Realistic Model Railroad Operation, Second Edition

Tony Koester
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Description
Respected expert Tony Koester teaches modelers how real railroads operate trains and how to apply those methods to their own model railroads in this extensively updated edition. Learning about timetable-and-train-order operation, as well as how cars are switched, how yards function, how signals work, and more, provides an added dimension of realism and fun for modelers, keeping the hobby fresh and exciting.
Author: Tony Koester
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 96
Author Bio
Tony Koester has written nine books focusing on his lifelong hobby of model railroading. He 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 served as the editor of Railroad Model Craftsman. Tony is hard at work on a multi-deck HO railroad that accurately depicts the Nickel Plate Road’s St. Louis Division as it appeared in 1954.
Table of Contents
Introduction

1. Basics of operation
Learning the hows and whys of prototype and model operation
2. Quick-start guide to operation 
Locating your railroad on a map, naming everything, spotting cars
3. Classification, staging, and fiddle yards
Operating visible and hidden yards and determining staging needs
4. "Macro" operations: Moving trains
Operating freight and passenger trains under various dispatching systems
5. Timetable and train-order operation
Taking a closer look at an increasingly popular form of train dispatching
6. "Micro" operations: Forwarding cars
Reviewing various ways to control the purposeful movement of cars
7. More realistic waybills
Developing easy-to-use waybills that are based on prototype documents
8. Signal systems
Understanding hand, whistle, and lineside signaling systems
9. The operating session
Scheduling regular sessions and attracting and managing enough operators

Appendix
About the author
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