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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873493508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873493505
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Model Railroading with MTH by Rob Adelman is an outstanding resource for a beginner!
(Actually, this book contains quite a few tips for the experienced modeler too - the kind of tips that one usually learns through the school of hard knocks.)
If you are a Lionel fan, don't let the MTH in the title scare you away, the vast majority of what the author writes is very applicable to getting started with any brand of trains. The specific MTH product numbers and specific instructions on MTH's command system are just icing on the cake if you decide to go with MTH products.
The chapter titles tell the story:
* Planning Your Model Railroad (The author discusses pros and cons of space, size, location, themes, eras, etc.)
* Designing Track Plans Using RR-Track Layout Design Software (This software is considered by many to be the industry standard in computer software for track planning and the author explains the software in a way that even beginning computer users can enjoy.)
* Constructing A Table/Platform For Your Layout (The author provides step-by-step directions for a 4'X8' platform with clear text and pictures)
* Track Laying and Backdrop Construction (Boy, I wish I had the tips on "planning for engine overhang and tunnel portal clearance" and the "how-to" pics for applying a backdrop when I first started my layout.)
* Creating Realistic Scenery (The author shows how to use specific Woodland Scenics products. Many consider Woodland Scenics to be the industry standard for scenery products.)
* Train Control Using MTH Digital Control System. (This potentially difficult topic is explained clearly and with the number of pictures, drawings and how-to tips, you almost can't go wrong!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dean Connel on October 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Model Railroading with MTH Electric Trains is by far the best book I have ever read on how to plan, construct, and operate an O gauge train layout. As I am just getting into model railroading, I can already clearly see that this book has all the resources I not only need to get going, but to keep progressing in the hobby. I was especially pleased with the chapter on the Digital Command System as the author explained it in an easy, straightforward way that really helped me to understand it much better. Getting started with DCS is a lot easier than I imagined. Not only that, but I also learned a lot about the many (over 200) different features that I had no idea it could perform. I'm really looking forward to trying those out. Another chapter I particularly like was the Dispatcher Game. I had never really given any thought to operating my trains with a purpose and this chapter outlines how to do so in a game-type situation. Plus, since it is based on how real railroads operate, I learned quite a bit. I am certainly looking forward to playing the Dispatcher Game once I am finished constructing my layout. The last chapter is also very good. I found the interview with Tony Lash as well as the pictures of his phenomenal layout to be excellent. Lastly, the book doesn't end with just the chapters--but also has quite a few appendices that contain a lot of useful information. Model Railroading with MTH Electric Trains is a definite must-have in my opinion and is extremely well done. I recommend anyone building or thinking of building a layout to get this book. Heck, even if you have a layout already, the Dispatcher Game chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2002
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This is a great book for understanding the world of MTH trains. It is a perfect book for a father and son to enjoy building a MTH train layout for the first time. It also has helpful hints for those more experienced in the hobby.
The graphics and tables are a helpful addition as well.
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I made my son's first layout using realtrax and (mostly ) MTH buildings and accessories. This book has served as my primary text and source of inspiration. We are not putting the enormous cost of DCS in his layout yet, but it is nice to have the reference incase we add it later. The text is concise and to the point, and the photos are exactly what is needed to reinforce an ideal, suggestion, or instruction.
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Inquired 2 times on where book was, they sent a catalog instead ( very poor)
If you don't have it say so
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By Allen L. Herman on January 4, 2014
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I started adding MTH product to my Grandson's train collection. This is great for MTH Train Novices, as the manuals that come from MTH describes individual processes but doesn't link any together or describe the underlining usage. I bought two of these, one for me and one for my 7 tear old grandson who reads this with his mother or father's assistance.
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