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With so many books available at your local hobby shop, (We entered more than 70 into this list with our first compilation) weeding out the useful ones from the duds can be a daunting task.  It is our hope that you will be able to use this area to find the types of information that your interested in.

Structure Projects for Your Model Railroad (Modeling & Painting)
by Model Railroader magazine, Jeff Wilson (Editor)

Realistic structures are an essential component of any successful model railroad layout, so hobbyists will appreciate this collection that guides them step by step through various structure modeling processes. They ll learn to complete simple and complex scratchbuilding projects as well as kitbashing, detailing, and painting, discovering many techniques and materials they can apply to their own projects along the way.

The Wonderful World of Model Trains: A Beginner's Guide to Building Your Own Model Railways and Creating Stunning Sceneries & Layouts
By David B. Brokaw

There's a nostalgia associated with model trains and railroading -- even if it's unspoken. Railroads take us back to an earlier era. A more basic time. When spending a week or more on a train was seen as a luxury -- an event in itself -- not at as merely a mode of transportation. You've probably already scouted some model railroad shows. You've no doubt recognized the camaraderie and the passion these folks have. And yes, you're interested in becoming a part of that. "The Wonderful World of Model Trains" will help you do just that! It's a comprehensive guide to model railroading written for someone who is new to this hobby, starting with some basic "train knowledge" & terminologies, and continuing on to the more detailed aspects of the hobby.

How to Build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery, Third Edition
by Dave Frary

A cookbook approach to creating scenery like an expert that delivers predictable results every time. Teaches how to design, build, model, and finish backgrounds, mountains, hills, trees, bushes, water, dirt, and much more. Features detailed photos, techniques, and product information.

Minimalist Model Railroading: Capturing the Essence of Railroading
by Jim Spavins

Why do we build model railroads? The answer is to capture some piece of the essence of railroading. The design of a model railroad should be relentlessly focused on this goal. The number of trains, the amount of track, the volume of scenery, the quantity of buildings is not the important design metric the only thing that is important is that you have enough of each to fulfill the goal of re-creating some part of the railroad experience. Above all, a satisfying model railroad design should meet your building or operating desires and conform to your resources of time, space, money, and skills. Inside this book you will discover a fresh perspective on the process of model railroad design. There are seven complete layouts where the philosophy of minimalist model railroading is discussed in great detail along with numerous other design ideas which can be applied to creating your next model railroad.

The Model Railroader's Guide to Bridges, Trestles & Tunnels
by Jeff Wilson

Prolific Kalmbach author Jeff Wilson shows modelers how to re-create numerous types of railroad and highway bridges based on prototype designs. Divided into chapters by bridge type, each chapter shows several prototype examples and demonstrates techniques for modeling, painting, weathering, and installing the models on a layout. Covers the history of railroad bridges, trestles, and tunnels. Includes specific details for modeling iron and steel truss bridges, plate girder bridges, concrete bridges, lift bridges, tunnels, and more. Lists currently available models. Ideal for intermediate and advanced hobbyists.

Model Railroader's Guide to Mountain Railroading
by Tony Koester

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.

The Model Railroader's Guide to Locomotive Servicing Terminals
by Martin McGuirk

Offers hobbyists a guide to modeling locomotive service, repair, and storage terminals. Also includes tips and techniques for modeling trackage, structures, and other terminal details appropriate for the steam or diesel era.

Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles, Vol. 2 (Modeling & Painting)
From Model Railroader Magazine

This second volume of articles from Model Railroader offers modelers more tips for building bridges and trestles on their layouts. New information and how-tos include modeling a highway underpass, building a viaduct, creating a stone arch bridge, and more. Modelers will learn how to use current kits plus get scratchbuilding tips. Includes expert instruction for modelers of all skill levels. Highlights new techniques for building bridges out of concrete. Provides detailed how-to photos for each project.

Planning Scenery for Your Model Railroad: How to Use Nature for Modeling Realism
by Tony Koester

Fourth in the Realistic Model Railroading series by the same author, this volume shows modelers how to turn to the real thing natural land forms, crops, forests, water features, and even the seasons, to get better results on their model railroad layouts. What are the critical and model-able differences between the Rockies and the Appalachian Mountains, for example, and what resources can help modelers achieve a natural-looking scene from each area? These big ideas are supported by modeling projects as examples of incorporating realistic natural effects including rock strata, water forms, field crops, and space-saving industries.

The Model Railroader's Guide to Logging Railroads
by Matt Coleman

FEATURES: This 79 page book traces the history of the timber industry and it's railroads, following advances in logging methods and equipment, specialized rolling stock and the development of geared steam locomotives, including the Shay, Climax and Heisler designs This book also includes information and tips about: Logging camps and structures. Sawmills and log ponds. Skeleton cars, log bunks and other rolling stock. Loading and unloading log trains. Track planning for logging lines and geared steam locomotives More than 150 photos and diagrams

Painting Backdrops for Your Model Railroad
by Mike Danneman

This book shows you how easy it can be to add backdrops to your layouts by explaining why you need one, how to build and paint one, how to add clouds, how to blend with layout scenery, and more. Other techniques such as using photos and commercial backdrops are also included.

The Model Railroader's Guide to Coal Railroading
by Tony Koester

Master modeler Tony Koester gives you a handy reference for modeling a coal-hauling prototype-based or freelance railroad. Chapters introduce coal and the coal industry. Includes information on modeling coal trains, company towns, and coal customers, plus operating tips.

The Model Railroader's Guide to Industries Along the Tracks 3
by Jeff Wilson

This volume contains a variety of prototype photos and suggestions for how to model and place industries on your layouts for realistic operation.

Modeling the '50s: The Glory Years of Rail
by Model Railroader Staff

Take in historical information and photos covering locomotives, passenger equipment, freight cars, and trackside details. Featured layouts in a variety of scales show you how to model Chicago's Dearborn Station, move coal in the Appalachians, carry produce, and recreate Los Angeles of the 1950's.

Basic Structure Modeling for Model Railroaders
by Terry Thompson and Jeff Wilson

Learn the reasons for including structures on your layout, then select and build the your own! Photo driven projects demonstrate the tools, materials, and techniques used when modeling plastic or wood structures. Offers techniques for realistic finishing, including painting, weathering, sign making, interior detailing, and more.



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