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North American Railway Modelling

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North American railway modelling has its own distinctive flavour and practices, along with its own language and terminology.  Books on North American railway modelling are therefore grouped together on this page.

Please consult the How to Order section before ordering any books.

 

Armstrong, John H and Stepek, Thaddeus  Nine N Scale Model Railroads, Atlas Tool Company, 1970, pp48.  Large Format Pb.  VG-.  Detailed designs for nine American-style N gauge layouts.  2.50

Armstrong, John  Track Planning for Realistic Operation: Prototype Concepts for your Model Railroad, Kalmbach, 1976, pp104.  Large Format Pb.  Fair.  Some wear to the covers.  "Useful information about how real railroads operate and advice on how to design a realistic model railroad.  3.95

(The) Best of Mainline Modeler's Freight Cars Vol.1, Book 1, Phoenix Publishing, 1991, pp100.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  VG.  A selection of articles and drawings previously published in the American magazine Mainline Modeler.  12.50

(The) Best of Mainline Modeler's Freight Cars Vol.2, Book 2, Phoenix Publishing, 1991, pp100.  Large Format.   Card Covers.  VG. A further selection of articles and drawings previously published in the American magazine Mainline Modeler.  10.50

(The) Best of Mainline Modeler's Freight Cars Vol.3, Book 3, Phoenix Publishing, 1991, pp100.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  VG.  A third selection of articles and drawings previously published in the American magazine Mainline Modeler.  10.50

(The) Best of Mainline Modeler's Passenger Cars Vol.1, Book 4, Phoenix Publishing, 1991, pp100.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  VG.  A selection of articles and drawings previously published in the American magazine Mainline Modeler.  12.50

Coleman, Matt  The Model Railroader's Guide to Logging Railroads, Kalmbach Publishing, 2008, pp78.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Well-illustrated throughout.  8.50

Fiehmann, Don  The DCC Guide: How to select and use your command control system, Kalmbach Books, 2007, pp80.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  An American explanation of DCC with chapters on: DCC history & standards, The DCC system, Decoders, Programming decoders, Selecting a system, Layout wiring; Installing decoders; Lighting; Sound; and Operating with DCC.  2.95

Freight Car Lettering Plan Book for Model Railroaders: Book Number Two, Champion Decal Company, 2nd printing 1965, pp80.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  VG- with some superficial wear to the covers, contents VG.  Old price sticker on the front cover.  611 authentic Freight Car Plans, representing 208 different railroads and private owner cars.  7.50

Friberg, Rutger  Model Railroad Electronics 2, Allt om Hobby, 1998, pp144.  Card Covers.  VG.  Slight creasing at the top corner of the front cover.  This second volume zeros in on Marklin's digital control system.  Rutger describes the entire Marklin digital control system: how to use it, how to repair it and how to tailor it to suit your own particular needs. Additionally, nearly twenty do-it-yourself construction projects are presented.  1.95

Friberg, Rutger  Model Railroad Electronics 4, Allt om Hobby, 1997, pp96.  Card Covers.  VG.  A further selection of model railroad projects.  1.95

Friberg, Rutger  Model Railroad Electronics 5, Allt om Hobby, 1997, pp112.  Card Covers.  VG pp112. Further model railroad projects. The fifth book is similar to the fourth and is filled with construction tips for all model railroaders.  1.95

Friberg, Rutger  Model Railroad Electronics 6, Allt om Hobby, 2000, pp96.  Card Covers.  VG.  The sixth volume features a mixture of analogue and digital projects for small and large scales alike.  1.95

Glaab, John  The Brown Book of Brass Locomotives: Featuring Diesel, Electric, Geared, Narrow Gauge, and Steam, Chilton, 3rd edition 1994, pp280.  Pb.  Fair.  Crease across the top corner of the front cover.  A complete update of the classic illustrated index and value guide to HO brass locomotives.  4.95

Greenberg, Bruce  Model Railroading: A Family Guide, Prentice Hall, 1979, pp167 plus pp16 of colour illustrations.  Large Format Hb.  Very Good+ in a Very Good dust wrapper.  Two small tears in the dust wrapper, neatly repaired internally.   Aimed at operators of American Lionel, Marx and American Flyer equipment in "O" and "S" gauges.  4.95

Kline, Jim and FitzGerald, Jim  The N Scale Steam Locomotive Information Book Featuring non Brass North American Steam Locos, NTRAK Publishing, 2nd printing 1993, pp80.  Large Format  Pb.  VG.  Most material is updated from past articles in the NTRAK Newsletter.  4.95

Koester, Tony  The Allegheny Midland: Lessons Learned, Kalmbach Books, 2010, pp94.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  The author relates the story of his very extensive American model railway, The Allegheny Midland - a fictitious line that connected to the Nickel Plate Road, with emphasis on the lessons he learned.  Illustrated in colour throughout.  7.50

Koester, Tony  The Model Railroader's Guide to Mountain Railroading, Kalmbach Books, 2011, pp96.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Includes information on: Choosing appropriate locomotives for the mountains, Designing a mountain model railroad, Crafting mountain scenery in a tight space, Implementing pusher service and helper locomotives, and Adding mountain railroad industries and operations.  Well illustrated throughout.  7.50

Larson, Russ  N Scale Model Railroad Track Plans, Kalmback, 1970, pp44.  Large Format Pb.  Fair+.  N gauge track plans, generally very straightforward.  1.25

Lowery, Dave  Advanced Model Railroads: A Practical Manual for Designing and Constructing your Dream Layout, New Burlington Books, 1993, pp96.  Large Format Hb.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  With chapters on Planning a Layout, Solid Foundations - Bases, Adding Color, Scenic Details, Water Features, Constructing Plastic Kits, Constructing Metal Kits, Painting and Weathering, Building a Locomotive, and Constructing Buildings.  3.95

Lowery, Dave  Advanced Model Railroads: A new problem-solving manual for advanced variants and scenery construction, Apple Press, 1994, pp96.  Large Format Hb.  VG/VG.  With chapters on Planning a Layout, Baseboards, Scenic Bases, Adding Colour, Scenic Details, Water Features, Constructing Plastic Kits, Constructing Metal Kits, Painting and Weathering, Building a Locomotive, and Constructing Buildings.  4.95

Mallery, Paul  HO Basic Electrical Handbook: Terminology, Electrical Devices, Motors, and Loco Controls, Winston Publishers, pp60 with numerous figures & drawings.  An undated reprint of a booklet first published in 1955.  Pb.  VG.  A primer covering the electronic principles that underline model railway operations.  2.50

Mallery, Paul  Electrical Handbook for Model Railroads Vol.2 Advanced Electrical Concepts, Carstens Publications, 4th edition 1997, pp97-208.  Large Format. Card Covers.  VG.  Covers: Wiring, Panels, Switch Machines, Relays, Track Circuits Signals, Transistor Throttles, Advanced Cab Control, Command & Computer Cab Control, Lighting & Sound, Electrified Railroads, Telephones, Trouble Shooting, Radio & TV Interference, and Integrated Circuits.  2.95

Model Railroad Bridges & Trestles, Kalmbach Books, 7th printing 2006, pp152.  First published in 1992.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  A collection of articles that first appeared in Model Railroader between 1962 and 1991.  8.50

Polsgrove, Mike  DCC Projects & Applications, Kalmbach Books, 2006, pp96.  Edited by David Popp. Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  Fair.  Slight wear to the spine of the covers and a one-inch crease across the bottom front corner of the cover.  An American introduction to Digital Command Control with the following chapters: Welcome to Digital Command Control, Setting up a DCC layout, Wiring tricks, Installing decoders, Programming decoders, Lighting, Sound and DCC, and Just the beginning.  2.95

Polsgrove, Mike  DCC Projects & Applications Vol.2, Kalmbach Books, 2006.  Large Format Pb. VG pp86. With David Popp. Model Railroader Books. "Vol.2 offers hands-on tips and advice on choosing a DCC system, converting a DC layout to DCC, building a layout to operate with DCC, installing decoders in locomotives & rolling stock, and adding sound to locomotives."  3.95

Puckett, Larry  Practical Guide to Digital Command Control, Carstens Publications, 2008, pp111.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  VG- with superficial rubbing to the edges of the spine, otherwise VG.  "DCC expert Lary Puckett shares proven and practical ways to get the most out of Digital Command Control by: Choosing a System, Adding it to a New or Existing Layout, Mobile Decoder Installations & Programming Methods, Sound Decoder Applications, and Stationary Decoders & Signalling Setup."  4.95

Schleicher, Robert  101 Projects for Your Model Railroad, MBI Publishing, 2002, pp256.  "Largish" format.  Card Covers.  Very Good.  Copiously illustrated throughout with sections on: Getting Started; Benchwork; Laying Track; Wiring; Couplers; Locomotives; Freight Cars; Painting & Decals; Weathering; Advanced Techniques; Buildings; Dioramas & Scenic Backdrops; Ground Cover, Trees & Water; and Research.  4.95

Souter, Gerry and Souter, Janet  Lionel: America's Favorite Toy Trains, MBI Publishing, 2005, pp156 with over 200 illustrations of Lionel products.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Relates the remarkable 100-year history of Lionel.  5.95

Sperandeo, Andy  The Model Railroader's Guide to Passenger Equipment & Operation, Kalmbach Books, 2006, pp96.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Hb.  VG.  Includes information on: All kinds of passenger trains, The many types of passenger cars, Arranging passenger cars in trains, Passenger stations and coach yards, Road and terminal passenger operations, and Modelling opportunities you can use.  Well-illustrated throughout.  12.50

Strang, Lionel  DCC Made Easy: Digital Command Control for your Model Railroad, Kalmbach Books, 2003, pp48.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  An American introduction to DCC with chapters on: The origin of command control, The Digital Command Control advantage, So how does it work, DCC system components, and Basic decoder installations.  2.95

Thorne, Peter J  Practical Electronic Projects for Model Railroaders, Kalmbach Books, 1979, pp80.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  Fair.  Old price sticker on the front cover, superficial wear & rubbing to the covers with minor creasing.  "Enhance the realism of your layout with: Transistor Throttles, Working Signals, Lighting & Sound Systems.  2.95

Wesolowski, Wayne and Cay, Mary  Model Railroad Structures from A to Z, Carstens Publications, 2nd revised printing 2009, pp96.  First published 1984.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  VG+.  Modelling in wood, cardstock, paper, plastic and plaster.  5.95

Westcott, Linn  HO Primer: Model Railroading for All, Kalmbach, 1976, pp78.  Large Format Pb.  Fair.  Some wear & creasing to the covers, contents VG.  A useful introduction to the somewhat different American approach to railway modelling.  2.95

 

Westcott, Linn  HO Road That Grows, Kalmbach, 1976, pp65. Large Format Pb.  Fair.  Some wear to the covers, contents VG.  An eight-step approach to constructing an American layout.  2.95

Westcott, Linn H  How to Build Model Railroad Benchwork, Kalmbach Books, 2nd edition 1996, pp80.  Updated by Rick Selby.  Large Format Pb.  VG- with some superficial wear down the spine of the covers.  Linn Westcott describes how model railway baseboards are constructed in North America. As always there are significant differences between the American and British approaches to railway modelling.  3.95

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Industries along the Tracks 2, Kalmbach Books, 2006, pp88.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Sections on: Coal Customers, Milk and Dairy Traffic, Breweries, Paper, Iron Ore, and Package & LCL Traffic.  8.50

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Industries along the Tracks 3, Kalmbach Books, 2008, pp88. Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Sections on: Ethanol, Cement, Team Tracks & Transloading, Sugar Beets, Seasonal Canning Factories, and Trailers & Containers.  8.50

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Industries along the Tracks 4, Kalmbach Books, 2010, pp88.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  There is a small wear mark on the spine of the cover.  Sections on: Coal Gas Plants, Salt Mining, Classic Brickyards, Quarries, Lumber, and Waterfront Operations.  8.50

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Bridges, Trestles & Tunnels, Kalmbach Books, 2005, pp88.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  VG.  A useful mix of prototype and modelling information with sections on: Bridge Basics, Culverts and Beam Bridges, Trestles, Plate-Girder Bridges, Truss Bridges, Stone and Concrete Bridges, Movable Bridges, Highway Bridges, Abutments & Piers, and Tunnel Portals.  Well-illustrated throughout.  5.95

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Freight Cars, Kalmback Books, 2005, pp96.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb. VG with slight wear to the covers.  With sections on: Boxcars, Tank cars, Covered Hoppers, Refrigerator Cars, Hoppers and Gondolas, Flatcars, Intermodal Equipment, and Car Components.  18.50

Wilson, Jeff  Detailing Diesel Locomotives, Kalmbach Publishing, 2007, pp88.  Model Railroader's How-to-Guide.  Large Format Pb.  VG-.  Crease across the lower back corner of the covers.  Jeff Wilson shows you how to improve the look of your diesels, often with very minor additions and changes. Includes information and tips about: Safely removing unrealistic cast-on details; Adding horns, grap irons, hoses, and more; Painting accurate locomotive liveries; Modelling a well-used locomotive with weathering ; and Changing trucks and sideframes.  12.50

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Diesel Locomotives, Kalmbach Books, 2009, pp88.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb. VG- with slight rubbing to the spine of the covers.  An introduction to American diesel traction aimed at modellers with sections on: Diesel Locomotive History, How Diesel Locomotive Works, Switchers, Cab Units, Early hood Units, Modern Diesels. There is also an appendix listing available models in both HO and N gauge.  6.95

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Trackside Structures, Kalmbach Books, 2011, pp86.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG- with slight wear to the covers at the head of the spine.  With sections on: Depots & Stations; Passenger Terminals; Freight Houses; Interlocking Towers; Crossing Shanties, Towers & Gates; Service Structures; Relay Cases & Maintenance Sheds; Communication Lines & Poles; and Lineside Signs.  12.50

Wilson, Jeff  Express, Mail & Merchandise Service, Kalmbach Books, 2013, pp96.  Model Railroader Books.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  With sections on: History of Express, Merchandise & Mail Service; Railroad LCL Service; Railway Express Agency; Head-End Cars and Merchandise Equipment; Depots, Freight Houses, and Transfer Terminals; Train & Car Operations; and Moving Mail by Rail.  8.50

Wilson, Jeff  The Model Railroader's Guide to Grain, Kalmbach Books, 2015, pp96.  Model Railroader Books.  Guide to Industries Series.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  With sections on: History of the Grain Industry, Classic Grain Elevators, Terminal & Modern Collection Elevators, Mills & Processing plants, Boxcars & Grain Doors, Covered Hopers, and Grain Train Operations.  6.95

Canadian Rail Car Pictorial 

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.1: 40 ft Canadian Pacific Boxcars, Prairie Rail Publishing, 1997, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Remains of an old price sticker on the front cover.  Colour illustrations of Canadian Pacific boxcars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.2: 40 ft Canadian National Boxcars [Part 1], Prairie Rail Publishing, 1998, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Colour illustrations of Canadian National Railway boxcars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.2A: 40 ft Canadian National Boxcars Part 2, Prairie Rail Publishing, 1998, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Further colour illustrations of Canadian National Railway boxcars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.3: 50 ft, 60ft and 86ft Canadian Pacific Boxcars Part 1, Prairie Rail Publishing, 1998, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Old price sticker on the front cover.  Further colour illustrations of Canadian Pacific Railway boxcars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.3A: 50 ft, 60ft and 86ft Canadian Pacific Boxcars Part 2, Prairie Rail Publishing, 1999, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Further colour illustrations of Canadian Pacific Railway boxcars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.4: 50 ft, 60ft and 86ft Canadian National Boxcars, Prairie Rail Publishing, 1999, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Further colour illustrations of Canadian National Railway boxcars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.4A: 50 ft, 52ft, 60ft and 86ft Canadian National Boxcars Part 2, Prairie Rail Publishing, 1999, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Further colour illustrations of Canadian National Railway boxcars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.5: Canadian Pacific Stock & Refrigerator Cars, Prairie Rail Publishing, 2000, pp40.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Colour illustrations of Canadian Pacific Railway stock and refrigerator cars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.7: Canadian Pacific Covered Hopper Cars, Prairie Rail Publishing, 2001, pp52.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Remains of an old price sticker on the front cover.  Colour illustrations of Canadian Pacific Railway covered hopper cars, with extended captions.  8.50

Yaremko, Richard  Canadian Rail Car Pictorial Vol.10: Canadian Pacific Railway from Piggyback to Intermodal, Prairie Rail Publishing, 2003, pp48.  Large landscape format.  Card Covers.  VG.  Colour illustrations of Canadian Pacific Railway wagons used for piggyback traffic (entire lorry trailers) and container traffic.  8.50

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