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How To Design A Small Switching Layout Paperback – September 2, 2009
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Secondly, I found the chapters on "Scenery Only" Zones, Industry Selection and Planning and Rough in Your Structure Locations the best. I still need to work on the attached plan to expand my scenery only zones but he importantly pointed out the differences of number of car spots for at least one large industry versus one large structure with only one or two spots or those with the same car types rather than a multi car type industry like a food processor. I have to admit I am still a "sucker" for industries that use reefers and tanks and he picked a good one to illustrate his point especially for modern prototypes.
Third, the chapter "Now For The Track" encouraged me (as a "former"?) N scaler to be prepared to accept not only larger radius curves but #6 turnouts as minimum to ensure good, trouble free operation and a realistic look. This is one area I am having a bit of trouble adapting to in HO...how much bigger everything is and how much more room is required to build even a small simple HO layout.Read more ›
Every design work is a reflection of its author's philosophy, and Lance's philosophy provides a refreshing note of simplicity and practicality at a time when most layout design books focus on huge, gadget-filled plans. Indeed, one of the thngs that makes this 72-page softcover compendium not only enjoyable but significant is Lance's ability to empower the modeler whose space, budget, skills and available time place him or her in the 'average' category. This is a welcome and much-needed bit of validation for those of us who don't have a gymnasium and a trust fund to devote to our hobby.
Don't dismiss this as a 'beginner's book' (although a beginning modeler could use it to good effect). This reviewer has been a model railroader for many years and designed literally hundreds of layouts, and I keep finding ideas and insights in this book which are changing the way I view model railroad design.
Over the course of the book, Lance takes the reader step by step through the design of the Union Belt Line, an L-shaped switching layout which illustrates his principles. If you're feeling a little intimidated at the thought of doing your own original design, this layout (or one of the two bonus plans included with it) can be built verbatim from the book--and it looks like it would be a very practical, feasible and enjoyable railroad when it's done.Read more ›
There have been several track planning books published over the years, but they seem to be aimed at people who have endless room and bank accounts to match.
I've been in the hobby of Model Railroading for over 50 years and have had way
too many layouts to try to remember them all. They ranged in size of the old standby "Plywood Pacific" on many 4'x 8' sheets of plywood to several shelf type layouts.
This new book by Lance has been a big help to me as I'm in the process of building yet another small switching layout in H-O Scale.
Times have changed and so have materials and model railroad supplies.
Better equipment means more interesting operation on small layouts than we've ever had in the past. We can now build a layout without breaking the bank, have it up and running in a very short time. And we can always change it if we find something better.
These books contain information and ideas that make the building a model railroad a lot more enjoyable and easier to build.
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The book is o.k. It just did not have the information I wanted.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mindheim represents a bold new point of view when it comes to model railroading. Instead of grand layouts that focus on gimmicks, grand scenery, or other staples of the "Toy... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Les Rayburn
Again like the previous train books...this has some really good images to make it's point.Published 15 months ago by jcolasanti001
An achievable and well reasoned approach to model railroading. Makes a case for doing something smaller than you might have thought you wanted, and actually having fun and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Andrew C.
A really good overview of Lance's philosophy and approach to shelf layouts. While my layout will have a bit more 'shelf space' than the examples shown it really helped to lay out... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dwayne the Luddite