Allen McClelland and His Virginian & Ohio

Tony Koester
Item #12844

Allen McClelland made a profound impact on model railroading, and his Virginian & Ohio is one of the hobby’s best-known layouts of all time. It pioneered many concepts that later became standards in layout design.

Get this historical book on the late Allen McClelland and how his influence helped bring model railroading to where it is today.

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Allen McClelland encouraged modelers to look at their layouts not as stand-alone entities, but as links in the North American rail system — looking beyond the basement. Take a look at Allen’s HO scale Virginian & Ohio layout, one of the best-known layouts of all time. This inspirational layout pioneered many concepts that later became standards in layout design.

Allen became well-known not just for his V&O’s realistic scenery, setting, and theme, but for showing us how to:

  • Use walkaround command control to take advantage of linear track plans
  • Choose a railroad name and theme that reflect prototype regions and railroads
  • Adopt operating procedures based on prototype practices

Find inspiration in how the Virginian & Ohio was conceived and developed, and get ideas for applying the same concepts to your own layout!

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

Introduction: The revolution began here

Chapter 1: Beyond the basement

Chapter 2: Linear layout design

Chapter 3: Walkaround command control

Chapter 4: The development of Centralized Traffic Control

Chapter 5: The debut of plastic models

Chapter 6: Plausibility over showmanship

Chapter 7: What's in a name?

Chapter 8: The "Good Enough" Principle

Chapter 9: The Appalachian Lines and subsequent V&O railroads

Chapter 10: The McClelland legacy

Chapter 11: Photo Gallery

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