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Space-Saving Industries
Space-Saving Industries for Your Layout
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Space-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.

Unconnected industries 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.

Space-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.

Please remember to mention to Kalmbach and retailers that you saw this book here - on RailRoad Modeling.
Highs: Well-written text and wonderful photos presenting great ideas for model railroad industries that don't require a lot of space. Expertly written by an experienced model railroader.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: I think this is a book of excellent ideas and examples that presents the obvious and outside-the-box concepts for rail-served industries.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 12806
  Suggested Retail: $21.99
  Related Link: Express, Mail & Merchandise Service
  PUBLISHED: Dec 12, 2016

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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