With its dramatic scenery and challenging operations, mountain railroading is an appealing theme that crosses many regions and all eras. Respected author Tony Koester offers insight into layout and track planning, and compares narrow gauge with standard gauge railroads. Essential advice on achieving realistic mountain operation is included, along with tips for working relevant scenery into the layout.
Choose the correct locomotives and rolling stock for realistic mountain railroad operation. Learn how to model a forested mountainside, bridges, rock outcroppings, and more. Study dozens of existing mountain layout photos for inspiration.
The Siren Song of Railroading in the Mountains, pp. 4-5;
Mountain Railroading Magic, pp. 6-13;
Slim- vs. Standard-Gauge Railroads, pp. 14-23;
Mountain Railroading Pros and Cons, pp. 24-35;
Signature Characteristics, pp. 36-49;
Motive Power Equal to the Task, pp. 50-63;
Design Tips for a Mountain Railroad, pp. 64-79;
Operating a Mountain Railroad, pp. 80-89;
Mountain Railroading Sampler, pp. 90-94;
About the Author, pg. 95.
Kalmbach Publishing, softcover, 96 pages, 8.25 x 10.75 x .25 in., 150 color photographs.