1, Burlingame, CA, (650) 692-9724
The Train Shop A great local hobby shop, I wish they had a web site. The majority of their stock is HO, but they have a quite a large selection of N scale locomotives and rolling stock! Plus all the supplies needed too! Located at:
1829 Pruneridge Ave., Santa Clara, CA, (408) 296-1050
D&J Hobby Another great local hobby shop. A minor selection of N scale locomotives and rolling stock, a good selection of Woodlands Scenics products and Digitrax decoders, plus every kind of arts & crafts item imaginable. Located at:
96 N San Tomas Aquino Rd, Campbell, CA, (408) 379-1696

Online Shopping
Fifer Hobby Supply I love this place! I especially like that their website lists how much of each item they have in stock, it makes for no-fuss ordering! They have amazingly fast shipping using US Priority mail, and even respond quickly to e-mail! Highly recommended for online shopping!
Top Hobby Trains I've ordered from them and would not hesitate to do so again. Fast shipping, pleasant to talk to on the phone!
N Scale Supply I've ordered from them in the past, but not my first choice to do so again. They're not always up-to-date with what's in stock, after accepting my order and payment they later had to issue a partial refund to me for parts not in stock.

Cool Sites
Dave Vollmer's PRR Dave's previous incarnation of the PRR was my inspiration in choosing the track plan I did. Here's the link to his current work.
Z and N Scale layouts Model Railroad Layout Tours: Z & N Scales