Exploring Operations on Tony Koester’s AM Railroad

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Tony Koester’s HO scale model of West Virginia’s Allegheny Midland Railroad has long stood as one of the most impressive designs in the world of model railroading. His pioneering of the proto-freelancing style used on the mountains and industrial towns found throughout the AM became an inspiration for modelers everywhere, and Tony’s layout is a benchmark for all railroads in the future.

In this behind-the-scenes tour, Allen Keller takes you on a journey across Tony’s layout, spanning several unique feats of landscape and scenery design, including remarkable passes, gorges and tunnels. Follow along as the lead engine chugs through the Allegheny Mountains at the break of dawn, making its pickups and switches en route to its final destination. You have to see this railroad to believe it!