Time-Saving Techniques for Building Model Railroads

Tony Koester
Item #12817

Building a model railroad – especially a room- or basement-sized layout – takes a lot of time. In his new book, Tony Koester shares many invaluable time-saving tricks he’s learned over the decades as an accomplished modeler and author.

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Topics include:

  • Using LDEs (Layout Design Elements) with staging.
  • Efficient layout construction tips and techniques.
  • Time-effective methods to get a layout built and operating.
Author: Tony Koester
Size: 8.25" x 10.75"
Pages: 112
Illustrations: 175
Author Bio
Tony Koester has written 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 - What's the point?

Chapter 1 - Goals based on time, space, and budget
Finding ways to consume fewer resources

Chapter 2 - What to do ahead of time
Things to do before layout construction consumes almost all of your spare time

Chapter 3 - Looking to the prototype
No sense reinventing the wheel

Chapter 4 - Shortcuts to layout construction
Paper templates, narrow shelves, hand-throws, and lighting

Chapter 5 - Doing scenery in layers
Progress promotes progress; foam construction; trees vs. forests

Chapter 6 - Time-saving structure tips
Kitbashing pros and cons; modeling the boondocks; flats; photo walls

Chapter 7 - Improving engines and rolling stock
The handsome USRA fleet, stand-ins, quick weathering tips

Chapter 8 - Tips from the masters
So how do they get so much done?
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