The O Gauge Railroading Primer : Your Introduction to the Exciting World of O Gauge Model Railroading (3rd Edition)

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This 96 page book is designed especially for the person who is getting back into model railroading after an absence of many years and for the beginner who asks the question: "What should I know about toy trains?" The O Gauge Railroading Primer, is written by George McKelvy and the staff of O Gauge Railroading magazine, and is edited by Allan Miller, formerly of Greenberg Books and Kalmbach Publications, this new edition is a sure winner.

O Gauge Railroading is the original magazine exploring exclusively the O, O-27 (3-rail), and O scale (2-rail) market. Since 1969, OGR has pioneered the toy train market and led the industry in creating many exciting products.

The O Gauge Railroading Primer takes the beginner through a little history, into a basic knowledge of differences between gauges and train sizes, through simple layout design and construction ideas to advanced train operation. Along the way the reader will discover easy-to- follow diagrams, construction plans, and pictures to make the job easier. Comparison of many manufacturers of track, switches, road bed and more allow the reader to choose products that best fit their own unique needs without wasting money. Repair tips on what to do when getting the trains out of storage as well as simple-but-effective hints on scenery and buildings give the beginner time and money saving ideas that are usually learned only after years of experience.

An extensive glossary of over 200 terms used in model and prototype railroading is included. The over 40 track plan drawings and a completely labeled drawing of a steam engine all help the beginner understand the lingo of the pros.

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For Baby Boomers, model railroading and Lionel are synonymous with Christmas and family. It conjures up memories of times gond by. Time spent with dad, putting up the trains around the Christmas Tree...Oh those happy holiday times.

Since then, the trains were put away and most of us went through school, cars, girls, military, marriage and raising our own family. We had gotten away from our trains, forgotten about those times until mom (or Grandma) brought them out of the attic. Then it started all over again. Except now, we have more money, a wider variety of products and the time to make our great train empire.

The changes that have occurred in the hobby while your trains were sleeping in that attic are enormous! We have engines and rolling stock that look and sou d like the real thing. There is Command Control, ProtoSounds2, Station Chatter, Yard Chatter and LocoSounds. We have a variety of power sources. Even an engine with a TV camera in the nose so you can view your layout from the engineer's perspective. And who knows what will be next?

This very basic book will help you get up-to-date and start you on your journey into a wonderful hobby.

From the Author:

This book was a lot of fun assembling all of the different parts from many experts. It would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of the staff of O Gauge Railroading magazine. In particular, I am indebted to George Brown for his contributions in the field of wiring and electronics and Jim Barrett for his contributions in the fields of maintenance and switches. It is also necessary to acknowledge the efforts of those who contributed to the first two editions of the Primer; this book builds on their success. I am also eternally grateful to my family. For years, the indulged my fixation with trains of all shapes and sizes. Most recently, they have graciously accommodated my work habits that led to this book and the Frank Pettit book that came before it.

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