Guide to Prairie Railroading

Tony Koester
Item #12841

Prairie railroading has its own special appeal, and this all-new book from Tony Koester shows you how to capture both the scenic aspects as well as prototype operations on your layout.
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Prairie railroads have a different feel and character compared to railroads in the mountains. The nature of prairie railroading allows modeling these lines on narrow shelves, which maximizes your layout space whether you’re dealing with a large basement or two walls of a spare bedroom.

This book is filled with both modeling tips and prototype information:

  • How to model many types of farm fields: corn, soybeans, wheat, and more.
  • How to model various businesses common to the region: such as grain elevators, oil dealers, coal dealers, and lumber yards.
  • How railroads operated and dispatched trains on prairie railroads.
  • How they assigned locomotives.
  • And so much more!

Author Tony Koester includes many inspirational photos showing how he and several other veteran modelers captured the essence of these railroads in miniature.

Author: Tony Koester
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 112
Author Bio
Tony Koester has written 10+ books on Model Railroading for Kalmbach. Tony 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, 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

Chapter 1 - Why model the "featureless" flatlands?

Chapter 2 - Choosing an era and region

Chapter 3 - The versatile interchange

Chapter 4 - Controlling Traffic

Chapter 5 - Modeling small towns

Chapter 6 - Small cities with large industries

Chapter 7 - Modeling the agricultural base

Chapter 8 - Expanding your horizons

Chapter 9 - Small to large flatlands railroads

Chapter 10 - A day on No. 20

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