When setting out to build an HO-scale layout, a modeller typically chooses one of two paths - creating a fictional railroad, or using a real one. Given the wide range of products on the market today, the second is by far the most popular, but there are a number of considerations the modeller must take into account when creating a layout that's accurate and realistic. This book takes readers through all these considerations: choosing a railroad that fits your time and interests; choosing an era that suits you and your layout; how best to use the space you have; determining the geography and infrastructure that define the railroad and era chosen; selecting the correct rolling stock and locomotives, and integrating passenger service into your layout. The book is illustrated throughout with magnificent macro photography that accentuates the level of realism achievable in model railroad today.
Robert Schleicher is a veteran hobby industry writer with dozens of books to his credit, including The Big Book of Lionel, Lionel Legend, and Lionel FasTrack Book.