Modeler's Guide to the Right of Way

Jeff Wilson
Item #12840

This book takes you trackside for a deep dive into the equipment and practices that get railroads across the landscape.

Get the details that keep railroads running, and how to incorporate them into your modeling for a more realistic layout.


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From the track itself, through the roadbed, and out into the weeds at the edge of the right of way, Jeff Wilson shares the details that keep railroads running, and how to incorporate them into your modeling for a more realistic layout.

Modeler's Guide to the Right of Way includes:

  • Prototype photos and information, as well as modeling tips

  • Track and roadbed, including rail, ties, spikes, turnouts, switch stands, and ballast

  • Grade-crossing details including flashers, gates, towers, and crossing materials

  • Trackside details such as defect detectors, communication lines, and equipment scanners

  • Signs, such as mileposts, whistle posts, warning signs, speed-limit signs, and flanger posts

  • And more!

Plus, included are 19+ modeling tip callouts throughout the book!

Author: Jeff Wilson
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 112
Author Bio
Jeff Wilson has written more than 40 books on railroads and model railroading. He spent 10 years as an associate editor at Model Railroader magazine, and he currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer, contributing articles to Model Railroader and other magazines. He enjoys many facets of the hobby, especially building structures and detailing locomotives, as well as photographing both real and model railroads.
Table of Contents

Introduction: What is the right of way?

Chapter 1: Track structure

Chapter 2: Ballast and subroadbed

Chapter 3: Turnouts, switch stands, and crossings

Chapter 4: Lineside signals

Chapter 5: Communication lines and poles

Chapter 6: Cases, cabinets, detectors, and details

Chapter 7: Highway and street crossings and details

Chapter 8: Trackside signs


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