As you can tell by the contents and title this book is oriented to newcomers to model railroading. There are many photographs with an explanation of what you are looking at (draft gear, brake beam, etc.). Old heads may learn a point or two on maintenance.
Keeping locomotives in good condition is critical to smooth operations on a model railroad. In the newest Essential Series book by Cody Grivno, Beginner's Guide to Locomotives and Rolling Stock, modelers will learn:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ How to choose, buy, and maintain locomotives, freight cars, and passenger cars with a focus on HO and N scales.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ How to perform basic maintenance and simple upgrades using detail parts, new couplers and new wheels.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ The basics about steam and diesel locomotive and freight car types.
Getting started, pp. 4-11;
Prototype steam locomotives, pp. 12-19;
Steam locomotive models, pp. 20-29;
Prototype diesel locomotives, pp. 30-39;
Diesel model basics and maintenance, pp. 40-51;
Freight and passenger cars, pp. 52-67;
Prototype and model couplers, pp. 68-77;
Wheels and trucks, 78-87;
Tools and adhesives, pp. 88-96.
Kalmbach Publishing, softcover, 96 pages, 8.25 x 10.75 x .25 in., 225 Color photographs.