Model Railroading from Prototype to Layout by Tony Koester Soft Cover

Model Railroading from Prototype to Layout by Tony Koester Soft Cover

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Model Railroading from Prototype to Layout by Tony Koester Soft Cover
 
Model Railroading from Prototype to Layout by Tony Koester SC 2010
Soft Cover
Copyright 2010
By Tony Koester
95 Pages
How to use full-size railroads for information and inspiration
Modeling a specific prototype ("real") railroad is easier now than ever before. The variety of locomotive, rolling stock, and structure models based on specific prototypes has never been greater, and these models come from the factory with a level of detailing that once required lots of aftermarket parts and many hours at the workbench. Model Railroading from Prototype to Layout will guide you as you research and select a prototype railroad to model, then take you through the design and operation of a layout based on that prototype.
This book shows you how to:
Select a prototype railroad to model
Research and find information on real railroads, their equipment, and their surroundings
Design a layout based on prototype principles
Compress prototype scenes while maintaining character and realism
Realistically operate a model railroad
Make and install photographic backdrops of prototype scenes
Add switch machines and other wiring features that won't interfere with lower decks
Contents
Introduction 4
1 What is "prototype modeling"? 6
Achieving a balance between prototype accuracy in model building and operations
4 3 2 Choosing a prototype to model18
Desire does not always equate to feasibility What time is it?  28
Tight time parameters are liberating, not limiting! Structures and scenes that look the part  38
Ensuring that the base prototype is abundantly evident in your modeling
5 Putting the (iron) horse before the cart48
Is a key model available? Is it accurate? Will it do the job? Can you afford it in quantity?
6 Modeling jobs58
Prototype modeling also replicates many jobs performed by professional railroaders
7 Prototypical approach to layout design 74 Practical considerations as you string layout design elements end-to-end into a railroad
8 Coping with space constraints 86
Good prototype modeling doesn't require a gymnasium-size basement
9 Prototype modeling sampler 92 A visual sampler of inspirational prototype modeling

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