Realistic Model Railroad Operation: How to Run Your Trains Like the Real Thing

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Kalmbach Publishing, Co., 2003 - Crafts & Hobbies - 96 pages
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Make your railroad more true-to-life - and interesting - by adopting realistic operation principles. Covers the history, practice, terminology, and benefits of operating realistically. Guides you through the steps leading to realistic operation, and includes pictorial examples of working model railroads and realistic operating sessions.
 

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Tony Koester is the sole author. Mr. Strang was not involved with this book.

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Being a beginner who have tried to gather information from magazines etc, I got a good overview from this book, but am still not quite satisfied. Koester goes very much into details about how he operates his own layout with waybills, signals and timetable and train-order. Here you can find plenty of quite useful examples. But if you like to learn about different ways of operating, the info is very brief or non-existing.
I enjoyed reading it, but when I go back to study more, I find that it doesn't give me very much. The impression is that Koester has written about his favorite aspects of operation, not bothering to cover the whole subject.
 

Contents

Introduction
4
Quickstart guide to operation
10
Why railroads operate objectives balance
25
Shortcuts to operation
40
Moving trains
60
Signal systems
72
The operating session
80
What lies ahead
88
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