While model railroaders seek realism in their layouts, the process can often be time-consuming. Model Railroading from Prototype to Layout shows how to capture the flavor of a real railroad without getting sidetracked by detail.
Using Tony Koester's expert advice before and during construction of a layout, modelers can sharpen their focus, saving time, money, and even space. Topics include choosing a prototype, setting the time period, planning structures and scenes, selecting locomotives and rolling stock, designing the layout, and planning rail operations.
A great reference book to guide and inspire modelers of all levels. This book shows how to take signature elements of a railroad and adapt them to one's own layout. Written conversationally by one of the most respected names in model railroading
What is "Prototype Modeling"?, pp. 6-17;
Choosing a Prototype to Model, pp. 18-27;
What Time is it?, pp. 28-37;
Structures and Scenes That Look the Part, pp. 38-47;
Putting the (Iron) Horse Before the Cart, pp. 48-57;
Modeling Jobs, pp. 58-73;
Prototypical Approach to Layout Design, pp. 74-85;
Coping With Space Constraints, pp. 86-91;
Prototype Modeling Sampler, pp. 92-95.
Kalmbach Publishing, softcover, 96 pages, 8.5 x 10.25 x .25 in., 25 black and white photographs; 200 Color photographs.