• How to Operate Your Model Railroad with Tony Koester
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    How to Operate Your Model Railroad with Tony Koester

    Running operations on a model railroad layout is very much up to personal preferences, and the builder has final say on how the system should be run. Whether you opt for waybills, timetable order, car cards or whatever other method, the fact of the matter is that the point should be to just have fun.…

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  • Tony Koester on Becoming an Expert Model Railroader
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    Tony Koester on Becoming an Expert Model Railroader

    Tony Koester’s HO scale layout of Allegheny Midland Railroad is a construction project more than two decades in the making, and still counting. Over twenty-plus years, Tony has put countless hours, thought and patience into building this remarkable scale extension of the Nickel Plate Road, a railroad that has fascinated Tony since he was a…

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  • Using Hidden Staging Areas in Your Model Railroad Yard Layout
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    Using Hidden Staging Areas in Your Model Railroad Yard Layout

    The proper way to construct a model railroad yard layout has been a point of contention for modelers for decades. For many years, the tried-and-true method was to create a balloon-shaped staging yard complete with complex turnouts and switches. Eventually, though, pioneers of the field such as Tony Koester realized there was a better way…

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