Allegheny Midland, The Lessons Learned Tony Koester Soft Cover Model Railroader
Allegheny Midland, The Lessons Learned Tony Koester Soft Cover Model Railroader
Allegheny Midland, The Lessons Learned Tony Koester Soft Cover Model Railroader

Allegheny Midland, The Lessons Learned Tony Koester Soft Cover Model Railroader

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Allegheny Midland, The Lessons Learned Tony Koester Soft Cover Model Railroader
 
Allegheny Midland, The Lessons Learned by Tony Koester Model Railroader Books
Soft Cover
Copyright 2010
By Tony Koester
96 Pages

The CONTENTS
Introduction 4
1 The roots of the Allegheny Midland 6                                                                                         
How the Midland Road came to be
2 Persnickety plagiarism 14                                                                                                           
"Borrowing" from others' ideas
3 Connecting to the rail network24                                                                                                     
Placing the AM in America's rail system
4 Designing the Allegheny Midland 32                                                                               
Walkaround control is the key                                                                                                              
Track plan 34-35
5 Creating a plausible roster42                                                                                             
Making logical locomotive choices
6 From track plan to benchwork56                                                                                                                           
Sturdy support for the railroad
7 The track gang goes to work 62                                                                                                   
Laying track for operation and realism
8 Signature scenery and structures 70                                                                                        
Capturing the flavor of a region
9 Midland Road operations  78                                                                                                                                                                                   Fast time, car cards, and CTC
10 Expanding horizons 88                                                                                                        
Adding branch line to a coal mine
11"Midland Road" Down Under  94                                                                                                                              
An Aussie keeps alive the spirit of the AM
Allegheny Midland Lessons Learned by Tony Koester (Model Railroader Book)


Tony Koester's HO scale Allegheny Midland was a revolutionary model railroad from its development in the early 1970s until its demise in 2000. A pioneer of freelanced prototype modeling, it was the subject of countless magazine articles and columns. In The Allegheny Midland: Lessons Learned, the author reviews the history of this inspirational and influential layout and discusses ideas and features that worked-and some that didn't. Koester explains how the
Allegheny Midland came to be, which prototype railroads influenced its planning and design, and how the layout-and the hobby itself-evolved throughout the model railroad's 25 years of existence.
This book provides tips on:
Choosing an era for your layout
Fitting a model railroad into the real world
Providing sufficient staging tracks
Creating believable locomotive rosters
Realistically operating a model railroad
Adding "signature" scenes and structures

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