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The Wonderful World of Model Trains: A Beginner's Guide to Building Your Own Model Railways and Creating Stunning Sceneries & Layouts
There's a nostalgia associated with model trains and railroading -- even if it's unspoken. Railroads take us back to an earlier era. A more basic time. When spending a week or more on a train was seen as a luxury -- an event in itself -- not at as merely a mode of transportation. You've probably already scouted some model railroad shows. You've no doubt recognized the camaraderie and the passion these folks have. And yes, you're interested in becoming a part of that. "The Wonderful World of Model Trains" will help you do just that! It's a comprehensive guide to model railroading written for someone who is new to this hobby, starting with some basic "train knowledge" & terminologies, and continuing on to the more detailed aspects of the hobby. And yes, this hobby can indeed get quite detailed. And that tends to be intimidating to some people. The beauty of this hobby is that you can get involved at just the level you care too. You'll discover that every model railroader is in it for the love of the trains and the history. The vast majority of us are not out to make a fast buck from our interests. Here's some of the things you'll learn in "The Wonderful World of Model Trains" eBook: - How to create stunning terrain in your scenery with these 3 simple techniques... - Different scales, gauges, standards in the world of model railroading and what they all mean... - 2 simple keys (that are right in front of your eyes) to build your own benchwork... - WARNING: 3 things you should never do when it comes to wiring... - A pennies on the dollar approach to finding model train parts... - How to avoid derailing problems... - 3 proven steps to running mutiple trains on one track... - 6 time tested and proven strategies for laying out train tracks... - When to add onto your set with locomotives and rolling stock... - 7 everyday but often overlooked tips and tricks for building the best layouts for your scenery... - How to do general maintenance on your model trains and tracks... - And much more...
The model railroad empire of MTH Electric Trains continues to steam ahead and revolutionize the O gauge electric train market with its innovative product lines, helping to make O gauge the fastest growing segment in model railroading. This is the first operator's handbook devoted to MTH's unique features and characteristics, including the new MTH Digital Control System.Model railroaders can easily construct a complete MTH railroad with the detailed step-by-step instructions in this full-color reference. Thorough coverage of MTH operating systems and related components helps enthusiasts choose the right layout.Includes an overview of the MTH Premier line and RailKing locomotives, rolling stock, and accessories plus a review of the RealTrax track system and the features and operations of ProtoSounds, Loco-Sound, and MTH conventional, infrared, and digital control systems. It also covers computer track planning software, layout construction, wiring and electrical components, scenery construction, equipment maintenance, and operations.-- First operator's handbook devoted to MTH Electric Trains' unique features and characteristics-- Features step-by-step construction of a complete railroad layout from the ground up-- Overviews MTH Electric Trains' components and control systems
Track Planning for Realistic Operation: Prototype Railroad Concepts for Your Model Railroad (Model Railroader)(3rd Edition)
Provides step-by-step design techniques and track planning tips to save model railroaders time, money, and headaches. This must-have book also covers aspects of prototype freight and passenger operations, route design, and contemporary railroading.
N Scale Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby, Second Edition (Model Railroader's How-To Guides)
There have been numerous advances in N scale railroading since the first edition of this book, and the author addresses them all, from track to train control. He takes beginners through step-by-step chapters that show them how to build and operate a complete N scale 4 x 8-foot railroad based on his Androscoggin Central, an interesting and challenging New England railroad.
America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line––the first American railroad––in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe’s, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world-power status.Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. In The Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.
A comprehensive how-to guide for constructing the most common forms of scenery: mountains, deserts, lakes and streams, and rural and town scenes.
Features ideas and techniques on benckwork for layouts from beginning to end using different materials. Includes line drawings and lots of colored photos. Book 104 pages.
When Lionel introduced its new FasTrack system in 2004, model train enthusiasts quickly warmed to the increased realism—right down to the integrated roadbed and darkened center rail—and the greater ease of use. In this book, the author of The Big Book of Lionel presents the first complete guide to the FasTrack system. Amply illustrated with color photographs and 36 track diagrams, the book instructs readers on every aspect of the system, from assembling and disassembling FasTrack to building a simply oval, planning a layout within various space constraints, building tracks for two trains and reversing trains, and designing unique layouts—even yard layouts.
This is the "Wiring Your Toy Train Layout" Book from Kalmbach Publishing. / / FEATURES: Softcover book gives the information you need to start wiring your / toy train layout today. / Even if you can't tell a track lockon from the back of a Z-4000 / transformer, you can still wire a simple or sophisticated toy train / layout with the help of this book. / Using non-technical language and clear, illustrated examples, this / book walks you through many of the common wiring situations you'll / encounter as you build your own operating layout. / You'll find: / Electrical principles explained in terms you can easily understand. / Steps to wiring a simple, yet expandable toy train layout. / Proven instructions for wiring a control panel, track switches, / lights, accessories and other automation and train control / devices. / A command control system overview. / Troubleshooting tips. / An extensive glossary. / With this book, the mysteries of wiring will no longer keep you from / enjoying that operating toy train layout you've always wanted. / / SPECS: Pages: 95 / sdw 12/10/03 / ir/jxs.
An exhilarating, photo-filled journey through the history of America’s favorite toy trains, The Lionel Legend whisks readers through more than a century of Lionel. Veteran hobby historian and author Robert Schleicher conducts us all the way back to Joshua Lionel Cohen’s 1902 “electric cheese box”—the train that started everything—right up to the high-tech, meticulously detailed Lionels of today. This thoroughly entertaining book features an astonishing variety of Lionels—the famous and the fascinatingly rare—steam and diesel engines, freight and passenger cars, action accessories and cars, track and transformers.Lavishly illustrated with modern color photography, vintage advertising, and historic images of the “real” prototype trains, The Lionel Legend charts the course of what is arguably America’s most-enduring toy-industry icon.
a really useful and tough to find book. This is THE ORIGINAL guide to Prewar trains by the experts. The Train Collectors Association put this book together by committee to cover all the prewar bases. This one is the second edition with additions. This is STILL the single most authoritative book on the subject, put together by REAL experts. The bright spot in the picture of the cover is the flash from my camera--not on the book cover. THIS volume even comes with a prewar paint color chart so you can make sure you a) KNOW your color variations, and b) can remix paint for your projects in an accurate manner. NO OTHER PREWAR GUIDE HAS THIS. Why you need this book: •This is a full sized, full color guide to Prewar Lionel. •Assists in every buying and selling activity involving the category of trains commanding the highest prices in the secondary market. •tons of color photos, •256 Pages •accurate dating •variation listings •2 7/8 Gauge •Standard Gauge •O gauge •OO Gauge •Includes accessories •Trolleys •Paper trains •Catalogs and Paper items •Toys and Novelties •section on STREAMLINERS: 072, 0 and 027 series •Separate section on Tenders of all gauges •information on all known variations, •useful index.
This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.
This book looks at the changing image of the Indian Patriot's war for India's Independence and its reflection, which were shown during the Cold War period on the screens of commercial British films and TV. By using a variety of primary and secondary sources, as demonstrated by utilizing Gramsci's theory of Common Sense/Folklore, the author traces the evolution of the Indian Patriot from a villain to a saint, and the British Colonials from kind to mediocre and even evil personalities.
11" x 8.5"; 56 pages [including cover]. Lionel's complete line of "HO", "027", "O" gauge trains and train accessories plus their standard and HO scale motor racing cars and sets.
110 track plans for O or O27 gauge model railroad layouts. Includes simple ovals and figure eights, complex trak arrangements, wide radius curves and dense trackage setups. Editor Cliff Lang was editor of The Whistle Stop and O Gauge Modeler as well as a frequent contributing editor to many Greenberg Guides.
The inside story of the Lionel Corporation as told by former employees. Traces five decades of Lionel train history as people behind the scenes describe Lionel's leaders, products, achievements, and legacy from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Over the past three years slot cars have become one of the fastest-growing segments of the hobby industry. Slot cars have also become so fashionable they have received exposure in automotive and general interest magazines. The time is right for a meaty, loaded follow-up to the highly successful 2002 MBI release, Slot Car Bible. In this new title, Bible author and Model Car Racing magazine publisher Robert Schleicher provides enthusiasts with more tips, tricks, and track plans for 1/32-scale and HO slot cars. This title will offer a wealth of tuning, maintenance, and driving technique information and will include chapters on snap-together raceways and building cars from kits. It will also have performance tests of new products and plans for creating NASCAR replica cars and tracks.