Build a Better Toy Train Layout

Build a Better Toy Train Layout

John Grams and Dick Christianson

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Dick Christianson and John Grams offer tips and techniques for building a more realistic and fun toy train layout, compiled over years of observing some of the best toy train layouts ever built. Their wise and easy-to-follow advice on planning, electrical work, trackwork, scenery, and operation is presented with all-new photos from Dick's O gauge layout.

Dick Christianson, founding editor of Classic Toy Trains Magazine and former editor-in-chief of Kalmbach Books, and John Grams, veteran book author and frequent Classic Toy Trains contributor


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Author: John Grams and Dick Christianson
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 80 pages; 150 color photos; 6 illustrations; ISBN: 9780897784795


Dick Christianson, founding editor of Classic Toy Trains Magazine and former editor-in-chief of Kalmbach Books, and John Grams, veteran book author and frequent Classic Toy Trains contributor
4 Introduction

7 Planning the Layout: It's all in your head
11 Track Planning: Map your territory
17 Benchwork: Build for the ages?
23 Trackwork: From the paper to the plywood
31 Control/Wiring: ZW or TMCC or DCS?
45 Scenery and Structures: Everyone can be an artist
55 Detailing: Where the fun really begins
63 Rolling Stock: It looks better when it's all the same height
69 Maintenance: Keeping the good times rolling
73 Operation: A brave new toy train world

80 Suppliers
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