IntroductionSpace-Saving Industries for Your Layout
is a new book from Kalmbach Publishing
. Authored by well-known model railroader Tony Koester, this 8.25 x 10.75 format book is 96 pages of great ideas and information, supported with 200 color and black-and-white photos.
In this book by Tony Koester, Space-Saving Industries for Your Layout will inspire you to add small- to medium-sized industries and traffic to your layout.
You'll also find:
Ideas on how to creatively add space-saving structures — whether it's tucking a business into a corner of a layout or arranging building fronts along a backdrop.
Prototype photos and modeling tips on industries including petroleum dealers, salvage yards, lumberyards, and freight houses.
More than a dozen examples to inspire you and get you started. - Kalmbach
This book is catalogued by Kalmbach as Item #12806
, and as IBSN 9781627003957
Mr. Koester has been designing and building layouts for decades. He brings a wealth of ideas and experience to the reader with practical demonstrations. Ten chapters are presented through 95 pages:
1. Engine terminals
2. “Industries” within yards
3. Interchange tracks
4. Team tracks, freight houses, and ramps
5. Truck dumps and coal dealers
6. Petroleum dealers
7. Unconnected industries
8. Salvage yards
9. Modeling small portions of large industries
10. Small industry potpourri
Mr. Koester has been writing articles and books for years and knows how to express his ideas. The book starts out defining and explaining the concepts of “Industries”. It makes us aware of how delivery services have evolved over the decades, from small stations accepting parcels or sacks of goods (Less than a Car Load - LCL), to tons of products requiring teams to unload. It explains how the Rail Express Agency fit into the undertaking. (That history is presented in the recent book Kalmbach book Express, Mail & Merchandise Service
, reviewed here at RailRoad Modeling.)
Perhaps unexpectedly for some readers, 37 pages present railroad-specific tasks and jobs as an industries. Cranes, fueling areas, employee stations, interchange terminals - all industries. Researching and designing those subjects is discussed for both prototype and freelance layouts.
Over 20 pages present railroad-served small industries in Truck dumps and coal dealers
and Petroleum dealers
. Those businesses were essential for America for more than a century, even lasting into today. Those enterprises ranged from single-truck operations to massive operations service cities, although the smaller ventures are the focus of this title. Unique characteristics creating visual appeal is identified in some photos.
and Salvage yards
offer the modeler ideas for modeling businesses both common and less obvious. A salvage yard and recycling operation presents a local enterprise for the modern layout. Those topics are covered in six pages.
Finally, Modeling small portions of large industries
and Small industry potpourri
fill the final 20 pages with interesting ways to represent huge industries in small nooks of a layout.
Model railroaders interested in operations will find explanations and examples of waybills and other paperwork for simulating running the model as a real railroad.
The text is detailed and easy to read. Modelers should find a great deal of useful content in this book.
Graphics and Photographs
Kalmbach does an excellent job of supporting the text with graphics.. This title continues that wonderful characteristic of their books. I did not count the photographs. However, I would not challenge that there are 200 photos in the book, although not all are color photos. The photos are of both real life examples as well as layouts. Artwork also supports the photographic content and enhances the text.
ConclusionSpace-Saving Industries for Your Layout
is a fine book. It should deliver an excellent selection of ideas for model railroaders. Mr. Koester presents the content expertly. Kalmbach continues their trait of excellent graphic support for the text.
I really appreciate the concept that even the company activities of a railroad can be considered an industry.
I don't have anything to complain about with this book and happily recommend it.
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