The Allegheny Midland: Lessons Learned

Tony Koester
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Tony Koester’s well-known HO scale Allegheny Midland layout is analyzed in detail in this fascinating book.
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Tony Koester’s well-known HO scale Allegheny Midland layout is analyzed in detail in this fascinating 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
Author: Tony Koester
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 96
Color photos: 150
Author Bio
Allegheny Midland: Lessons Learned is Tony Koester’s seventh book focusing on his life-long hobby of model railroading. Tony Koester spent a quarter of a century designing, building, and operating (with his friends) the Allegheny Midland, a freelanced coal-hauling HO railroad. He is now hard at work completing a multi-deck HO layout that accurately depicts the Nickel Plate Road's St. Louis Division as it appeared in 1954. Tony has been the editor of Model Railroad Planning, a special annual issue of Model Railroader magazine, since its inception in 1995. He is a contributing editor to Model Railroader and writes the popular Trains of Thought column and numerous feature articles.
Table of Contents
Introduction 4

Chapter 1: The roots of the Allegheny Midland  6
-How the Midland Road came to be

Chapter 2: Persnickety plagiarism  14
-"Borrowing" from others' ideas

Chapter 3: Connecting to the rail network  24
-Placing the AM in America's rail system

Chapter 4: Designing the Allegheny Midland  32
-Walkaround control is the key 
-Track plan 34-35

Chapter 5: Creating a plausible roster  42
-Making logical locomotive choices

Chapter 6: From track plan to benchwork  56
-Sturdy support for the railroad

Chapter 7: The track gang goes to work  62
-Laying track for operation and realism

Chapter 8: Signature scenery and structures  70
-Capturing the flavor of a region

Chapter 9: Midland Road operations  78
-Fast time, car cards, and CTC

Chapter 10: Expanding horizons  88
-Adding a branch line to a coal mine

Chapter 11: "Midland Road" Down Under  94
-An Aussie keeps alive the spirit of the AM
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