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Allen McClelland and His Virginian & Ohio – #12844 – Softcover, 112 Pages – 21.99$us
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
Modeler’s Guide to the Right of Way – #12840 – Softcover, 112 Pages – 21.99 $us (Sale: 18.98$us)
The Modeler’s Guide to the Right of Way from Kalmbach and Model Railroader Magazine takes you trackside for a deep dive into the equipment and practices that get railroads across the landscape. It provides the details that keep railroads running, and how to incorporate them into your modeling for a more realistic layout. From the track itself, through the roadbed, and out into the weeds at the edge of the right of way, noted author and modeler 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
Model Realistic Freight Car Loads – #12840 – Softcover, 112 Pages – 21.99 $us (Sale: 18.98$us)
Model Realistic Freight Car Loads from Kalmbach gives many prototype examples of freight car loads from common to unique, and from small to large. Follow along with tons of pictures and drawings showing how to realistically secure loads and operate them. There are hundreds of types of loads, including machinery, heavy equipment, pipe, beams, lumber, boilers, generators, transformers, and many others. The challenge in modeling is making freight car loads for your model railroad more realistic!
This book by noted railroad historian and author Keith Kohlmann will guide you in making your models more realistic by following prototype practice in securing loads and operating them. Included are a lot of photos of real loads, drawings showing how real railroads secure them to cars, and several modeled examples with tips on making model loads as realistic as possible. Inside, you’ll see a variety of types of loads, including:
- Farm machinery and heavy equipment.
- Steel and metal products.
- Buses, trucks, cars, and other vehicle loads.
- Forest products and building materials.