Tony Koester's well-known HO scale Allegheny Midland layout is analyzed in detail in this fascinating new book. Built over the course of 25 years, the layout has been the subject of many Model Railroader magazine articles over the years. Here, Koester looks at lessons learned during the construction and operation of the Allegheny Midland. Using the author's original photography, he highlights many how-to lessons from its construction, along with the wisdom and perspective that comes from reviewing what worked and what didn't on one of the largest and most notable layouts in the country.
A compelling combination of project layout, analysis, and how-to book. Author Tony Koester gives insight into his 25-year layout project. The Allegheny Midland is legendary among model railroaders and continues to generate interest.
Introduction, pp. 4-5;
The roots of the Allegheny Midland: How the Midland Road came to be, pp. 6-13;
Persnickety plagiarism: Borrowing from others' ideas, pp. 14-23;
Connecting to the rail network: Placing the AM in America's rail system, pp. 24-33;
Designing the Allegheny Midland: Walk around control is the key, Track plan, pp. 34-41;
Creating a plausible roster: Making logical locomotive choices, pp. 42-55;
From track plan to benchwork: Sturdy support for the railroad, pp. 56-61;
The track gang goes to work: Laying track for operation and realism, pp. 62-69;
Signature scenery and structures: Capturing the flavor of a region, pp. 70-77;
Midland Road operations: Fast time, car cards, and CTC, pp. 78-87;
Expanding horizons: Adding a branch line to a coal mine, pp. 88-93;
Midland Road Down Under: An Aussie keeps alive the spirit of the AM, pg. 94;
Index, pg. 95.
Kalmbach Publishing, softcover, 96 pages, 8.25 x 10.75 x .25 in., 150 Color photographs.