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The Big Book of Lionel: The Complete Guide to Owning and Running America's Favorite Toy Trains, Second Edition Paperback – March 28, 2011
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From the Back Cover
- 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.
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*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.
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.
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.