With its dramatic scenery and challenging operations, mountain railroading is an appealing theme that crosses many regions and all eras. Respected author Tony Koester offers insight into layout and track planning, and compares narrow gauge with standard gauge railroads. Essential advice on achieving realistic mountain operation is included, along with tips for working relevant scenery into the layout.
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Author: Tony Koester
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 150 color photos; ISBN: 9780890248157
Tony Koester has written a half-dozen books focusing on his life-long hobby of model railroading. Tony is the editor of Model Railroad Planning, a special annual issue of Model Railroader magazine, as well as a contributing editor to MR. He writes MR’s popular Trains of Thought column and has written numerous feature articles for MR. He also served as the editor of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine until 1981.
Tony spent a quarter of a century designing, building, and with his friends, operating a freelanced coal-hauling HO railroad, the Allegheny Midland (the Midland Road). More recently, he has been hard at work on a multi-deck HO layout that accurately depicts the Nickel Plate Road’s St. Louis Division as it appeared in 1954.
Introduction: The Siren Song of Railroading in the Mountains
Chapter 1: Mountain Railroading Magic
Chapter 2: Slim- vs. Standard-Gauge Railroads
Chapter 3: Mountain Railroading Pros and Cons
Chapter 4: Signature Characteristics
Chapter 5: Motive Power Equal to the Task
Chapter 6: Design Tips for a Mountain Railroad
Chapter 7: Operating a Mountain Railroad
Chapter 8: Mountain Railroading Sampler
About the Author
Tony Koester's Model Railroader's Guide to Mountain Railroading comes from an author who has made model railroading his life hobby, editing special issues of Model Railroader magazine since 1995 and actively participating in the model rail community. This guide discusses layout, track planning, and how to achieve realistic mountain operation and layouts, and is a 'must' for any model railroader.