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Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Unique Operating Layout.
The insider's guide to designing a great model railroad.
By Tony Koester

Using photographs and a variety of other types of illustrations, as well as a straightforward style, notable Model Railroader magazine author Tony Koester shows how to make creative, plausible choices for the concept and construction of a well-thought out model railroad. He covers key topics like developing an entire model railroad theme, choosing a scale, integrating signature design elements into your track plan, and much, much more.

Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 150 color photographs; 10 black and white photographs; 50 artist depictions, diagrams, tables, track plans.
Designing a successful model railroad calls for much more than drafting a track plan and setting up a platform. Creating realistic towns, industries and work for your trains to perform well will go a long wry to improving any layout, regardless of its size, emphasis or scale.

Tony Koester, notable Model Railroad Magazine columnist and author of other books on model railroading, offers insight into making plausible choices for the concept and construction of your model railroad. Photographs of his own layouts, and those of other respected modelers, are carefully chosen and placed strategically throughout the text to illustrate the concepts he discusses in REALISTIC MODEL RAILROAD DESIGN, all of which give his words meaningful weight and you, Reader, insight into this presentation.

In making this deliberative presentation on his approach to model railroading, Tony Koester covers:
-- Developing practical guidelines for a freelanced or prototype-based model railroad.
-- Using graphics, paint schemes, equipment rosters and naming conventions to create a unique, yet authentic identity for your model railroad.
-- Considering time frame and geography on your layout.
-- Creating a comprehensive model railroad design that makes construction, maintenance and operation enjoyable.

REALISTIC MODEL RAILROAD DESIGN has a wealth of useful and insightful concepts to get you on the read to designing your own realistic model railroad. If ever there was a "must read" book for model railroaders, this is it. It has its rewards and any reader will be justly pleased with it.

-- Introduction
-- 1. Freelancing -- Within Limits: Freelanced railroads allow for creativity, but there are well-defined guidelines that could help make these kinds of layouts more realistic in appearance and operation.
-- 2. Prototype Modeling: With a wealth of information at our fingertips about how real railroads work, many modelers choose to model prototype railroads. Using a variety of methods and a little creativity, realistic operations are certainly attainable.
-- 3. Plausibility: Whether you are freelancing or modeling a specific prototype, plausibility results from the way everything works when the layout and the operation is considered as a whole.
-- 4. Considerations of Time: Choosing a time frame in which to set your model railroad is as important as is conveying the passage of time.
-- 5. Image and Graphics: Graphic designs, lettering, heralds, names and paint schemes are all ways to communicate details about your model railroad to observers.
-- 6. Creating a Roster: Tempting as it is to buy a collection of items for your layout, the process of building a roster of locomotives and cars benefits from the same sort of analysis used to choose a railroad and an era to model.
-- 7. Geography and Scenery: Using archetypal cues, including structures, geology and landscape, you literally post a sign identifying the location and type of railroad you are modeling.
-- 8. Layout Design: the Visible Parts: When designing a layout, choosing a number of "Layout Design Elements" will help determine how your model railroad comes together.
-- 9. ... and the Invisible Parts: What we don't see on a model railroad is important, as that is where the stage is set for the sections we choose to model.
-- 10. Construction and Maintenance: No matter how nice a layout looks, operators and observers won't come back it it's not built to run well.
-- 11. Crews and Jobs: It is possible to build and operate a model railroad alone, but sharing it with others on a regular basis can be rewarding and can also foster creative solutions to roadblocks.

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