The Model Railroader's Handbook

Gerry Leone
Item #12843

How much time have you wasted searching through piles of reference books and magazines to find that one piece of information that’s vital to a modeling project? The Model Railroader’s Handbook puts all that information in one place!


Created as a workbench companion, this comprehensive guide is easy to use, well organized, and to the point.

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Gerry Leone wrote this book to be the ultimate reference guide, a must-have for modelers of any skill level working in any scale.

Some of the useful information in this book include:

  • How to decipher resistor codes
  • Overviews of track planning software
  • Types of benchwork
  • Programming DCC decoders
  • Building a helix
  • Cleaning track
  • And so much more
Get all the facts and formulas you need to know, but can’t always remember, in one easy-to-use book.
Author: Gerry Leone
Size: 5.375 x 8.375''
Pages: 288
Author Bio
Gerry Leone, NMRA Master Model Railroader No. 346, has published more than 80 articles and photos in the model railroad press. In 2013 he was recruited to host segments of Model Railroader's "Dream/Plan/Build" DVD series. He joined Model Railroader Video Plus in 2016, where he created the monthly "Off the Rails" series of tips and tricks, along with other how-to videos. His monthly "Back On Track" series began in 2020, documenting the construction of his latest HO scale Bona Vista RR layout. He also hosts's monthly "Spaces to Places" video series. In his professional life, Gerry spent 38 years as a creative director and writer at various Minneapolis advertising agencies.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - General information

Chapter 2 - Measurements

Chapter 3 - Prototypes

Chapter 4 - Track

Chapter 5 - Electricity and DDC

Chapter 6 - Scenery

Chapter 7 - Paint and weathering

Chapter 8 - Glossary of terms


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