150 Years of Train Models by Hal Carstens 400 photos Hard Cover Copyright 1999

150 Years of Train Models by Hal Carstens 400 photos Hard Cover Copyright 1999

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150 Years of Train Models by Hal Carstens 400 photos Hard Cover Copyright 1999
 
150 Years of Train Models by Hal Carstens 400 photos Hard Cover Copyright 1999 152 pages
This book started out to be a simple, selected compilation of my Dispatcher's Report column from the pages of RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN. As the material was gathered it developed into a history of the model railroad hobby from its earliest years until the late 1970s. Photographs came from my personal files as well as from the RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN library and a number of other sources.
It would be impossible to include everybody who had a part in creating the early days of the hobby. Photographs of some important early pioneers were not available to me as the book grew in scope. Perhaps more photos will turn up after this book is printed. The same is true of many of the early modelers who played an important role in promoting scale model railroading, collecting scale and toy trains, creating standards so locos and cars were interchangeable and those who worked, sometimes behind the scenes, to organize the trade and consumer associations which helped our model railroad hobbies grow and stabilize. The hobby and industry could not have grown without their efforts.
The manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers and consultants listed in this book have given freely of their time and effort to help the hobby grow. So have the pioneers who formed NMRA, TCA, TTOS and other smaller organizations to create platforms where modelers and collectors could meet and share ideas, create standards for operating and collecting, and make new friends.

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