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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; Second edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340264
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

After more than a century of producing top-notch toy trains, Lionel® products are today more technologically advanced than ever thanks to such innovations as FasTrackTM and the LegacyTM control system. Author and hobby veteran Robert Schleicher updates his classic one-stop treasury of practical advice for Lionel® enthusiasts to include products such as FasTrackTM and LegacyTM. This hands-on volume also features:
 
  • An overview of Lionel product development
  • More than 30 track plans for the floor and tabletop
  • Building scenery and structures
  • Wiring and track how-to
  • Choosing between steam or diesel and freight or passenger operations
  • Maintenance and restoration tips and techniques
  • Operations that best emulate those of prototype railroads.

About the Author

Bob Schleicher of Niwot, Colorado, is a veteran hobby industry writer and publisher, and the author of several Voyageur Press hobby titles on Lionel and slot cars.


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Customer Reviews

Great pictures and a good reference book.
Monte Dybvig
I suspect once I get more fully back into this longstanding hobby, I will refer again and again to this book.
Russell Moker
I would recommend this book to every model train lover.
Rocco Saliano

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Trainmaster on September 24, 2012
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The author has written several books on Lionel (and other hobbies) and while they are NOT comprehensive, detailed books, they do a good job introducing you to the hobby and the things you can achieve with Lionel Trains. Even the advanced modeler can pick up something here and there. Overall, a good purchase.
*Just a 'heads-up' to anyone looking to purchase this book, but Barnes and Noble bookstores has a hardcover version at $9.95! While I bought my copy at Amazon last year, when it first came out, at the higher price, I also bought a hardcover copy from B&N for durability and ease of use. Just saying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick7331 on January 19, 2012
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This updated book is an excellent guide for guys like me who, after 30 years, unpacked their 1950s Lionel set and got hooked on making the layout they always wanted as a kid but couldn't afford. Lots of insider tips that my local train hobby store owner doesn't have time to answer. Inspirational pictures of very creative dioramas --- my kids like that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By okdoc on July 31, 2012
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For someone who wants a general introduction to Lionel products and the thought process that goes into making your own custom layout, this is the book for you. This is in no way a step by step book. And you don't want it to be, because it would simply be too exhaustive to be practical. This steps you through the process. It takes you to a general working knowledge of all the Lionel components, and makes you ready to start researching the specifics. For instance, this book does a great job of explaining 0-72, and the fact that it will let you run all the trains in the catalog. It explains very well the fact that 0-72 is also difficult to achieve, because it is a 5 foot radius, and for those of us who don't have unlimited space, we may not be able to run the grandest and longest trains and cars in the catalog. It also does a great job, explaining wiring. It explains the various bench options in detail, but does not give step-by-step directions on how to build it. Bottom line: it doesn't give you a step by step, but it gives you working knowledge, and that is why this is why this book is indispensable.

So what I am trying to say, is that this is a must read, but it will not be the last book that your purchase, either.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod on January 13, 2013
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I read the reviews on this book after looking at some other resources that led me to the purchase of this book. I found that there was a lot of information regarding model trains but it did not lay much of the foundation needed to fully explain them. For example it did not define a "reverse cut off" or explain how it works. I felt very lost when it referred to these in the text and pictures.

I bought this book because many of the reviews said how they enjoyed the track layouts. I used computer software to recreate these layouts and found myself guessing as to which pieces of tracks were used because the layout designs didn't offer enough information or mislabeled track sections. I used two different computer programs to try these out.

I think with help from other experience model train enthusiasts I would have learned more from the book but since I don't in my immediate area I felt completely lost as a beginner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kantanick on May 16, 2014
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If you collect Lionel Trains, you must have a copy of this book. It touches on everything about Lionel Trains. My favorite section is on Track Layouts, you'll get some great ideas.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Russell Moker on January 23, 2012
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I ordered this because I've always been interested in Lionel O gauge trains since the early 60's. Recently I've experienced a resurgence of interest in this minature marvels. I still have the O gauge sets I had when I first started and I'm contemplating the eventually building of an O gauge layout. Consequently I wanted to start reading up on refurbishing and restoring some of my old locomotives and other rolling stock and I thought this book would be a good place to start. I breezed through most of its pages pretty quickly and learned that it covers a broad range of topics that I need to know about all the vintage stuff I have as well as the modern and current Lionel trains and accessories. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the vibrant color photos that fill the pages of this nice book. It is easy to read and follow. I suspect once I get more fully back into this longstanding hobby, I will refer again and again to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Tomsick on December 20, 2012
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This book is just full of info that any person needs to know about Model Rail Roads - I am building an 8x8 layout that will fold up against a wall ------
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happyquilter on October 29, 2012
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This book is amazing!! My son-in-law just loves it and I look forward to seeing all the things he will find in it to use with his train building.
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