The Model Railroader's Guide to Coal Railroading

Tony Koester
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Description
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.
Author: Tony Koester
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 96
Color photos: 130
Black & White photos: 70
Illustrations: 20
Author Bio
Tony Koester has written a half-dozen books focusing on his life-long hobby of model railroading. Tony is the editor of Model Railroad Planning, a special annual issue of Model Railroader magazine, as well as a contributing editor to MR. He writes MR’s popular Trains of Thought column and has written numerous feature articles for MR. He also served as the editor of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine until 1981. Tony spent a quarter of a century designing, building, and with his friends, operating a freelanced coal-hauling HO railroad, the Allegheny Midland (the Midland Road). More recently, he has been hard at work on a multi-deck HO layout that accurately depicts the Nickel Plate Road’s St. Louis Division as it appeared in 1954.
Table of Contents
Introduction....................................................4
Chapter One: “Tide 470” by David P. Morgan......................6
How coal got to market on the
Chesapeake & Ohio in 1955
Chapter Two: Where’s the coal?.........................................13
How coal was formed, and where major
seams are located in North America
Chapter Three: Company towns...........................................20
“Coal camps,” or “mine patches,”
and company stores
Chapter Four: The central Appalachians..............................30
An overview of the railroads that served
the bituminous coalfields in the East
Chapter Five: The anthracite region....................................48
Railroads and breakers in the hard-coal
region of northeastern Pennsylvania
Chapter Six: Coalfields in the cornfields............................56
Black diamonds continue to be an
important Midwestern “crop”
Chapter Seven: Coal in the West...........................................64
The Powder River Basin has become
the major coal-producing region of the U.S.
Chapter Eight: Black-diamond destinations..........................72
Customers range from small retail
coal yards to steel mills and power plants
Chapter Nine: Big power for heavy trains...........................80
The small and the weak need not apply
when it comes time to haul coal
Chapter Ten: Modeling coal railroad operations................90
Before unit trains, coal was mined
and marketed as many different commodities
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